January 14, 1995 in Nation/World

Heated Exchange

 

From Friday’s hearing in which the prosecution tried to suppress as evidence a police officer’s use of the word “nigger”:

“It is the dirtiest, filthiest, nastiest word in the English language and it has no place in a courtroom.”

- Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden

“I am ashamed that Mr. Darden would allow himself to become an apologist for this man, to justify the fact that he’s a police officer. Being a police officer’s tough. … It doesn’t make you use racist terms. To try and pretend that racism doesn’t exist in this country is to bury one’s head in the sand.”

- Defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.

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