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Records From Women’s Shelter Subpoenaed

Sat., Jan. 7, 1995

Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial subpoenaed records from a battered women’s shelter that may have served Simpson’s slain ex-wife, according to court papers filed Friday.

Sojourn Domestic Violence Center would not comment on whether it had given aid to Nicole Brown Simpson, and it resisted turning over the records, asking for a private hearing before the judge first.

The Dec. 30 subpoena on the Santa Monica shelter sought notes, reports, medical records, diagnoses, appointments or calls for help from Nicole Simpson from 1977 (the year she met Simpson), to the day of her death last June.

Nicole Simpson’s father, Louis Brown, signed a waiver of the patienttherapist privilege, giving the shelter the legal authority to turn over the documents. Brown is the trustee of his daughter’s estate.

A hearing on the shelter’s request to quash or modify the subpoena was set for Monday before Superior Court Judge Lance Ito.

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