PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP)—A legal expert is weighing in on O.J. Simpson’s early release saying that the crime that landed him behind bars was “the dumbest thing he could have done.”
Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.
Criminal Defense Attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. says he wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision.
“It wasn’t surprising to me at all… if you look back a few years ago he was actually paroled on 5 of the 12 counts that he was originally sentenced on, when he received a sentenced– of what I believe was an aggregate sentence of 9 to 33 years. I think it was more like a formality,” said Perri Jr.