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A jury Monday heaped $25 million in
punitive damages on O J. Simpson for
the slayings of his ex-wife and her
friend, saddling him with more than
twice the debt even his pursuers say
he can pay.
The judgment is on top of $8.5
million in compensatory damages
awarded last week when the jury re
pudiated Simpson’s murder acquittal
and found him liable in the 1994
slashing deaths of Nicole Brown
Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
“Finding O J. Simpson liable of the
murders and acting with oppression
and malice was one of the easiest de
cisions I have ever had to make,” said
juror No. 11, a white woman in her
30s who wasn’t identified by name in
a news conference.
The mostly white jury, in contrast
to the mostly black jury that acquitted
Simpson of murder, said race had
nothing to do with its decision.
“We went by all the evidence and
it had nothing to do with the color of
Mr. Simpson’s skin,” said juror No.
400, a white woman in her 60s.
Unlike the liability verdict, the
decision on punitive damages was not
unanimous. The only person with
black ancestry on the jury, a Jamai
can-born man who is half-Asian, was
the lone vote against punitive dam
Simpson was not in court for the
verdict and watched reports on TV in
the snack bar of a suburban golf course
where he snacked cm a chili dog. He
didn’t appear to be watching closely,
and the volume was low, said a bar
tender who refused to give her name.
She said friends ribbed Simpson about
the verdict, and asked for the bar tele
vision at the Knollwood Country Club
in Granada Hills to be turned up.
It took the jury five hours over two
days to arrive at the punishment
amount, ignoring the portrayal of
Simpson as a tapped-out pariah and
siding with a plaintiffs’ lawyer who
urged jurors to “Send a message... you
can’t kill two people and get away with
The $33.5 million in totaTdamages
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dwarfs the $15.7 million that plain- *
tiffs estimated Simpson is worth, based 1
on the predicted $3 million he stands
to make every year for selling his
name, likeness and trademark. The
estimate is important because by law
creditors can garnish up to 25 percent V
of future wages.
Leo Terrell, an attorney who is an 1
outspoken advocate for Simpson, j
grimly escorted Simpson relatives out
of the courthouse to a car.
“They’re angry,” he said. “This is -j
against the law. You can’t award more
money than the man is worth. This
award is wrong.”
Under California law, any punitive
award is supposed to bear some resem
blance to the defendant’s financial
state: It’s supposed to hurt him but not
destroy him.
Before the plaintiffs can claim their
money, the judge must decide whether
the awards are reasonable, or inflated
by irrational passions. He can pare
them down if he chooses.
Simpson also could appeal, but that
would not let him postpone payment.
Man convicted m not slaying !
City is calm after jury
rules against the black
defendant who killed a
Jewish scholar.
NEW YORK(AP)—A black man
who was acquitted by a state jury of
murdering a Jewish scholar during a
1991 riot in Brooklyn was convicted
in federal court Monday of violating
the victim’s civil rights in the stab
Lemrick Nelson Jr., 21, cried and
put his head on the table as he heard
the verdict that will likely bring him
six to 20 years in prison under sen
tencing guidelines. As he was led out
of court, his supporters angrily
chanted: “No justice! No peace!”
Also found guilty was another
black man, Charles Price, 43, who was
accused of inciting a black mob to “get
The conviction stemmed from the
slaying of 29-year-old Yankel
Rosenbaum. He was attacked in a ri
otous furor after a 7-year-old black boy
was accidentally struck and killed by
a car driven by an ultra-Orthodox Jew.
Rosenbaum, a Hasidic history stu
dent visiting from Australia, was the
only person killed in four nights of
violence in Brooklyn’s racially-mixed
Crown Heights section.
Calm prevailed in the hours after
the verdict Monday in Crown Heights,
and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said he
anticipated a peaceful reaction.
“Those who agree with the verdict
and those who disagree with the ver
dict all want peace,” he said. 1
Nelson was acquitted of murder in
1992 by a mostly black state jury. The |
decision outraged politicians and Jew- i
ish leaders, who demanded federal
intervention. Two years later, Attor- j
ney General Janet Reno ordered a
civil-rights investigation that led to the
federal charges.
The federal jury—two Jews, three
whites, three blacks and four Hispan
ics — reached its verdict after 20
hours of deliberations over four days.
“To persevere does bring results,”
said Rosenbaum’s brother Norman,
who came from Australia for the trial
and had fought to get the case re
opened. “The American people should
know that this is a good day for jus
Fraternity members charged i
in alcohol-poisoning death
FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Eight students
at Frostburg State University were charged with
manslaughter in the alcohol-poisoning death
of a freshman who got drunk at a fraternity
The freshman, John Eric Stinner, 20, con
sumed at least six beers and 12 shots of vodka
in two hours at the off-campus Kappa Beta Zeta
party, Allegheny County State’s Attorney
Lawrence V. Kelly said Monday.
Friends carried Stinner back to his dormi
tory room, where he was found dead on Nov. 9
with a blood alcohol content of 0.34 percent,
more than three times the legally intoxicated
level of 0.10 percent.
The defendants were indicted on Friday and
all had been released on their own recognizance
by Monday afternoon, Kelly said.
Seven were members of Kappa Beta Zeta,
one of several unsanctioned fraternities that
hold weekend parties in the western Maryland
town of 8,000. The eight lived in the apart
ment building where the party was held.
They also were charged with reckless en
dangerment and sale of alcohol without a li
cense. Stinner, of Glassport, Pa., and other
underage drinkers had paid a $3 admission fee
to the party, Kelly said.
About 5,700 people died from alcohol poi
soning in 1994, the most recent report avail
able from the National Center for Health Sta
tistics. Of those, 375 were 15 to 24 years old.
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