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January 19 2018, 01:45 | Van Peters
Courtesy of the Nevada Department of CorrectionsO.J. Simpson signs papers as he prepares to leave prison in Nevada
O.J. Simpson wants to serve out his parole in Florida when he is released from prison in the next few days, but at least one high-ranking Sunshine State official wants his residency rejected.
Bondi wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones asking that the department refuse to grant Simpson's request to be relocated to Florida upon release from prison.
According to the Associated Press (via NBC News), Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Wednesday that the process of releasing Simpson has been initiated but still needs to be finalized.
His prison term was widely seen as a form of proxy punishment after he was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in a seminal 1994 case. "The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option ..." But if Nevada's request meets the requirements, Florida corrections officials have no choice but to accept the transfer, despite Bondi's concerns over his "disturbing history of arrests and destructive behavior".
The Nevada Board of Parole rules bluntly state: "You shall not associate with convicted felons, persons who are engaged in criminal activity, or other persons with who your supervising officer instructs you not to associate".
Simpson, who played 11 NFL seasons and had an acting and broadcasting career after he retired from football, had previous run-ins with authorities.
Scotto has offered to have Simpson live with him in Naples, Florida.
"There is no doubt he is going to Florida", Simpson's Attorney Malcom LaVergne said. He's eligible for release starting Sunday (Oct. 1), and could be out as early as Monday.
Though he will be paroled, Simpson, 70, will be subject to supervision by the state. Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's attorney, told the Los Angeles Times that he and his client were prepared to wait until October 6 for the release.
Simpson was ordered to pay Brown and Goldman's families $33.5 million, but if he moves to Florida he can use the state's homestead exemption to avoid a lien on his home.
Simpson moved to Florida from California following the judgement in the civil case.