Multiple TV networks, including ESPN, will be airing the live coverage of the O.J. Simpson parole hearing on Thursday.
Simpson will be appearing in front of parole commissioners over video call from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. That is where he has been serving his sentence for armed robbery and the kidnapping of memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas.
He was convicted on all 12 charges in October of 2008 and his term carried a maximum sentence of 33 years with a parole provision after nine years. This is why he could be released as soon as October 1, 2017.
Yale Galanter who represented Simpson during the 2008 trial, “parole in the state of Nevada is really based on how you behave in prison, and by all accounts, he’s been a model prisoner.
“There are no absolutes anytime you’re dealing with administrative boards, but this is as close to a non-personal decision as you can get.’’
The final decision is up to four Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. Parole is determined in most cases by a point system and past crimes that he has been accused of will have no bearing on his release.
“It really is based on points,’’ Galanter said. “How long have you served, what your disciplinary record is, what the likelihood of committing another crime is, their age, the facts and the circumstances of the case.’’