"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."
Unless you've been living under a rock, it's a safe bet you've heard defense attorney Johnny Cochran's infamous closing remarks from the O.J. Simpson murder trial back in 1995.
The focus on the ill-fitting glove helped convince a jury to exonerate the famous football player-turned-actor of the murder of Nicole Brown, and the controversial decision still resonates today, even as Simpson is released from prison on parole following his sentence for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping charge.
Along with Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden was on the prosecution team for the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1994.
So when Darden took to Reddit to participate in an AMA, people came out of the woodwork to ask him probing questions about the trial and his life.
His answers are nothing short of fascinating.
Darden participated in the AMA as part of a promotion for the new TV series on Oxygen, The Jury Speaks.
Darden appeared in the episode alongside actual jurors from the case. It aired on July 22. You can watch the whole thing here. And you should.
The Important Stuff
Reddit user DinoTIme45 started things off with a softball, asking, “What actor has been your favorite portrayal of yourself on television?”
Darden replied, “I haven’t watched, but everyone says Sterling K. Brown is a better me than me.”
And it’s true. If you haven’t watched The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, it’s worth it. Brown gives an incredible performance.
Continuing in the same vein of essential info, FlashbackX wrote, “Is Fred Goldman’s mustache as intimidating in real life as it is on TV?”
Ever the good sport, Darden gave the best response: “Fred’s mustache is created by God as the eighth wonder of the world, and there’s something about Fred, that when he talks, you want to listen. He is a straight-shooter. He never minces words. And he is as good a man as his mustache looks on television.”
The Legend of Johnnie Cochran
Now to the trial.
TreasonousTeacher asked, “How did Johnny Cochrane [sic] change the tone of the trial from murder to racism so effectively?”
Darden’s answer? “Cochran used the media to change the conversation as effectively as Donald Trump does.”
Wow. What a…………compliment?
Hindsight is 20/20
VirtusAlpha48 asked Darden to reflect on the trial, asking, “Knowing what you know now and looking back on the case, would you have done anything different [sic]?”
Darden replied thoughtfully, “I would have done lots of things differently. First thing I would have done differently was to not announce beforehand that I intended to arrest O.J. By signaling to him that he was going to be arrested, it allowed him to get into his Bronco and take us on that slow speed Bronco chase.”
Can you imagine living with the direct memories of a trial that huge and that nitpicked through all these years?