|The troubled celebrity may get some time off for good behavior.|
The troubled celebrity is getting a pass. He's granted parole. And of course it's going to be the talk of the nation. The guy who most figured got off with murder is now about to get his walking papers.
O.J. Simpson, the former football star acquitted in the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman has spent over three years in the iron college for armed robbery.
The Juice was a player. He was married twice and has more children than I've thought. Simpson married Marguerite L. Whitley. Together they had three children: Arnelle L. Simpson (born December 4, 1968), Jason L. Simpson (born April 21, 1970), and Aaren Lashone Simpson (born September 24, 1977).
Simpson would divorce Whitley. He would later marry Nicole Brown. They had two children, Sydney Brooke Simpson (born October 17, 1985) and Justin Ryan Simpson (born August 6, 1988).
In 1989, Simpson pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge and was separated from Nicole Brown, to whom he was paying child support. They divorced in 1992.
Before the George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony trials there was the People vs. Simpson.
The People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County, California Superior Court that spanned from the primary jury being sworn in on November 2, 1994 to opening statements on January 24, 1995 to a verdict on October 3, 1995.
The former American football star and actor was tried on two counts of murder following the June 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman. The case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history.
Simpson was acquitted after a lengthy trial that lasted over eight months which was presided over by Judge Lance Ito.
Simpson hired a high-profile defense team initially led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently led by Johnnie Cochran and also included: F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen (the dean of law at Santa Clara University) and Carl E. Douglas with two more attorneys specializing in DNA evidence: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. Los Angeles County believed it had a solid prosecution case, but Cochran was able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence (a relatively new form of evidence in trials at the time) – including that the blood-sample evidence had allegedly been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians – and about the circumstances surrounding other exhibits.
Cochran and the defense team also alleged other misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department. Simpson's celebrity and the lengthy televised trial riveted national attention on the so-called "Trial of the Century". By the end of the criminal trial, national surveys showed dramatic differences in the assessment of Simpson's guilt between most black and white Americans.
Later, both the Brown and Goldman families sued Simpson for damages in a civil trial. On February 6, 1997, a jury unanimously found there was a preponderance of evidence to hold Simpson liable for damages in the wrongful death of Goldman and battery of Brown.
On February 21, 2008, a Los Angeles court upheld a renewal of the civil judgment against him.
Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole.
He is serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada
I guess the Nevada parole board gave The Juice some ease. They've taken off the most harshest charges that landed him the iron college. The kidnapping and firearm charges were dropped.
Now the robbery will stick for the Juice. He will probably spend at least five years for that one. He may be out as soon as 2015.
At age 66, Simpson looks like he's an old man. The iron college took its toll on him. See for yourself.