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A lawyer who became a household name and O.J. Simpson's murder in the mid-1990s will no longer represent the man accused of killing beloved hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle in March.
Christopher Darden, longtime litigator and former attorney for the District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, announced that he was withdrawing from the case and leading threats against him and his family.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Darden said he was not sure if he would divulge "reasons for the retreat" before later referring to the case that made him famous.
"Like 1995, cowards never change, these cowards no longer send letters, but sit anonymously behind keyboards and threaten a man's mother and children."
Darden played a central role in the Simpson case, which was referred to as the "trial of the century" in which racist overtones permeated these lawsuits. At the time, Simpson was a well-known African American who was accused of killing his former spouse and their companions, both of whom were white.
Darden, who is also black, was considered traitor and sold-out because he was in the legal team and tried to put Simpson behind bars.
He once again faced counter-reactions. This time because of the depiction of the black man accused of killing Hussle in front of the clothing store, the Grammy-nominated artist from South Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Darden submitted documents to the court on Friday and left before his former client, Eric Holder, the alleged Hussle murder shooter, appeared in court.
The Times continued:
Darden filed his readmission and left the courtroom in downtown Los Angeles before Eric Holder in a yellow prison shirt and blue trousers with wrists tied to a chain appeared around his waist.
"A judge upheld Darden's request and charged a public defender, Mearl Lottman, with the case, and it is unclear whether Lottman Holder will continue to be represented, as he first has to determine whether there is conflict in the prosecutor's office . "
In his Facebook post, Darden also referred to some of the darkest American histories to argue that the right to legal assistance exists in constitutional law.
"After centuries of the story of black men hanging from trees without trial, or after thousands of cases of black men being tried, sentenced, and executed without legal counsel … I can not understand why, in 2019, some people do To deny a black person the right to a lawyer of his choice.
"Or why the defense of such a man should invite threats not only against me, but also against my children."
Darden swore that threats never took him from him […]
As For former Darden's former client, Holder pleaded innocent last month, charging charges of murder and two assassinations, and ordered a $ 5 million bond
The native Ermias Asghedom was killed in late March, NPR said he was "in the hip-hop world widely acknowledged, not only for his musical contributions, but also for the hustle and bustle embodied in his chosen stage name. "
In his early years, Hussle grew up as a member of Rollin's 60s Crips Street Gang, but overcame those obstacles one year ago Grammy nomination for his Victory Lap album.
Hussle was 33 years old.