Georgia residents who have been following the trials and tribulations of O.J. Simpson may be interested to learn that he may be making money off of signing autographs. These allegations come in spite of the fact that he owes more than $70 million for a wrongful death judgment. An attorney for Fred Goldman, whose son was killed in 1994 along with Simpson's ex-wife, reportedly went back to Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 30 to ask the judge to order that Simpson hand over any future earnings.
Simpson was found to be not guilty of murdering his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. However, he was later found liable for their deaths by a civil court jury. He was ordered at the time to pay $33.5 million. This amount has more than doubled over the last two decades.
An attorney for Simpson said that Simpson was selling autographs after he was released from prison as a way to pay his legal bills. The attorney also said that his client had no interest in signing any memorabilia. However, the Goldmans have been able to seize some of Simpson's assets, which have included video game royalties and rights to a ghostwritten book titled "If I Did It."
When a loved one is killed in a violent crime, the person who was accused of the murder will likely go through a criminal trial. However, the family of the slain person may also have the grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the accused person, even if the offender was found not guilty in the criminal trial. A wrongful death attorney could gather evidence and represent the family during the trial.