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Local attorney: O.J. Simpson parole hearing was 'highly unusual'

Longtime Beaumont-area attorney David Barlow joined FOX anchor Jasmine Styles to share his thoughts on the hearing.

When O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday afternoon in Nevada, the entire nation was watching.

Every major network interrupted its regular programming to carry the news live.

And on Twitter, the #OJSimpsonParole and #OJSimpson hashtags indicated a large social media following of the story.

Simpson, now 70, was acquitted of a double murder involving his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995.

It's widely considered "The Trial of the Century" and helped establish the demand for a 24-hour cable news market.

It shocked many when, about 12 years later, he was back in legal trouble for robbery in Las Vegas.

Simpson was sentenced in 2008 to 33 years in prison.

His parole was granted Thursday and he is scheduled to be released Oct. 1.

Longtime Beaumont-area attorney David Barlow joined FOX anchor Jasmine Styles to share his thoughts on the hearing.

Barlow notes that so much of the event was highly unusual, from it airing live on television to as much detail as it revealed.

You can watch that interview above.

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