O.J. book on slayings sparks outrage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Family members of the victims lashed out at publisher Judith Regan and the Fox network, which is planning a two-part TV special airing Nov. 27 and 29. “It’s disgusting. Judith Regan is an opportunist. She’s helping a murderer get his voice out there,” Goldman’s sister, Kim Goldman, told the New York Daily News. “Is this (book) supposed to be a stocking stuffer for Christmas? It’s gross.” Denise Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, blasted Regan and ReganBooks for “promoting the wrongdoing of criminals” and commercializing abuse. “It’s unfortunate that Simpson has decided to awaken a nightmare that we have painfully endured and worked so hard to move beyond.” Regan refused to say what Simpson is being paid for the book but said he came to her with the idea. “This is an historic case, and I consider this his confession,” Regan told The Associated Press. In Simpson’s imaginary scenario, someone named “Charlie” committed the killings, while Simpson simply grabbed the bloody knife away from Charlie, according to sources familiar with the manuscript. A criminal jury acquitted Simpson in 1995, but a civil jury later found him responsible for the killings. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the Goldman family and to Brown Simpson’s estate but has never paid a dime. Exploring options The Goldmans’ lawyer, Jonathan Polak, said Wednesday that he’s “exploring all options … to bring justice,” including going after “lawyers and accountants” who may have helped Simpson shield his book and TV earnings by having payments made to a third party or hiding money in foreign accounts. But the Goldman family isn’t optimistic. “That money is probably long gone,” said Kim Goldman. His National Football League pension and his Florida home cannot legally be seized. He and the families of the victims have wrangled over the money in court for years. The victims’ families could go after proceeds from the book’s sales to pay off the judgment. But one legal analyst said there are ways to get around that requirement.. “Clever lawyering can get you a long way,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola University law school professor and former federal prosecutor who has followed the case closely. Levenson noted that the criminal-justice system’s protection against double jeopardy means Simpson’s book, explosive as it might be, should not expose him to any new legal danger. She added that Simpson could create an extra layer of insulation from any legal worries by presenting the story hypothetically. “He can write pretty much whatever he wants,” Levenson said. “Unless he’s confessing to killing somebody else, he can probably do this with impunity.” In the years since his acquittal, Simpson has been mocked relentlessly by late-night comedians, particularly for his vow to hunt down the real killers. Simpson did not return numerous calls for comment. Simpson’s own attorney, Yale Galanter, said he did not know about the book or the interview until this week. He said there is “only one chapter that deals with their deaths and that chapter, in my understanding, has a disclaimer that it’s complete fiction.” Amazon offers book On Amazon.com on Wednesday, the 240-page book was being offered for $16.47. An image of the cover featured Simpson’s face and the title “If I Did It,” with “If” highlighted in white and the other letters in red. Other publishers and publishing industry observers practically fell over each other to criticize ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, and Simpson. Otto Penzler, who runs Otto Penzler Books, a crime imprint of Harcourt, said he would have a moral problem with “carrying a book like that and enriching this lowlife in any way.” “If I were betting, I would say the book won’t sell,” he said. “I think people are so disgusted with this guy.” ReganBooks has gained a reputation for publishing some less-than-highbrow material, including Jose Canseco’s “Juiced,” billed as a tell-all on steroids in baseball, and books about the slaying of Laci Peterson. Patricia Schroeder, president and chief executive of the American Association of Publishers, described the developments as sickening. “But I think it’s going to stir an awful lot of debate … and that may not be unhealthy,” she said. Indeed, one thing that seemed certain was that the book and interview – which Fox will air at the end of the crucial sweeps month – were bound to generate a torrent of publicity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! O.J. Simpson created an uproar Wednesday with plans for a TV interview and book titled “If I Did It” – an imaginary account of the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend that was widely condemned as a revolting cash grab. While Simpson’s publisher billed it as a “confession,” relatives of the dead called the book a grotesque “stocking stuffer” just in time for the holiday shopping season. Simpson reportedly was paid $3.5 million for the book, in which he hypothetically discusses how he would have carried out the 1994 Brentwood slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman if he were the culprit. The book will hit stores Nov. 30. last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *