Legal scholar, Harvard law professor emeritus, once beloved of the left as the top legal mind in defense of American civil rights Alan Dershowitz told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that Alvin Bragg’s case is so flimsy, that his actions are so unethical, and his planned actions even more so, that he’s in danger of getting his law license yanked.
George Soros must pay really REALLY well to get people to take on such risk to their careers and reputations.
It’s a pretty straightforward argument, but it’s best obviously to let Dersh explain it. I’m just a simple country caveman blogger.
Watch the clip from Sunday Morning Futures:
BARTIROMO: The grand jury is on, it’s off, it’s canceled. We’re waiting to see what happens next week. Assess where we are with the potential indictment of Donald Trump.
DERSHOWITZ: Well, I don’t think an indictment can actually come forward now after the comments made by Costello. He has proved that the main witness is going to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand. And that puts the District Attorney in a terrible position. If he uses Cohn as a witness, he could actually lose his bar license. It’s unethical to put a witness on the stand who you know is lying, and he has to know that Cohen will be lying. Or he tries the case without Cohen, which is very difficult. Or he does the right thing. He drops the case.
In “Get trump,” I went through each of the four cases against Donald Trump and I proved, by precedent and evidence, that none of the four cases has any basis in law. All four of them are politically motivated. And I think the worst and the weakest case is the one in New York, which is based on a sworn, admitted perjurer, who lied to his own lawyers.
You know, recently a court said if you lie to your lawyer, you lose the privilege, because that’s so bad. But we know that he lied to his lawyers. His lawyers have essentially broken the privilege and said that the he lied to us. He told us he was the only one involved in this payment, that nobody else was involved.
How is he going to explain on the witness stand – did you lie now, did you lie then? — Nobody’s going to believe him.
This is the worst possible case to bring against Trump, and I would hope that maybe grand jurors finally would wake up and and say, we’re not ham sandwiches here. We’re going to stand up for the law, and the law says don’t indict under these circumstances.
After the above clip ends, the three talked some more and then Dershowitz leveled Bragg agains, for trying to set “one of the most dangerous precedents
DERSHOWITZ: The title of my book, I Didn’t invent it, “Get Trump.” It comes from a campaign pledge made by the Attorney General of New York when she was running for reelection. She promised that if she were elected, she would, quote, “Get Trump.” And Bragg said the same thing… They both promised they would get Trump. Then they said, let’s rummage through the statute books and see what we can find. And they rubbished. And they couldn’t find anything! They couldn’t find a statutory violation. So they made one up that was beyond the statute of limitations. That involved combining a misdemeanor, that never occurred, with a federal felony or maybe a state felony.
This is the worst example of prosecutorial abuse of discretion I have seen in my 60 years of practicing criminal law. That’s why I wrote ‘Get Trump.’ It’s not about Trump, it’s about us. Because today it’s Trump, tomorrow it’s a Democrat. The day after tomorrow it’s your Uncle Charlie and your nephew and your niece.
This is one of the most dangerous precedents that any prosecutor has ever tried to establish in the United States.
He’s right of course. But it’s a two-tier justice system.