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Nicole Brown Simpson's Sister Wants Custody Case Reopened

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Nicole Brown Simpson's sister wants federal witness statements describing alleged drug abuse by O.J. Simpson turned over to court officials to determine if he has violated his custody agreement for his two children, The Blade newspaper reported Sunday.

"What really scares me is that the courts should be reading these reports, and they aren't," said Denise Brown, in a telephone interview for a copyrighted story.

The court typically does not initiate such reviews unless a party in the dispute files a complaint, said an attorney in the domestic court division in Orange County, Calif., which oversaw the custody case.

Natasha Roit, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented the family of Simpson's ex-wife in their custody dispute, said she was still reviewing The Blade stories.

Federal agents raided Simpson's house Dec. 4 as part of an investigation into a drug ring that imported hundreds of thousands of Ecstasy pills from Holland.

Admitted drug dealers told the FBI that the former NFL star and actor went on cocaine binges and made late-night drug buys in Florida, the newspaper reported earlier this month. Simpson (pictured, above) denied the reports to The Associated Press and was not charged.

Nicole Brown Simpson was killed in 1994 along with friend Ron Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in a 1995 murder trial but was held liable in a 1997 lawsuit.

In 1996, Simpson won custody of his and Nicole Brown Simpson's son and daughter, after a five-year custody battle with her parents. He moved with the children, who are now teen-agers, to the Miami suburb of Kendall in 2000.

Prosecutors said the witness statements Brown wants the court to review are not public. The Blade obtained them from Toledo developer Mark Nowakowski, who received them in preparing his defense against charges stemming from the raid. He was acquitted in March.

Providing such records to a California court may be difficult if the investigation is still active, said Michael Graham, a University of Miami law professor who researches evidence issues.

The FBI Miami office will not discuss any open cases, spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.

Brown, founder of a California organization for domestic abuse victims, told the newspaper she saw her niece and nephew over Mother's Day weekend and they seemed content.

"From a distance, you wouldn't know that they went through a tragedy," she said. "They're just like any other kids their age."

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