For more than a year, Christopher Darden argued tirelessly, giving voice to the victims in the 0.J. Simpson murder trial. In this gripping account of one man's extraordinary career, Darden offers an unflinching look at a justice system imperiled by racism and celebrity privilege. Now, out of the sensational frenzy of "the trial of the century" comes a haunting memoir of duty, justice, and thepowerful undertow of American racism.
Christopher Darden's In Contempt is an unflinching look at a justice system kidnapped by a racist cop, shameless defense lawyers, a starstruck judge, and a dysfunctional jury. It shows what the television cameras could not:
- Behind-the-scenes meetings where Darden tried to determine whether Detective Mark Fuhrman was a racist cop
- The deteriorating relationships between the defense and prosecution teams, with taunting, baiting, and a pushing match between Darden and Simpson
- A starstruck judge who let the case get out of control while he collected hourglasses from fans and invited celebrities into his chambers
- The candid factors behind Darden's controversial decision for Simpson to try on the infamous glove
- The dysfunctional jury who was forced to make a landmark legal decision
- The intimate relationship between Darden and Marcia Clark
- A stunning masterpiece told with brutal honesty and courage, In Contempt is the rare story of one man who refused to choose between his heritage and his humanity.
About the Author
Christopher Darden is a fifteen-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law. One of the key prosecutors in the case of The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson, he lives in Los Angeles, California.
Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Contempt was excellent reading. I was totally amazed at what Chris Darden went though during this trial. Contrary to popular opinion, I as a Africian American, believe that OJ Simpson committed the murders in cold blood. I commend Mr. Darden for his diligence and professionalism. Too bad he is no longer practicing law, we need more lawyers, police officers and citizens like him. Kudos Chris!!!
This is a great book, although the case is 13 years old, after reading 'In Contempt' I understand the workings of a major trial in the spot light. The book is written very well. The reader will finish the book with 'Contempt' for the jury that let a killer go free. But you will see how that happened.
I am a white woman but i grew up in a large family in the 50's and had many of the same experiences growing up poor --but i never experienced the blind hatred of racism. For mr. Darden to have accomplished so much in spite of the roadblocks is worthy of the respect of every human being. His honesty and his dignity give hope. He did the right thing in taking on the o j simpson case and he did not fail. The media contributed to the wronfg verdict more than any one lawyer and after all these years i am still ashamed. The book brought back many of the emotions i felt then and i am sad to say that we still live in a world of raciall divide.
Christopher Darden paints a vivid picture of a justice system gone awry due to a slick defense attorney crying wolf (the race card). I recommend this book to anyone who even had a passing interest in the Simpson case.
Chris is a wonderful example of a gifted lawyer, teacher and human being. He stands up for what he believes in and has suffered slings and arrows along the way. A true travesty of justice that the Simpson trial became a trial of racism.
I am only 15 years old and reading this book made me feel as though I understood his views perfectly. His guilt, work, and concern for his cases was not only for his good, but also the people he was representing. I love reading about cases and this book out of all just blew me away. It was as though I could understand his ideas and the way he took things and relate to it as if I was a part of the case. Mr. Darden you are a very powerful man and you have been through alot and didn't let it affect your dreams. I admire you for that. We really do need more lawyers like you today.