In their own words
Reactions to the Simpson custody ruling
December 20, 1996
Web posted at: 11:45 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- Moments after an Orange County Superior Court judge
Friday ruled in favor of O.J. Simpson in a long and
contentious custody fight, the comments began.
Here are reactions from some of the key players:
- Judge Nancy Wieben-Stock: "The children share a
relationship with their father that appears to be strong,
positive, and healthy, with powerful psychological bonding.
All experts who had the benefit of analyzing the children
with all of their significant adults, came to the same
conclusion on this point."
"A review of Simpson's history with the children does not
yield a picture of a man who has in the past, or is likely in
the future to lose control of himself in such a manner as to
emotionally or physically harm his two young children."
- O.J. Simpson: "We are all so very grateful today to have
the children home again where they want to be," Simpson's
statement said. "We would like to thank Lou and Juditha Brown
for doing the best they could during a very difficult time
and fully expect them to continue as active grandparents."
"We would ask the media and the public to allow my children
their privacy and to live in as normal an environment as
- The Brown family: "The Brown family fought long and hard
against Mr. Simpson's petition to regain the custody of
Sydney and Justin in order to assure that these children
would be safe and protected and not exposed to the risks and
detriment of domestic violence which plagued their past and,
if returned to Mr. Simpson, would be likely to affect their
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"It is with great sadness and concern that we received the
news today that the judge has decided to terminate the
"We love Sydney and Justin and pray for their safety and
well-being as they return to their father."
- Denise Brown, victim's sister: "Nobody believes that
domestic violence kills and nobody believes it is detrimental
to children. This world has got to wake up. To me, if there
is domestic violence, if the children see it or hear it, that
to me is detrimental. Batterers should not have rights to
"I know he murdered my sister. Deep down in my heart I know
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- Natasha Roit, attorney for the Brown family: "It is
illogical to us that she can decide a case on domestic
violence ... without considering the evidence of murder."
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"The judge has failed to address in this order the tremendous
amount of evidence that we have put forth in this case that
every expert in this case agreed that domestic violence is
detrimental and damaging to children."
"Additionally, we put on tremendous evidence that a batterer
such as Mr. Simpson who does not receive therapy and
continues to deny that he's a batterer is detrimental to the
children because he's likely to commit such violence again."
- Robert Baker, Simpson's attorney: "He deserves it. It's
Christmas, he should be with his kids."
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