JUDGE ALLOWS SIMPSON TESTIMONY

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After ditching an NBC interview and finding no takers for a proposed pay-per-view talk, O.J. Simpson will finally tell his story in public. It won't be on his terms. Superior Court Judge Allan Haber has refused to seal written transcripts of Simpson's upcoming deposition in the wrongful death suits brought by the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Simpson lawyer Robert Baker had argued that releasing the transcripts might prejudice potential jurors, but Haber dismissed that argument and said he would be surprised "if there were a great number left in the county of Los Angeles who have not formed an opinion as to the culpability of Mr. Simpson." TIME's Elaine Lafferty says the deposition could answer some of the questions raised in the previous trial. "Lawyers will ask O.J. all the things that he would have been asked on the stand in a criminal trial. They hope to find inconsistencies in his story about where he was the night of the murders by asking him things like 'If you suffer so much from arthritis, what were you doing out chipping golf balls?' What they want try to do is raise doubts in the public about Simpson's story. If the public looks at the deposition and sees him fumbling all over the place, it could change the public perception of him."