The feud between veteran attorneys Alan Dershowitz and David Boies has been growing increasingly bitter, and Dershowitz has escalated their battle by filing a defamation lawsuit against Boies.
In his lawsuit, filed in Manhattan on February 10, Dershowitz accused Boies of carrying out a “war of defamation” against him and “engaging in a sustained campaign to subvert the judicial process for purposes of disseminating outrageous, knowingly false and defamatory claims accusing Dershowitz of sexual abuse.”
The lawsuit also alleges that “Boies’ conduct has gone beyond that of a lawyer advocating for his client and has crossed over into the sphere of animus and bitterness.”
Boies, meanwhile, accused Dershowitz of both defamation and extortion in a lawsuit filed in November 2019. One of Dershowitz’ most infamous clients was the late Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was accused of child sex trafficking — while Boies has represented Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s alleged victims. And in his lawsuit against Dershowitz, Boies alleges that Dershowitz made false and defamatory statements against him repeatedly.
On November 8, 2019, Law & Crime’s Colin Kalmbacher reported that Boies’ lawsuit against Dershowitz “cites nine separate statements Dershowitz made to various news outlets about Boies over the course of nearly a year, beginning with a November 2018 accusation in the Miami Herald that Boies had falsely engineered sexual assault claims leveled against Dershowitz by alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.”
Dershowitz, through his counsel, gave an official statement to Law & Crime about the lawsuit he filed against Boies on February 10 — asserting, “I look forward to putting David Boies on trial for the role he played in his clients making false accusations against me. Boies himself has admitted that the accusations are ‘wrong …. simply wrong.’ Through this lawsuit, I intend to expose the legally and ethically questionable pattern of conduct that Boies has employed during his career, of which the false accusations against me are merely one sordid example.”
Dershowitz’s attorney, Imran H. Ansari (who is with the firm Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins) also spoke to Law & Crime and told the website, “Alan Dershowitz, while ready to vigorously defend against the campaign of spite, animus and defamation directed at him, is also on the offense, and will aggressively prosecute the counterclaims he has asserted against David Boies — and pursue significant damages for the harm he has incurred.”
In addition to their legal differences, Dershowitz and Boies have major political differences. Boies, now 78, has a long history of representing Democratic clients; he famously represented former Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore. And the 81-year-old Dershowitz represented President Donald Trump during his recent impeachment trial and has often defended the president vigorously on Fox News.
There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."