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OJ Simpson's Defense Denies Glove Tampering Allegations: 'Get Over It'

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In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.
In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.

The prosecution wasn't able to convict O.J. Simpson -- get over it.

That's the sentiment Simpson's defense team wants to get across to prosecutor Christopher Darden, who this week said that Simpson's late attorney, Johnnie Cochran, tampered with the infamous ill-fitting gloves that may have led to Simpson's murder acquittal.

Last Thursday, during a panel discussion about the trial at Pace Law School in New York City, Darden said: "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."

He later told Reuters that he believed the defense team took the gloves with them during a lunch hour.

On Monday, Cochran's co-counsel on the case, Carl Douglas, scoffed at the claim, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"He lost and he should get over it and go on with his life. It is an insult to the dignity and integrity of one of the greatest lawyers in America to imply that he did anything unethical during that historic trial," Douglas said. He added that he and the rest of the defense team were under the watchful eye of a sheriff's deputy and court staff while the glove was being examined.

"Almost 20 years later, it seems Mr. Darden is still trying to exculpate himself from one of the biggest blunders in the history of jurisprudence," Douglas said.

The glove was seen as a key piece of evidence in the stabbing death of Simpson's former wife. After Simpson struggled to fit the gloves on his hands during the 1995 trial, Cochran famously admonished the jury, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

Simpson is currently serving up to 33 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in which he said he was trying to reclaim his own sports memorabilia, according to Reuters.

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