Christopher Darden: Desperate Man or Complete Idiot?

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  • Christopher Darden is a desperate man or a complete idiot.

    Seventeen years after Darden was banished into obscurity after he unsuccessfully prosecuted O.J. Simpson for murder in the so-called “Trial of the Century,” Darden is trying to step out of the shadows and back into the public spotlight.

    Darden, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney, is now accusing the late Johnnie Cochran, Simpson’s former lead attorney, of tampering with evidence by “manipulating” one of the gloves that Darden linked to the double murder of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

    In one of the most captivating moments in the Simpson trial – and in a highly-theatrical move that inflamed racial tensions across America – Cochran asked Simpson to try on the glove, which he showed the jury was too tight.

    "If it doesn't fit,” Cochran famously told the jury, “you must acquit."

    Now, 17 years later, Darden claims Cochran intentionally altered the glove to get Simpson acquitted.

    "I think Johnnie tore the lining,” Darden said last week during a panel discussion at Pace Law School in New York. “There were some additional tears in the lining so that O.J.'s fingers couldn't go all the way up into the glove."

    "A bailiff told me the defense had it during the lunch hour,” Darden said. "It's been my suspicion for a long time that the lining has been manipulated."

    So why is Darden suddenly going public with this explosive accusation? Why didn’t he raise this issue during the trial if he felt that Cochran had somehow compromised his legal ethics? Why didn’t he accuse Cochran to his face when Cochran was alive?

    Does Darden hate Cochran because Cochran outsmarted him in court while the world watched in amazement?

    Darden never filed an ethics violation against Cochran with the bar association; he never took formal action with the district attorney’s office where he once worked; he never took his grievance to the judge.

    This is a cheap shot by Darden – a cowardly move – to accuse Cochran when Cochran is not here to defend himself. Cochran died in 2005 from a brain tumor at age 67.

    "Having made the greatest legal blunder of the 20th Century," Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Simpson’s legal team, said of Darden, "he's trying to blame it on the dead man."

    This absurd allegation may be Darden’s desperate cry for attention and an attempt to return to the headlines. He’s still practicing law, but he hasn’t enjoyed the kind of celebrity that he experienced during Simpson’s high-profile trial.

    Simpson is serving up to 33 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in which he claimed he was trying to recover his own football mementos.

    I feel some empathy toward Darden; perhaps he just can’t let go of the past because, after all, the Simpson trial was the highlight of Darden's legal career.

    “In some ways I'm still recovering from the trial,” Darden said several years ago. “My health is not as good as it ought to be. I've gone back to practicing law and it seems to have taken a toll for whatever reason.”

    It may be time for Darden to take another break because he’s starting to sound like a man who will say anything to get his name back in print.

    But Darden should also do some serious soul-searching: He needs to figure out why 17 years later he still feels compelled to cast doubt on Cochran’s brilliant legal strategy that ultimately torpedoed Darden’s rise to notoriety.

    Watch video of Johnnie Cochran in court below.

     

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    8 thoughts on “Christopher Darden: Desperate Man or Complete Idiot?

    1. We all knew OJ was the culprit and Cochran tried to make a race issue of the case. Christopher Darden stood by his principles, his morals and integrity. America should be proud of him. There are enough bent law enforcers as is in the world. In my book CD came out of this case as the winner. OJ is now where he should have been put all those years ago. Some of us out here do care about the deaths of two innocent people irrespective of the colour of their skin.

    2. Do you know how many Black men were killed and castrated for the lying white woman? Who gives a dam about Nicole Simson. And “can’t we all just get along”. Was not Rodney king’s wishes, soft a—s black politicians and the naacp paid that fool to say that.

    3. i personally never believed o j did the crime and calling it the crime of the century is crazy no the crime of the century is when timothy mcveigh killed 169 men women and children with that bombing if o j had been white it would be different it was all about the color of his skin just like it is now with all the racist hate of most of the republicans against obama it is a terrible shame that the late rodney kings dream wish will never happen “can,t we just all get along”

    4. i personally never believed o j did the crime and calling it the crime of the century is crazy no the crime of the century is when timothy mcveigh killed 169 men women and children with that bombing if o j had been white it would be different it was all about the color of his skin just like it is now with all the racist hate of most of the republicans against obama it is a terrible shame that the late rodney kings dream wish will never happen “can,t we just all get along”

    5. Trying to step back into the limelight and out of the shadows, huh? Well this stunt Mr. Christopher Darden is going to get you less than 15 minutes of fame. And that will be obscured. Marcia Clark has been on those talking head shows and a commentator on Court TV, what are you going to get?

    6. Why waste time with all this nonsense about OJ ? What does it have to do with the election of Obama ? Grow up!!!!
      This is a case about Uncle Tom OJ being Sold out by Uncle Tom Darden >
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