Despite a judge's order to Simpson to disclose financial and personal records, attorneys for the Browns and Goldmans said nothing was accomplished at Thursday's debtor examination at the Santa Monica Superiour Courthouse.
The families, victorious in the civil case, had wanted O.J. Simpson to show them the money.
Earlier today, lawyers for the Browns and Goldmans accused Simpson of hiding his assets to avoid paying the $33.5 million civil award granted them by a jury in February. An angry Judge David Perez agreed, ordering Simpson and his attorneys to bring disputed bank records--including thousands of canceled checks--to court this afternoon.
In open hearings, Perez ordered Simpson to give details of the use of his pension plan, such as the amount and purpose of twice-monthly payments he has begun drawing. In addition to the bank records, Perez ordered Simpson to provide three years of phone records.
Apparently, Simpson refused to comply.
Goldman family attorney Daniel Petrocelli told reporters that the families have not seen "one red cent" of the judgment. According to Petrocelli, Simpson testified that he does not know if he has paid anything to the families yet. Following the trial, Simpson had claimed to be broke.
The purpose of today's proceedings was to discover what happened to Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy, an Andy Warhol silkscreen portrait of Simpson, his Hall of Fame ring, his $64,000 Chevrolet Suburban and other items that sheriff's deputies tried in vain to collect from Simpson's estate to pay off the judgment. After court ended Thursday, Simpson said he had no idea what happened and that those items disappeared from his house during his trip to the Bahamas. He also said he never informed police they were missing.
Before heading inside the Santa Monica Courthouse for this morning's session, Simpson practiced his golf swing for onlookers--which brings us to the second bit of O.J. news du jour. In an interview with the syndicated TV show American Journal airing today, Simpson says he's not dating but is available. However, "You have to live on a golf course, and support me and my family."
He also expressed his bitterness that the civil-case winners want to take his sports trophies to pay his judgment. "They say it wasn't about money. We know it was only about money."