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.
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.
On his web site, Darden talks up his work on the Simpson case, saying that the virtually continuous TV protection of the trial made the nation conscious of his “ardour for victims and their rights to be heard.” He mentioned he continues to be an outspoken advocate for victims and their households.
However for a very long time, Darden appeared keen to place the Simpson trial behind him, as some within the public criticized him and Clark for dropping what was believed to be a slam-dunk case, which was backed by DNA proof and testimony that Nicole Brown Simpson was a sufferer of home violence.
America received to dive again into the case in 2016, when FX aired its hit mini-series, “American Crime Story: The Folks v. O.J. Simpson.” Sterling Ok. Brown, a Stanford College graduate, portrayed Darden and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Excellent Supporting Actor in a Restricted Collection.
The sequence dramatized the second for which Darden grew to become notorious: When he pushed the concept of getting Simpson attempt on a pair of bloody gloves that had been discovered on the crime scene.
The previous NFL star nice made a present of struggling to place the gloves on, permitting his charismatic protection legal professional Johnnie Cochran to coin the phrase, “If it doesn’t match, it’s essential to acquit.”
In a 2016 interview with Leisure Tonight, Darden defended the glove demonstration as “one of many biggest courtroom scenes in American historical past.” He additionally maintains that the demonstration ought to have labored within the prosecution’s favor as a result of the gloves match, regardless of Simpson performing as if the didn’t.