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tonight, o.j. simpson will go free. the parole board asking him today what he has learned in prison. was he humbled by his time behind bars? and millions across this country watching as simpson said this. >> i basically have spent a conflict-free life. >> today, simpson plan to live now? how much money is he making from the nfl and the rules he'll face to while on parole come october. breaking news for the first time. pe hear from the police chief in minneapolis after that bride-to-be was shot and killed just a short time after calling 911 for help. yf the police been silent? president trump's bombshell. his blistering words for his own attorney general. the a.g. he selected. tonight what jeff sessions is now saying. what he resign?
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senator john mccain and his message tonight after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. and severe storms hitting at this hour. the funnel clouds already reported. and the raging wildfires, we're tracking them as they now grow. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with o.j. simpson, soon to be a free man sitting before the parole board today as millions watched and studied his walk into that room and his every answer. simpson has been serving an up to 33-year sentence for that armed robbery in las vegas. the parole board asking can the questions and one by one voting to grant parole. the commissioner right here. >> mr. simpson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible. that will conclude this hearing. >> thank you. >> several thank yous from o.j. simp zorn sitting at that table.
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as americans studied his answers, many wondered how contrite would simpson be, and some of what he said made immediate headlines. abc's matt gutman is leading us off from that nevada prison. >> reporter: o.j. simpson now 70, walking into that hearing room, slimmed down, easing into his seat. >> and mr. simpson, will you, please, give me your doc number for the record? >> 1027-8200. >> reporter: the tension in the room behind that little blue door at lovelock prison broken almost immediately. >> we have that you are currently, well, very recently turned 90 years old. i'm sorry about that. i look great for 90. [ laughter ] how about we take two decades off and call you 70. >> reporter: simpson noticeably slimmer in his prison blues, answering why he robbed his friend, memorabilia collector bruce fromong and another man in 2007, he seemed to relitigate the 10-year-old crime with a flash of anger. >> you believed that the property was yours?
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>> it's been ruled legally by the state of california that it was my property and they've given it to me. i have it. >> reporter: that drunken night earned him an up to 33 year sentence. >> i know that alcohol was a factor in the last offense. have you addressed this issue as you stated you would? >> well, you know, it's -- i think i made it clear back then. i've never had an alcohol problem. i don't think anybody's ever accused me of having an alcohol problem or any kind of substance problem. of course, on that day, i had drinks. but it was a wedding celebration. >> reporter: simpson made a point of saying he took courses in prison called alternative to violence. >> are you humbled by this incarceration? >> for sure. i wish it never would have happened. i was going to -- i didn't know how we were going to do this by apologizing to the people of nevada because i wish this would have never happened.
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i apologize to them. >> reporter: by all accounts, simpson had been a model inmate here, and the hall of fame running back making the case he was one of the best ever prisoners here. >> i don't think i could have represented this prison -- i don't know any inmate has ever represented it better than i. i did my time, and i tried to be helpful to everybody. >> reporter: then his eldest daughter. >> he truly is remorseful and we want him to come home so that we can move forward for us. quietly. but to move forward. >> reporter: simpson seemingly overcome as his accuser made a plea on his behalf. >> this is a good man. he made a mistake, and if he called me tomorrow and said, bruce, i'm getting out, will you pick me up? juice, i'll be here tomorrow. >> reporter: the bro-mans seeming to flower before the cameras. >> i mean that. >> reporter: simpson in his
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seat, tears of gratitude. and then the critical yes for the inmate. >> do you think you can be successful with the terms of parole? >> i'm not a guy who lived a criminal life, you know? i'm a pretty straight shooter. i have always tried to be a good soldier, and i -- i have no problem, none, whatsoever in living with those conditions. >> reporter: in the end, the decision unanimous. read one by one. >> considering all these factors, my vote is to grant your parole effective when eligible. >> and i concur with the commissioner and grant parole. >> i concur and agree to grant parole. >> mr. simpson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible, and that will conclude this >> thank you. >> reporter: the result never
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seemed in doubt even with the elephant in the room. >> and lastly, i would like you to know we received hundreds of letters of support and opposition and while we always encourage public input, the majority of the opposition letters are asking us to consider your 1995 acquittal and suns kwent civil judgment, however these items will got be considered in this case. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: and his final words, the most contrite. >> i'm sorry it happened. i'm sorry to nevada. >> matt gutman with us live outside the prison, and you lrned what simpson said in that prison hallway as he was led away? >> reporter: that's right. as he was being escorted out that heavy steel door closing behind him, he could be seen clenching his fists in triumph saying, oh, god. he said thank you to his former victim and friend, bruce, and mouthed the words, i'll call you. david. >> matt gutman leading us off.
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thank you. what next? where does he plan to live? how much money is he still make from the nfl? abc's deborah roberts on the likely move out of prison. >> reporter: it was the image of that white bronco that first transfixed the nation. friday, june 17th, 1994. simpson, due to turn himself in at 11:00am, seven hours later, he was in that slow speed chase across la's freeways. before 9:00 p.m., 9 hours, 47 minutes later, he finally surrendered. afterwards, the trial of the century. still riveting the country decades later. the fx movie. the espn documentary. and today, 21 years and 9 days later -- >> mr. simpson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible. >> reporter: but what will simpson's life be like come october? where will he live?
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>> you're requesting to live in florida. >> reporter: florida near his children. if granted, corrections officials said in a statement today, he'll be assigned a florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with parole. he was later found liable of that double murder in a civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the brown and goldman families. the goldmans say they have received less than 1% of that. as for simpson, he'll go on to collect a $25,000 a month pension from the nfl. legally, money the families can't touch, but the goldmans said they will go after all other earnings. >> if we don't per sue it, he has another free pass. >> florida, the probation officer will be following him there. is that where he'll live? >> that's the most likely scenario. we heard him say he wants to be near his family.
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his children are in florida. it's a safe bet. he has lived in miami before. florida may be it. >> deborah, thank you. one of the parole commissioners with a warning for o.j. simpson about life on parole that he will be watched and there will be many rules. >> some of the conditions can be easily as not drinking alcohol to excess, associating with ex-felons. leaving the state without permission, being subject to search and seizure. there will be a whole slew of conditions you will have to follow and do you think you can be successful with the term of parole? >> i haven't drang in nine years and i haven't missed it. >> let's bridge in dan abrams. when o.j. simpson gets out of prison will be different than the life he knew before prison. >> restrictions including alcohol use, travel, when he can travel. where he can travel. weapons possession. there is going to be a whole list of it. but this is a new world. when o.j. simpson went to
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prison, smartphones didn't exist, really. so the world is going to be watching the most famous pa row lee in america, closely, including the goldman family, saying they are owed $52 million. >> because of the nine years that passed. dan, thank you. we move onto the other news tine. a developing headline coming in from minneapolis. the police chief speaking out for the first time just moments ago after the fatal shooting of that bride-to-be, justine damond. she called 911 to report what she thought was a sexual assault, but she was shot by a police officer. the police chief on the case since the shooting with critical words for the officers moments ago. >> as to why the cams are weren't on, sit my belief they should have been akts vated. >> assuring justine's family that justice will be served. we turn next to the major headline involving president trump. overnight blasting his own attorney general, the one who
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had campaigned with him on the trail and the one he hand selected. senator jeff sessions, tonight, the a.g. answering questions about those blistering words for his boss. will jeff session now resign? abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega, at the white house. >> reporter: after that blistering takedown from president trump, today at the justice department, jeff sessions stood his ground, refusing to resign, at least, for now. in an interview with "the new york times," the president still fuming over the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the russia investigation. >> therefore i recuse myself. >> sessions should have never recused himself. and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job. and i would have picked somebody else. how do you take the job and then recuse yourself? if he would have recused himself before the job, i would have said thanks, jeff, but no thank you. i think it's extremely unfair and that's a mild word to the president. >> reporter: harsh words for one of his first and staunchest
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supporters today putting sessions in a very tough spot. >> we love this job, we love this department, and i plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate. >> reporter: but a very different tone from the white house when asked if the president still has confidence in her attorney general. >> clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general. >> reporter: the president himself, ducking questions. >> mr. president does jeff sessions still have your full support? >> do you still support the attorney general? >> reporter: but it's not just sessions, in that interview the president also lashed out at the top leaders in the justice department, the deputy attorney general and the acting fbi director. and he attacked the man spearheading the russia investigation, special counsel robert mueller, warning mueller would cross a red line if he probed trump family finances, not tied to russia. >> i think that's a violation, look this is about russia! >> reporter: but the president stopped short of saying he would fire mueller if he crosses that red line.
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so today we asked the white house. today, that should not be viewed as a threat, as a warning, to what this special counsel should or should not be looking at. as it relates to presidents and the family finances. >> the president's making clear that the special counsel should not move outside of the scope of the investigation. >> so let's get to cecilia vega live at the white house, and cecile gentleman, those words right there, that the special counsel should not move outside the scope of the investigation. sounded a lot like she was doubling down on what the president said. stay away from the family finances. >> reporter: sarah sanders is echoing the president's exact warning, but what the white house is not saying right now, is what happens if mueller crosses this supposed red line? >> cecilia vega at the white house. thank you as alms. next tonight, john mccain's fighting spirit. tonight, that senator offering his first words since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. abc's mary bruce on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, senator john mccain is battling brain cancer in classic mccain
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fashion. tweeting -- "i greatly appreciate the outpouring of support -- unfortunately for my sparring partners in congress, i'll be back soon, so stand-by!" mccain is a giant of the senate, and an american hero. >> it's not like -- >> reporter: as a young navy commander, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in vietnam, enduring torture and cruel conditions. and as a politician, earning that label as a maverick. in 2008, picking sarah palin as his running mate and holding firm against president trump, and tonight he is now facing what could be his toughest battle yet. a brain tumor called glioblastoma. the tumor has been removed but it's the most aggressive type, and experts say likely to return. it's the same form of tumor that killed ted kennedy, and joe's son, bo, and the average
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survival time is just two months. >> defending on their size, location relevant to important functional areas of the brain, it can be more challenging to tre treat. >> reporter: supporting words coming in from all over washington. how was his spirit when you talked to him? >> well, it was better than mine. >> reporter: and tonight mccain is the one offering words of encourageme encouragement. >> he has called me three times this morning. no more woe is me, lindsey. he is yelling at me to buck up. so i'm going to buck up. >> called him three times saying toughen up. mary joins us from capitol hill, and senator mccain is at home in arizona after having that tumor removed and we're learning about his next steps. >> reporter: we're told he is likely to go through chemotherapy and radiation, but he is eager to get back here to
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it wasn't worth it. nine years away from your family is just not worth it. >> a long awaited parole hearing for an apologetic o.j. simpson. >> i do grant to vote parole when ever eligible. that concludes this hearing. >> thank you. >> visible relief for the 70-year-old as he hears the words he was hoping for. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> we have more on what happened today in court. >> our decision although difficult is fair and just. >> reporter: granted parole today after pleading via video conference where he's been behind bars serving nine years of his 33 year sentence. >> i'm sorry it happened. i'd just like to get back to my family and friends. >> reporter: contributing to the decision, testimony from one of the men simpleson is convicted of robbing in 2007 in this las
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vegas casey though and what the hall of famer maintains was an attempt to reclaim some of his personal memorabilia. >> it's time to give him a second chance. it's time for him to go home to his family, his friends. this is a good man. he made a mistake. >> reporter: simpson is now 70 years old. his age and perfect record as a prisoner all playing into his appeal for freedom. explaining to the board he's taken a course on non-violent ways to deal with conflict and helped start a baptist church service in the prison. >> i was always a good guy. i could have been a better christian and my commitment to change was to be a beater christian. >> reporter: the board receiving hundreds of letters, asking them to factor in the 1994 murder of simps simpson's ex-wife for which simpson was i quitted. >> these items will not be considered. >> reporter: he told the board he plans to move to

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