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

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

But Cochran's supporters have jumped to his defense, calling Darden's claims "slanderous," the Times reported. Cochran died in 2005:

"As members of the defense team, Carl Douglas and I were present in court on the day that Chris Darden asked O.J. Simpson to try on the glove,” attorney Shawn Holley said in a statement to The Times. “Mr. Darden's self-serving assertion that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the glove — or any piece of evidence — is false, malicious and slanderous.

During the so-called "Trial of the Century," Simpson tried on the bloody gloves and held up his hands in front of the jury box to let everyone see that they wouldn't fit, leading to Cochran's declaration: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." 

O.J. Simpson struggling to put on the gloves:

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Previously: O.J. Simpson's lawyer tampered with 'bloody glove,' claims former prosecutor Darden