March 1, 1996
Web posted at: 12:15 a.m. EST
SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- At a status conference Thursday, Judge David Perez set September 9 as the new date for the beginning of the O.J. Simpson civil trial.
Simpson was acquitted in October of the June 12, 1994, murders of his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman but is being sued by the families of the victims in civil court.
The pretrial status hearing for the wrongful death suit against Simpson is set for August 13. On that date, a civil trial judge will be appointed.
Superior Court Judge Alan Haber delayed the trial, initially scheduled for April 2, after lawyers for both sides told him they needed more time to finish depositions. The delay angered Ron's father, Fred Goldman. "My family and I'm sure the Brown family would like to get this as much behind us as we can. This just makes for additional pain," he said Thursday.
The Goldmans' attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said it would take him about six weeks to present the case and that jury selection would take one week. But Simpson's attorney, Robert Baker, said he thought it would take five months.
Jury selection in Simpson's criminal trial lasted four months and the trial itself, dubbed "The Trial of the Century" because of worldwide attention, went on for another nine months.
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