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06/15/2007 09:37 PM ID: 63063 Permalink   

If He Does It: OJ's Cancelled Book to Be Published by Victim's Dad


Fred Goldman, father of one of the victims in a 1994 slaying of which OJ Simpson was accused, acquitted, and later found liable in civil court, has been given the rights to Simpson's book on the killings, pulled from shelves last year [SN reported].

Goldman plans to publish the book, changing the title from "If I Did It," to "Confessions of a Double Murderer." He was given the rights by a Miami bankruptcy judge on June 15th as part of the $33.5 million settlement from that civil suit.

If not published, Simpson could regain rights to the book. It was to be published by ReganBooks and News Corp and made into a two-part TV special. Amidst a backlash of criticism, News Corp cancelled it, fired publisher Judith Regan, and apologized.

    WebReporter: MomentOfClarity Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
that they'd allow them to take an already written book and slap a new title on it. I think in this case it's fitting, but of course it changes the entire idea behind the book.
  by: seniorgato     06/15/2007 10:01 PM     
I have to wonder, too, if Simpson could turn around and sue for libel. This all gets pretty murky when what we perceive as testimony and legal statements fall under publishing laws, art, and freedom of expression. I'll let them sort that out and sit back and enjoy the delicious irony. This is a great Friday story...
  by: MomentOfClarity     06/15/2007 10:09 PM     
VERY clever of Mr. Goldman.
  by: lĀ“anglais     06/15/2007 11:03 PM     
  Should be no problem.  
OJ shouldn't have any beef with the renaming.
After all it was a work of fiction right?
  by: davesnews   06/15/2007 11:10 PM     
  In theory  
he wouldn't, but then, by renaming it, he has changed the title from something fiction, to a confession. Really, this changes the nature of the book. I'm just saying, it's sketchy as far as publishing goes.
  by: seniorgato     06/15/2007 11:12 PM     
  Clever, but  
I like the title I heard a certain radio host use.

"If I Did It Again."
  by: caution2     06/15/2007 11:15 PM     
  OJ was acquitted  
OJ beat the rap (unfortunately), so he should be allowed to say whatever he wants. This book should not have been banned in the first place. After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (even for OJ).
Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
  by: Reader11722   06/17/2007 03:36 PM     
Public censorship is another matter. The public did not want this, and the market gave in to that demand. Until now, OJ still could have published it if he found someone to do it. That's not censorship, that's life. He can still say whatever he likes, but the world does not want to pay for it.
  by: MomentOfClarity     06/18/2007 07:24 AM     
  lol..funny indeed  
OJ already had his title set..leave at is a fictional book..or is it? lol

don't you guys ever watch dave chappelle?....hes talking about court cases.."Hey you can find a bloody glove at any black persons home, You can find one at my house, doesn't mean I killed anyone"

and on top of that as Johnny Cochran said it best "If the glove don't fit you must acquit"
[sarcasm of course]
reality is that there is not substantial enough proof that he truly did it....did he? yeah probably...

censorship is definitley a big thing,...
In theory you can say what you want, but if its against the US government, or bringing them down..then u can't really say it without punishment..yeah its for Imus..who cares about him...he was probably racist and needed to go anyway for this stupid comments.

Yeah and I'm not surprised that a physics professor got fired for what he said. I study engineering, including mechanics, physics etc...and it actually is a possbility that the WTC was brought down by that true? who knows..maybe not..but its definitley a possbility and makes sense in a scientific way (and no people popular mechanics did not properly "debunk" any theories because theres a lot of holes in what they said but anyway u get the picture)

you can say what you want to a certain extent nowadays...well concerning certain things at least...

back to OJ though, one thing that was funny once, he was trying to sell his bronco to this old guy and told him that "it has great escapability" lol

  by: dresnoop00   06/20/2007 10:09 PM     
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