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O.J. Simpson

Court: Simpson Still Liable For $33.5M Judgment

Former NFL Star Claimed LA Court No Longer Had Jurisdiction

POSTED: 8:13 am CST February 21, 2008
UPDATED: 9:41 am CST February 21, 2008

A California appellate court has upheld the renewal of a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against O.J. Simpson.

Simpson was found liable in a 1997 civil case for the 1994 stabbing deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The judgment came after he was found not guilty in a criminal trial.

The court rejected Simpson's argument that Los Angeles Superior Court no longer has jurisdiction over him because he moved to Florida.

"A plane ticket to Miami is not a free pass for a wrongful death judgment," said David Cook, the attorney for Ron Goldman's father, Fred Goldman

Fred Goldman filed for a renewal in 2006 because Simpson refused to pay.

The ruling comes as Simpson prepares to go on trial in April on charges stemming from an alleged robbery incident in a Las Vegas casino hotel room in September.

Simpson and two co-defendants are accused of robbing memorabilia dealers who were peddling collectibles associated with the former NFL star.

Simpson said some of the items belonged to him.

He went behind bars in January for violating terms of his original bail by attempting to contact a co-defendant in the case. Angry over Simpson's actions, Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass upped his bail from $125,000 to $250,000.

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