Published On: Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

Dersh Deposed: Alan Dershowitz Accuses Former Federal Judge Of Billion-Dollar Extortion Scheme

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Righteous-Indignation Last week, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz spoke under oath about his simmering legal battle with Utah law professor and former federal judge Paul Cassell and Florida attorney Brad Edwards. Jack Scarola, counsel for both Cassell and Edwards, deposed Dershowitz on Thursday and Friday in Broward County, Florida, where the embroiled lawyers are duking it out in a defamation suit and counter-suit.

Dershowitz reportedly told Scarola, “There was a criminal extortion plot . . . and your clients were involved.”

The Backstory

Some context is in order.

The immediate defamation dispute arises from a suit filed under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by Cassell and Edwards, on behalf of women challenging the government’s handling of the prosecution of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underaged girls. Thanks to a plea deal brokered by an all-star defense team that included Dershowitz, Epstein pleaded guilty to only a handful of relatively minor state charges. He served 13 months of an 18-month sentence.

 

Read the full story at Above The Law, by Tamara Tabo

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