Thursday, August 16, 2007

If I Did It O.J. Simpson

My blog, Barbara's Journey Toward Justice has many stories and links dealing with wrongful convictions and the death penalty. But once in awhile I come across some news stories I like to share. "A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession" - Albert Camus. So what do you think ? Is O.J.'s book, excuse me the Goldman's Family book "If I Did It", his confession?
Below are some news items I thought were interesting about O.J. Simpson and the book "If I Did It"

July 30th a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the rights of O.J. Simpson’s canceled "If I Did It" book to the family of the late Ronald Goldman to satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against the former football star. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol’s decision pushed aside complaints from the family of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, who was slain along with her friend Goldman in a 1994 knife attack

Wed Aug 1, 2007
O.J says ghost author wrote flawed murder account
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson says his hypothetical account of killing his ex-wife in his aborted memoir "If I Did It" was invented by a ghost writer and filled with errors that he refused to correct for fear of appearing to be guilty of the crime.
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From The Book Standard

O.J. Simpson's Ghostwriter Fires Back August 06, 2007
Kimberly Maul The ghostwriter for O.J. Simpson's If I Did It is fighting back after Simpson criticized him in an online interview. Pablo Fenjves, a Hollywood screenwriter, refuted Simpson's claims that the former football star was a passive and reluctant participant in the book, Reuters reported. "O.J. read the book, his book, several times. I made every change he asked for, and he signed off on it," Fenjves told Reuters last week. "The whole book, the whole idea for a book, originated with O.J. Simpson and a couple of his handlers." You can read more here_

Beaufort to Publish O.J. Simpson Book; Goldman Family to Profit
By Edward Nawotka
Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Beaufort Books said late yesterday that it will publish O.J. Simpson's ``If I Did It'' after acquiring the rights to the controversial title.
The book is a supposedly hypothetical account of how Simpson, a former football star, might have murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald L. Goldman in 1994. It was originally backed by editor Judith Regan and scheduled for publication last November by News Corp.'s Harper Collins.
Following a public outcry, publication was canceled, the printed books were destroyed, Regan was fired and her Regan Books imprint was dropped by Harper Collins.
Beaufort, a small independent publisher in New York, said it expects the book to reach stores by Oct. 3. In the past, it has often operated as a ``vanity'' press, with the author and publisher splitting costs as well as any profit.
Beaufort spokesman Michael Wright said the company had reached a traditional publishing agreement and costs would not be shared. He wouldn't disclose whether or how much money was paid to the Goldmans for the rights.
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