Attorney General Pam Bondi offered a little backhanded compliment to O.J. Simpson, as the former guest of Lovelock Correctional Center has reportedly decided against relocating from Las Vegas to Florida.
“That is the first wise decision Orenthal has made in a long while,” Bondi said, referencing Simpson’s first name in a statement on Friday.
A day earlier the AP reported that Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne said the former professional footballer and celebrity pitchman had “no immediate plans to return to Florida.”
Simpson had told Nevada parole officials he had planned to move to Florida once out of jail.
Released in October, Simpson, 70, spent nearly 10 years behind bars as part of a 33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
In September, Bondi sought to stop Simpson from being able to relocate to Florida. Bondi later sought to see his prison records and to have additional conditions — an ankle bracelet to monitor his travel, a prohibition from alcohol and drugs and a requirement to report in person to his parole officer — placed on Simpson if he sought to travel into Florida.
“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 wrote at the time. “The specter of his residing in Florida should not be an option. Numerous law enforcement officials in Florida agree with this position. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
Bondi also referenced allegations that Simpson killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
“Additionally, it bears noting that Mr. Simpson has a disturbing history of arrests and destructive behavior, dating back in California to spousal battery charges in 1989, to which he pled ‘no contest,’ prior to causing the gruesome deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994,” Bondi wrote Jones.
Bondi’s request resulted in a Twitter tirade from LaVergne, who advised Bondi that Simpson “can and will move to Florida.” LaVernge then added “None of your business.”
LaVergne also predicted that Bondi — who is currently not running for office and can’t seek reelection this year due to term limits — would “lose her seat next year.”