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If They Auction It, Will Anyone Buy?

Last night’s news that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg ordered the bundled book rights to O.J. Simpson‘s ill-fated book IF I DID IT to be auctioned off leaves a weird taste in my mouth. Not because of any moral outrage – the time for such posturing has long since passed, especially as Judith Regan‘s kept her name out of the news for the bulk of 2007 – but because really, is anyone all that interested in the book anymore? Such perceived apathy may explain Simpson attorneys’ reaction to the ruling, which dictates that proceeds from the auction and any subsequent book profits will be turned over to Goldman’s family. “This is a guarantee that if they ever publish this thing, Mr. Simpson won’t see a dime from it,” Goldman family attorney Jonathan Polak said to the Associated Press.

“What they are seeking is whatever intangible property Mr. Simpson has relating to this book,” Simpson attorney Yale Galanter added.* “There isn’t a book. There isn’t anything.” Whatever the case may be, the Goldman family hopes the still-unscheduled auction will achieve some measure of balance. “We are going to continue to plug away and try to achieve justice,” Kim Goldman said outside of court.

*Ron is impressed at Galanter’s commitment to denying the book’s existence, really he is. He is also of the opinion that as long as Michael Viner still has money in the bank, there’s probably going to be at least one dog in this hunt.

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If They Could Publish It, They Would

Another day, another wrinkle in the OJ Simpson/IF I DID IT saga. This latest one originates out of Canada, where Bloomberg reports that Barclay Road Inc., a Montreal-based publisher whose titles include inspirational books by Og Mandino and Robert Danzig, said it would consider printing Simpson’s controversial book if it becomes available – in the name of free speech. “We are looking for the book to put us back in the marketplace,” said Steve Meyers, Barclay Road’s head of investor relations, in a statement yesterday. “Giving the manuscript a read might just prove that the press did not have all of the facts.” If Barclay Road did nab the publishing rights, the company said it would change the book’s title and cover.

The party line from Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, is that “a number of publishers are interested in the book. I can not reveal their names at this time.” Which sounds a whole lot like spin, but hey, if a publisher can generate a news story with the strongest whiff of conjecture, so can OJ’s lawyer…