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Jury Finds Simpson Liable

In the 1997 Civil Trial of O.J. Simpson, the jury has unanimously found that the former football player is “responsible” for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown. The jury awarded the family of Ron Goldman $8.5 million in compensatory damages; Nicole Brown’s family has not asked for compensatory damages. The jury will now hear evidence as to Simpson’s financial status and determine punitive damages, which could also range in the millions, for Goldman and Simpson’s deaths. During deliberations, the jury asked to see evidence focusing on Simpson’s alibi and the recollections of Alan Park, the limousine driver who picked up Simpson on the night of the slayings. The jury also asked to see evidence of a New Year’s 1989 fight which left Nicole bruised and battered. Simpson denied, on the stand, ever hitting her saying instead that they wrestled while drunk despite having previously pleaded no contest to spousal battery.

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The Washington Post - February 5, 1997