"I never got a chance, of course, to cross-examine him. And I didn't want to anymore. I just wanted to talk to him, to make sure he knew he hadn't fooled all of us and that his "Dream Team" hadn't fooled most americans. I wanted to tell him that there was another court that would hear his case one day, with a judge who would separately try racist cops and murders. A court where everyone will have to account for his actions alone. A court where the only witnesses will be the eyewitnesses, Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown."
Well the worst part was the beginning reading about the author's life and of course the best part is reading about his experience during the OJ trial. What was also interesting was the relationship between him and Marcia Clark, something I hadn't realized until I read the book. Cut out the first half or so and it can be entertaining.
Interesting read. Exposes unknown "facts" of events and people that occurred during the trial of the century. Offers a unique prospective as the only black person on the prosecution side during a trial about race and his personal struggles about that. Even though the trial happened so long ago this book is still relevant and timely today and answers lingering questions about the "truth" of the events that happened the night of the murder. A book to be savored and enjoyed.
For more than a year Christopher Darden argued tirelessly, giving voice to the victims in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. In this gripping account of one man's extraordinary career, Darden offers an unflinching look at a justice system imperiled by racism and celebrity privilege. Now, out of the sensational frenzy of "the trial of the century" comes a haunting memoir of duty, justice, and the powerful undertow of American racism.
This book is a bit on the self-serving side. Sad that Darden took the fall for the 'glove incident.' Both he and Clark have declared the defense team as a bunch of over-the-hill simpletons.
But, WHO won the case?? Truth is, it wasn't Mark Fuhrman that sunk the DA's case. It was the whole, bungling team. Marcia seemed to be determined to be "the voice of the vicitms" when in reality, her job is to be the voice of the People."
I'd read this book after Marcia Clark's, then "American Tragedy," "Outraged," Mark Fuhrman's "Murder in Brentwood," Alan Dershowitz's, "Reasonable Doubts," "A Problem of Evidence," Joseph Boccia's rant, but he for some reason, really trashes Vince Buglosi, AS LAST RESORT, the blame it all on Mark, not our stupidness, book "Evidence Dismissed," by the two LAPD cops Tom Lange and Philip Vanatter with Dan E. Moldea. However, I really had to force myself to finish this book because of their attacks on everyone else connected with the case.
This is an insider account of the O.J. Simpson trial by one of the prosecutors. It's one of two books on the subject. The other is "Outrage" by Vincent Bugliosi. Bugliosi's book is a far better analysis of the case and trial and I recommend you read it first. But Bugliosi is severely, I don't hesitate to say "scathingly" critical of the work done by both sides in the trial. If you want to give the prosecution equal time read this book by Christopher Darden who was on the State's side of the case during the whole trial.