Pam Bondi: OJ Simpson not welcome in Florida

Legal Analyst reviews Bondi letter
Posted at 11:49 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 23:49:32-04

OJ Simpson could be a free man as early as this Sunday and there’s a strong likelihood he will move to the Sunshine State. But not everyone is welcoming the news.

Florida Attorney General Mam Bondi sure isn't. She made that clear in this letter to the Florida Department of Corrections Secretary. However, does she have any chance of stopping him?

Bondi pushing to keep OJ out of Florida. After nearly a decade in a Nevada prison, Simpson was granted parole.

"All he wants to do is spend time with his family," said Tom Scotto, Simpson's friend, "And play golf."

Spend time near two of his children who live in St. Pete, But Bondi strongly objecting. In her letter she wrote, "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."

"Pam Bondi cannot prevent OJ Simpson from coming to the state of Florida," said ABC Action News legal analyst Jeffrey Swartz.

Swartz calls her move a political ploy. By law, states can’t reject a transfer if the parolee meets certain criteria.

“She knows there’s nothing she can do about it," said Swartz

Plus, he tells ABC Action News, there’s other reasons Florida just makes sense for OJ. The Brown and Goldman families want to collect millions from him from a 1994 case where he was acquitted of murder but found liable in a wrongful death suit. However, the Sunshine State makes his NFL pension untouchable in a judgement. Likewise for any home he buys here.

"Lots of people come down here for just that reason, it’s the same reason so many professional athletes live in Florida," said Swartz.