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With O.J. Simpson's release, effort resumes to collect $33.5 million judgment, Goldman attorney says

Los Angeles Times logo Los Angeles Times 10/1/2017 Victoria Kim

Fred Goldman (C), father of Ron Goldman, speaks to reporters after O.J. Simpson's sentencing as Lauren Luebker (L) and Kim Goldman (R) Ron Goldman's sister, listen at the Clark County Regional Justice Center December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. © ISAAC BREKKEN/AFP/Getty Images Fred Goldman (C), father of Ron Goldman, speaks to reporters after O.J. Simpson's sentencing as Lauren Luebker (L) and Kim Goldman (R) Ron Goldman's sister, listen at the Clark County Regional Justice Center December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. O.J. Simpson's release from a Nevada prison Sunday will launch a renewed effort to collect from him a 1997 civil jury award that held him liable in the deaths of his estranged wife and her friend, a family attorney said.

Simpson was paroled for his 2007 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping at 12:08 a.m. Sunday.

Attorney David Cook, who represents the father of Ron Goldman, told CNN that the $33.5 million Simpson was ordered to pay the victims' families had since ballooned to nearly $70 million with interest. He said he renewed the judgment in 2015 at $57 million.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murdering Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson in a criminal trial. A civil jury found there was enough evidence to hold Simpson accountable for their stabbing deaths, but only a small amount of the multimillion-dollar award was collected.

Simpson served nine years in prison for leading a group of men into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. A parole board granted him release in July after serving a portion of his 33-year sentence with credit for good behavior and taking classes in prison.

Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, told CNN as far as he knew, his client will be a retiree and won't have assets for the victim's family to collect.

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