EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Darden Still Has a Lot of Regrets About OJ Simpson Case: Prosecution Was 'Not Ready'

by Zach Seemayer 12:41 PM PDT, April 05, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Darden Still Has a Lot of Regrets About OJ Simpson Case: Prosecution Was 'Not Ready'

With The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story bringing the trial of the century back into the forefront of public consciousness, prosecutor Christopher Darden has been reliving the event that would go down as the most infamous of his career.

Darden recently spoke with ET's Nischelle Turner about delving back into the Simpson trial two decades later, and revealed that he still has some serious regrets about the high-profile case.

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Darden explained that the attention generated by the case was "bad enough 20 years ago," and while the scrutiny isn't quite as severe now, he says he could "do without it."

"Maybe in three years I can go back and read Twitter and not be offended, you know? Or angry," Darden, 59, said. "You spend 20 years trying to get past something like that, you spend 20 years trying to move on with your life and then it all catches up with you all over again."

Thinking back with the luxury of hindsight, Darden said there were a number of things the prosecution team should have done differently.

"They could have waited and prepared and been ready," Darden noted. "Because they were not ready."

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One of the major problems the prosecution faced stemmed from starting the trial without having everything they needed to present a solid case.

"Why file the case before all the DNA is in? If you go back and look at the trial, on every other day there's more DNA, more DNA coming in, more forensics," Darden recalled. "We shouldn't be in a trial where we don't have all the science. And we didn't… that was really the biggest mistake of all."

Another huge misstep, according Darden, was filing the case in downtown Los Angeles instead of in Santa Monica "where we might have had a more diverse jury, or a jury of O.J.'s peers."

"But instead the decision was made, 'File it now. File it Downtown.' And once that happened, that boat was sinking," Darden said.

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The prosecutor also admitted that he probably wouldn't have tried to tackle this case if he knew what was in store for him.

When asked if he would take on the case again, Darden said, "If it was 1995, 1994, and I know what I know today? No."

However, he says that things would be different today, with the experience he's cultivated over the last two decades.

"If [the trial took place in] 2016 and I am the lawyer that I am today, he would not be in a Nevada prison. He would be in San Quinton or Pelican Bay here in California," he said.

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One aspect of the trial Darden says he doesn't regret was getting Simpson to try on the bloody gloves, calling it "one of the greatest courtroom scenes in American history."

Check out the video below to hear more from the attorney about the infamous demonstration.