Renewal of Simpson judgment upheld

Other News Materials 21 February 2008 07:53 (UTC +04:00)

( AP ) - A state appellate court on Wednesday upheld a renewal of a civil judgment against O.J. Simpson in a decade-old wrongful death lawsuit.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected an argument by Simpson that the Los Angeles Superior Court no longer had jurisdiction over him because he now lives in Florida.

Fred Goldman filed a renewal in October 2006 because Simpson has refused to pay the $33.5 million judgment that would have automatically expired on March 10. The judgment has grown to about $40 million, with interest.

Goldman's lawyer David Cook said the renewal will not expire for another 10 years and can be renewed again at that time if the full judgment isn't received.

"A plane ticket to Miami is not a free pass for a wrongful death judgment," Cook said.

A message left for Simpson's lawyer Yale Galanter was not immediately returned.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in criminal court of double murder charges stemming from the 1994 stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Goldman's son, Ron, at Simpson's ex-wife's Brentwood home.

A civil jury found Simpson liable for the deaths 1997.