Chris Darden withdraws from Nipsey Hussle case, citing threats
Former prosecutor Chris Darden, who famously served on the OJ Simpson murder trial and was representing the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle, has decided to withdraw from the rapper’s murder case — saying he and his children are receiving threats.
The 63-year-old defense attorney announced the move in a Facebook post Friday.
“I am on my way to appear for the last time in People v. Holder,” Darden said. “I filed a Motion to Withdraw from the case.”
Describing the people threatening him, Darden added: “After centuries of a history of black men hung from trees without trial, or after the thousands of cases of black men tried, convicted and executed without counsel … I cannot understand why in 2019 some people would deny a black man his 6th Amendment right to counsel of his choice. Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too. The right to counsel is not only a constitutional right, it is a civil right as well.”
Referencing the threats he received after losing the Simpson case, Darden said: “Just as they were in 1995-Cowards never change. These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children. And some folks think that’s funny. It isn’t and I won’t ever forget it.”
Darden’s client, Eric Holder, is accused of fatally shooting Hussle outside his LA clothing store on March 31. Asked Friday why he decided to take the case, Darden told the Los Angeles Times: “I defend poor people — that’s all I do. And he’s definitely poor.”
The former prosecutor ended his Facebook post with a few choice words for the people attacking him.
“To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding…F–K YOU!” Darden said. “As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. And I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes. After 25 years some of them still haven’t learned: Their lies and threats will never deter me from my mission. Thank you again my good friends. The struggle continues. Thank you.”
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