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Nicole Brown Simpson’s Children With O.J. Placed in Grandparents’ Care

September 12, 1994

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) _ The parents of Nicole Brown Simpson were made legal custodians Monday of their slain daughter’s two young children with O.J. Simpson.

Simpson filed court papers two weeks ago agreeing to the guardianship while he is in jail and the arrangement was approved by a probate judge.

Sydney Brooke Simpson, 8, and Justin Ryan Simpson, 6, have been staying with their maternal grandparents, Louis H. Brown and Juditha Brown, at their seaside home since their mother and a friend were slashed to death June 12.

Simpson is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 26 in the murders.

Neither the Browns, the children, nor Simpson were in court when the guardianship change was approved by Superior Court Judge John C. Woolley.

Prosecutors announced last week they would seek life imprisonment if Simpson is convicted of killing his former wife and Ronald Goldman outside her Los Angeles home while the children slept inside.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti said Monday the decision not to seek the death penalty for Simpson was bound to upset some people.

″Whatever decision I made there was going to be a firestorm of response,″ Garcetti said. He said he would not discuss factors that went into the decision until after the trial.

″Everyone understood this was a no-win situation for this office no matter what the decision was,″ he said. ″We arrived at the decision we thought was just and proper.″

Simpson has two grown children by his first wife. A third child drowned.

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