20/20 digging into OJ Simpson parole hearing in Nevada

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

O.J. Simpson could be a free man this fall if a parole board grants him liberty next week.

O.J. Simpson watches his former defense attorney Yale Galanter testify during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Parole board spokesman David Smith told NBC Simpson will be allowed to speak during his hearing.

"Here, if you're a model prisoner, you behave yourself, you're not a flight risk, you get paroled", Galanter said.

Of course, Simpson is no stranger to cameras in the courtroom.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, after a lengthy trial that riveted America. He was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other crimes. He is now in prison serving a maximum 33-year sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery charges back in 2008. If paroled - which legal pundits say is possible, even likely - he could be released October 1.

Roberts told Inside Edition the men who were with Simpson that night believe he has a 50/50 chance of going free and that if he was a "regular guy", he would be freed.

The Juice will be beamed in via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center, where he has been serving his stretch. He was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges.

The famous football player has been in jail for the last nine years for the assault, robbery, and kidnapping that took place in 2007.

Four members of the six-person parole board will be in the hearing room in Carson City.

The parole board normally issues decisions weeks after hearings, but plans to announce its decision in this case on Thursday. If the board votes against him, Simpson could stay in prison until 2022. In either case, a decision is expected on the day of the hearing.

Four members from the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners will consider parole for Simpson at the board offices in Carson City, Nev., with the proceedings set to begin Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

"In terms of what he does with the rest of his life, " Galanter said, "if he was sitting next to me I'd say, 'Listen, be thankful you got out in nine years".

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