Recent events in the NFL have dispelled talk of stark differences between the criminal justice system and the civil justice system. Nearly 30 years ago, the contrast became as obvious as it could be in the case of O. J. Simpson.
Acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in criminal court, Simpson was convicted of the deaths in civil proceedings. In 1997, a jury awarded the estate of Ronald Goldman $33.5 million.
Via TMZ.com, Goldman’s father, Fred, recently stated in court documents that the judgment should stand. Simpson now owes $96 million. This is because these amounts generate significant interest, especially in relation to the rates available to consumers.
The number also remains high because Simpson allegedly did not pay much of the amount. As of February 2021, Goldman claimed that Simpson paid only $123,000.
To his credit, Fred Goldman won’t let it go. The prosecutor’s office dropped the case against Simpson. Civil lawyers did not. Simpson must take full responsibility for the death. It appears that the responsibility will be to keep this cloud over him for the rest of his life, followed by a reasonable and appropriate effort to seize any funds in his own property.