Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden fielded his billionth question about the time he made Simpson try on the gloves — and we have exclusive audio of his surprising answer.
Guesting on the Monday-recorded Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos “Reasonable Doubt” podcast, Darden explained why he didn’t just have Simpson try on a brand new glove of the same make, model and size, as opposed to the tainted one in evidence.
Experts have speculated that blood may have shrunk the gloves, and the recent documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” featured a Simpson friend saying Simpson stopped taking an arthritis drug so his hands would swell up and be too big for the gloves.
“We did all kinds of things. We measured O.J.’s hands. We had mathematicians and experts measure his hands in photographs and compare them to the gloves … we all thought it would fit,” Darden told his hosts. “The bottomline is we had pictures of O.J. Simpson standing on the sidelines of NFL games wearing the gloves.”
The losing lawyer from more than two decades ago jokingly said that drinking for 22 years has left his memory a bit cloudy. The full “Reasonable Doubt” episode will post on Saturday.
When Simpson tried the gloves on, they appeared too tight to pull over his big hands. The moment prompted Simpson attorney Johnny Cochran’s famous “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” line.
Also during the podcast, Darden said that just days ago he heard from a woman who says she saw Simpson near his ex-wife Nicole Brown’s house on June 12, 1994, the night she and Ron Goldman were killed.
“I got a phone call, not a week ago, from a woman who told me that the night of the murder she saw O.J. Simpson on Bundy,” Darden recalled. “That he walked across her car in front of her.”
“She was near Nicole’s place,” he continued. “And she saw him and recognized him as O.J. Simpson, went on about her business — and as the trial went on, she just decided to not get involved.”
Darden was part of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office team that lost its case to Simpson’s so-called “Dream Tream” when Simpson was acquitted in the double murder of his ex-wife and Goldman. Any witnesses who come forward now will be no help to Darden — Simpson can’t be tried again because of double jeopardy laws.
These days, Darden currently practices criminal defense law and “general litigation.”
He has been making the media rounds lately because of FX’s “The People v OJ Simpson” and ESPN’s documentary “OJ: Made in America” The first dramatized the trial, and the second looks back at Simpson’s life before, after and during the case.
Listen to the audio above.