In Heated Twitter Exchange, O.J. Simpson Attorney Compares Fred Goldman to ‘Plantation Master’

Kim Goldman, the sister of murder victim Ron Goldman, had a Thanksgiving Twitter war with O.J. Simpson’s current attorney. In it, the attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, accused father Fred Goldman of being a “plantation master” who condones “slavery” against Simpson in an attempt to collect “blood money.” LaVergne also renewed attacks on the Goldmans, generally, whom he called “greedy.”

A jury acquitted O.J. Simpson of criminal charges in 1995 that he killed Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, but Simpson was later found civilly liable in 1997 for Goldman’s death. The Goldman family has been seeking to recover a judgement against Simpson since then. Simpson moved his assets to Florida, presumably to take advantage of that state’s homestead exemption, which protects personal property from creditors. The homestead exemption there is rooted in the Florida constitution, making the protection notoriously secure.

The Twitter war started a few days ago when Las Vegas attorney Malcolm LaVergne, who was seated by Simpson’s side as he successfully gained parole over an unrelated Nevada crime, tweeted the following:  “Money money money money. I’ve heard the Greedy Goldmans talk about money a thousand times since they came on my radar screen in July, but only heard them mention that poor, dead kid Ron a few times. Go figure.”

He also levied the charge that the Goldmans are “professional, public figure, victims.”

It continued on:  “The Goldmans of 1994 through circa 2005-6, are not the Goldmans of today. The Goldmans I’ve dealt with since July are bullies, make threats, and look for any and every opportunity to monetize this entirely bizarre situation.”

LaVergne further accused Goldman estate lawyer David Cook of not “showing up” to a hearing. He also said the Goldmans were “filing multiple frivolous motions to drive up attorney’s fees . . . promote books and get speaking fees,” tactics which he called a “disgrace.”

A few Twitter followers shot back at LaVergne and said the Goldmans should have every right to collect what they’re owed. LaVergne said he understood that the “[c]ivil judgment is valid” and that “[c]ollection methods for the blood money are valid,” but that the Goldmans wanted too much “media attention”:

Enter Law&Crime Founder Dan Abrams, who covered the original O.J. Simpson murder trial, who jumped into the fray a few days ago by questioning whether LaVergne’s comment carried anti-semetic undertones. LaVergne fired back by telling Abrams to “[l]ook up the First Amendment.” LaVergne later accused Abrams of making “a blatantly slanderous remark with no basis.”

Kim Goldman, the sister of murder victim Ron Goldman, jumped in after LaVergne called father Fred Goldman a “plantation master.” LaVergne said his client O.J. Simpson “is no saint, but your actions are specifically designed to dehumanize while profiting at the same time. Hence, slavery.”

Kim Goldman responded:  “No saint is right. Brutally stabbing two humans disqualifies him from that. Please remove me from your disgusting commentary (aka LIES!) about my family. Be better Malcolm, you have time.”

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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