January 17, 1996 in Nation/World

Simpson Loses Fight To Remove Goldman Lawyer

Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Tuesday rejected O.J. Simpson’s attempt to disqualify Fred Goldman’s lawyers in Goldman’s wrongful death suit against the former football star.

Simpson’s attorneys asserted that attorney Daniel Petrocelli should not be allowed to represent the father of murder victim Ronald L. Goldman because Petrocelli’s firm, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, once represented a company in which Simpson had a financial interest.

Simpson, via his company Pigskins Inc., is a partner in another firm that has the rights to operate six Honey Baked Ham retail stores in Southern California.

But lawyers for Honey Baked retorted that Petrocelli never represented the company and maintained that Simpson never was a partner in the business.

Judge Alan B. Haber said he found no merit to the contentions.

A trial in the wrongful death case is scheduled for April 2.

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