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Alan Dershowitz

Alan DershowitzAKA Alan Morton Dershowitz

Born: 1-Sep-1938
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Attorney
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Lawyer, represented Klaus von Bulow

Alan Deshowitz is a law professor at Harvard and an outspoken civil rights advocate. As an attorney, he has said he is "not a hired gun," and only accepts cases when he feels an important "moral or constitutional issue" is at stake — his clients have included evangelist-swindler Jim Bakker, victim-revolutionary Patty Hearst, boxer and rapist Mike Tyson, and accused wife-killer Claus von Bulow (a story told in the movie Reversal of Fortune), among many other clients. In the aftermath of 9/11, Dershowitz publicly called for the US to use torture in interrogations, which damaged his previous status as an almost-icon defender of constitutional rights.

Norman Finkelstein, Alexander Cockburn and Prof. Yehoshua Porath rightly accuse Dershowitz's writing in The Case for Israel of plagiarism. Passages of similarity are pointed out between this work and Joan Peters' 1984 book, From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-­Jewish Conflict over Palestine. Dershowitz repeatedly cites identical sources, sources he quite possibly did not actually consult in the writing of his work. Peters' work itself, which he definitely consulted extensively, is inadequately cited.

Wife: (#1, two sons)
Son: Elon Dershowitz
Son: Jamin Dershowitz
Wife: Carolyn Cohen (one daughter)
Daughter: Ella

    High School: Yeshiva University High School
    University: BA, Brooklyn College (1959)
    Law School: LLB, Yale Law School (1962)
    Professor: Criminal Law, Harvard University

    Meese Commission witness (22-Jan-1986)
    Law Clerk for Arthur J. Goldberg (1963-64)
    Penthouse Columnist
    Al Franken for Senate
    Friends of Hillary
    Hillary Clinton for President
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for Illinois
    Florida 2000 Recount
    Jewish Ancestry

    O.J.: Made in America (22-Jan-2016) · Himself
    America (4-Jul-2014) · Himself
    Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (9-Sep-2013) · Himself
    Knife Fight (25-Apr-2012)
    Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (21-Apr-2012) · Himself
    Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project (11-Feb-2011) · Himself
    The Singularity Is Near (26-Aug-2010) · Himself
    Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains (7-Sep-2007) · Himself
    A Lawyer Walks into a Bar... (27-Mar-2007) · Himself
    Lake of Fire (9-Sep-2006) · Himself
    Inside Deep Throat (11-Feb-2005) · Himself
    The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Oct-1998) · Himself
    Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (12-Feb-1993) · Himself

Author of books:
The Advocate's Devil (1994)
Reasonable Doubts (1996)
The Vanishing American Jew (1998)
Sexual McCarthyism (1998)
Just Revenge (1999)
The Genesis of Justice (2000)
Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000 (2001)
Letters to a Young Lawyer (2001)
Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age (2002)
Why Terrorism Works (2002)
The Case For Israel (2003)
America On Trial (2004)

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