O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical tell-all book “If I Did It” may be published after all—with the help of murder victim Ronald L. Goldman’s family. A California court ruled Tuesday that proceeds from the auction of the book rights would go to the Goldman family, not Simpson. Simpson was found liable in 1997 for the wrongful deaths of Goldman and O.J.’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, which occured on June 12, 1994. Simpson has paid almost nothing of the $33.5 million judgment (now, with interest, grown to $38 million) he owes to the Goldman and Brown families.
So this week a judge in Santa Monica, Calif., took the book’s “reversionary” rights from Simpson, and awarded them to the Goldman family. He also ordered that the rights be auctioned at a sheriff’s sale in Sacramento, where current publisher HarperCollins has an office. The mysterious company that originally sold the book to HarperCollins may try to block the sale, according to Simpson’s attorney, which could happen next month. But in theory, when HarperCollins’s rights to the book lapse this summer, the new owner would be free to publish.