BY ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN • MAY 10, 2019
The attorney representing the man accused of gunning down Nipsey Hussle said Friday he is withdrawing from the case, citing personal reasons.
Chris Darden, a former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, announced the decision in a Facebook post Friday morning, noting that he and his children had received threats after he took on the case.
“After centuries of a history of black men hung from trees without trial, or after the thousands of cases of black men tried, convicted and executed without counsel ... I cannot understand why in 2019 some people would deny a black man his 6th Amendment right to counsel of his choice,” he wrote. “Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too.”
He told The Times outside a downtown Los Angeles courtroom that he has been defending accused criminals, including gang members, for two decades.