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O.J. Simpson defense lawyer's friends say he didn't tamper with the 'bloody glove'

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O.J. Simpson struggling to put on the infamous bloody glove in court.

Did he or didn’t he?

Friends and colleagues of O.J. Simpson’s late defense lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran, including those who worked with him in the O.J. Simpson murder case, are denouncing accusations by a former prosecutor that Cochran tampered with the infamous "bloody glove," the Los Angeles Times reported.

The glove was key evidence in the 1995 trial of football great Simpson, who was acquitted of the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

On Thursday, former prosecutor Christopher Darden suggested that Cochran, one of Simpson's defense attorneys, had manipulated the glove, Reuters reported:

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."


New lawyer says O.J. Simpson got a raw deal in 2008 Nevada conviction

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O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson received shoddy representation before he was put away and deserves another trial: That’s what a new lawyer for the disgraced football star will attempt to convince a judge of in a Nevada district court next month, according to the Associated Press.

In a 94-page document filed today in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, the new attorney, Patricia Palm of Las Vegas, faults trial strategy and performance of old attorneys Yale Galanter and Gabriel Grasso, but maintains Simpson’s same basic defense -- that he wanted to confront sports memorabilia dealers to recover family photos and personal mementoes, and that he didn’t know the men he took along with him had guns.

Few people seem to remember clearly what the whole thing was about that put Simpson behind bars, as it pales in comparison to the sensational trial in which he was acquitted.