A district attorney at the center of the famed OJ Simpson murder trial has alleged that Simpson’s defense attorney tampered with the most crucial piece of evidence — the glove. Prosecutors said the glove linked Simpson to the grisly double-murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. After Simpson struggled to fit the gloves onto his hand, his defense attorney, Johnny Cochran, famously admonished the jury: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” This week, former Los Angeles deputy district attorney, Christopher Darden accused Simpson’s defense attorney of ”manipulating” the glove, according to reports.
On Thursday, at Pace Law School in New York City, Darden sat on a panel discussion about the trial and 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.” During a follow-up interview on Friday, Darden said 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 defense had it during the lunch hour.” Darden said he wasn’t specifically accusing anyone, adding: “It’s been my suspicion for a long time that the lining has been manipulated.” He said he had previously voiced similar concerns in TV interviews, but could not recall the details. As expected, Darden’s incendiary charge surprised key participants in the trial and related legal action.
Other persons engaged in the trial: Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of Simpson’s defense team, and Paul Callan, who represented Nicole Brown Simpson’s estate in a successful civil trial against Simpson, said it was the first time they had heard the allegation. On Friday, Dershowitz voiced his opposition to the claim that the defense had an opportunity to tamper with the gloves, referring to it as “a total fabrication” and that “the defense doesn’t get access to evidence except under controlled circumstances. Having made the greatest legal blunder of the 20th Century,” Dershowitz said of Darden, “he’s trying to blame it on the dead man.”