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Simpson: I won't work to pay the Goldmans

Simpson

O.J. accuses judge of keeping blacks off civil jury

July 11, 1997
Web posted at: 9:15 p.m. EDT (0115 GMT)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- O.J. Simpson says he has no intention of working to pay off a $33.5 million judgment against him for the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren on CNN's "Burden of Proof," Simpson said he plans instead to pay his living expenses and those of his children with his $25,000 monthly pensions, which are protected from the judgment.

"I'm not going to go and work and give my money to Fred Goldman," said Simpson, referring to Ronald Goldman's father.

Simpson discusses bankruptcy and his civil case
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Simpson also told Van Susteren that he believes the judge in the civil trial, Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki, manipulated the jury pool to keep blacks off the panel, thus ensuring the judgment went against him.

"They put [the trial] in Santa Monica," Simpson said. "When the jury pool came back 38 or 40 percent black, Fujisaki saw to it that none of those blacks were on the jury."

A black woman and a man of mixed black and Asian ancestry were on the jury impaneled by Fujisaki. The black woman was dismissed during jury deliberations, because she failed to reveal that her daughter worked for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which unsuccessfully prosecuted Simpson on murder charges in the criminal trial.



Brentwood mansion goes on block Monday

Also Monday, Simpson's mansion in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, valued at $3 million, will go on the auction block. The home was foreclosed upon after Simpson got behind in his mortgage payments.



CNN's Greta van Susteren talks with O.J. Simpson on CNN's Burden of Proof
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"I've accepted that I've already lost it," Simpson said. "It's a house that I've been in for over 20 years, and just about every plant and flower and tree that you see on the property, I planted. And Nicole and I put a lot of effort in various designs.

"Part of me, you know, will miss it, obviously," he said. "But life goes on, and I believe that in some areas, the move will be good because I'll leave some memories."

Simpson said he has not yet found a new home for himself and the two children under his custody from his marriage with Nicole.

But he said he has been looking in the Los Angeles area, where he plans to stay until his legal appeals are finished. Simpson wants to be resettled before the children go back to school in the fall.

Asked if he might declare bankruptcy to protect his assets, Simpson said, "If I have to, I will."

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