Magazine article Newsweek

Will O.J. Get the Kids; Custody Could Be Decided before the Civil Trial

Magazine article Newsweek

Will O.J. Get the Kids; Custody Could Be Decided before the Civil Trial

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Custody could be decided before the civil trial

THERE MAY BE A GAG ORDER IMPOSED on O. J. Simpson for his upcoming civil trial, but you would have hardly known it last week. Sure, he didn't say anything substantive about the trial (set to begin Sept. 17). But in another of a series of visits to black churches, Simpson spoke at Washington, D.C.'s Scripture Cathedral and managed to stir more headlines. He attacked the white media, hinting at one point he has a "hit list" of news organizations he might sue for what he called "untruths." He went after CNBC's Geraldo Rivera, likening him to a "jackal" and a "buzzard" (an attack Rivera said he took as a badge of achievement). And, noting that blacks are sometimes told to go back to Africa, Simpson said whites who don't like his acquittal on murder charges could go back to Europe.

Simpson remained publicly silent, though, on what could be the biggest event in his life since his acquittal last October. In the next week or two the Simpson camp is anticipating that a family-court judge will grant the former football star full custody of his two children from his marriage with slain ex-wife Nicole. The two children, Sydney, 10, and Justin, 8, have been living with Nicole's parents, Juditha and Louis Brown, since Simpson's arrest in June 1994. This summer Simpson, who cares for the children on alternating weekends, petitioned the court to end the Browns' temporary guardianship and award him sole custody. The Browns have objected. …

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