Well, it’s been another fascinating week in American politics with former President Donald Trump once again stealing the headlines as the circus came to the Big Apple and media coverage of his controversial indictment went into overdrive. It’s the usual chaos, and as the saying goes, there are two sides to every story and the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
This is why I’m delighted to welcome today’s guest back to the show, as no man understands the nuances of Trump’s indictment and has more experience of the political toing and froing that is currently polarising an entire nation.
Alan Dershowitz is a famed lawyer, author and political commentator who has spent a career as one of these most sought-after legal brains, looking after the good, the bad and the ugly among a who’s who of iconic, often polarising and notably controversial client list that has included OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein, Mike Tyson, Julian Assange and of course Donald Trump.
In fact, Alan’s reputation and determination to see all citizens from any walk of life given access to counsel and due process has seen him referred to as one of the “most distinguished defenders of individual rights” and “the top lawyer of last resort.”
Alongside this, Alan also spent just shy of 50 years teaching at the faculty of Harvard Law School, at one time becoming the youngest law professor to be granted tenure in Harvard University’s history.
However, it was in the late 1960s that Alan’s direction became clear as he began representing students threatened with expulsion for protesting the Vietnam War, and he soon thereafter joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
He started taking on more high-profile cases and in 1976, successfully appealed the conviction of actor Harry Reems on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute pornography across state lines, as one of the leading performers in the infamous adult film, Deep Throat.
But perhaps most significantly it was in 1995, that Alan joined the team defending OJ Simpson on charges of murdering his wife and her friend in a brutal stabbing outside her home in Los Angeles. It became one of the most eagerly anticipated trials in American history and to this day still covets incredible attention and scrutiny.
Along the way Alan has worked with the team defending Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and served on the legal defence team for Jeffrey Epstein, but importantly, it must also be acknowledged that Alan has consistently taken 50% of his cases pro bono to serve clients who can’t afford representation or are facing extreme and unjust circumstances.
That was clearly not the case in 2020 of course, when Alan joined Donald Trump’s legal team for the former president’s impeachment trial in the Senate, as Trump faced charges that arose from his dealings with Ukraine. Since that time Alan has become a frequent commentator on Trump’s troubles in what he describes as the “most significant threat to civil liberties since McCarthyism”.
To underline this, Alan’s new book – Get Trump: The Threat to Civil Liberties, Due Process, and Our Constitutional Rule of Law – is a fascinating journey into the heart of the Trump case and explores the lengths the former President Trump’s opponents will go to stop him from running in 2024.
Alan, famously a liberal and a notable Democrat supporter, believes that the very foundations of liberty, from due process and the right to counsel to free speech are currently under an enormous threat and that justice must be equally applicable to all.
Alan’s a distinguished writer and this book lays bare the danger posed to the United States Constitution and how mainstream media and censorship are threatening freedom of speech and the fundamental civil liberties we hold true.
Alan has written over 40 books including a number of bestsellers – Chutzpah, The Best Defense, The Case for Israel, Reasonable Doubts: The O.J. Simpson Case and the Criminal Justice System and his autobiography Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.
He is without a doubt a fascinating character and an incredibly smart guy who speaks his mind and doesn’t care who’s listening. His wealth of experience and knowledge of not just the legal system, but American history, civil rights and global geopolitical issues make him an ideal guest in such troubling times.
I can’t wait to pick the bones out of the whole Trump affair with a man who’s been and remains at the tip of the spear. I also can’t wait to share his views on free speech, censorship and the lack of common sense prevailing in modern society.
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- Trump hush money case is like nothing I’ve seen in 60 years as a lawyer
- “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.”
- It’s not worth destroying the longest constitutional legacy just to get Trump
- The greatest evil is when people with good intentions don’t realise the harm they’re doing
- Today it’s Trump, tomorrow it’s a Democrat, the day after it’s your friend, and then it’s you
- Why private censorship is a problem
- The Government’s double standards
- The goal of free speech is to protect the most outrageous speech
- Any idea you put forward, I’m going to challenge it
- Blessed are those who free the imprisoned