Famed defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz rejected new allegations from a prosecutor that O.J. Simpson’s famed courtroom glove trick was a stunt.
Nearly 17 years after the “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” episode, ex-prosecutor Chris Darden claimed late defense attorney Johnnie Cochran tampered with the glove, helping the ex-football star walk away from a murder charge.
Dershowitz called the claim that the defense had an opportunity to tamper with the gloves “a total fabrication” and said “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.”
Former Los Angeles deputy district attorney Christopher Darden has accused Simpson defense 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 ex-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 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.