I know. I know. Everyone keeps telling me that the parole board COULD NOT take into account OJ’s infamous history. I’m just saying that I know it’s not strictly right. But I’d have a tough time doing a job where I was informed “ok. First you have to pretend he’s not a murderer.”
O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.
With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.
When the final vote to grant parole was read after parole commissioners deliberated just over 30 minutes, Simpson lowered his head and then raised it up with a big smile.
Any story that ends with a murderer smiling rubs me the wrong way. I know it’s a victory for our system. But a murderer will be set free. Yay system!