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Monday, January 27, 2020

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz faced a bruising interview on Sunday when confronted with his abandoned position that a federal crime isn't necessary to form the legitimate basis to impeach the president.

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""I've been immersing myself in dusty old books and I've concluded that no, it has to be a crime, it doesn't have to be a technical crime," said Dershowitz. "That's what scholars do that's what academics do."

"Its also what lawyers do," Wallace responded, "which is, depending on the facts of the case and the side they're arguing, they find an argument to make."

Kudos to Chris Wallace.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-27 08:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Dershowitz basically said he did shoddy work when he made public statements on television and in the Wall Street Journal, etc., during the Clinton impeachment.

I have no doubt Professor Dershowitz represents his clients extremely well. However, as a public intellectual, his integrity has suffered as far as I'm concerned.

#2 | Posted by anton at 2020-01-27 08:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You pay--I'll say...
Billboard on Memorial Drive, Cambridge Mass.

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2020-01-27 09:04 AM | Reply

Dershowitz will say anything that keeps his wee-willie-winkie out of the headlines.

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2020-01-27 09:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Chris Wallace is a credit to his profession. He asks tough questions to everybody. He's sadly become a rare breed.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-27 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Dershowitz will say anything that keeps his wee-willie-winkie out of the headlines.

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder

I see that, too. More than one person in Trump's circle has prison time staring them for sexual adventures in the face if Donald goes down.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-27 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He is notorious for defending the worst scum in society. He has no credibility.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-27 11:00 AM | Reply

#6 Stormy said that Fat Nixon doesn't do that.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-01-27 01:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7 | Posted by Nixon

I get what you are saying but even the worst scum in society are entitled to a competent defense. It's one of the cornerstones of our Constitution.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-27 01:35 PM | Reply

Alan Dershowitz is like any two bit, paid gun lawyer I see in the courthouse every day. Pay him enough, and he will say anything. Truth is, we all know who they are and treat their words accordingly.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-01-27 02:12 PM | Reply

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Good to have posted here the experience of an actual trial attny.... and not just that of a rwing real estate attny.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-27 02:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#10 Sure Moder8, I'm sure you see the likes of Dershowitz everyday when you're trying to get people off parking tickets.

#12 | Posted by fishpaw at 2020-01-27 02:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

--Sure Moder8, I'm sure you see the likes of Dershowitz everyday when you're trying to get people off parking tickets.

And indecent exposure, drunk and disordly, and shoplifting. He's a regular Clarence Darrow!

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-27 03:14 PM | Reply

#13

A regular GOP whiner.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-27 03:19 PM | Reply

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nobody is buying it. Nobody believes you think that clown is a trial attorney.

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2020-01-27 03:23 PM | Reply

- Nobody believes you think

That sounds sorta sounds like self-confession.

And there's nothing in a decade or so of his posts to make anyone think otherwise.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-27 03:25 PM | Reply

I confessed something? interesting.

Again, you don't believe him.

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2020-01-27 03:35 PM | Reply

- you don't believe him

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#18 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-27 03:39 PM | Reply

Chris Wallace is the only one at Fox News with any credibility.

#19 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-01-28 02:51 AM | Reply

It seems there are as many opinions as there are lawyers about the constitutional justification for "impeachment" of Donald J. Trump.

Whatever happened to the court of public opinion . . . those who have watched this comedy/tragedy drama play itself out AND who are most affected by Trump's loony domestic policies AND those who have watched him day-after-day destroy alliances while tip-toeing through the tulips, joined at the hip with Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin.

The founders of this country understood quite well that some crackpot might appear down the road who would attempt to usurp the constitutional Rule of Law that is the bedrock of our Republic. They also understood that the American experiment would have to face down these challenges . . . or lose everything if we don't.

We're witnessing the opening salvo right now . . . AT THIS VERY MOMENT!

This isn't all about Trump. He's just one of the many crackpots the Founders anticipated. This is about US, the Court of Public Opinion, and how we decide to enforce the principles that have worked so well since our liberation from monarchial self-serving debauchery that ruled through fear, intimidation and the accumulation of great wealth.

However, this isn't about what THEY are doing . . . it's about what WE are doing TO OURSELVES.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-28 07:02 AM | Reply

For anybody who thinks they know the answer . . . I'm asking.

At what point did we become so lazy that we decided to ignore the preamble to the Constitution that endowed "We The People" with more power than the President and Congress combined?

At what point did we allow the two co-equal branches of government to decide that WE worked for them instead of THEY work for us?

At what point did WE abdicate that authority?

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-28 07:26 AM | Reply

We were very fortunate to have a scandal-free administration for 8 years, post George W. Bush.

But did Washington D.C. and the voters, who didn't appreciate the peace and quiet, learn any lessons?

Not a one!

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-28 08:26 AM | Reply

I am a supporter of evolving on issues, and Dershowitz's claim is that he has wrestled with this thru academia to come to a new conclusion I will respect. However, it does seem rather convenient.

With that, I agreed with Warren that his delivery on Monday night was extremely difficult to follow, you'd think he would make it easier for the layman. But at least, I believe, Dershowitz admitted that his opinion had changed during his whole spiel.

Ken Starr, on the other hand, was flat out embarrassing in his presentation.

#23 | Posted by brass30 at 2020-01-28 09:23 AM | Reply

BRASS30

Dershowitz admitted that his opinion had changed during his whole spiel.
Ken Starr, on the other hand, was flat out embarrassing in his presentation."

The Senate knew as much so they were testifying to another audience of one.

#24 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-28 09:53 AM | Reply

Chris Wallace should have Alan back on the program. Let them replay his entire Senate presentation. Then, have a talk.

Have you ever given a presentation on a subject you were an expert, yet when asked on the side a question, your answer was terrible?

I have. It is hard to give answers off the cuff in a brief moment compared to a speech, with notes, books, and powerpoint and no interruptions to give a lesson.

I would like to watch round 2.

#25 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-01-28 05:19 PM | Reply

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