Christopher Darden, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who co-tried the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson, accused the late Johnnie Cochran of “manipulating” the “bloody glove” the suspect tried on during the case, Reuters reports.
Darden made the claim during a panel discussion at Pace University Law School in New York City on Thursday afternoon.
“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.”
Reuters has more on this explosive claim:
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 defense 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.”
He said he had previously voiced similar concerns in TV interviews, but could not recall the details.
Darden’s charge surprised key participants in the trial and related legal action. Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who was 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 ever heard the allegation.