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OJ Simpson makes plea for freedom

Former football star and convicted felon OJ Simpson will command the world's attention once again when he pleads for his freedom on live TV.
Simpson was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The 70-year-old will ask four parole board members to release him in October after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.
An aging Simpson will appear as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room in a remote Nevada prison.
Simpson was convicted of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.
"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson told the parole officials in 2013 before apologising.
"Make no mistake, I would give it all back," he said, "to get these last five years back."
The robbery was a new low for Simpson, whose celebrity spanned sports, movies, television and advertising before his fall from grace during his highly-publicised murder trial in 1995.
Simpson was found not guilty in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 1997, he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $US33.5 million ($A42.3 million) to survivors including his children and the Goldman family.
The Goldmans believe Simpson got away with murder in Los Angeles, and many people felt the stiff sentence handed down in Las Vegas wasn't just about the robbery.
By most accounts, Simpson has a clean prison record and a good chance for release.
O.J. Simpson is expected to explain what he would do and where he would live if he is granted parole.
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