California legal professional David Cook focuses on collections. His most difficult debtor: O.J. Simpson.
Now that Simpson has been launched from a Nevada jail after serving 9 years for a theft and kidnapping conviction, Cook says he’s prepared to begin working once more. “The good news for me is he’s getting out. The bad news for him is I’m in good health. I’m good to go.”
Cook has been representing the survivors of Ron Goldman for greater than a decade. He is working to accumulate on the multimillion-dollar jury verdict they and the Brown household had been awarded after a 1996 civil jury discovered Simpson accountable for the deaths of Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, the athlete’s former spouse.
Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of their murders, however he was ordered to pay $33.5 million after dropping the wrongful loss of life fits in 1997. That determine elevated twofold, Cook says, as a result of of curiosity. “I renewed the judgment in 2015 at $57 million. Two years have passed, so now it’s a touch under $70 million.”
Cook says gathering any half of that quantity has been something however simple. Specializing in collections for 43 years, the legal professional stated he’s prepared for “round two,” ought to Simpson earn something whereas out of jail. Simpson was launched by the Nevada Department of Corrections early Sunday morning.
Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s legal professional, stated he’s empathetic to the Goldmans over their loss, and agreed they’ve a proper to accumulate on the award.
But the Las Vegas lawyer doesn’t maintain out a lot hope for the household, telling CNN, “As far as I know, (Simpson) will be a retiree.”
LaVergne was sad with a New York Post article claiming Simpson’s youngest kids have made main actual property purchases in Florida. Cook informed the Post he needed to know whether or not their father helped finance the offers.
“I have no problem if the Goldmans want to go out and do their publicity tours and promote their books and do everything. … They’re professional public figure victims at this point,” LaVergne stated. But, he stated, “there’s a new sheriff in town” to counter the Goldmans’ claims about his consumer.
A Goldman household consultant was not accessible for remark.
Simpson’s e-book has been greatest asset
Ron Goldman’s father, Fred, and different relations know they will’t lay declare to many of Simpson’s property, resembling his NFL pension, in addition to any dwelling he has owned or could personal. Members of Simpson’s inside circle say the plan is for Simpson to finally transfer to Florida, the place state regulation, consultants say, offers him further protections. The former athlete moved to Florida after the civil judgment.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wrote a letter to Florida’s Department of Corrections on Friday saying she didn’t need Simpson to transfer to her state and asking them to “notify all appropriate authorities of the State of Nevada that the State of Florida objects to the granting of such permission.”
LaVergne lambasted Bondi for the letter, accusing her of exploiting the difficulty to rating political factors forward of elections.
Cook applauded the hassle: “Mr. Simpson should pay the judgments due Ron Goldman’s grieved parents. Pam Bondi got it right. The parole board got it wrong.”
The most profitable asset the Goldmans have been ready to seize was the publishing rights to the Simpson e-book “If I Did It,” which was termed a hypothetical account of the killings. With writer HarperCollins pulling out of the e-book deal on the final minute in 2006, Cook knew it was his likelihood to declare the asset.
“What I recognized at that moment …it dawned on me there’s a reversionary right. HarperCollins is going to kick back the rights back to Mr. Simpson.”
Cook says he beat Simpson, now 70, “to the punch” and bought the rights to the unpublished e-book for the Goldmans.
The quantity has bought greater than 300,000 copies, touchdown it on The New York Times’ best-seller checklist. Cook didn’t cite an quantity the Goldmans have collected from gross sales.
About the Heisman Trophy
After the civil judgment, Simpson’s Heisman Trophy was ordered bought to assist repay the award. It introduced in $230,000. The Goldmans consider they’ve a declare to the trophy, however they don’t know who has it.
They nearly bought the swimsuit that Simpson wore when he was acquitted of homicide prices in 1995, Cook stated. The attire was owned by Simpson’s former agent, however the household finally supported a choice to donate it to the Newseum in Washington for show.
Then there may be the memorabilia concerned in Simpson’s Nevada conviction. He stated he was merely attempting to reclaim his stolen property from two sports activities memorabilia sellers. While Simpson wasn’t armed when he confronted the boys, a minimum of two of his associates had been.
Cook stated after a trial he bought a name from the Clark County prosecutor. “They said come and pick up your stuff.”
Cook says the memorabilia objects amounted to 9 deflated recreation balls, plaques, a tie, sun shades and household footage. They gave the objects again to Simpson when there have been questions over their authenticity, since they didn’t come immediately from him.
Relying on the 1997 civil judgment, Cook says his purchasers will pursue any revenue that Simpson would possibly generate, particularly within the leisure realm. “I can levy the entity,” the legal professional stated. “I can grab all of the intellectual property in that entity itself.”
LaVergne, who stated he doesn’t know particulars of Simpson’s retirement revenue, signifies his consumer will “be comfortable and able to survive.”
The mom of Simpson’s two youngest kids was Nicole Brown Simpson. “They have suffered as much as Fred has, that’s true,” stated Cook. “They live in this other world where there’s been a civil court who ruled that their father murdered their mother.”
Cook stated the purpose of the continued assortment effort is just not the cash, however the precept.
“There is no closure,” he stated. “There’s one thing which is obscene in Fred Goldman’s vocabulary. It’s called closure. There is no closure because closure means there is some sense of Judeo-Christian forgiveness business — and that’s just not gonna happen here. That doesn’t work.”