O.J.'s "acquittal suit" to Smithsonian?


FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, as members of his defense team, F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran Jr., right, look on, in court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pool, Myung J. Chun, file) (MYUNG J. CHUN, AP / October 3, 1995)

While we weren't watching, a 13-year battle has been raging over possession of the suit that O.S. Simpson was wearing when he was acquitted of murder. Now comes a decision:

With O.J. Simpson giving his
agreement from prison, a judge approved a plan Monday to donate the suit
the former NFL star was wearing when he was
acquitted of murder to the Smithsonian Institution.

I haven't figured out why anyone was fighting for possession of the suit. Why don't they go all the way and fight for his socks and underwear too? Why doesn't someone burn the damn thing instead, a fate worthy of its wearer. 

Anyway, what interests me is the possibility that the suit might end up in the Smithsonian Institution, the repository of all that is important to America, Americana and Americans. The idea that the Smithsonian would even consider taking this suit is creepy. 
The story says if the Smithsonian doesn't want it, it might go to another museum. My suggestion? Ripley's Believe It or Not--the repository of the "odd and bizarre." Because if the Smithsonian takes the suit, it has lowered itself to the same level as the trashy Ripley's. 

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