Smithsonian says no to O.J. clothing

March 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- The Smithsonian Institution says it does not want the suit O.J. Simpson wore when he was acquitted in 1995 of double homicide.

"We had a quick meeting with our curatorial team this morning and decided this wouldn't be anything we'd collect. It's just not appropriate for our collection," Smithsonian National Museum of American History spokeswoman Valeska Hilbig told Tuesday.

Fred Goldman, whose son, Ronald, was killed along with Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, waged legal war for years with Simpson's agent, Mike Gilbert, over custody of the suit.

Both Goldman and Gilbert allegedly assumed the media-dubbed "lucky suit" would bring tens of thousands of dollars, said. The money, Goldman's unnamed attorney said, would have gone toward the $33.5 million civil judgment awarded to the Goldman and Brown families.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman ruled Monday neither party would get Simpson's suit, directing it to the Smithsonian Institution if the museum wanted it. The facility's rejection means the item must now go to another museum or institution of higher learning, said.

Simpson is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence in Nevada on unrelated kidnapping and robbery charges.

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