O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Set for Thursday

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Another chapter in the O. J. Simpson story will be told this week when he goes before a Nevada parole board. The media circus will be there once again to document every moment, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The fascination has not decreased,” said Loyola Law School professor and longtime Simpson case analyst Laurie Levenson. “We still don’t know the end of the O.J. story.

CNN, NBC News, Fox News and ESPN are among some 30 news outlets expected to be in Nevada for Simpson’s hearing on Thursday. Several television networks, including ESPN, plan to air the hearing live. “The appetite for O.J. has never gone away,” said David Sarosi of the ESPN show “Outside the Lines,” which will cover the hearing for ESPN. Simpson, 70, is serving a nine- to 33-year sentence for the 2007 robbery inside a Palace Station hotel room, in which he said he was trying to recover memorabilia stolen from him. Four state commissioners in Carson City will question Simpson, who will appear via videoconference from Lovelock Correctional Center. The board is expected to announce later Thursday whether to grant him parole beginning as early as Oct. 1. Coverage of parole hearings are rare in the media, Levenson said, and most go fairly unnoticed by the public. “But there’s nothing about O.J. that goes unnoticed,” she said.

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