OJ Simpson can’t escape the debt collector for the Goldmans
With his release from a Nevada prison over the weekend, OJ Simpson must once again try to escape a multi-million dollar settlement he owes the family of Ron Goldman, one of the his alleged victims in the 1994 double murder that destroyed his reputation. as a former NFL superstar and famous pitchman.
“The good news for me is that he’s leaving. The bad news for him is that I am in good health. I’m ready to go ”, Californian lawyer David Cook told CNN.
Cook specializes in collections and has represented the Goldman family for over a decade. Goldman was stabbed to death, along with Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, in June 1994 outside her home in Brentwood, California. While Simpson was acquitted of the murders in a criminal trial in 1995, he was found responsible for the wrongful deaths of Goldman and Brown Simpson in a civil trial and ordered to pay $ 33.5 million in 1997.
Since then, the figure has tripled due to the interest, according to Cook. “I renewed the judgment in 2015 at $ 57 million. Two years have passed, so now it’s just under $ 70 million.
Cook acknowledges that debt collection has been difficult for a variety of legal reasons, but he’s ready for the “second round” if Simpson wins anything during his release from prison. Simpson was released from Nevada Corrections early Sunday morning after serving nine years for a robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas.
One issue that made it difficult to collect the verdict is that Simpson is a retiree. ESPN’s Darren Rovell said that Simpson may have earned over $ 600,000 from his NFL pension while incarcerated in Nevada, but that $ 600,000 will belong to him because NFL pensions are protected by state law, CBS Sports said.
The Goldman family also cannot claim many of Simpson’s other assets, including any home he has owned or may own.
During his parole hearing, Simpson said he ultimately plans to move to Florida, where the law gives him additional protections against a civil trial. Simpson also moved to Florida after the civil lawsuit, presumably to protect his property.
Captain Shawn Arruti, a Nevada parole and probation official, told The Associated Press Sunday that Simpson plans to live in Nevada for the foreseeable future, but that plan could change.
There has been speculation that Simpson will move to St. Petersburg where Justin and Sydney, his two grown children with Nicole Simpson, now live. Simpson previously said he wanted to live in Florida, where he lived and where he also has friends.
State Attorney General Pam Bondi sent a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections on Friday, insisting the agency tell Nevada that Simpson is unwelcome.
“Floridians are well aware of Mr Simpson’s track record, his blind disregard for the lives of others and his thug attitude towards the heinous acts for which he has been held civilly responsible,” Bondi said in the statement. letter. “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal. ”
However, some saw Bondi’s decision as political and say she has little recourse to arrest him under an interstate agreement that governs parole transfers between states, reported the Tampa Bay Times. The Interstate Compact for Adult Supervision states that receiving states must accept transfers if certain criteria are met, such as the offender is a resident of the receiving state, has family in that state, and have the means to support themselves.
Other assets that the Goldmans have claimed, with varying degrees of success, include Simpson’s Heisman Trophy. After the civil judgment, he was ordered to sell it. Although he made $ 230,000, the Goldmans were never able to find out who had him, CNN said.
The Goldmans were also able to claim the rights to Simpson’s bestseller “If I Did It,” called a hypothetical account of the murders. However, it is not known how many sales of the book went to the Goldmans. Cook said his customers would look for any other income Simpson could generate, especially in the entertainment business.
For the Goldmans, the goal of this ongoing fundraising effort has never been money but the principle, Cook told CNN.
“There is no closure,” Cook said. “There is one thing that is obscene in the vocabulary of Fred Goldman. This is called closure. There is no closure because closure means there is a certain sense of Judeo-Christian forgiveness – and that just won’t happen here. It does not work.