O.J. Simpson memorabilia back in California

4:11 PM PST 06/01/2009 by Associated Press, AP

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The footballs, jerseys and framed photographs that put O.J. Simpson in a Nevada prison are in the hands of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and likely headed for the auction block, an attorney for longtime Simpson nemesis Fred Goldman said Monday.

Simpson's attempt to retrieve the items by leading a handful of cohorts in a bungled stickup of memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas resulted in his being sentenced last year on armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges.

Simpson is serving nine to 33 years but on Monday asked the Nevada Supreme Court to let him out of prison while it decides whether to overturn his conviction. Simpson has said he was attempting to retrieve property that had been stolen from him and never meant to hurt anybody.

The memorabilia items that could clearly be identified as Simpson's were boxed and shipped from Las Vegas to Los Angeles last week.

"We received a box of memorabilia Friday," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Goldman attorney David Cook said the box's contents will be auctioned shortly to help satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful-death judgment Goldman and others won against Simpson in 1997.

He said it is difficult to speculate how much the memorabilia might fetch because of the amount of Simpson memorabilia that others offer on the Internet.

The civil judgment against Simpson followed his acquittal in 1995 of charges he murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, who was the son of Fred Goldman.

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