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Sheriff's Department to auction O.J. Simpson memorabilia

June 18, 2009 | 11:54 am

Goldman The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department plans to auction off memorabilia --  including footballs and jerseys -- belonging to gridiron great and felon O.J. Simpson.

The auction of the possessions, which were used as evidence in the former NFL star's armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas, will satisfy part of the $33.5-million civil judgment against Simpson in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

"We are in the process of notifying the owner of the memorabilia, in this case O.J. Simpson, that the Sheriff's Department will be auctioning off these items," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Sheriff's officials will post their intention to hold a public auction, Whitmore said. Although the department has not decided when and where the auction will be, officials expect it to be around the middle of July.

The department has yet to determined whether the items will be sold individually or together, Whitmore said. And he noted that the whole process could be delayed if anyone files a third-party claim on the items with the Sheriff's Department.

A Las Vegas jury convicted Simpson in October of multiple felonies during a confrontation with memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room in 2007. Simpson, 61, is serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in a northern Nevada prison.

The two dealers believed they were meeting a potential buyer, but instead Simpson and a group of associates, some armed, confronted them and seized the memorabilia.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Fred Goldman, Ronald Goldman's father. Credit: Associated Press