After insisting the Sunshine State is off-limits to the famous footballer, Attorney General Pam Bondi said yesterday she wants new conditions placed on O.J. Simpson if he intends to travel to Florida now that he’s on parole in Nevada.
The AG also wants a peek at O.J.’s prison records, she told reporters before heading to Las Vegas to support her Nevada counterpart, Adam Laxalt, after the horrific mass shooting that left 59 individuals dead and hundreds wounded.
Florida will craft its own set of rules if the former football great and less than that actor requests travel to the Sunshine State, Bondi said, with a caveat.
“If he was a perfect inmate,” Bondi said. “If he’s going to come to our state, we will be sure there are added conditions on him.”
On Friday, Bondi issued a press release and three-page letter to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones objecting to Simpson’s relocation to the Sunshine State. Bondi told Jones that the state objected to Nevada granting Simpson permission to travel to Florida while on parole.
But, if he does come to Florida — where his children live — Bondi suggested in the letter that Simpson wear an ankle bracelet so his travels can be monitored, something that is not a condition of his parole in Nevada. She also suggested that Simpson’s Florida travels be limited, he be prohibited from alcohol and drugs and report in person to his parole officer, not by mail.
Bondi’s letter preceded the 70-year-old Simpson’s release early Sunday from the Lovelock Correction Center after serving nearly 10 years of a 33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
No request has been made by Nevada regarding Simpson being able to cross state lines.
Bondi’s objections to Simpson’s relocation to Florida drew a harsh tweet storm from his lawyer over the weekend.
Attorney Malcolm LaVergne advised Bondi — whom he repeatedly labeled as “stupid” — via Twitter that Simpson “can and will move to Florida.” LaVernge then added “None of your business.”
Asked about barrage of criticisms from Lavergne, Bondi claimed Simpson and his counsel were “completely dismissive and flat out deceitful” during the hearing before the parole commission.
“Everyone I have seen has been extremely remorseful. And not in this case,” Bondi said. “As chief legal officer and law enforcement officer of Florida, it’s my job to protect the citizens of this state. And that is what I intend to do.”
— By Jim Turner and Dara Kam.