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Smithsonian says 'no' to OJ Simpson

By Michael Bearak     Mar 2, 2010 in Crime
The Smithsonian was offered a chance to have the suit warn by OJ Simpson on the day was acquitted for the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman
The Smithsonian, which has major pieces of American history stored in its walls was offered a piece of American history once again Tuesday. The Smithsonian was offered the suit that OJ Simpson wore on the day he was acquitted of the charges of murder for his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995. It took a California judge to approve the suit to be donate, if the museum wanted it, and after it was granted the offer was made to the Smithsonian.
In response to the offer this museum known as "America's attack" turned the offer down. The museum houses a pair of Judy Garland's ruby red slippers from the "Wizard of Oz" as well the original "Star Spangled Banner" amongst its huge collection.
There was no official offer of intent to donate. As a matter of fact the Smithsonian only found out through the Internet. According to spokeswoman Valeska Hilbig, "The curators feel that it doesn't fit with the collections here at the National Museum of American History."
Simpson's attorney, who had the suit in his possession, was disappointed by the museum's decision. Ronald Slates, Simpson's attorney, suggested that the suit be donated to Simpson's Alma-mater, USC. Slates acknowledged that the school has distanced themselves from Simpson.
was quoted as saying, "Of all the museums in the United States, this would be the one most open because it is our national museum," he said. "It deals with the ups and downs of America. You don't see the Smithsonian walking away from days of the Depression -- which were certainly horrible days in our history -- because it was so horrible. So, I thought this would be the museum to house this, even as controversial as it is."
A Los Angeles Superior Court has ordered that the involved parties look for another museum or location for the suit.
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