Thursday, September 1, 2011

Alan Dershowitz

The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty.  The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.
From a 1982 interview.  In 1967, when he was 28, he became the youngest full professor in Harvard Law School's history.  He is best-known for handling the appeals of a number of celebrities convicted of serious crimes, including Mike Tyson, Patricia Hearst, and Jim Bakker.

Reversal of Fortune, his 1985 book about his successful appeal of Claus von Bülow's conviction for the attempted murder of his heiress wife, Sunny, was the basis for the 1990 movie of the same name.  

Today is Dershowitz's 73rd birthday.   

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