The O.J. saga continues. This week, I received an e-mail from my good friend Polly Franks from the Franks Foundation. She, alongside the National Victims’ Rights Advocates, sent out a press release highlighting their very solid stance on O.J.’s book release. I immediately wrote Polly directly to ask her to expand upon her viewpoints.
Polly is unapologetically against the release of this book and I don’t blame her.
Denise Brown, Nicole Brown’s sister, is taking a surprising stand and separating herself from the Goldman family. On her website, one would encounter a position against the book’s release – a move that solidifies her very public opposition to its release. While the Goldmans have yet to receive any payments from Simpson, my opinion on the subject matter has changed significantly during the past three weeks. Originally, before delving into the facts and figures I was blinded by happiness at the fact that the family would finally receive a portion of the compensation they had been waiting for.
But the fact of the matter is that the contents of this book, whether they be accompanied by commentary or left to their own devices, highlight a tragic stain (one of many) on the American justice system, while potentially glorifying the horrific actions of a mad man.
What the Goldmans should have done was win the rights to the book, then hold on to them, thus preventing it from public release. Or, if they really wanted to make a profit off of it, they could have sold it to a celebrity collector of some sorts with explicit directions (an agreement) never to sell or release any text.
Their decision to release seems rooted deeply in finances.
What is even more unconscionable is the fact that O.J. could commit to publish a book on the subject matter, but that’s old news; nothing that this morally challenged man does surprises me. One must wonder what his children think of him. Although I shouldn’t neglect to remind readers about America’s brief glimpse into that window last year following a 911 call placed by his daughter.
At the end of the day, this book can’t do much good. Can it?