Judge denies O.J. Simpson’s request to dismiss foreclosure case

Acquitted murderer, convicted felon, former actor, former sportscaster and former All-Star football player O.J. Simpson is one step closer to losing his south Florida home to foreclosure.

Attorneys for the imprisoned Simpson appeared before Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely lat week on a contested motion to dismiss.  In denying relief, the court ruled that JP Morgan Chase may proceed with plans to retake the home.

In September, a JP Morgan Chase process server attempted to serve foreclosure papers at the Miami home of Simpson, located at 9450 SW 112 Street, Miami, Fla. 33176.  At that time, the process server advised the court that Simpson could not be located for personal service of process.

Having been convicted in 2008 of kidnapping and armed robbery, Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He is not eligible for parole until 2017.

First reported by Jose Lambiet at GossipExtra.com, JP Morgan Chase initiated the foreclosure process after Simpson accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in mortgage debt on his former suburban Miami home.

The now imprisoned felon purchased the one-story house in September, 2000 taking out a $575,000 mortgage for the $522,000 home.

The 4,233 square foot home south of Miami has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool, and a guest house set on a two acre plot. In 2010, it was assessed by the Miami-Dade County property appraiser at $478,953.

According to court pleadings, Simpson now owes $724,354.15, including principal, interest, attorney’s fees and penalties.  Originated through Washington Mutual Bank, the imprisoned Simpson stopped making mortgage payments in 2010.

Though Simpson was found not guilty in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in a Los Angeles courtroom, he was found liable in a civil action brought by the deceased’s families in 2007.

“O. J. Simpson still has options to save his home,” said Carlos Reyes, a Fort Lauderdale foreclosure defense attorney.  “Although he is securely locked away in a Nevada prison, Simpson still receives a large pension and could conceivably modify the mortgage loan.”

Simpson’s lawyer contested JP Morgan Chase’s foreclosure action calling their filing “ambiguous and vague.”  Also party to the foreclosure lawsuit was the estate of Ronald Goldman and satellite television provider DirecTv.

A spokeswoman for the Gray Robinson P.A. law firm in Miami advised that it was against their policy to comment on pending cases.

Attempts to reach Vincent McManus of Albertelli Law on behalf of J.P. Morgan Chase were unsuccessful despite two messages requesting a return call.

According to court records, Simpson recently failed to participate in a Florida Supreme Court mandated Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program aimed at saving homes to foreclosure.

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