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O.J. May Be Free, But He Is Still Shackled By Debt

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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O.J. Simpson is set to be released from prison in October after serving nine years behind bars for a botched robbery attempt, but he will soon be shackled by multi-million dollar civil judgement.

A court order requires that Simpson pay millions pertaining to the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, Reuters reports. The families of Brown and Goldman are also entitled to some portion of Simpson’s future earnings. (RELATED: JUICE IS LOOSE: O.J. Paroled)

The former NFL star was acquitted of the murders of Brown and Goldman 20 years ago, in what has become known as the “trial of the century.” A not guilty verdict was not enough to let Simpson walk away clean, however, after a civil court found him liable for the murders and ordered him to pay some $33.5 million in damages. A subsequent court ruling upped the amount to roughly $58 million.

Simpson has a few ways to protect his assets in Florida, where he plans to live. For example, he could purchase a home in a state where his property would be protected from debt collectors.

Simpson was convicted of 12 felony charges in 2008 after he and a crew of armed men took some sports memorabilia worth thousands of dollars.

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