Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-07-20 16:47:44 UTC
O. J. Simpson, one of the most heinous and depraved killers in modern
American history, is up for parole consideration.
If the Nevada Parole Board has a conscience, it will never set him free.
He is a threat to society and will always be so.
Simpson was found guilty in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and 10 other
charges after he and his friends, brandishing guns, stormed into a Las
Vegas hotel room to steal sports memorabilia. The former football stars
lawyers argued that their client was simply retrieving his own property.
The jury didnt buy it for one minute. He was sentenced to 33 years, but
eligible for parole after nine years.
The crimes were a consistent pattern of conduct for Simpson. When he gets
angry, he resorts to violence and lawlessness. He will do it again if he
is allowed to walk out of the Lovelock Correctional Center. He is a
ticking time bomb. Freedom will allow the fuse to be set again.
The Nevada parole guidelines identify more than a dozen factors for board
members to consider. For example, the board wants to know whether Simpson
has a clean record in prison or has been disciplined. Has he completed
recommended educational courses and treatment? Has he refrained from gang
activity, drugs and alcohol?
His score will be calculated in a mathematical formula. Most inmates with
a good score are paroled. While Simpson should score well, the severity
of his Nevada crimes weighs against him. Armed robbery and kidnapping
under the threat of bullets are extremely serious crimes. So, parole is
not an easy touchdown for the Hall of Famer. There are reports that he is
worried. He should be.
The parole board can consider prior convictions in determining whether
Simpson might be a recidivist criminal. He was convicted of beating his
wife in 1989, so that may be examined. However, since he was acquitted in
his famous double murder trial in Los Angeles in 1995, it does not
technically count as a prior offense.
Nevertheless, there is another way the parole board could apply the double
murder against Simpson, even though he was found not guilty. Under the
provision entitled aggravating factors, board members can consider the
other information that concerns the Board that the inmate may be
a risk to public safety if released on parole.
In other words, the board is entitled to conclude that releasing Simpson
would pose a threat to society because of his established propensity for
violence. The decision can be based on reliable information and evidence
such as court proceedings and judgments.
Indeed, the parole board could take judicial notice of the verdict in 1997
by a civil jury in the wrongful death case brought by the families of
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The jury unanimously found that
Simpson committed the brutal killings, awarding the plaintiffs $8.5
million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.
On this basis alone the Nevada board members should deny Simpson parole.
Simpson has a long and frightening record of violence: beating his wife,
cutting his ex-wifes throat and nearly decapitating her, stabbing Goldman
more than 30 times, then later committing armed robbery and kidnapping.
Simpson is an inherent danger to society and it is too risky to let him
Evidence Simpson Is a Killer
As a lawyer, I have tried cases. As a reporter, I have covered hundreds
of trials. From the courtroom, I saw all of the evidence presented in
Simpsons 1995 murder trial. I can say without hesitation that I have
never witnessed such compelling and overwhelming evidence of guilt.
Simpsons blood was dripping away from the crime scene. Sophisticated DNA
testing proved conclusively that the blood dropped at the murder scene
belonged only to O. J. Simpson. The chance that it was someone elses DNA
was one out of 170 million. He had fresh cuts all over his hand.
The blood of both victims and Simpson was spattered and smeared throughout
the interior of his Ford Bronco. Limo driver Allan Park testified he
observed a man he believed to be Simpson entering his home shortly after
the murders. Fresh drops of Simpsons blood were found on the driveway
and foyer of his home. Nicoles blood was found on Simpsons socks in his
bedroom, and his own blood was found on the same socks.
Simpson normally wore size 12 shoes, and bloody shoe prints matching that
very size were found leading away from the bodies. The bloody companion
to the glove ripped off at the murder scene was found on Simpsons
property. A receipt showed Nicole bought the same gloves for her husband.
Another receipt showed Simpson bought a 12-inch knife six weeks before the
murders, and a replica of the knife proved to be a precise match to the
wounds on the victims. Hair with the same characteristics as Simpsons
was found on Goldmans shirt and on the knit cap worn by the killer and
left at the crime scene.
All of this evidence and much more is a part of the official court record
which may be considered by the parole board if it has any desire to
examine the truth of whether Simpson is a killer who is fully capable of
killing again. And he knows he got away with it, thanks to arrogant and
inept prosecutors, a seemingly incompetent judge, and gullible jurors who
were dazzled, if not confused, by Simpsons so-called dream team of
The notion that all of the evidence was planted in an elaborate scheme to
frame Simpson was ludicrous. The criminal jury was fooled, but not the
civil jury. And the parole board in Nevada should not be fooled either.
The board members have a duty to protect society and an obligation to
examine the evidence against a killer who wants his freedom.
If the parole board does not have the time or willingness to study all of
the evidence presented in the civil trial, it should simply turn to
Simpsons sworn testimony. Unable to invoke his 5th Amendment right
against self-incrimination in a civil trial, he was forced to take the
witness stand. Simpson melted under cross-examination, erasing any doubt
about his guilt.
The acquittal of O. J. Simpson did immeasurable damage to Americas faith
in our system of justice. But trial by jury is an imperfect system.
Sometimes guilty people go free.
For this very reason, the Nevada parole board should refuse to permit a
proven killer to walk free again.
Gregg Jarrett is a Fox News Anchor and former defense attorney.
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