CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Fred Goldman wants to know how much money Simpson has

Fred Goldman

December 5, 1995
Web posted at: 1:15 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN)-- Attorneys for Fred Goldman are asking a judge to order O.J. Simpson to turn over financial information, including any profits he has made since the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994.

The motion claims that information on Simpson's profits is needed "to establish the proper amount of punitive damages" the Goldmans will seek in their civil suit charging Simpson with wrongful death. It states that "punitive damages are appropriate in this case to punish, and to make an example of [Simpson]."

Examples of Simpson's possible intent, his "opportunity to commit the murders," and the physical trail of evidence were cited to show "substantial probability entitling [Fred] Goldman to take punitive damages discovery in this case." It also suggested that punitive damages could be awarded to Goldman on the grounds that Simpson will be found guilty of "malice and oppression."

The motion highlighted the Los Angeles Municipal Court's denial of Simpson's request to dismiss the criminal case as further proof of Simpson's guilt in the murders.

In a related matter, a judge gave Goldman seven days to decide which of Simpson's personal belongings now in state custody are pertinent to the wrongful death suit. A lawyer for Simpson on Monday argued that Simpson is entitled to return of the 144 items. But Goldman's attorney said many of them will be needed for forensic testing, including a loaded gun, prescription medication, a cellular phone and Ms. Simpson's house keys.

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