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Citing Threats, Chris Darden Withdraws as Attorney for Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Nipsey Hussle

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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, 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.

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