O.J. watches as deputies take golf clubs, other possessions
March 28, 1997
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Sheriff's deputies packed up many of O.J. Simpson's most prized possessions Friday, including football trophies and golf clubs, to be taken to a warehouse for storage.(561K/14 sec. QuickTime movie)
The Los Angeles County deputies were responding to an order this week from Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki to seize about $500,000 in valuables from Simpson's Brentwood estate to help satisfy $33.5 million in judgments.
Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy, an Andy Warhol silkscreen painting of him, and his Hall of Fame ring were on the list but were not in the mansion. Also missing was a $64,000 Chevrolet Suburban. It was not clear where those items were.
The judgments were won in a civil trial by the families of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. The relatives won a wrongful-death lawsuit against the former football star, claiming he was liable for the 1994 murders. A criminal jury acquitted Simpson in 1995.
Two large moving vans parked outside Simpson's home as workers packed the goods. They were taken to an undisclosed storage site. Simpson, who was accompanied by one of his lawyers, cooperated fully with the movers, said Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Stoneman.
Fujisaki's order listed 500 items to be taken. Other items included a Yahama grand piano, Lalique and Baccarat crystal, Persian rugs, fur coats, Limoges china, Tiffany-style leaded glass lamps and jewelry. Among the jewelry was a diamond-studded bracelet and necklace, diamond rings and Rolex watches.
Also on the list: more sports memorabilia, football jerseys, a Buffalo Bills helmet, commemorative footballs, numerous awards, golf clubs and bags, country club memberships, stock certificates and any promissory notes payable to Simpson.
If any items cannot be found, Simpson has seven days to turn them over or to explain to the court why they are not available. Most of these items are to be sold at an auction.
Simpson has the right to seek exemptions, including a $5,000 exemption for jewelry and artwork. Items with liens against them cannot be sold.
The Sheriff's Department handles about 25,000 similar procedures each year, Stoneman said, although he said the items involved are seldom so valuable.
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