Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Associated Press reports that Barrett Prody, the brother of O.J. Simpson's former girlfriend Christine Prody, has created a nonprofit corporation and an Internet Web site, the Society Against Legal Injustice Inc., to raise money for Simpson's appeal of his Nevada conviction and prison sentence on kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
Simpson lawyers Yale Galanter in Miami and Gabriel Grasso in Las Vegas said they are not connected to Prody's effort and do not think the fund is needed. "It seems that Barrett has the best of intentions," Galanter said. "But whatever he's doing is on a separate track with what we're doing." The lawyers said they expected to file an appeal in the next six weeks with the Nevada Supreme Court of Simpson's Oct. 3 conviction for the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Galanter, who said he never met or spoke with Prody, said Simpson's trial fees and costs were fully paid and his appellate fees and costs were "basically paid." He declined to provide dollar amounts, citing attorney-client confidentiality.
Prody's Web site blames the hotel room confrontation on Thomas Riccio, the memorabilia dealer who arranged the meeting, and criticizes prosecutors and Judge Jackie Glass for their handling of the case. Prody estimates he spent about $6,000 filing incorporation papers in North Dakota and applying to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He said he did not intend to take a salary from donations, at least at the start, and intended to use any money not needed for Simpson's case to fund other causes he deemed unjust.