How the mystery knife could affect O.J. Simpson’s parole
Even if O.J. Simpson used the knife now being tested in the 1994 brutal slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees that he will not face a second prosecution for the infamous murders.
But it doesn’t preclude the Nevada Department of Corrections — where Simpson is doing time for an unrelated armed robbery and kidnapping — from taking notice.
The 68-year-old is eligible for parole next year, but a knife tying Simpson to the unsolved murders could block his release.
“The Nevada Parole Board may consider and give relevant weight to any evidence that bears on whether the release of the petitioning inmate could constitute a danger to the public,” a spokeswoman from attorney general Adam Paul Laxalt’s office said in an email to Yahoo News.
Nevada law permits the parole board to take into account:
(a) Whether there is a reasonable probability that the prisoner will live and remain at liberty without violating the laws;
(b) Whether the release is incompatible with the welfare of society;
(c) The seriousness of the offense and the history of criminal conduct of the prisoner.
News of the knife is the latest twist in a saga that’s captured the world’s attention for more than two decades. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole and Goldman, her friend, were stabbed to death June 12, 1994, in Los Angeles’s upscale Brentwood neighborhood.
A murder weapon was never found, but police recovered a bloody glove in Simpson’s yard two miles from the crime scene. A jury acquitted the Hall of Fame running back during the sensational so-called Trial of the Century. Two years later, a civil court jury determined that Simpson, who has always maintained his innocence, was liable for the deaths and awarded $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman families.