Things Not Going Swimmingly For O.J. In Prison

Where’s an impassioned Terrell Owens Twitter campaign when you really need one? Opening oral arguments on O.J. Simpson’s appeal will be heard by the Nevada Supreme Court on Aug. 3, but one report from the Nevada prison in which he currently resides leads us to believe that he may never make it that far. O.J. “is losing it” in prison, according to STARPULSE.COM, with the big problem being that he’s afraid of his cellmate.

Simpson was sentenced to at least 15 years for an armed hotel robbery in Las Vegas, and is at the Lovelock Correctional Center while waiting word on his appeal. But darn it, he’s not getting along with his cellmate, apparently. Perhaps his appeal should be heard by Judge Judy. OK, this story actually comes via the NATIONAL ENQUIRER, so take that into account:

According to the tabloid, Simpson has told pals, “My cellmate is nuts. He’s a killer, and he hates me. He told me that he is in prison for murder and rape, and he hates my guts because I got away with murdering my ex-wife.“He’s told me he is going to strangle me in my sleep the first chance he gets.”

Friends of Simpson are worried “The Naked Gun” star is gradually being driven to insanity and are concerned he will not survive his prison stint.

An insider says, “I think O.J. is finally losing it. If he has to stay in prison for a long time, he won’t make it.”

Because O.J. seemed so sharp and emotionally centered before being locked up.Referring to Simpson as “The ‘Naked Gun’ star,” and quoting his “pals” makes this story totally worthwhile. The notion that O.J. has “pals,” is hilarious, and I see an animated children’s show in the works if by some miracle his appeal is successful. “O.J. and Pals,” on the Disney Channel.

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S big scoop aside, it seems quite unlikely that Lovelock prison authorities would put O.J. in harm’s way while his appeal is still pending. My guess: He’s isolated from other prisoners. And concerning that appeal, it’s also very doubtful that he’s getting out while it’s being heard.

From AP:

It’s been more than 30 years since the state high court granted a high-profile defendant freedom pending appeal. That man, Lawrence Arvey, skipped town.

“That hurt us all,” said William Terry, a veteran Las Vegas defense lawyer who helped represent Arvey. “The Supreme Court is kind of like an elephant, they don’t forget.”