Though most legal experts think O.J. Simpson will be granted parole at a hearing Thursday, one of Simpson's lawyers from his murder case, Alan Dershowitz, is not so sure.
Appearing Wednesday on Fox News' "The Story," the Harvard law professor told host Martha McCallum that Simpson's sentence of 9-to-33 years for a botched robbery in 2007 was excessive and was retribution for his acquittal on double-murder charges more than a decade earlier.
Though the parole board should not consider that when Simpson comes before them on Thursday, it is quite possible it will, said Dershowitz, who served as part of Simpson's legal "Dream Team" in 1995 on the charges he murdered his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
"Look, most Americans think O.J. Simpson committed a double murder and got away with it because his lawyers helped him get away with it," Dershowitz said. "That's the 900-pound gorilla that's been in every room, the jury room, the courtroom, and may be in the parole room. So nobody can predict the outcome of this."
Fox News' Gerald Rivera, who covered the Simpson criminal and civil trials in the 1990s, said on Fox News' "The Five" he believes Simpson will walk because the sentence was excessive.
"They really sentenced O.J. for the murder raps that he beat in LA," he said. "It's karma but it's not justice. Simpson is 70 years old. Case closed. It will be a 4-0 ruling in favor of parole. O.J. Simpson will be paroled and a free man on October 1st."
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