OJ Simpson Responds to Fred Goldman’s $71 Million Dollar Lawsuit

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OJ Simpson has responded to a lawsuit filed by Fred Goldman that attempted to stop him from avoiding paying the $71m he owes from his son’s Ron Goldman wrongful death payout.

The papers were filed to a Los Angeles court on January 17. Both the Goldman’s and Simpson are expected to go before a judge next week.

Simpson was acquitted of the double murder of Nicole and Ron in 1995. However, in a civil lawsuit filed in 1997, a jury found Simpson liable for their deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to their families.

O.J. Simpson The Prison Cookie Snatcher

On October 3, 2008—exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ronald Goldman—Simpson was part of another lawsuit in which he was found guilty of all 10 charges. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison with eligibility for parole in nine years (in October 2017).

The charges were:
Count 1: Conspiracy to commit a crime
Count 2: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
Count 3: Conspiracy to commit robbery
Count 4: Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon
Count 5: 1st degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
Count 6: 1st degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
Count 7: Robbery with use of a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
Count 8: Robbery with use of a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
Count 9: Assault with a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong)
Count 10: Assault with a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley)
Count 11: Coercion with a deadly weapon (for Bruce Fromong as an alternative to count 5)
Count 12: Coercion with a deadly weapon (for Alfred Beardsley as an alternative to count 6)

OJ Simpson Lawsuit and Legal Timeline

  • September 13, 2007 – Simpson and a group of men at a wedding party enter room number 1203 at the Palace Station hotel to retrieve sports memorabilia they claim were stolen. This is the same day that Simpson’s book about his ex-wife’s and Ron Goldman’s murder is published.
  • September 14, 2007 – Simpson is questioned and released.
  • September 16, 2007 – Simpson is arrested and charged with six felony counts as well and is held in solitary confinement without bail.
  • September 17, 2007 – A hearing to determine bail is set for 7:45 am Wednesday before Clark County, Nevada Judge Ann Zimmerman. A third suspect, Clarence Stewart, is arrested and charged with six felony counts similar to Walter Alexander.
  • September 18, 2007 – Several additional charges such as first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy kidnapping are filed against Simpson and the others. District Attorney filing. Bruce Fromong has a major heart attack and is in critical condition. Thomas Riccio who set up and recorded the encounter is given immunity by the District
  • Attorney and will be a witness for the prosecution.
  • September 19, 2007 – Simpson is released on $125,000 bail. A hearing is set for October 22, 2007.
  • October 15, 2007 – One of the accomplices Charles Cashmore agrees to plead guilty to a lesser offense and testify against Simpson. Walter Alexander will testify against Simpson as well and is allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge.
  • October 17, 2007 – In his plea statement, Alexander says bringing guns to the room was Simpson’s idea to look tough “and act like we mean business”.
  • November 8, 2007 – Simpson attends a preliminary hearing to determine whether he should be tried for the charges.
  • November 14, 2007 – Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure Jr. announces that Simpson will stand trial for 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, and other felony charges. The trial was first set for April 7, 2008.
  • May 23, 2008 – Court officers and attorneys announce on May 22, 2008, that long questionnaires with at least 115 queries will be given to a jury pool of 400 or more. Prosecutors and defense counsels disagree on at least three questions, and Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass schedule arguments on the June 20 hearing on pretrial motions.
  • September 8, 2008 – Jury selection begins.
  • September 10, 2008 – Blogger J.Son Dinant disrupts pre-trial hearings when he accidentally talks to potential jurors.
  • September 15, 2008 – Trial began.
  • October 3, 2008 – The jury unanimously finds Simpson guilty on all 12 counts against him, including robbery and kidnapping charges. After the verdicts are read by courtroom clerk Sandra Jeter 11:00 pm local time, Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass denies Simpson’s bail petition and he is removed in handcuffs, facing life imprisonment.
  • October 10, 2008 – Simpson files a motion for new trial.
  • November 7, 2008 – Simpson’s motion for a new trial is denied.
  • December 5, 2008 – Simpson and Clarence Stewart were sentenced in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both will serve their sentences at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson was sentenced to a minimum of 9 years in prison (after which he would be eligible for parole) and a maximum of 33 years. The state was seeking a minimum of 18 years in pre-sentencing report.
  • May 5, 2009 – Simpson appeals his conviction to the Nevada Supreme Court.
  • August 3, 2009 – A three-judge panel of the Nevada Supreme Court grants a rare “after-the-fact” bail hearing.
  • October 22, 2010 – The Nevada Supreme Court affirms Simpson’s convictions.
  • May 13, 2013 – Simpson testified in a Clark County District Court asking the Judge to grant him a new trial.
  • Simpson’s main theory was “ineffective assistance of counsel,” that trial and appeal counsel Yale Galanter mishandled his case.
  • July 31, 2013 – Simpson granted parole on the armed robbery convictions by the Nevada parole board; however, Simpson still must serve at least four more years unless he is granted a new trial on his latest appeal attempt.
  • November 26, 2013 – Simpson’s request for a retrial (as stated above, Simpson and his current defense team believe his previous defense attorneys had made errors in his trial serious enough to apply for retrial) is refused by Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell. He remains in a Nevada state prison and is still eligible for parole, at age 70, in the second half of 2017, unless he receives a sentence reduction through other means.
  • July 20, 2017 – Simpson granted parole on the armed robbery convictions and is eligible for release as early as October 1, 2017.
  • October 1, 2017 – Simpson was released from prison, having served nine years.

O.J. Simpson plans to file a $100 million lawsuit against a high-end Las Vegas hotel, claiming it has portrayed him in an unfair, “false light.”Jan 5, 2018

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