Darden: Cochran ‘Manipulated’ Black Gloves So They Wouldn’t Fit OJ’s Hands
LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — A former prosecutor in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case is now claiming that the football Hall of Famer’s defense lawyer tampered with the black gloves during the trial.
According to multiple reports, Christopher Darden, the former deputy district attorney for Los Angeles, said that the late Johnnie Cochran “manipulated” one of the black gloves that Simpson tried on during the trial.
“I think Johnnie tore the lining,” Darden explained during a panel discussion at Pace Law School, according to Reuters. “There were some additional tears in the lining so that O.J.’s fingers couldn’t go all the way up into the glove.”
After Simpson wasn’t able to get his fingers into the glove, Cochran famously said: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
Darden added that he always had his suspicions about the glove.
“A bailiff told me the defense had it during the lunch hour,” Darden told Reuters. “It’s been my suspicion for a long time that the lining has been manipulated.”
Alan Dershowitz, one of Simpson’s defense attorneys, called out Darden during the discussion for even making Simpson try on the glove.
“He gave the case away,” Dershowitz said, according to Business Insider.
Dershowitz also told Reuters that the claim is “a total fabrication.”
“Having made the greatest legal blunder of the 20th century, he’s trying to blame it on the dead man,” Dershowitz told Reuters. Cochran died in March 2005 from a brain tumor.
Simpson was found not guilty for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years behind bars for robbery and kidnapping after breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room of a sports memorabilia dealer.