Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

O.J. Jurors Not Striking It Rich - for Now, Anyway

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

O.J. Jurors Not Striking It Rich - for Now, Anyway

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Active traders in tabloid and traditional TV and print markets are tempting jurors in the O.J. Simpson case - hot commodities in a bull market. But the demand is softening.

So far, most jurors are going before the cameras for free, but with hopes of book deals and made-for-TV movies to come.

"Let me see, today is Friday, and so far we've been offered six jurors," said Tony Frost, executive editor of the Globe, the tabloid based in Boca Raton, Fla. All wanted to be paid.

Frost said several of the jurors' attorney-representatives have been talking "six figures," but prices seem to be deflating. Frost said he wished the jurors well and thought nothing of paying for their time; after all, everyone else in the case has been cashing in.

Yet the jurors, sequestered for nearly nine months, were paid only $5 a day for their community service.

As for the Globe, Frost said it offered jury forewoman Armanda Cooley, 51, a manager in the Los Angeles County tax collector's office, about $100,000 Tuesday night, the day the not guilty verdicts were read in court. Cooley did not bite.

Unless a juror offered something really sensational - and not just a more detailed recitation of the already known basic facts of their deliberations - then the tabloids generally say they are not prepared to spend really big money now.

***** `An Untold Story'?

"We throw money around, and we're not shy about it," said Steve Coz, executive editor of the National Enquirer. Coz said his publication would like to get a juror "if there's an untold story . . . , but at this point there doesn't seem to be one." The big story now, Coz said, is what happens to the Simpson children.

In the hours before and after the verdicts, the media delivered a steady stream of letters to the jurors' homes. Some offered money. Others pleaded their cases journalistically. Many of the network shows sent gift baskets, flowers, caps and T-shirts. Fox TV sent pastries.

Negotiations have been running hot all week, especially after some jurors obtained their own representation. …

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