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Thu, 04 Jan 2007 19:12:00

It costs a lot to search golf courses for the real killer

I’m just surprised this didn’t happen earlier.

A federal judge yesterday temporarily froze movement of O.J. Simpson’s assets until he decides the fate of a bid by murder victim Ron Goldman’s family to get the dough the ex-football star was paid for his failed “If I Did It” book and TV deal.

The Goldmans sued Simpson last month, alleging his pact with News Corp.’s ReganBooks and Fox network was a fraud.

They contend he unlawfully funneled his estimated $1 million paycheck to a dummy corporation to duck paying them and other creditors, including American Express.

Well of course he’s hiding money and shifting it around in dummy corporations.  He’s gotta maintain that breezy, swinging lifestyle without making it obvious that he’s profiting from being perhaps the word’s most famous double murderer.

At the request of Simpson’s lawyer Ron Slates, the judge postponed until Jan. 24 a hearing on the Goldmans’ bid to have all Simpson’s future earnings paid directly to them to satisfy the judgment debt.

How exactly does something like this work?  Since he owes them the money, why don’t they automatically get a chunk of any earnings he may take in?  I mean, I totally understand that if you win a civil judgment against someone, you have to leave them enough money to live.  Fine, even OJ needs to eat, I suppose.  Why then, when he’s paid a million, do the Goldmans and other creditors not get say, $750,000 of that before he even sees it?  It seems to be that should be the way it works already, and you shouldn’t have to go to court to get paid.

Did I mention that Simpson is a double murderer and should burn in hell for all eternity?  No?  Oh.  Sorry...next time.

Wow, I just realized I’m still angry at him.  See, I grew up a Buffalo Bills fan...OJ was literally a hero in my child’s-perspective eyes.  Then he moved on to be a fairly decent comic actor and was one of my favorite celebrities.  He always seemed to be bigger than everyone else, funnier, more friendly…

I followed the news of Nicole & Ron’s deaths with almost obsessive zeal.  I read every story, taped the news, the whole thing.  I couldn’t believe it was true, in fact I refused to believe it at first.  But then the evidence piled up, and we the public saw so much that the jury didn’t.  It was so obvious he was guilty.  I started to identify with Nicole and especially Ron, who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  That could be any of us.

OJ spun my head around for awhile, and I never forgot that lesson.  Hero worship is never a good thing.  Inevitably they will disappoint you, sometimes in fantastic and dramatic ways.  That’s why I save my hero worship for fictional characters now.  If they go bad, I can blame stupid writers.


Posted by JimK at 07:12 PM on January 04, 2007
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#1  Posted by Buzzion United States on 01/04 at 08:44 PM -

How exactly does something like this work?  Since he owes them the money, why don’t they automatically get a chunk of any earnings he may take in?  I mean, I totally understand that if you win a civil judgment against someone, you have to leave them enough money to live.  Fine, even OJ needs to eat, I suppose. 

And this actually isn’t a problem for OJ since his NFL pension can’t be touched in the court case so he is getting money to live on.

It was so obvious he was guilty.

Didn’t one of the books written about the trial state that Johnny Cochrane originally recommended a guilty plea?

JimK#2  Posted by JimK United States on 01/04 at 09:13 PM -

I think it was Mark Fuhrman’s book.

#3  Posted by Buzzion United States on 01/04 at 09:38 PM -

No I think it was The Run of His Life

JimK#4  Posted by JimK United States on 01/04 at 09:52 PM -

I haven’t read that one...I like the idea of the tack it takes: not “was he guilty” but ‘why was he acquitted?”

Might have to try to pick that one up used or something.

chrisbg99#5  Posted by chrisbg99 United States on 01/05 at 03:36 AM -

This is one of the very few times I’m glad the court of public opinion judges him as guilty despite his being found innocent.


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