OJ Simpson media circus returns with fallen star to face parole board

Ron Goldman’s side

Ron Goldman’s side

Simpson, who was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, will be facing a parole board Thursday relating to different charges.

The parole board is not allowed to consider Simpson's murder trial in making it's recommendations Thursday.

Parole officers in Carson City, Nevada, are now keen to minimize "distractions" when it comes to the upcoming hearing. Simpson will appear via video conference from two hours away at Lovelock Correctional Center, the isolated medium-security facility northeast of Reno that he has called home for almost nine years, to answer commissioners' questions.

Simpson, his attorney and a Simpson family member are expected to speak at the hearing, Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Simpson was convicted in 2008 after a botched heist at a Las Vegas casino hotel, where along with several associates he barged into a memorabilia collector's room and left with hundreds of sports artifacts. He was convicted in October 2008 on all 12 counts - three counts of conspiracy; one count of burglary with use of a deadly weapon; and two counts each of kidnapping, robbery, assault and coercion, all with use of a deadly weapon.

On the night on September 13, 2007, the Heisman victor led a group of men who broke into a room at the Palace Station hotel in Vegas, where the memorabilia dealer - Bruce Fromong - had various pieces of sports memorabilia stolen from him at gunpoint.

After a lengthy murder trial that was broadcast live on numerous TV stations, Simpson was found guilty in 1995.

Simpson, who earned the nickname "The Juice" during his playing days, claimed he was trying to recover mementos from his career which he said the dealers had stolen. "I think the physical part has really taken a toll on his life". "He said, 'I can't have a write up because I won't get my parole'".

"The good news for Mr. Simpson is he's probably going to get out on October 1", Cook said.

Simpson will have the chance to address the board himself.

Their biggest challenge, says the sheriff, the sheer number of media from around the world descending on Nevada's small capital to watch as O.J. Simpson, once again, makes his case. According to the Times, Simpson said his intent was to "retrieve" the items on offer, which he said were personal keepsakes and included photos of his family and a ceremonial football.

If the four parole board members do not unanimously agree, then two other commissioners from Las Vegas will be called to vote.

Legal experts say Simpson, 70, has a good chance of receiving parole and walking away from the remainder of his nine to 33-year sentence.

Bruce Fromong testified against Simpson in the trail that ended with Simpson's conviction and though he was a victim, he told "Inside Edition" it's time for Simpson to be free.

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