Chris Darden filed a motion to withdraw from defending the man who Los Angeles authorities believed gunned down Nipsey Hussle.
Darden, who is infamously known for his role in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says that his family has been receiving death threats since he took the job and cites that his withdrawal is for personal undisclosed reasons.
“You guys have been awfully good to me and my family. Thank you. I am on my way to appear for the last time in People v. Holder. I filed a Motion to Withdraw from the case. I thought I should tell you, my friends, first & before anyone else,” he writes in part. “As for my reasons for withdrawing I don’t know whether I will disclose them later or not. I only know that as a lawyer it is my duty to protect the rights of my clients even in the face of threats or angry mobs.”
He continues, “The right to counsel is is not only a constitutional right, it is a civil right as well. Just as they were in 1995-Cowards never change. These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children. And some folks think that’s funny. It isn’t and I won’t ever forget it. To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding. Later. FUCK YOU!”
In closing, he adds, “As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes. After 25 years some of them still haven’t learned: Their lies and threats will never deter me from my mission. Thank you again my good friends. The struggle continues. Thank you.”
Chris Darden entered a not guilty plea for Eric Holder during one of his court appearances. Check out the full social media announcement below: