Free O.J.?

Karma. Arrogance. Stupidity. Whatever reason O.J. landed back in jail in 2007, come tomorrow, he may once again get a clean slate.  Sort of.

We all know Juice doesn’t exactly play by the rules. If paroled, what would life look like for him?  For starters, the state of Nevada would require O.J. to be accountable to a parole officer, forfeit booze and drugs, and he’d have to avoid being chummy with other criminals.  What are the odds O.J. would stay out of trouble?

“I was celebrating a wedding; I had been drinking all day. I was drunk”

OJ and girlfriend

Before Nick and I give our take on what we think will happen, what we think should happen, and what he deserves, let’s take a quick look at a few details.

On October 3, 2008, a jury found O.J. guilty on all of the following charges:

  • Count 1: Conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Count 2: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Count 3: Conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Count 4: Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon
  • Count 5: 1st degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
  • Count 6: 1st degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
  • Count 7: Robbery with use of a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
  • Count 8: Robbery with use of a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
  • Count 9: Assault with a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
  • Count 10: Assault with a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
  • Count 11: Coercion with a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong as an alternative to count 5)
  • Count 12: Coercion with a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley as an alternative to count 6)

The most serious of these charges were counts 5 & 6, which carried a fixed term of 15 years.  The deadly weapon used in the commission of the crime added 6 years, and for the assault charges, O.J. got another 12.  That makes up the 33 year sentence given by Judge Jackie Glass – and bittersweet justice for the Goldmans at last.

Fred and Kim

There are a few key factors, I think, that come into play for tomorrow’s hearing:  1. What happened with O.J.’s 2013 parole hearing, and 2. The point system that’s used to determine eligibility – the Nevada Parole Risk Assessment form

Here’s our take on what to expect…

And now that we’ve tackled all the legal and practical realities, let’s sit back and appreciate what Stephen A. Smith has to say….

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