Sunday, January 4, 2015

Now This is How You Fight Back

I am not a big fan of most of Alan Dershowitz's political views, though he does make a sound point from time-to-time, and I certainly wouldn't ever use Dershowitz as an interior decorator, even if I was blind (SEE:  Yikes, A Peak Inside the House of a Neoconservative), but the guy knows how to fight back.

Josh Gerstein reports on Dershowitz's response to allegations that he had sex with an underage girl (SEE Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz Named in Suit Alleging Sex With Minor):
Dershowitz flatly denied the claims about him Wednesday in an interview with POLITICO.
“It’s totally, unequivocally and completely false,” the celebrated attorney said.

A spokesman for Prince Andrew denied the allegations Friday, while a lawyer who handled related matters for Maxwell did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. Representatives of Brunel's modeling firm also did not reply to e-mail messages.

The accusations came in a long-running lawsuit charging federal prosecutors in Florida with violating a victims-rights law by failing to consult with Epstein’s victims before signing off on a plea deal. That pact ruled out any federal prosecution of the investor, who agreed to plead guilty to two state prostitution-related felony charges. Lawyers for the victims have described the arrangement as a sweetheart deal the well-connected Epstein and his high-powered legal team achieved by putting pressure on prosecutors.

Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month sentence on the two state charges before being released in 2009. He's now a registered sex offender.

The new court filing, submitted by Florida lawyer Brad Edwards and former federal judge Paul Cassell in a federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., asked that Jane Doe #3 and another woman be allowed to join the pending case over the victims’ rights claim.

“Epstein…trafficked Jane Doe #3 for sexual purposes to many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders. Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to describe the events that she had with these men so that he could potentially blackmail them,” the court filing said.

“One such powerful individual that Epstein forced then-minor Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Epstein’s and well-known criminal defense attorney. Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the legal pleading added.

Dershowitz called the allegations “totally made up and totally fabricated from beginning to end.” He said he was not in the places described in the filing at the relevant times, with one exception: he did visit Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean on one occasion.

“I was there with my family,” the renowned law professor said.

Dershowitz said in a follow-up interview after this post first appeared Wednesday that he's planning to file bar complaints against Edwards and Cassell for inadequately vetting their client's story.

"I'm planning to file disbarment charges against the two lawyers who signed this petition without even checking the manifests of airplanes or travel itineraries, et cetera," he said. "I'm also challenging the young woman and the lawyers to level those charges against me outside of the courtroom, so that I can sue them for defamation.....Finally, I’m challenging the woman to file criminal charges against me because the filing of false criminal charges is a crime."
He told the Jerusalem Post:
 I am seeking to enter an appearance in the case in order to be able to challenge them in court. I am filing a sworn affidavit which subjects me to perjury prosecution if I am lying and I am waving the statute of limitations on any criminal charges and challenging the woman to file criminal charges against me, because if she does she’s committed a crime by filing the false charge.
Of course, this is Dershowitz, so is going a bit off the wall:


1 comment:

  1. Will Grigg ran a devastating piece on the execrable Paul Cassell last summer ( There are many reasons aside from Dershowitz's (legitimate) grievance to disbar this evil man. In a just society, he would be shunned as the pariah he is.