OJ Simpson parole prompts legislative bill for 2019 session

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - "I've always thought I'd been pretty good with people, and I basically have spent a conflict-free life," said OJ Simpson to parole board members just three months ago.

It was those words last July that had attorney Gloria Allred seeing red, and determined to change the laws surrounding Nevada's Parole Board. She found an ally in Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner.

“Through the OJ Simpson parole board hearing, what became glaringly evident was that a conviction for a domestic battery or domestic violence was something that was not taken into consideration,” said Kransner September 26, 2017 at a press conference in the lobby of the Nevada Legislative building.

Allred represented Nicole Brown's family in the criminal case against OJ Simpson. Krasner is an advocate for domestic violence victims.

Together they have drafted a bill that would require the parole board to consider if the inmate was convicted or pleaded no contest to domestic violence, and who is found guilty in a wrongful death case where punitive damages were awarded.

Both of these scenarios apply to OJ Simpson.

“A civil judgement of wrongful death, a verdict by a jury reduced to judgement by an LA County Superior Court Jury that he had killed Nicole and Ron. In 1989 Mr. Simpson was convicted of misdemeanor battery of his wife Nicole,” said Allred at the press conference.

The parole board commissioners sent a statement saying the board considers criminal history with the help of NCIC, a clearing house of data maintained by the FBI.

The board says the "no contest plea" entered by Simpson for misdemeanor spousal abuse in 1989 did not appear in the data.
California authorities did not respond to additional inquiries about the commission.

But that may not be a mistake, says commissioners; rather it could be the way jurisdictions work in other parts of the country. For instance, there are processes that allow for a conviction to be withdrawn or sealed.

In any case the commissioners say the information may not have produced a different outcome in the Simpson parole decision.

Also contained in Krasner’s bill, inmates must sign a statement saying they will be truthful to the best of their knowledge when testifying in front of the parole board. Inmates may face perjury charges if it if found they lied to the board.

OJ Simpson will be released from prison next month. Asked if he is a danger to the community Allred said she cannot predict what will or won’t happen in the future.