O.J. Simpson was paroled Thursday in Carson City, Nevada, this after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence. He could be released from prison as early as Oct. 1.
Legal expert Amy Dash was not surprised.
“I expected it because it’s a point system and he scores very low on this risk-assessment – so I was certain that he was getting paroled,” the Law Newz Network host said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “But as I heard him spouting his verbal – I won’t even say what I think it was – he was just disastrous. I started getting really nervous, and I started having doubts that maybe (the parole board) would exercise more of their discretion, which they’re allowed to do, and the point system wouldn’t get him paroled.
“He was denying a lot of things and making excuses and justifying and really giving far too much detail and not showing enough remorse in the beginning,” Dash continued. “But toward the end, he made this game-saving touchdown where he finally tuned it all rind and was like ‘I’m sorry. I’m a convict. I should have never done this. I regret it. It just wasn’t worth it.’ I was like, ‘Thank God that he said that – and why didn’t he say it sooner?’”
Why did Simpson act the way he did Thursday? Well, the attention may have had something to do with it.
“The world was watching,” Dash said. “He did not act like this in his first parole hearing four years ago. He was so on point. He came off so different than we had ever seen him before – and that’s because that got virtually no attention. No one was there. He was humble, he was short, he was remorseful, and that was it. He said what he had to say. The whole thing lasted 15 minutes. I don’t know what happened here. What was his lawyer thinking sitting here letting him talk like this?”
Simpson was arrested in 2007 following a botched robbery in Las Vegas, as he and a group of men held sports memorabilia collectors at gunpoint. Simpson alleged that the collectors had taken several items that belonged to him and that he was simply trying to retrieve his property. Nevertheless, he was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to up to 33 years in jail.
In a few months, however, he will be free.
“I don’t really think there’s anything (that could derail him) unless he commits some sort of a felony in prison, but then he would have to go up on separate charges,” Dash said. “But I think he’s pretty much in the clear until Oct. 1, when he’s going to be set free.”
To be clear, the Simpson slate has not been wiped clean. Simpson will need to avoid doing “anything and everything” that violates the law. Otherwise he could go back to prison.
“He has to really be careful about who he surrounds himself with because I think everybody who doesn’t like him or who has a vendetta against him or who thinks that he should have been found guilty in 1995 may try to bait him – because all he has to do is slip up once,” Dash said. “If he does literally anything wrong that’s considered against the law, he could go back to prison.”