A key piece of evidence that led to the acquittal of the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial is now under fire after a key prosecutor questions its authenticity. On Thursday, Christopher Darden, a member of the prosecution team announced his belief during a panel trial at Pace Law School that Johnnie Cochran, one of Mr. Simpson’s attorneys, tampered with now famous “bloody glove.” Darden stated that “Johnnie [Cochran] 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.”
After Simpson attempted to put on the glove, Cochran immediately exclaimed “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” in one of the more noteworthy points of the trial. Darden continued by stating that the bailiff had mentioned to him that the defense was in possession of the glove during the lunch hour, and he had been suspicious for quite a while that defense counsel had manipulated the glove.
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor and a member of O.J. Simpson’s defense team downplayed Darden’s accusations. He called Darden’s comments “a total fabrication,” and in fact went after Darden personally by saying, “Having made one of the biggest blunders of the 20th Century, he’s trying to blame it on the dead man.” The fact that Mr. Darden’s accusations come over 17 years after the trial certainly raises some eyebrows.
O.J. Simpson was eventually found liable in the civil trial, which ordered him to compensate the family’s damages to the amount of $33.5 million. Five years ago, in 2007 Mr. Simpson was charged in a separate charge for armed robbery. Simpson stated that he was only trying to recover his stolen memorabilia. He is currently in jail serving his 33 year sentence.