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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole In Nevada Robbery

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LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.
Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him.

O.J. Simpson appeared thinner and grayer at his parole hearing than when he was last seen four years ago. Simpson is pleading Thursday on live TV for his release from a Nevada prison.

He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case. In agreeing to release him, they cited his lack of a prior conviction, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans.
During the more than hour-long hearing, Simpson forcefully insisted — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve items that belonged to him and never meant to hurt anyone. He said he never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime.
“I’ve done my time. I’ve done it as well and respectfully as I think anybody can,” he said.
Inmate No. 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video.

Simpson, gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers. He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.
The Hall of Fame athlete’s chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and Simpson’s model behavior behind bars. His defenders have argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and that he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 “Trial of the Century” in Los Angeles, the stabbings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Before the hearing concluded, one of the dealers Simpson robbed, Bruce Fromong, said the former football great never pointed a gun at him during the confrontation, adding that it was one of the men with him who did so. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.
“He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said, adding the two remain friends.

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Kansas City Police Department Announces Two Finalists For Police Chief

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners announced the two finalist for Police Chief to fill the seat vacated by Chief Darryl Forte’ who retired in May after serving as the City’s first black Police Chief.
The two candidates are Major Rick Smith, currently Central Patrol Commander, with the Kansas City Police department and Police Chief Keith Humphrey with the Norman, Oklahoma Police department. Norman, Okla., is the home of the University of Okalahoma with a population of about 118,000 people.
The ultimate goal of not only the Board of Police Commissioners and the City of Kansas City, is to select someone who understands the city and the many issues that it faces.
Right now the City is in the midst of one of the highest homicide trends over the past decade. The City has posted 80 homicides so far this year compared to 55 at this same time last year; 42 in 2015; 39 in 2014; and 54 in 2013.

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Associate Circuit Court Judge Jalilah Otto Makes Panel For Circuit Court Nominee

judge jalilah ottoBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Judge Jalilah Otto recently made the panel to become a Circuit Court Judge in Jackson county.

Judge Otto was appointed to Division 26 by Governor Jay Nixon in January 2014.

The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law graduate has served as a Chief Trial assistant for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office, as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

She began her legal career in 2002 as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lisa White Hardwick of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

In 2005, she became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office and was the recipient of the Louis Lombardo award for Prosecutor of the Year in 2009.

She also handled many drug cases in the prosecutor’s office and moved up the ranks quickly to become Chief of the Drug unit.

She joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2010 where she prosecuted large-scale narcotic and gang cases. In 2013, she rejoined the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office as a Chief Trial Assistant while maintaining her role at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

At the time of her appointment, Judge Otto was very active in the legal community having served on the Kansas City Commission on Violent Crimes, the Kansas City Municipal Ethics Commission, the Kansas City Youth Court, and the Missouri Bar’s Committee on Minority Issues. In addition, she provided leadership as the President of the Jackson County Bar Association, chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and vice chair of the Public Service Committee of the Association of Women Lawyers.

Judge Otto has spent a considerable amount of time handling domestic cases such as child custody and child support, divorce and establishing paternity in her courtroom.

Judge Otto also oversees

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