Pam Bondi just saying 'no' to OJ Simpson's return to Florida
- Author: Angelo Rivera Oct 01, 2017,
Oct 01, 2017, 0:10
Bondi wrote a letter to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie L. Jones on Friday, requesting the department notify Nevada that the Florida objects to granting Simpson permission to relocate to the state.
She also noted Simpson's 1989 spousal battery arrest. His lawyer told AP that there's "no doubt" that he'll be spending his post-prison days in Florida.
Simpson previously lived in Florida before his 2008 conviction.
In June 1994, Simpson's 35-year-old ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home. A Florida corrections spokeswoman, Ashley Cook, said her agency has not received a transfer request or documents about Simpson.
Simpson has been behind bars in Nevada for the past nine years after being convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping. "He wants to go to Florida, he wants to see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison".
Simpson - the former National Football League star who in the 1990s was acquitted of murder in one of the most publicized trials in history - was granted parole in July after serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping.
Release plans are in motion but need to be finalized for Simpson to be freed, perhaps as early as Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada prisons official Brooke Keast said.
Bondi quoted Simpson as saying, "I could easily stay in Nevada but I don't think you guys want me here".
Simpson claimed at his trial that he was just seeking to recover personal items from the dealers and he repeated that explanation at his parole board hearing in July, where the four-member panel voted unanimously for his release.
Simpson was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5 million to the families of the victims.
In her letter, Bondi wrote it should not be an option for the disgraced former National Football League star to move here, adding that the Sunshine State "should not become a country club for this convicted criminal".
"Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal", she said.
In a statement issued to PEOPLE, Goldman's sister, Kim, and his father, Ron, explain that "while we respect the Nevada Parole Board's decision to release Simpson, it's still hard for us knowing he will be a free man again". Under the Interstate Compact for Adult Supervision that governs parolee transfers between states, receiving states must accept transfers if certain criteria are met, such as the offender being a resident of the receiving state, having family in that state and having means to support themselves.