- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2006

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES — The father of one of the victims in the O.J. Simpson murder trial last week lost a legal bid to win control of the former football star’s image rights.

Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman but was found liable for the deaths in a subsequent civil action brought by the victims’ families.

A jury in the 1997 civil case ordered Simpson to pay $33.5 million in damages, but the former NFL star has not paid any of the money. In order to force Simpson to start paying off the amount, Fred Goldman had sought to have the former running back’s “right of publicity” transferred to him.

However Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Linda Lefkowitz turned down the challenge, her office said, ruling that handing over Simpson’s image rights risked violating the star’s right to privacy.

Simpson, who now resides in Florida, did not attend any of the hearings. His attorneys had argued that because he has severed ties with the state, California courts have no jurisdiction over his right of publicity. Under Florida laws, neither Simpson’s pension from the NFL nor his home can be seized to satisfy the civil judgment.

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