Yes, the series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” is objectively good. But it is what it is. A dramatization of the events that had an intense impact on our nation. And lawyer Chris Darden, who served on the original trial, has made his dislike of the drama known.
The trial of Simpson in real life was complex to say the least. 9 months of testimony, racial sensitivities, domestic violence and constant scrutiny of all parties involved by the media. While the focus should have been on whether or not Simpson committed the brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, it was turned into a race issue with the media focusing on mundane things such as how fellow prosecutor Marcia Clark was dressed, leaking photos of her, and whether or not Clark and Darden were in a relationship.
The series on FX definitely turns all the aspects of the trial into the drama it is advertises much the chagrin of those who lived through it intimately most notably Darden who recently stopped by Today to discuss his thoughts on the trial and the way the series depicts the events.
“I think the trial was lost way before then,” Darden told Today‘s Savannah Guthrie, speaking referencing the infamous incident when Simpson tries on the gloves used in the murders. “I think the whole glove thing was just the most brilliant move in the criminal courtroom in the history of American jurisprudence.” However, Darden insists, regret simply isn’t in the cards. “It’s the past,” Darden said. “I think desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Darden also said that he doesn’t want to give the series his time. Saying he is “not paying a lot of attention to it. I think that’s the healthiest thing for me to do.” And that he knew the series “would not be accurate.”
When asked about whether he did have a relationship with his prosecution partner, Marcia Clark, Darden simply said,
“People want a happy ending to what was a terrible ending, a terrible story,” he told Today. “If I were to say that I had a relationship with Marcia Clark, people would say we lost the case because we were more interested in intimacy than in the law and the facts.”
You can watch it below: