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23 Years After O.J. Simpson Trial, Kim Goldman Urges Prosecutors to 'Be Compassionate'

Goldman spoke to Northern Virginia prosecutors ahead of National Crimes Victims' Rights Week

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    Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver talks with Kim Goldman, the sister of murder victim Ron Goldman.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)

    Twenty-three years after the O.J. Simpson trial, Ron Goldman’s sister Kim is advocating for compassionate treatment of victims and their families.

    On Wednesday, Kim Goldman spoke to a room of prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Northern Virginia.

    “When you come in to my world in my moment of trauma, I need you to be present,” Goldman told prosecutors ahead of National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week. “I need you to be sensitive. I need you to be kind. I need you to be compassionate. Please don’t tell me it’s going to all be ok because it might not be.”

    Goldman was invited to speak by Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher.

    “One of the best partners you can have is a victim who has been through it and who has the courage to stand up and speak and advocate for the victim who so often can get lost in the process,” Fisher said.

    In 1994, Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

    Simpson's trial has received renewed interest in recent years, being the topic of a slew of documentaries and the award-winning show The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

    In 2007, Simpson was arrested and convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison but will be eligible for parole later this year.

    “I’m starting to get anxious because I do believe that he will be paroled,” Goldman said about Simpson. “And I’m trying to prepare myself because I remember what is was like before he was incarcerated where my nerves were high alert because I never knew where he was going to pop up.”