OJ Team Denies It Tampered With Evidence

Lawyers attack Darden's claims

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 12, 2012 2:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – The surviving members of OJ Simpson's defense team are hopping mad about a prosecutor's claim that the infamous "bloody glove" found at the murder scene of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman was tampered with by their late colleague Johnnie Cochran. Prosecutor Christopher Darden "lost, and he should get over it and go on with his life," co-counsel Carl Douglas tells the Los Angeles Times. "It is an insult to the dignity and integrity of one of the greatest lawyers in America to imply that he did anything unethical during that historic trial."

"We were under the watchful eye of a sheriff’s deputy and court staff every moment the glove was being examined," Douglas says. "The very first time Mr. Simpson placed his hand inside the murder glove was when all of American saw that it did not fit his massive hand. I am offended for Mr. Darden to suggest otherwise." Another member of the defense team says if Darden suspected evidence-tampering, he should have reported it at the time instead of 18 years later. Darden says doing so would have been a "whiny-little-snitch approach to life."

OJ Simpson holds up his hands before the jury in his 1995 murder trial after putting on a pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves.
OJ Simpson holds up his hands before the jury in his 1995 murder trial after putting on a pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves.   (AP Photo/Vince Bucci,File Pool)
Gloves used as evidence in the OJ Simpson murder case sit under glass at a behind the scenes homicide exhibit during a law enforcement conference  in Las Vegas.
Gloves used as evidence in the OJ Simpson murder case sit under glass at a behind the scenes homicide exhibit during a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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