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Squeezed From Restaurant, O.J. Threatens to Sue

O.J. Simpson has been a defendant in both civil and criminal court, but now, he's going on the offensive, threatening to sue restaurant owner Jeff Ruby for race discrimination, after Ruby refused to serve him, according to this Courier-Journal article (5/9/07). According to the article, Simpson showed up at Ruby's steakhouse restaurant with a party of 10 or 12. But Ruby asked Simpson to leave. Ruby explained that he is personally offended by Simpson's withdrawn book, "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," as well as his failure to make good on the $33.5 million judgment owed to the Goldman family, after a jury found Simpson criminally liable for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown. Ruby claims that Simpson left voluntarily, but now Simpson's lawyer is threatening to sue, arguing that Simpson was evicted because of race.

But it seems unlikely that Simpson will win with this race card. As discussed over at Overlawyered, "Ruby's has a plausible defense that their action wasn't based on race: a famous black athlete who didn't murder two people, Michael Jordan, walked in five minutes after Simpson left and got a table." 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 10, 2007 at 07:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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