While the details of O.J.'s alleged murders and subsequent criminal trial are well known at this point (and, if you don't know, there's definitely no shortage of info out there) the four-person parole board that will conduct Thursday's hearing will weigh whether or not to grant Simpson's release from a 2008 conviction of armed robbery and kidnapping, following an incident with memorabilia dealers the year before.
O.J. Simpson watches his former defense attorney Yale Galanter testify during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The parole hearing on Thursday covers Simpson's other counts.
Of course, Simpson is no stranger to cameras in the courtroom. "The media still portrays him in a negative light because he was acquitted of the murders [of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman]". In a statement published on its website, the parole board said all commissioners use the same risk assessment and guidelines, adding, "There is no evidence that the board is aware of that indicates that one location has panel members who are more conservative or liberal than the other location".
The Juice will be beamed in via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center, where he has been serving his stretch. If Simpson, who was already granted parole on some of his charges in 2013, is paroled again, he will be released from prison in October but will still have to meet with a parole officer and submit to other conditions. He was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges. The parole board, for example, has said it will issue a decision Thursday so to minimize distractions.
Another former parole board chairman, Thomas Patton, told NBC that the current board will not be swayed "by something that was put out in a media context". In either case, a decision is expected on the day of the hearing.
If the six votes are split, a subsequent parole hearing will be held in January 2018.
The commissioners will examine Simpson's behavior in prison, and ask him questions about his plans for the future - including where he intends to live if released.
"My advice to him would be to live out the rest of your life", the lawyer said.