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Are you ready for Juice on the loose?
Prosecutor says O.J. likely to make parole, since he's "done a lot of time on a robbery charge."
It's true if you look at it in a vacuum. Almost no one actually serves close to a decade on a robbery conviction. Assuming good behavior in prison and whatever else, the robber is almost certainly paroled inside of five years. That would suggest that a certain Nevada inmate should have been out around 2012 or 2013.
But does anyone not understand why he's still locked up? Hint: It's for a reason the law says you're not even supposed to consider, but that you know darn well is front and center in the minds of every parole board member:
Retired Clark County DA David Roger, who won convictions against Simpson in 2008 for robbery and kidnapping, said the disgraced grid star has done enough time rotting inside a Nevada prison cell.
“The guy did a lot of time on a robbery charge, I expect he’ll probably be paroled,” Roger told The Post.
Simpson is set to appear before a Nevada parole board on July 20, and perhaps win his freedom.
“Assuming he didn’t do anything bad on the inside, I think nine years is a pretty good stay for his charges,” Roger said. “Obviously he’d be on parole and would have to toe the line with parole officers. But I don’t know if granting him parole would be out of line here.”
The retired DA now has no official connection to the case, and Roger doubts he’ll even watch proceedings on TV when the legal drama unfolds in two weeks.
Simpson and two armed buddies confronted a pair of memorabilia dealers, with a load of O.J. souvenirs, inside the Palace Station Hotel & Casino on Sept. 13, 2007.
O.J. has served as long as he has because he got away with murder. You know it. I know it. He knows it. The "real killer" knows it, because the real killer is O.J. Heck, I bet even a majority of the jury that acquitted him knows that he really did it. They just got caught up in tangential questions like evidence handling and whether Mark Furhman was a racist, because it was Johnnie Cochran's job to get them caught up in those questions, and he did it exceedingly well. Because he understood his jury and how to manipulate them.
The robbery conviction and subsequent prison sentence is the legal system's way of giving itself a make-good after that debacle. And let's be honest: In a legal sense, it's a travesty. Defendants are not supposed to be sentenced more harshly on one charge because of a previous charge on which they were acquitted. The system is supposed to treat that previous charge as if it never happened. It's supposed to apply the presumption that O.J. did not kill Nicole and Ron.
Instead, the robbery conviction became the opportunity to essentially send O.J. to prison for murder anyway. No one can seriously think he would still be behind bars today if he'd broken into some schlep's property and stolen his own memorabilia, absent the murder case that prompted the whole thing. He might not have served any time at all.
Given that the entire sentence was only 12 years and he's already served 75 percent of it, society needs to ready itself for reality: The Juice is going to be on the loose pretty soon, one way or another. That doesn't mean he's going to be hired as an analyst on Football Night in America (although I guess you never know these days), but knowing O.J. he's going to come up with some sort of moneymaking scheme. Someone's going to publish the inevitable book, and there will be plenty of publicity when it comes out. (These days a lot of publishers pay celebrity authors big advances that they never earn back. If O.J. finds a publisher who's stupid enough to do that, it might be his best path to a big post-prison payday.)
But regardless of what he does when he gets out, he's getting out. Perhaps he'll regale us with further tales of his search for the real killer. Feel free to point O.J. to the nearest mirror if you'd like to offer some help on that quest.
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