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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole


The same year "The Story of O.J." becomes a hit song is the same year he is being granted parole. The football star and actor Orenthal James Simpson has been granted parole from a Nevada prison for a release date as early as October 1, 2017

after serving a sentence of nine years for a Las Vegas robbery.

Everyone remembers the infamous Simpson case from 1994 where he was accused of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. In 1995 he was surprisingly acquitted of the murders by way of his attorney Johnny Cockran who uttered the trials most memorable words "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Many African Americans were overjoyed and happy about the courts decision and truly believed O.J. did not do it. However, in 1997 a civil jury found him indeed guilty of the murders and ordered him to pay both the Brown and Goldman families $33.5 million.

This along with other situations of misusing his money left Simpson in what some thought to be a financial bind. Which is why he was going to reclaim stolen property the day he was arrested for robbery in Las Vegas.

The parole hearing on Thursday consisted of yet again the 1995 trial where the board was requested to question Simpson about the murders, which were not relevant to the current case. When the Board of Parole Commissioners read the vote in favor of granting Simpson parole he graciously nod his head and said "Thank you".

Hopefully this is the last time we see Simpson in a court case but if it is not, we will all be tuned in just as we were in 1994 and 2007. I cant put my finger on it but Simpson has a way of putting us in a trance that makes us watch him.

We aren't the only ones watching him. Kim Goldman, the late Ron Goldman's sister, said in 2014 "We'll [the family] be there waiting and watching, I'm not letting up. If I did, then I'm telling him [Simpson] it's okay for what he did." Apparently the Goldman's may still be after the funds they never received. They do not want Simpson living a good life after being convicted of killing their family member.

Tonight O.J. can sleep knowing he soon will be free again. We hope he stays that way.

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