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OJ Simpson Brain Cancer Pardon: Former NFL Star Begs President Obama to Let Him Die at Home

First Posted: Jan 03, 2014 02:44 PM EST

OJ Simpson wants President Barack Obama to show him clemency -- he's petitioning the President to give him clemency because he, reportedly, has terminal brain cancer, and he wants to die at home. 

According to The Metro, the 66-year-old former football great believes he doesn't have much longer to live. His memory is getting worse, he is suffering from blurred vision, he is stuttering, and he has hearing problems.

The Washington Times is reporting that Simpson, who was jailed in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping, would be eligible for parole in 3 years if Obama doesn't grant his request for clemency. "Simpson has been in poor health for years. He's gained weight since his imprisonment, and also suffers from blurred vision, stuttering and failing hearing. At one point, doctors warned him to lay off the sweets, else his diabetes would cause further health problems."

You may recall what happened in the so-called "Trial of the Century": the O. J. Simpson murder case (officially the People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County, Calif. Superior Court that spanned from the jury being sworn in on November 2, 1994, to opening statements on January 24, 1995, to a verdict on October 3, 1995. Former professional football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder after the June 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a waiter, Ronald Lyle Goldman. Simpson was acquitted after a trial that lasted more than eight months.

Simpson hired a high-profile defense team initially led by Robert Shapiro (now the founder of and subsequently led by Johnnie Cochran and also included F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen (the dean of law at Santa Clara University), Robert Blasier, and Carl E. Douglas, with two more attorneys specializing in DNA evidence: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. 

Los Angeles County believed it had a solid prosecution case, but Cochran was able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence (a relatively new form of evidence in trials at the time) -- including that the blood-sample evidence had allegedly been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians -- and about the circumstances surrounding other exhibits. Cochran and the defense team also alleged other misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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