Pam Bondi to Nevada: Florida doesn't want OJ Simpson
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says OJ Simpson is not welcome in Florida.
In a letter addressed to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie L. Jones, Bondi asks the department to immediately notify authorities in Nevada that Florida objects to granting Simpson permission to transfer to Florida to serve parole for a 2008 conviction on robbery and kidnapping charges.
"Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson's background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable," Bondi writes, referring to the 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, a case in which Simpson was acquitted of murder, but found liable in a wrongful death suit to the tune of $25 million. "The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal."
Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison in the Nevada robbery and served nine. He was granted parole in July and Nevada authorities have said he could be released as soon as Monday Oct. 2, though the Florida Department of Corrections said this week it has not received a transfer request from Nevada. Florida would have 45 days to investigate any transfer request, including any proposed address for Simpson.
Simpson said at his parole hearing that he planned to return to Florida if released. There has been speculation that he'd move to St. Petersburg where his two grown children, Justin and Sydney, now live.
In the letter, Bondi goes on to lay out reasons why Florida objects to taking Simpson, including his "failure to pay the related judgments" in the wrongful death suit "despite having ample means," his criminal activity in Las Vegas that led to a felony conviction, the added burden that his notoriety would impose on law enforcement and the "heightened risk that he would place on the safety of the people of Florida."
She also noted Simpson's 1989 spousal battery arrest. Simpson later pleaded no contest in that case.
Despite Bondi's objections, she likely wouldn't be able to stop Simpson from being transfered to Florida if he qualifies. 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.
Simpson lived in Miami at the time of his Nevada arrest.
Bondi wrote that if Florida does approve a transfer request for Simpson, he should be monitored with an ankle bracelet.
Earlier this month, Simpson's Nevada attorney Malcolm LaVergne said Simpson was headed for Florida soon, but declined to specify where.
"He is definitely coming to Florida -- but look at the map, it's a big state," LaVergne told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm not familiar with St. Petersburg, and I don't know anything about St. Petersburg."
You can read Bondi's entire letter here.