Christopher Darden Biography
Christopher Darden(full name: Christopher Allen Darden is an American lawyer, author, actor, lecturer, and practicing attorney. He was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, where he was assigned to the prosecution of O. J. Simpson, a role in which he gained a great deal of national attention.
Christopher Darden Age
Christopher was born on 7 April 1956, in Martinez, California, United States
Christopher Darden Early life and Education
Darden was born in Richmond, California, the fourth of eight siblings. After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in 1974, Darden enrolled at San Jose State University, where he participated in track and field and joined Alpha Phi Alpha, an African-American fraternity. He received his B.S. in criminal justice administration in 1977. Darden received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings in 1980.
Christopher Darden Wife
There were rumors Darden was in a relationship with leading prosecutor Marcia Clark, of O.J Simpson murder case dubbed as ‘Trial of the Century’.
Keeping asides this rumors he married to Marcia Carter on 31st August 1997 after being in a relationship for one year. Carter is a TV executive. This couplet has two sons and a daughter and also two children from the previous relationship.
Although rumors persisted of a sexual relationship between Marcia Clark and Darden, both have denied such a relationship existed. Both consider their relationship to be extremely close, a result of the intense pressures of the Simpson trial.
In 1996, he revealed he was a Republican and stated he would disclose his Party choice at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
Christopher Darden Family
- Tiffany Darden Daughter
- Michael Darden Brother
- Marcia Carter Spouse
Christopher Darden Career
Christopher Darden took and passed the California Bar Exam in the summer of 1980. Four months afterward, he was hired at the National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles. Dissatisfied with the work, he applied for and was hired for a position with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Darden was initially assigned to the Huntington Park office before moving on to Beverly Hills and finally moved to the Criminal Courts Building (CCB) in downtown Los Angeles in late 1983.
During his tenure as a prosecutor at the CCB, he served in the central trials and hard-core gang units before transferring to the Special Investigation Division (SID), which investigates criminal activity by public and law enforcement officials, in February 1988. It was in this position that Darden first met Johnnie Cochran, who would represent the victims of police violence.
He initially became involved in the O. J. Simpson murder case after being asked by Deputy District Attorneys Marcia Clark and William Hodgman to lead the prosecution of Al Cowlings, Simpson’s friend and the driver of the white Ford Bronco during the infamous car chase. After Darden’s work on the Al Cowlings case ended, Clark requested Darden join the Simpson team as case manager since she and Hodgman were bogged down by various motions and filings from the defense. Darden was also tasked by Clark to prepare the prosecution’s witnesses for testimony, including preparing testimony for key witness Detective Mark Fuhrman. After Hodgman’s medical incapacitation shortly before opening statements, Darden was named co-prosecutor.
He resigned after the O.J. Simpson case and joined the faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught undergraduate criminal law. That same year, he was appointed Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law. Darden taught and specialized in criminal procedure and trial advocacy.
Darden is a former legal commentator for CNBC, CNN, Court TV, and NBC, and a frequent guest and commentator on CNN, Court TV, and Fox News Network. He has made guest appearances on Touched by an Angel, Girlfriends, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Howard Stern Show, Muppets Tonight, Roseanne, the movie Liar Liar (uncredited), and the TV movie One Hot Summer Night (in which he plays a disgruntled policeman). He is the former principal attorney in the syndicated legal show Power of Attorney.
He is also a writer. In addition to In Contempt, which chronicles his experiences with the O.J. Simpson trial, he co-authored (with Dick Lochte) a number of crime novels, including The Trials of Nikki Hill (1999), LA Justice (2000), and The Last Defense (2002).
He appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 1996 with an article “My Case Against O.J.” which addressed his involvement and prosecution of OJ Simpson.
Darden left the law school in 1999 and started his own firm, Darden & Associates, Inc., specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. In December 2007, he was considered for elevation to a judgeship by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In an interview by Oprah Winfrey that aired February 9, 2006, Darden stated that he still believes Simpson is guilty. He added that he was nearly as disgusted with the perjury of Mark Fuhrman as by the murders of Goldman and Simpson.
On September 6, 2012, Darden accused deceased Simpson defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran of “‘manipulating’ one of the infamous gloves.”
Darden represented Eric Holder in his arraignment on April 4, 2019. Darden entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Holder, who is accused of murdering Nipsey Hussle.
Christopher Darden Net Worth and Salary
He has an estimated net worth of $2 million and his salary is unknown.
Christopher Darden Now
Where Is Christopher Darden Now? The Prosecutor From The O.J. Simpson Trial Has Moved On
In FX’s American Crime Story, both the defense and prosecution teams of the O.J. Simpson murder trial are collecting many attorneys for a case viewers already know the outcome of. After a lengthy trial, the real-life Simpson was later acquitted of the murder charges. However, according to The New York Times, he was found liable in the resulting 1997 civil suit and ordered to pay “$25 million in punitive damages to the families.” While Simpson had his “dream team” of defense lawyers during the murder trial, the City of Los Angeles had its own comprehensive legal team of Deputy District Attorneys Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, who gained notoriety for asking Simpson to try the gloves on during the trial, according to Reuters. While watching American Crime Story, you might be wondering what is Christopher Darden up to now?
Well, for one thing, Darden will be portrayed by actor Sterling K. Brown in American Crime Story, which is telling the story of the Simpson murder trial from the sides of both the prosecution and the defense. But, how about the real-life Darden? What’s he been doing in the years since the trial ended? Well, occasionally thinking of the past, for one. In a January 2015 interview with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, he admitted that the murder trial left him “devastated” saying, “I don’t think I’m so much as bitter. Now, I think I’m angry … I mean, I couldn’t be angry back then. I couldn’t be pissed off, because I’m a prosecutor. But, now, I’m just Chris Darden. Now I can just be pissed off,” he told Winfrey.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Darden still works in law, and his law firm is called Darden & Associates Inc., which specializes in “white collar, narcotics, marijuana, homicide, and gang cases.” (And, if you’re wondering, there is no mention of Simpson on his resume.) In 2007, he was considered for a judgeship by then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
Darden’s interest in law extends beyond the courtroom, though. The lawyer is also a writer and novelist. His 1996 book In Contempt recounts his experiences during the Simpson trial. He also wrote several crime thriller novels with Dick Lochte, including The Trials of Nikki Hill, LA Justice, and The Last Defense, showing he’s a lot more than just his actions in one court case two decades ago.
Christopher Darden Law Firm
He is the former principal attorney in the syndicated legal show Power of Attorney. Darden is also a writer. … Darden left the law school in 1999 and started his own firm, Darden & Associates, Inc., specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.
Christopher Darden Book
- Lawless 2004
- L.A. Justice 2002
- The Last Defense 2002
- The Trials of Nikki Hill 1999
- In Contempt 1996
In popular culture
- Darden and Marcia Clark were parodied in the Emmy-nominated Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- In The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016), Darden was portrayed by Sterling K. Brown, who won an Emmy Award for his performance.
- Darden and Marcia Clark were mentioned in the lyrics by T-Mo of hip-hop group Goodie Mob on the song Soul Food_(song) “F— Chris Darden, f— Marsha Clark/Taking us when we’re in the spotlight for a joke”
- In 1997 Darden made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show running the question board for Jeopardy. Also appearing were Geraldo Rivera and Richard Belzer.
Christopher Darden Sterling K Brown
Sterling K. Brown has been a busy working actor for many years, but the relatively peripheral parts he was given kept him under the Emmy radar until that is, he stepped into the shoes of prosecutor Chris Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Honors and awards
- In 1998, Darden received the Crystal Heart Award from Loved Ones of Homicide Victims, an organization devoted to aiding families that have suffered the loss of loved ones as a result of violence.
- In 2000, he was recognized as “Humanitarian of the Year” by Eli Horne, a California shelter for abused children and women.
The lawyer who made O.J. Simpson try on the gloves is now defending Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer
Dressed in a light blue jail shirt and matching pants, Eric Holder’s eyes darted from side to side as he surveyed the packed courtroom. But as Holder was charged with murdering Grammy-nominated rapper and beloved community organizer Nipsey Hussle, his view was often obstructed by the bespectacled man standing squarely in front of him: his lawyer, Christopher Darden.
Thursday’s tense setting should feel familiar to the longtime litigator. More than 20 years ago, he was at the center of another high-profile Los Angeles murder case that sent shock waves across the city and the nation. Only back then, Darden was still with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and his job was to convince a jury that O.J. Simpson was guilty of murdering his ex-wife and another man.
Darden’s central role in that highly charged trial, which was fraught with racial overtones, sparked widespread outrage as some black people labeled him a “race traitor” and other observers blamed his courtroom strategy for Simpson’s ultimate acquittal.
By defending Holder, Darden, now 62, is once again being vilified by some in the black community, finding himself on the wrong side of public opinion in an explosive case that has many seeking justice for the loss of a talented musician who devoted his life to improving his community.
Darden did not respond to a request for comment Thursday and declined to speak to reporters at the courthouse.
But as Darden has made clear in the past, negative public opinion has rarely kept him from doing what he believes is right.
“I understand that some black prosecutors have a name for the pressure they feel from those in the community who criticize them for standing up and convicting black criminals,” Darden wrote in his 1996 book, “In Contempt,” which came after Simpson was acquitted. “They call it the ‘Darden Dilemma.’ ”
He continued: “It’s probably not the future I dreamed of [as a child] on those summer nights on my parents’ porch, but there is a truth behind it that makes me proud. I hope that, because of the things I have done, my children and their children will find it easier to challenge the status quo and to stand up for what is right.”
More than two decades have passed since the Simpson trial and in that time Darden left the district attorney’s office and became a defense attorney, opening his own firm. He also appeared as a legal commentator on numerous cable news networks including CNN, NBC, and Fox News.
On Thursday, Darden stood in front of Holder to block him from cameras, according to CBS Los Angeles, while entering a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client. Following his arrest on Tuesday, Holder has received many threats on social media, according to the Times.
Holder’s bail was set at $5 million; his next court date is May 10.
When news spread that Darden was defending Holder, social media exploded with reactions, many critical of the attorney. By Friday, Darden’s name was still a top trending term on Twitter.