February 28, 2024

It seems like Christopher Darden needs to change into the subsequent Lance Ito, as he campaigns for an open seat on the Superior Court docket of Los Angeles.

For true-crime junkies, these two names ought to evoke reminiscences of the so-called “trial of the century” 30 years in the past, when Darden and co-prosecutor Marcia Clark unsuccessfully argued earlier than a jury in Choose Ito’s court docket to have soccer hero O.J. Simpson convicted of double-murder. Sadly for Darden, Clark and the households of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and of Ron Goldman, the jury acquitted Simpson of their murders.

Prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden discuss to the media after the acquittal of O.J. Simpson in Los Angeles on this Oct. 3, 1995 file photograph,(AP Photograph/Pool, David Sprague) 

Now Darden, a Richmond native who graduated from San Jose State College and studied regulation at UC Hastings, basically needs a crack at Ito’s job, donning a choose’s black gown, sitting behind the bench and operating the courtroom.

And, Darden’s marketing campaign has introduced that he has obtained the backing of Ito himself, who’s retired, in addition to two different distinguished figures within the case of Folks of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson.

Kim Goldman, Goldman’s sister, and Fred Goldman, Goldman’s father, have introduced their endorsements of Darden, in line with TMZ.  Kim Golden mentioned that Darden “was a pal to my household throughout one of many darkest instances in our lives. He helped change the main focus of a ‘celeb homicide trial’ and made it concerning the victims.”

Kim Golden additionally mentioned, “My household has by no means forgotten that, and I’m positive it’s remembered by numerous different members of the family for whom he has been an advocate and a champion.”

Darden, 67, has been a prison legal professional for greater than 40 years. The primary 15 of these had been within the Los Angeles County District’s Legal professional’s Workplace, the place Ito additionally was a prosecutor and the 2 labored collectively in what was then referred to as the Hardcore Gang Division, in line with Darden’s web site.

Darden has labored in non-public observe for the previous 27 years. He additionally has taught regulation in Southern California, authored books and supplied authorized commentary to quite a lot of information shops, together with CNN and NBC.

TMZ reported that Darden has a very good shot at successful the election, which takes place subsequent month, on condition that he has secured quite a lot of endorsements from high-profile figures within the L.A. authorized institution.

Defense attorney Johnny Cochran Jr., standing at left, confers with prosecutors Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden and William Hodgman. (1995) (Los Angeles Daily News file photo)
Protection legal professional Johnny Cochran Jr., standing at left, confers with prosecutors Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden and William Hodgman. (1995) (Los Angeles Every day Information file photograph)