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Focus of Simpson custody case is domestic violence

November 14, 1996
Web posted at: 9:00 p.m. EST

ORANGE, California (CNN) -- Lawyers for the parents of Nicole Brown Simpson are focusing on the issue of domestic violence in the child custody battle with O.J. Simpson, a source told CNN.

The Brown family and Simpson are battling for custody of Simpson's two youngest children, Sydney, 11, and Justin, 8. The trial which began Tuesday is closed to the public and the judge has imposed a gag order on all parties.

Lawyers for the Brown family have been laying the ground work for their contention that Simpson is a "violent" man with a "propensity" to carry out his "violence" at home, according to a source.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Simpson was on the witness stand, questioned about past incidents of alleged domestic abuse, including a 1993 audio tape of a 911 phone call by Nicole Brown Simpson, the source said.

The custody trial was recessed until Monday because of scheduling problems. When it resumes, experts on domestic violence are expected to testify on behalf of the Brown family.


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