All I can say is “wow”. Being in the U.S. is amazing. WE have some incredible freedoms and privileges that would allow FOX Broadcasting, HarperCollins Publishing, ReganBooks, Judith Regan, and O.J. Simpson to do their Book & TV Deal.
Because of “double jeopardy”, O.J. really has no fear of ever being prosecuted again even if he outright admits to the double murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
And because of the free press, free speech, and the freedom of expression, the corporations can publish O.J.’s story and pay him $3.5 million. However, my question (as an amateur) is how can they (publishers and broadcasters) legally pay O.J. knowing that there is outstanding judgment against him by the Goldman family?
More importantly, why would the companies do this deal? I understand that controversy sells and all that but, Jeez, how can any long-term good come of it? It appears that while a lot of publicity is happening for O.J. Simpson’s book and TV show, there might be a high price paid by the parties involved.
Whatever happened to guilt by association? Who would want to be tarnished by Simpson’s persona? Judith Regan may think she is being bold and daring by doing this deal. On the other hand, I wonder how many people think she has hurt her long-term credibility by pulling this stunt?
The cold hard reality is that people (including myself) often have a morbid sense of curiosity. However, being an audience member watching is a far cry from the person instigating the whole event. I mean, How many people who want to deliberately cause a car accident so that everyone can enjoy the morbid watching?
Well, apparently Judith Regan does. I am very curious to see how she rationalized the whole O.J. Simpson deal. Even more incredible is how she talked the higher powers at FOX to do the deal.
This will either be one of the most brilliant things Judith Regan of ReganBooks have done or it will be among the stupidest. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Right now, there is a lot of negative vibes floating around with the distasteful memories of the O.J. Simpson trial from 1995.
It is my hope that this whole thing comes and goes. But I am rooting for the Goldmans that they can get some of the money due to them even if they have to sue FOX to get it.