The juice is loose! Once an embraced phrase, that is sure to bring many people’s blood to a boil when they wake up to this news.
Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is once again a free man. Simpson was released early this morning after spending nine years behind bars for his involvement in an attempted heist in Las Vegas. That incident led to another arrest and this time, conviction that included a long prison sentence.
Simpson’s lawyers said the long sentence was unfair while many people believe it was a make up call and justice for him avoiding conviction when he was accused of the duel murder of his ex-wife and her friend. That acquittal in 1995 in Los Angeles was called the “trial of the century” and caused an uproar around the country.
Simpson’s release occurred at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada and prison officials said this was planned to avoid a media circus.
Simpson, now 70 years old, was granted freedom and parole at a hearing in July this year and will face five years of parole supervision.
On Sept. 16, 2007, Simpson led five men to a Las Vegas casino to retrieve personal items that Simpson insisted were stolen after his acquittal in the 1994 murders. Two of Simpson’s accomplices were packing guns and this all led to his conviction.
A friend of Simpson’s recently said Simpson was planning to move back to Florida. Simpson is a former resident of Florida but lost his Miami area house in 2012 to foreclosure. His children, Justin and Sydney, also reside in the state so it appears to be his best option.
The Florida Department of Corrections said they have not received a transfer request while Pam Bondi, the controversial attorney general, said Florida doesn’t want him there. She said:
“The specter of [OJ Simpson] residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
About the Vegas arrest that led to a conviction, Simpson told officials that leading the group of armed men into the 2007 hotel room confrontation was an error in judgment. He also told a Vegas parole board that he has led a “conflict-free life”. That comment fueled a social media blitz of anger because most people feel he got away with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Simpson once known as “Juice”, won the Heisman Trophy while playing for USC in 1968 and became one of the NFL’s all-time great running backs and a fan favorite with the Buffalo Bills.
A jury swiftly acquitted him of those murders but Simpson was found liable in civil court for the killings and ordered to fork over more than $33 million to the Goldman family and others.
The Goldmans have been staying on top of this too, following most every move Simpson has made since being granted the case, and demanding any money he makes to go to the them and the civil judgment. The family says that judgment has doubled, escalating to about $65 million.