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OJ Simpson Trial Acquittal Suit on Display at the Newseum

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By Kamika Dunlap on April 07, 2010 11:15 AM

A lawsuit over the tan Armani suit O.J. Simpson wore in 1995 on day he was acquitted of murder has ended. The O.J. Simpson trial acquittal suit will now be on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Mike Gilbert, Simpson's former manager and Fred Goldman, the father of the man Simpson was charged with killing in 1994 have been involved in 13-year legal battle until a California judge ruled that Simpson's "acquittal suit" could be donated to a museum, the Associated Press reports.

The suit, which had been in Gilbert's possession, came up with the idea of donating it to a museum.

The O.J. Simpson trial acquittal suit was rejected by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, saying it was not appropriate for its collection.

The Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington also was interested in the suit but it ultimately found a home with the Newseum.

It will be on display for exhibit on the "trial of the century," at the Newseum. Other items that will be showcased include a collection of newspaper headlines and press passes.

Goldman's son, Ronald, was stabbed to death along with Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, in 1994. Simpson was found not guilty after a televised trial, though he was later found liable for the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman in a civil lawsuit.

OJ Simpson, 62, a former football star and actor is serving a nine year prison sentence in Nevada for an armed assault case indirectly involving the tan Armani suit, white shirt and gold tie. In October 2008, Simpson was a part of a botched heist to obtain memorabilia of which he believed the suit and other clothes were among what was being offered for sale in a hotel room.  

Simpson's attorney, Ronald P. Slates, said he was kept informed and agreed to the donation of the suit to the Newseum.