Chris Darden will appear in court today alongside the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle for the first and only time, saying he is withdrawing from the case in part because of the threats he has received for the defending the man.
Darden announced the decision on Facebook, writing, “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. Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too.”
He continued, “The right to counsel 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.”
Darden addressed his critics directly, saying, “To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding. Later. F**K YOU!”
He concluded by saying, “As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. And 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.”
As The Blast first reported, Chris Darden had been on the receiving end of numerous threats since he made the decision to represent the man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle.
According to our sources, after he took the job, Darden received numerous threatening message on social media. The people writing the messages were pissed off he was representing Eric Holder.
Some of the messages Darden received include:
“C**n bastard I hope you die.”
“You a sell out garbage ass ni**a.”
“You a bitch.”
“Shame on you for taking on the Nipsey Killers case. You doing the entire culture a disservice.”
Darden’s daughter, Jenee, went on social media after her father took the case, saying she was “receiving vile comments and messages” since her father took the job.
“Like many of you,” she wrote, “I found out about my father’s involvement in the case while scrolling through social media. I was not prepared for this backlash that has triggered bad memories from the O.J. Simpson trial.”