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If O.J.’s ‘Acquittal Suit’ Don’t Fit…

Um, you will now be able to see it? No, that rhyme is terrible. Goddamn, that Johnnie Cochran was one smooth son of a bitch.

A judge has ruled that the suit that O.J. Simpson was wearing on October 3, 1995 (it was that long ago?), the day he was acquitted of murder charges,  can now be donated to the Smithsonian museum. Sweet. The judge’s decision effectively ends a 13-year legal battle between Mike Gilbert, Simpson’s former agent, and Ron Goldman on who had the rights to the outfit. The suit was considered an asset of Simpson’s, and Goldman has been battling for years to seize any and all of Simpson’s assets to satisfy the $33.5 million dollar civil judgment against O.J.

Gilbert originally came up with the idea to donate the suit to a museum.

“It’s part of American history,” Gilbert said outside court. “People should be able to see it and reflect on what went so wrong for someone who had everything.”

So all’s well that ends well, right? No one profits and people will be able to gawk at an article of clothing for years to come. Not so fast, according toTMZ.

An official from the Smithsonian … who did not want to be ID’d … told TMZ this AM before accepting anything the item would go to museum curators for review. The curator then sends the item to one of the various museums — e.g., the National Museum of American History. A review is then conducted.

The official said no one has offered the suit to the Institution yet, but the official does not believe OJ Simpson’s acquittal suit will pass muster.

TMZ also mentions that Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress didn’t make the cut at the Smithsonian, either, so who knows how this is going to work out. Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman has ruled that if the Smithsonian doesn’t want the suit, it can be offered to some other museum or institute of higher learning. Although it’s not a museum per se, this situation perfectly illustrates why Planet Hollywood should still be in business.

No way. There are actually still Planet Hollywood restaurants out there? Wow.

Simpson’s ‘acquittal suit’ to be donated to Smithsonian [CBS Sports]
Smithsonian to OJ: Thanks, But No Thanks [TMZ]