One of the key takeaways of the New Yorker article on Trump-sympathetic ex-constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz is his fixation on greater sympathy for men accused of sexual misconduct and in particular his belief that the age of consent should be lowered dramatically — and how he discussed this extensively in his classes to the point that many of his female students became uncomfortable.
On Monday, Dershowitz doubled down on the beliefs outlined in the article — insisting that he didn't necessarily think sexual encounters with teenagers is good or morally right, but that it should not be illegal in most cases out of a matter of "constitutional conundrum":
I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a 16 year old has the con… https://t.co/yRIKkt7Ibe— Alan Dershowitz (@Alan Dershowitz)1564437885.0
I challenge my readers to distinguish the cases, as a matter of constitutional law. I did not suggest that it is mo… https://t.co/F0VzbqrgIf— Alan Dershowitz (@Alan Dershowitz)1564437885.0
I also pointed out that, statutory rape laws are applied quite selectively and often against young teenagers. That’… https://t.co/jsZ0wE3n6D— Alan Dershowitz (@Alan Dershowitz)1564437885.0