O.J. Simpson will likely walk free in October, ex-attorney says



The Juice could soon be let loose.


O.J. Simpson, 70, will have a parole hearing on Thursday and, if all goes well at the televised event, he could walk out of a Nevada prison on Oct. 1.


The Hall of Fame running back’s former criminal defense attorney said that he will likely ace his hearing with the state’s Board of Parole Commissioners, as he’s been an ideal inmate during his past nine years behind bars.


“It’s based on his behavior in prison and that certainly hasn’t changed,” his ex-lawyer Yale Galanter told the Daily News on Sunday.

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“He’s been a model inmate. He’s had no write-ups, no disciplinary issues. By all accounts, he’s totally abided by the rules.”


Galanter repped Simpson after his 2007 arrest for barging into a Las Vegas hotel room with guns to steal sports memorabilia he claimed belonged to him.


The gridiron great was convicted at trial of 12 counts, including armed robbery and kidnapping, and was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison. He has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center since December 2008.

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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Galanter said that at a 2013 hearing, Simpson received parole for some of his charges, including the armed robbery conviction. The parole hearing on Thursday covers Simpson’s other counts.

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Galanter said nothing has changed since the last hearing — except Simpson has served four more years.


The state parole board bases its decisions on points an inmate has accumulated for behavior in prison.


“Here, if you’re a model prisoner, you behave yourself, you’re not a flight risk, you get paroled,” Galanter said.


The murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman have cast a shadow over Simpson for the past two decades.

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But the board will not take that into consideration since a jury acquitted Simpson of those charges in 1995 in what has been called “The Trial of the Century.”


“The people that are making this decision are part of the legal system,” Galanter said. “The hype is about the murder charge and the legal system found him not guilty. The law said he didn’t do it.”


Just like his murder trial, Simpson’s parole hearing will likely dominate the airwaves.


The Nevada Department of Corrections has issued more than 240 media credentials for the hearing, according to USA Today.

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Four members of the parole commission will decide his fate, although Galanter said most of that deliberating happens before the hearing. They already know his record as a prisoner.


“The parole hearing is really more for Mr. Simpson to give a statement like he did the first time around,” Galanter said.


Simpson will join the members from his prison via video conference.

Simpson could walk free as soon as Oct. 1.

Simpson could walk free as soon as Oct. 1.

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At his 2013 hearing, he told members, “I just wish I never went to that room.”

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The Board of Parole Commissioners said in a statement to USA Today that its members will issue a decision on the day of this week’s hearing to minimize the media circus that Simpson creates.


If they grant parole, he could be released Oct. 1.


Galanter, who has not spoken to Simpson in a while, said the “$24 million question” is what he will do if he is freed.


“My advice to him would be to live out the rest of your life,” the lawyer said. “Spend a lot of time with your family and your friends. Play a lot of golf. Make sure your health issues are taken care of and really live under the radar.”

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