A Nevada jury convicted Simpson in 2008 on charges which include kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced him to 33 years in prison with the chance of parole after nine years. The board uses an 11-point risk assessment, on which Simpsons scores well, that offers a guideline for determining the danger an inmate poses to the public, if released.
The panel for the hearing will consist of four members, a majority of the seven-member board.
Is O.J. Simpson's time behind bars coming to an end?
Simpson's trial in California for the 1994 murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, was a television obsession more than two decades ago. On Sept. 19 of the same year, he appeared in court and was charged with 12 counts total, including conspiracy to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, two counts of first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon, two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of coercision with a deadly weapon (as alternates to the counts of first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon).
Thirteen years after O.J.'s "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles in 1995, Las Vegas had it's own trial of the century in 2008. But Michael Shapiro, a NY defense lawyer who provided commentary during Simpson's conviction in Las Vegas in 2008 and his acquittal in Los Angeles in 1995, said freedom was no certainty. Two other members of the board will monitor the hearing, said David Smith, a parole hearing examiner. The other, Al Beardsley, has since passed away, though a relative told the Post that Beardsley would have even "picked [Simpson] up at jail".
Simpson is scheduled for a hearing in front of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners in Carson City, Nevada tomorrow, July 20 via video from the Lovelock Correctional Institution.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. local time, 1 p.m. ET. Eastern, is expected to be brief. He talked of being a model prisoner, trying to educate himself, and pointed out what he saw as mitigating circumstances of his crime, while also taking responsibility for decisions he made that day.
"The media interest in this one case is a disruption to our operation, " the parole board said in a statement, as quoted by the Washington Post. News expects to have a second special report later in the afternoon once a decision is reached. The Department of Corrections will file a report on his conduct in prison, which by all accounts has been good, and his post-prison plans.
"It's based on his behavior in prison and that certainly hasn't changed", Simpson's ex-lawyer Yale Galanter told the Daily News.
"The police, DA, was only interested in one thing - Mr. Simpson", said Yale Galanter, Simpson's attorney.
If the parole board votes in Simpson's favor, the soonest he can be released is October 1.
"He's very positive. He's always been positive".