Nearly 17 years after O.J. Simpson walked away from his Los Angeles murder trial a free man, a prosecutor at the centre of the case has alleged that the lead defence lawyer tampered with a crucial piece of evidence.
Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden on Thursday accused Simpson’s defence lawyer, the late Johnnie Cochran, of “manipulating” one of the infamous gloves that the prosecution said linked Simpson to the grisly double murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
After Simpson struggled to fit the gloves on his hands — in one of the defining moments of the racially charged trial that captivated the nation — Cochran famously admonished the jury, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
On Thursday, during a panel discussion about the trial at Pace Law School in New York City, Darden, a member of the prosecution team, declared: “I think Johnnie tore the lining. There were some additional tears in the lining so that O.J.’s fingers couldn’t go all the way up into the glove.”
Darden said in a follow-up interview on Friday that he noticed that when Simpson was trying on a glove for the jury its structure appeared to have changed. “A bailiff told me the defence had it during the lunch hour.” He said he wasn’t specifically accusing anyone, adding: “It’s been my suspicion for a long time that the lining has been manipulated.”