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Old March 2nd, 2010, 09:31 AM   #1
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O.J. Simpson's Suit Not a Fit for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Institution Says No Thank You to O.J. Simpson Acquittal Suit - AOL News



(March 2) -- Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, Dorothy's ruby red slippers ... and O.J. Simpson's acquittal suit? Not so fast, says The Smithsonian Institution.



The Smithsonian said today it will not welcome the beige suit worn by Simpson on the day in 1995 when he was acquitted in the double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.



"The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will not be collecting O.J. Simpson's suit," the museum said in a statement. "The decision was made by the museum's curators together with the director."



The Smithsonian's decision comes a day after California Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman approved the plan to send Simpson's suit to the Smithsonian, ending a 13-year legal dispute between Goldman's father, Fred, and Simpson's former sports agent, Mike Gilbert, both of whom laid claim to Simpson's duds.



Goldman had already won another expensive suit -- a $33.5-million civil judgment against Simpson in 1997. But saying he hasn't collected a penny of it, Goldman set out to seize Simpson's now-anemic assets, including the potentially pricey beige suit. Unfortunately for Goldman, Gilbert had the suit, not to mention the shirt and tie that completed Simpson's ensemble.



The drawn-out battle ended Monday with both Goldman and Gilbert agreeing to the donation. Simpson even called the judge from prison in Nevada, where he's serving nine to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping, to say he approved the donation provided no party made a profit from it.



"The donation to the Smithsonian of the acquittal suit puts front and center the shock to America when justice escaped the Los Angeles courthouse," Goldman said through his attorney, David Cook. "If the suit is emblematic of justice gone berserk, justice is served."



"It's part of American history," Gilbert said outside the courtroom. "People should be able to see it and reflect on what went so wrong for someone who had everything."



The only problem? No one asked the Smithsonian if it wanted the suit. According to Monday's legal agreement, if Simpson's suit was rejected by the Smithsonian, it would be offered "to another museum or institution of higher learning."



It's not the first time the Smithsonian has rejected an American artifact with questionable value. It also passed on Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress.



In an opinion article in at the Los Angeles Times Web site, Patt Morisson suggests Simpson's suit and Lewinsky's dress go to a future Hall of Shame -- or simply remain in the closet.



"Rather than waste a minute gazing upon the Simpson suit, I'd sooner spend all day visiting an exhibit on the history of the ZIP Code," Morisson wrote. "Even if it didn't have a gift shop."



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If I was Fred Goldman and I bought OJ Simpson's suits, I would simply burn them to ashes. I am so sick of OJ Simpson. He should be rotting in a California prison for murdering Nicole and Ron, not just what he did in Las Vegas.
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"Rather than waste a minute gazing upon the Simpson suit, I'd sooner spend all day visiting an exhibit on the history of the ZIP Code," Morisson wrote. "Even if it didn't have a gift shop."


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Goldman is a weirdo.
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Goldman is a weirdo.


Weirdo??? He is a grieving father. The system failed him. He sued, won, and has not been paid in full, which, I doubt he ever will.
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Weirdo??? He is a grieving father. The system failed him. He sued, won, and has not been paid in full, which, I doubt he ever will.
He won't get paid. OJ is in jail. Time for him to move on. The glove didn't fit.
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He won't get paid. OJ is in jail. Time for him to move on. The glove didn't fit.




Even though I'm a white guy I agree the case was never proven and the civil trial was a "stitch up".
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I don't feel the way I do because I'm Black. The guy just comes across as a nut every time you see him and OJ's lawyers totally owned the prosecution. There were too many holes and the D.A. didn't conceal them well enough.
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I don't feel the way I do because I'm Black. The guy just comes across as a nut every time you see him and OJ's lawyers totally owned the prosecution. There were too many holes and the D.A. didn't conceal them well enough.


Christopher Darden was thrown to the wolves as the ADA. He didn't want to help prosecute the case. Cochran shredded him to pieces.
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It was pitiful.
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LOL

That was the first - and last - trial that was televised that to which I was glued!
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