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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2006 - 07:40 pm (Link)

In any case, OJ didn't have 33 million. In fact, at the time he was in debt. He was worth about $800K, but he owed the IRS $650K in taxes and he owed legal fees. So he couldn't pay anything. Typically the compensatory award is supposed to be based on what the victim is missing out on. Ron Goldman certainly wasn't worth $33million, but the logic of the court was that the affection and moral support that he provided for his family was worth that much. Remember, he hadn't actually talked to his parents in a couple of years. But somehow he was providing them with several million dollars worth of love. As such the court found that OJ owed more than everything he had. Under California law, OJ was required to pay RG before he could keep a penny for himself. As he was suddenly persona non grata in Hollywood and the NFL, his career was effectively over. So his only real recourse would have been to get a regular person job and work out the rest of his life and never see a penny since it would have taken his entire life to make up the $33.5million. This would have effectively made him a slave. Which is also constitutionally prohibited (twice, actually... there can be so slaves and you can't sue someone into servitude for you, a common practice in the old days). Since OJ was lucky enough to have a $20,000 a month pension that FG can't leagally touch, he basically decided to live and raise his kids on that. There's no reason to do anything else. He also moved to Florida, because the law there doesn't require him to send anything that he should happen to make to FG.

Oh, yeah, the order from the case is so structured that OJ owes the FG and his exwife $9M first. And then once he pays off that, the remaining $24M is to be split between RG(not the exwife) and OJ and Nicole's kids. That's how much he wanted justice.
[User Picture]From: beststephi Date: November 18th, 2006 - 05:12 pm (Link)
If OJ were just some poor shlub, he would have been found guilty. So none of the rest is relevant.
It probably is a type of double jeopardy what actually happened, but I can't feel outraged, or even slightly annoyed about that, given the outrage that was OJ's criminal trial. It's like when a referee makes a bad call, and the only justice is another bad call in the reverse direction. It's not the optimal situation, but it's the best given what already happened.

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