A visitor stopped by the jail to see O.J. Simpson on Christmas Day, while his former sister-in-law complained that the media was being too sympathetic towards him.

Prisoners at the Men's Central Jail were not allowed visitors on Christmas so that deputies could have the day off, said sheriff's Sgt. W. Wiley, the jail watch commander. The rule does not apply, however, to lawyers.Simpson, who is charged with murder in the June 12 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, had at least one visitor, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. It would not identify the person. Mrs. Simpson's sister, Denise Brown, issued a statement complaining that the media was generating stories with a tone of sympathy for Simpson because he had to spend Christmas in jail.

Brown did not identify the media organizations, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, who read the statement, refused to elaborate.

"While it is certainly appropriate for all people of good will to feel compassion for others during this special time of celebration and tradition, the Brown family would like to remind everyone about a person who is really alone today," Brown wrote. "Nicole Brown, just 35 years old, and the mother of two beautiful children, is spending this Christmas alone with the angels."

She also referred to the two Simpson children. "Sydney and Justin are spending this Christmas stripped of both of their parents. Confusion, loss, pain, embarrassment, and yes, loneliness are among the gifts they were handed this year," Brown said.