Still in bad taste

Monday, September 24, 2007

What little sympathy for O.J. Simpson existed before his latest arrest must have all but disappeared after the bizarre attempt at armed robbery. It was obviously an act of desperation by a man whose past fame as a great athlete no longer provides either respect or revenue.

This robbery attempt followed the failure of a previous scheme that was just as desperate and bizarre. The book, "If I did it" about murders he was not convicted of in criminal court but was found liable for in civil court, was published as a 'maybe fact, maybe fiction' work.

There may be some justice in the father and sister of Ronald Goldman seizing control of the O.J. Simpson book. They believe they are punishing the man they think murdered their loved one.

Over the summer, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book's rights to Goldman's family to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson. The Goldmans retitled the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."

"It's sending him a message," Kim Goldman said. "He put hours putting together this confession about how he killed Ron and Nicole, and he worked hard thinking he was going to make millions off of it. And we snatched it right out from under him."

A better resolution of the matter than the Goldmans profiting from the book would be to remove it from print, denying anybody a profit from a really sleazy project. That is likely beyond the power of the Goldmans, since the book's publisher has an economic interest in the book.

We hope that people refrain from buying this book.