Attorney Questions Simpson Deals
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ A sports agent agreed Thursday to turn over to the nameplate from the Heisman Trophy that O.J. Simpson won as the best college football player of 1968, an opposing attorney said.
Mike Gilbert had vowed to keep the nameplate even though he previously gave authorities the Heisman and other trophies he took in payment for money he claimed Simpson owes him.
Gary Owen Caris, lawyer for the family of Ron Goldman, said after an all-day closed court session that Gilbert was ordered by Superior Court Judge Peter Schultz to give up the nameplate by Dec. 17.
Caris is trying to collect part of the $33.5 million civil judgment that the families of Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson won from Simpson.
He said the judge also ordered Gilbert to turn over money Simpson has earned from selling sports memorabilia. Caris claimed Simpson has made about $15,000 from selling sports memorabilia in recent months and has been diverting that money to his mother.
Caris said the trophy with the nameplate attached could be worth as much as $500,000. He did not speculate how much the trophy is worth without the nameplate.
Simpson was acquitted of murder in the 1994 stabbing deaths of his former wife and Goldman. Simpson was found liable in civil court earlier this year.
Both Gilbert and his lawyer, Michael Noland, refused to comment Thursday.