On Thursday, June 20, a parole hearing for OJ Simpson took place. Simpson went before four members of the Nevada parole board to determine whether he will be released from prison early, after serving eight years of his 2008 sentence for several felony convictions including kidnapping and robbery.
The board is conducting a hearing in Carson City, while Simpson joins via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center. Because of the high-profile status of the case, the verdict is expected to be reached within the day, and the internet is having a field day, sharing all of their personal best memes and tweets about Simpson's parole hearing.
The hearing is a highly anticipated "event," thanks to Simpson's fame and the controversy surrounding him over the years. In 1993, he was found not guilty for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Questions have arisen as to whether the parole hearing will be completely independent of the 1995 trial; and some viewers undoubtedly will be watching the hearing through the double-murder lens. This hearing, however, pertains to his robbery conviction from 2008, when he was sentenced to 33 years after he was found guilty of entering a hotel to take sports memorabilia. Simpson claimed that the memorabilia had been stolen from him and he was trying to get it back, and that he didn't know the men with him were armed.