A Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused on Sept. 6 to allow O.J. Simpson to block the airing of a miniseries concerning Simpson's defense at his 1995 criminal trial, but Simpson returned to court later in the month to file a lawsuit seeking damages for what his lawyer said was a conspiracy to defraud Simpson out of privileged information.
Superior Court Judge David Yaffe said he was not convinced the miniseries would harm Simpson because most of the material was published in the defendant's 1996 book on which the show is based, according to an Associated Press report. The judge's denial of the preliminary injunction followed his Aug. 16 denial of a temporary restraining order on the same grounds.
Simpson had alleged in court papers that confidences he shared with his legal defense team were protected by a legal privilege against disclosure, a privilege that would be violated when television viewers watched the yet-to-be-completed miniseries.
Simpson sought to stop Lawrence Schiller, who produced and directed "American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense," because of alleged irreparable harm that would result from Schiller's distribution of the miniseries.
Schiller wrote the 1996 best-selling book of the same title; the screenplay for the miniseries was penned by Norman Mailer. Yaffe also said he would review Mailer's script under seal, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Simpson has sued Schiller and Robert Kardashian, one of his former criminal attorneys, for breach of contract and fraud. According to The Los Angeles Times, Simpson's attorney submitted eight sworn declarations in support of the motion, including statements from Simpson defense lawyers Barry Scheck, F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz, stating that they let Schiller interview them only after receiving promises …