O.J. Simpson smiles during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17, 2013 in Las Vegas
*The Florida property O.J. Simpson called home for almost a decade prior to being sent to prison in Nevada is going up for auction.
Two years after JP Morgan Chase filed to foreclose on the house, a Miami-Dade County judge has signed off on a motion for summary judgment, reports Gossip Extra.
The bank will take possession of the home on Tuesday and set Oct. 29 as the auction date.
Simpson remains behind bars on armed robbery and kidnapping charges following a botched attempt in 2007 to get back some of his sports memorabilia from collectors whom he met with in a Vegas hotel room.
After being acquitted on criminal murder charges in 1997, Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. A Los Angeles judge ordered him to pay his victims’ families $25 million.
He moved to Florida and bought a new home there because the Sunshine State’s laws protected a primary residence from being seized to pay off a civil judgment.
Simpson was recently granted parole on some of the charges for which he’s in prison. He may be granted parole on the remaining charges in 18 months.
*A Florida death row inmate by the name of Glen Rogers is telling reporters that he’s responsible for killing Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
But Fred Goldman, Ron’s father, doesn’t believe the story.
Rogers says OJ Simpson hired him to break into Nicole’s home and steal $20,000 in jewelry and kill her if necessary.
His confession is the focus of a new Discovery Channel documentary airing this week, but Fred insists the story is a big fat lie.
“OJ Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The criminal trial showed overwhelming and monumental evidence that OJ Simpson was the killer. There was no contrary evidence other than guess, innuendo, and rumor,” Fred Goldman told TMZ. He added, “The fact of the acquittal at the hands of the jury will never wash away this murder from the hands of OJ Simpson, no matter how many Glen Rogers pop up on the media radar screen.”
It’s just so interesting that this is still a topic of discussion after all these years. Popular consensus is that OJ did it. Besides, it’d be nice to cover issues like the execution of Troy Davis.
*Kato Kaelin, a star witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, appeared to have changed his tune about the former NFL player’s guilt in the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.
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The New York Post reports that Kaelin, who was staying in Simpson’s guest house on the night of the murders in 1994, said Simpson did in fact kill Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
“The statute of limitations has now passed . . . so I can now say . . . yes, he did it,” Kaelin is quoted as saying in the Post’s story.
As for why he didn’t speak up sooner, Kaelin reportedly said, “I was too scared. I was terrified.”
However, Kaelin is now claiming the Post’s report is inaccurate. He tells TMZ that he never said those things to the reporter. Although Kaelin said he thinks Simpson is guilty, he added, “I have no first-hand knowledge.”
Kaelin was a key witness in the original trial, as he was able to account for some of Simpson’s movements before and after the time of the murders. Although some of his testimony contradicted Simpson’s telling of the events, his rambling and inconsistent answers led the prosecution to label Kaelin as a hostile witness.
Simpson was acquitted of the murders in 1995, but a civil suit against Simpson found him responsible for Brown and Goldman’s deaths two years later. Simpson is currently incarcerated in Nevada after being charged with multiple felonies, including robbery, kidnapping and assault, for entering a Las Vegas hotel room and taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint in 2007.
*Oprah Winfrey just got rejected by O.J. Simpson.
The former queen of daytime television asked for an interview with the incarcerated former football star, but he said no way Jose because he blames her for his lock up.
Norman Pardo, the promoter and manager, who worked with Simpson till 2008, told the NY Daily News that Winfrey’s network wants Simpson “to go on her show and confess” to the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was tried and acquitted of two counts of murder in 1995.
Pardo says Simpson doesn’t like Oprah and explained that she never let someone like him (Pardo) come on her show to talk about the scenario.
Pardo contends that Oprah has been “one-sided,” bringing only people who would talk about “how bad [Simpson] was” on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
He claims that Oprah wants Simpson to go on the show and confess to “something he doesn’t really believe he did.”
But Pardo says that Oprah could be his ticket to freedom, saying if she can get him out of jail, he’ll confess. But he knows that’ll never happen.
We’ll refrain from responding to Pardo’s “something he doesn’t really believe he did” and “if she can get him out of jail, he’ll confess” comments. No, we’ll just leave them alone.