A parole hearing that is a televised event! Not something that you expect as must-see TV. Today at 1, O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is being televised on ESPN. That is some crazy sports television. From the Associated Press, here is an article titled “11 key players in OJ Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada”.
Today’s news will have several angles on this hearing. For the purposes of this blog, I want to mention one “confectionary note”.
It’s the story of how a chocolate chip cookie almost derailed this hearing. (USA Today) As it stands now, Simpson will get out of jail around October 1, if his hearing goes as expected today. But, as told by a retired correctional officer, there would be no parole hearing and no parole possibility, if he had not intervened for Simpson.
Following Simpson’s 2007 robbery conviction, Simpson arrived at prison to begin to serve his sentence. An inmate who helped with in the prison cafeteria, stole cookies and brought them back to cell unit where Simpson was housed. There, the inmate handed out the chocolate chip cookies to the other inmates. Most of them returned to their cells and took their cookies with them. Not Simpson!
Simpson sat there eating his cookie. (Might explain why he has put on a few LB’s since sentencing. Right?) If the prison jumpsuit doesn’t fit… you must not acquit?
From TMZ, here is a picture in 1995 (which also means “before cookie”)
And a picture from 2007 (which might be “after cookie”)
Here’s what the retired guard described of the cookie incident, “Being the loud O.J. he is, the guard in the bubble saw him eating a cookie,’’ according to USA TODAY Sports. “And of course she said, ‘Where’d you get the cookie from?’ Well, O.J. doesn’t lie. He got it from a guy, a culinary worker.
“Well, she wrote him up for having contraband. Over a cookie. That’s pretty crazy. So when I came back the next day for work, O.J. came to me and told me what happened. He said, ‘I can’t have a write up because I won’t get my parole.'”
The guard wrote about his relationship with Simpson in a book, Guarding the Juice. According to him, he intervened with the female correctional guard, to try to get her to destroy the disciplinary note for Simpson’s file. She refused to do it.
He went on to caution her that she would forever be known to the other inmates as The Cookie Monster and that the report would hurt her reputation with the other inmates. She finally relented and ripped it up. And today… OJ has his hearing on schedule… and on TV.
And for pic o’ day, for some reason this seemed a bit on theme: