Custody trial for Simpson children beginsNovember 12, 1996
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ORANGE, California (CNN) -- The trial for custody of O.J. Simpson's two young children, Sidney, 11, and Justin 8, got under way Tuesday morning.
Simpson filed suit to regain custody of his children from their maternal grandparents Lou and Juditha Brown.
The children have lived with the Browns since Simpson was arrested for their mother's murder in 1994. Simpson was acquitted in the death of Nicole Brown Simpson in October 1995.
The non-jury trial is closed to the public and media and the judge has issued a gag order on all parties involved in the case. The proceeding could take from two weeks to two months, experts say.
Simpson arrived accompanied by his sister Shirley Baker and her husband Benny Baker. Nicole Brown's parents, Lou and Judita Brown, and her sister, Denise Brown, were also present.
California family law states it is in the best interest of the children to have maximum exposure to the natural parent.
The Browns are expected to try and show domestic violence between Simpson and Nicole Brown is one reason why returning the children to Simpson would be detrimental to them.
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