It's not monstrous; it's not wrong. It's a process, and sometimes evidence is admitted for reasons unrelated to ultimate truth. Alan, 81, who celebrates his birthday on September 1, was raised in Borough Park by Claire Dershowitz and Harry Dershowitz, Orthodox Jewish parents. It was amazingly insightful. And why?  He has said, "I will not be a member of a party that represents itself through a chairman like Keith Ellison and through policies like that espoused by John Kerry and Barack Obama.  After graduating from high school, he attended Brooklyn College and received his A.B. It worked too well because it showed what the defense is capable of doing if they have the ability to use all of the constitutional protections that are given them by the Bill of Rights and by constitutional and other statutory rules. Our biggest sin was that we won. The public much prefers the old system, the old system in which the prosecution really doesn't have to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt; the prosecution really doesn't have to abide by the Constitution; the prosecution really doesn't have to play fair with all the evidence. Here, he discusses why the case became "all-consuming," the strategies of prosecution and defense, and why the verdict so divided the country. He was halfway between a slave master and a father figure." On the other hand, you only have what television lets you watch, whereas the jurors can watch the defendant when the camera is not. ... And too many jurors now think of themselves as stars. So everybody likes certain truths and dislikes other truths, depending on whether it serves their interests. He favors preventing the government from prosecuting the subject of torture based on information revealed during such an interrogation. You know you have a role to perform; your role is as a priest. Her sisters did a great job of bringing her alive to the public. The other thing that I think the public hated is this showed how the Constitution is really supposed to work. web site copyright 1995-2014 Signs and chants at several protests have ... tried to blame Israel – falsely as it turns out – for training the policemen who are responsible for Floyd’s death.  Dershowitz has maintained that his weighing in is non-political, saying "I am a liberal Democrat in politics, but a neutral civil libertarian when it comes to the Constitution. He later said his teachers told him to do something that "requires a big mouth and no brain ... so I became a lawyer". Barry showed them how to; Johnnie told them why to. It was just everything coming together. In it, he wrote that Israel should announce a unilateral cessation in retaliation, at the end of which it would "announce precisely what it will do in response to the next act of terrorism.  Comparing Trump unfavorably to Hillary Clinton in October 2016, Dershowitz remarked, "I think there's no comparison between who has engaged in more corruption and who is more likely to continue that if elected President of the United States. Johnnie Cochran turned out to be right.  Giuffre filed a defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz, in April 2019, alleging he made "false and malicious defamatory statements" against her, such as accusing her of perjury. Isn't that frustrating to the jurors and to the public?  At the same time, he is on record as stating that both the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people supported a genocidal war, and revere a figure, Amin al-Husseini, probably because, in Dershowitz's view, the latter actively participated in the Holocaust. ", Dershowitz has offered commentary on the legal issues of President Donald Trump that have been polarizing among liberals and Democrats, as he has often been perceived as offering defenses of Trump's more controversial actions. She later said she regretted her verdict, but she was charmed by Johnnie. Any human being has private thoughts. A member of the Simpson defense team, Alan Dershowitz is a professor at Harvard University Law School. , In July 2006, Dershowitz wrote a series of articles defending the conduct of the Israel Defense Forces during the 2006 Israel–Lebanon conflict. ", "Alan Dershowitz: A high-flying lawyer's unwanted publicity", "O.J. He came into the case absolutely believing O.J. In February 2019, Judge Marra ruled that prosecutors had violated the Crime Victims Rights Act. We had the best forensic pathologists. But ultimately you felt that being on the defense, you were on the right side?  Dershowitz told the story of the case in his book, Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow case (1985), which was turned into a movie in 1990. The story was that they had to climb over the wall in order to protect O.J. So it showed that the system can work very well, and that in fact the system will operate on the principle of better 10 guilty go free than one innocent be wrongly convicted. We didn't put those statements in his mouth. And I think media-driven trials have now become a reality. Simpson case is the proliferation of talking heads on television.  The motion claimed that Dershowitz was also an eyewitness to the sexual abuse of other minors. So I think in that respect, that part of the legacy is gone, and the case didn't leave a great many legal precedents. Fighting for Civil Liberties since 1962 Alan Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called 'the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer' and one of its 'most distinguished defenders of individual rights,' 'the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,' 'the top lawyer of last resort,' and 'America's most public Jewish defender.' That's my job: to put the state on trial, to make sure that the state behaves properly, that the police behave properly. I like Joe Biden.  He was a member of the legal defense team for Jeffrey Epstein and helped to negotiate a 2006 non-prosecution agreement on Epstein's behalf. This was a very, very weak prosecution, not because of the lack of evidence, but because of that lack of skill by the prosecutors and the reliance by the prosecutors on flawed witnesses.  As of 2009, he had won 13 of the 15 murder and attempted murder cases he handled as a criminal appellate lawyer. I admire both the Browns and the Goldmans. So there are mixed legacies. First of all, there were some doubts, but second of all, nobody cares about the victim. So-called testi-lying is now part of the American vocabulary.  He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. In an interview with The New York Times, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said backing President Donald Trump in certain cases has been harder than defending O.J. Simpson case. He frequently appeared as a guest on network and cable television shows, often staking out controversial positions on issues relating to the criminal justice system. All the jury wants to [do is] ... to look the defendant in the eye, and they want to say, "Do I believe what he said, or don't I believe what he said?" He told Tom Van Riper of Forbes that getting a Supreme Court clerkship was probably his second big break. The system was given to us by the founding fathers of the Constitution more than 200 years ago, and the system has worked very well. ... Everything came together -- race, celebrity, beauty, wealth, police perjury, the slow chase of the car, the media focus, tape recordings. ", This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 09:01. The trial, he tells FRONTLINE, "shows what the defense is capable of doing if they have the ability to use all of the constitutional protections that are given them by the Bill of Rights … what can happen if the defense has access to the best experts and lawyers. The jurors can see a lot of things in the courtroom that gives them a sense of nuance about the case that the person watching on television does not get. He said: "I'm a strong supporter of Joe Biden. My role is as a defense attorney, and we each have to have a different morality, a role morality, if we're going to perform our role in the way that we're supposed to. He wanted O.J. Alan Dershowitz is an American lawyer, born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1938. " In June 2019, he filed a motion to dismiss Giuffre's suit (which was later denied) and a motion to disqualify David Boies' firm from representing her (which was later approved). 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OJ Simpson Cast and Their Real-Life Counterparts", "As David Cohen becomes CIA's No. No judge could have done that. They also knew that there were barriers, legal and constitutional barriers, to achieving justice, which is getting the right person. And if you don't like a particular result, look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, why is this result so troubling? He was a rebellious student, often criticized by his teachers. Dershowitz later stated his comment was mischaracterized, stating, "a president seeking re-election cannot do anything he wants.  He joined the faculty of Harvard Law School as an assistant professor in 1964, and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, at that time the youngest full professor of law in the school's history. Simpson there before he had gotten "lawyered up" so that they could use their magic and try to get him to confess his crime. And it was summarized by our expert witness [Dr. Henry Lee], who said, "If you find a cockroach in a bowl of spaghetti, you don't look for another cockroach before you throw out the whole bowl of spaghetti." Dershowitz clerked for the Justice Arthur Goldberg of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1963 to 1964. I think the same thing is true with Ron Goldman. In the Blake case you had a victim who nobody seemed to much like or care about, and so you get verdicts that aren't based necessarily on the evidence, but based on external factors that aren't supposed to figure into the evidence. Is such a rigorous defense really necessary when there is already a heavy burden of proof on the prosecution? Dershowitz's side lost the debate, with 63 percent of the audience voting for the motion. He is an actor, known for Reversal of Fortune (1990), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) and Kids' Court (1988). , Political views, writings, and commentary, Criticism of the American Civil Liberties Union, New Response to Palestinian Terrorism (2002) suggestion, Takings Clause, 5th and 14th Amendments (business law), 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, impeachment trials of Donald Trump in 2020, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000, The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved, List of law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States, "Dozen Top Legal Scholars Line Up for Libby Appeal", "Critics Dissect Wilson Anti-Crime Plan : Justice: Legal experts say harsh sentencing as urged by the governor could backfire and increase leniency in courts. Mr. Dershowitz, has learned how to make things that are disturbing, cruel, illegal and disgusting, sound more normal. Number one, they relied on lies. You can't understand the reaction people have. The public saw the system working, and they didn't like it. , Dershowitz is the author of several books about politics and the law, including Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case (1985), the basis of the 1990 film; Chutzpah (1991); Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Is it worth revisiting this topic now, 10 years later? Moreover, the splatter pattern on the sock was such that it was consistent only with blood having been poured on the sock, and not with blood having hit one side of the sock and then soaked through the leg in the middle and then hit the other side of the sock. He has been married to Carolyn Cohen since 1986. They could have tried to get a warrant by telephone, [but] they knew no judge would grant a warrant, so they made up a story. They weren't trying to frame somebody based on his race. ", According to Dershowitz, "As usual, anti-Israel extremists, especially some on the hard left, are trying to exploit the tragic and inexcusable death of George Floyd to level their typical baseless charges against Israel. So the trial has had a lasting affect on the media? Dershowitz endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential election, and later endorsed the party nominee, Barack Obama. And the public didn't like a level playing field, because in a level playing field, when the burden is on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the defense will often win. Norman Mailer attended the dinner where, among other things, Dershowitz explained why the evidence pointed to von Bülow's innocence. "A Bitter Spat Over Ideas, Israel and Tenure", "Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U. I've liked him for a long time, and I could enthusiastically support Joe Biden." Adams writes that Dershowitz cited examples of human rights violations in countries that the United States supports, such as the execution of homosexuals in Egypt and the repression of women in Saudi Arabia, and said he would sue any professor who voted against the tenure of another academic because of the candidate's position toward Israel, calling them "ignoramuses with PhDs".  Dershowitz denied the allegation. ", Some of his comments were considered to represent an overly expansive view of executive power. They never would have tried on the gloves. Is F. Lee Bailey the only member of the defense who has never had any doubts about Simpson's innocence? 's money bought him, a level playing field? Oh, I told everybody from day one, if this case were ever, ever to result in a conviction, we would never ever win the appeal; that the court would find whatever the errors were -- they were harmless errors; [and] that because of the so-called mountain of evidence, any jury would have convicted had the evidence been presented to them in any way. Appellate courts often do that.  On February 29, 2012, Dershowitz filed an amicus brief in support of delisting the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) from the State Department list of foreign terrorist organization.  He called indictment against Michael Flynn the strangest he has ever seen because Flynn lied about something that was not illegal and said that claimed "collusion" in reference to Russian meddling in the 2016 election is not a crime. The public doesn't like the system. And they didn't know at the time they tampered with the sock that the glove would be admissible. He was previously … This was the most watched event in the history of television. Simpson trial. Why was it so consuming? It means that everybody is watching the judiciary, and the judiciary has to be more accountable -- not necessarily accountable to the general public for the results that are achieved, but at least in terms of honesty and lack of corruptibility. They have one child. The letters I got were unbelievable, from people of every background.  He authored an editorial in the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post accusing Alice Walker of bigotry for refusing to have her novel The Color Purple published by an Israeli firm. Simpson to testify, and he thought he'd be a great witness. Trump was impeached by the House of … I took a very, very strong view that O.J. ", Randall Adams of The Harvard Crimson writes that, in the spring of 2002, a petition within Harvard calling for Harvard and MIT to divest from Israeli and American companies that sell arms to Israel gathered over 600 signatures, including 74 from the Harvard faculty and 56 from the MIT faculty. Los Angeles now has a wonderful police commissioner, chief of police [Bill] Bratton, who is very sensitive to civil liberties, very sensitive to honesty. Why? , Dershowitz is related to Los Angeles Conservative rabbi Zvi Dershowitz. There's ultimate truth; there's intermediate truth; there's preliminary truth. They referred to Dershowitz specifically as an "apologist" for the Israel lobby. He even got Anise Aschenbach, the white woman juror, to vote for him.  Dershowitz wrote that "Qatar is quickly becoming the Israel of the Gulf States, surrounded by enemies, subject to boycotts and unrealistic demands, and struggling for its survival. In fact, had the defense not raised the issue of race, it could properly be accused of ineffective assistance of counsel. One potentially guilty murderer going free will not destroy a society; a corrupt police force, a corrupt prosecution, a corrupt state, will. The list of targets would be made public in advance. There were policemen like [Detective Philip] Vannatter, who had access to the blood samples, and there was Fuhrman, and there were others. in this chapter from Alan Dershowitz's book, In Fight Against ISIS, a Lose-Lose Scenario Poses Challenge for West.  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