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

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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"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," Johnnie Cochran memorably rhymed during the closing statement of his successful defense of accused murder O.J. Simpson.

Cochran was referring to what he called "the defining moment" of the trial. That portion of the notorious trial when then-Los Angeles deputy district attorney Christopher Darden asked Simpson to put on the Aris Isotoner gloves found on the USC star's grounds the night his ex-wife was murdered along with her friend Ron Goldman.

The gloves didn't fit. Simpson was acquitted.

Now, nearly 17 years after his side lost the case, Darden is claiming that Cochran tampered with the key evidence moments before the NFL legend struggled, on live television, to slip on the gloves.

"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," Darden said during a panel discussion about the trial Thursday, reports Reuters.

Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Cochran's "Dream Team" lawyers who helped defend Simpson said chastised Darden for his claim. "Having made the greatest legal blunder of the 20th century," Dershowitz told news service, "[Darden's] trying to blame it on the dead man."

Cochran died of a brain tumor in 2005 when he was 67.

Do you think the gloves were tampered with? What's your explaination for the gloves not fitting Simpson?

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

Highlights of Johnnie Cochran's closing statements: