Dershowitz Decries Politicizing of Public Trials Kyle Rittenhouse reacts as he is found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 05 December 2021 07:29 PM
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz on Sunday decried the politicizing of trials in the public eye.
Appearing on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on WABC 770 AM hosted by John Catsimatidis, Dershowitz called the idea of Kyle Rittenhouse being forced to leave Arizona State University following backlash of his trial as "outrageous!"
"It's pure McCarthyism," he added. "When people were acquitted back in the day of McCarthyism, they were still thrown out of school. I remember defending people in Brooklyn College who were being thrown out of school for being communists. Students and professors. We cannot go back to that bad time.… I see it happening at trials all over the country. Trials have become political events. Whether it's the Theranos trial in California, or the Maxwell case going on in New York."
"This case is very very narrow against Ghislaine Maxwell," he added. "They could've brought a case based on the testimony of my accuser, Virginia Giuffre or this woman named Sarah Ransome … but the government doesn't believe them. They have history [for] lying and falsely accusing people."
"I think it will be very hard for her to be found not guilty," Dershowitz said of Maxwell. "She's being tried for being Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is dead. He can't be put on trial. So, somebody has to be held responsible for what he did."