Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected.

— Alan Dershowitz

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The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty.

The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.

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Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a safety hazard don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like.

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A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.

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It simply cannot be disputed that for decades the Palestinian leadership was more interested in there not being a Jewish state than in there being a Palestinian state.

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All speech should be presumed to be protected by the Constitution, and a heavy burden should be placed on those who would censor to demonstrate with relative certainty that the speech at issue, if not censored, would lead to irremediable and immediate serious harm.

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I think we have to give religion its due.

I think we have to respect those for whom religion is important, but equally respect those who can achieve good morality without religion.

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Rights are not self-evident. They're not unalienable. They are subject to modification just like anything else.

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I'd require that every university, public or private, be governed by the constitutional standards regarding freedom of expression and due process. There is no reason for treating adult college students any differently in the university setting than in the outside world.

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You're absolutely right: Bob Grant is a racist, Bob Grant is a bigot, he's a despicable talk show host and I agree with that.

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I have always considered "Pascal's Wager" a questionable bet to place.

Any God worth "believing in" would surely prefer an honest agnostic to a calculating hypocrite.

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I have been defending Israel's right to exist, and to defend itself against terrorism, for many years-on college campuses, in television appearances and in debate.

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The best answer to bad speech is good speech

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About Alan Dershowitz

Quotes 59 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Lawyer
Birthday October 16

I think most defense attorneys honestly believe the principle that says, 'Better 10 guilty go free than even one possibly innocent person be convicted.

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I read in the newspaper that the Catholic Church finally decided that it had been theologically improper to try to convert the Jews. Whoops! Sorry for all those inquisitions, crusades, and autos-da-fe. Previous popes were wrong - infallible, perhaps, but wrong.

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Censorship laws are blunt instruments, not sharp scalpels.

Once enacted, they are easily misapplied to merely unpopular or only marginally dangerous speech.

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The prosecution wants to make sure the process by which the evidence was obtained is not truthfully presented, because, as often as not, that process will raise questions.

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Question authority; but, raise your hand first.

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I came from a poor family, so working and going to school at the same time was natural. It taught me multi-tasking, although we didn't call it that back then. I learned I could never be idle, I need to be doing many things at once.

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In our criminal justice system, we say it's better for 10 guilty people to go free than for even one innocent person to be wrongly convicted.

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Such technological tools ... are helping us now in the hot war against terrorists who would bomb this theater if they had the capacity to do so.

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This is not about celebrity justice, this is about the rights of the children.

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The threat of mutually assured destruction worked for the United States during the Cold War because it had proved its willingness to drop nuclear bombs on enemy cities at the end of World War II. It might work less well for Israel, because the Israeli Air Force has never deliberately targeted a large civilian population center, and its leaders have said its morality would not permit it do so.

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I am a man of principle. I will stick by my principles. I will tell the truth no matter where the chips fall.

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It's a new phenomenon in America that states can now sue the national government and become a kind of check and balance on the excesses of the federal government.

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Imagine a legal system in which lawyers were equated with the clients they defended and were condemned for representing controversial or despised clients.

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African-Americans are as fair as any other group, but they bring their life experiences to bear as just as whites bring their experiences to bear.

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There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics.

But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it.

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The court of last resort is no longer the Supreme Court. It's "Nightline."

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Accusations fit on Greenwald really sounds like he's against all surveillance unless you can find a guy with the Al Qaeda card, wearing an Al Qaeda baseball cap, an Al Qaeda uniform.

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Israel and the Palestinians must resolve their own differences.

The United States can play an important role as facilitator and guarantor.

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The Second Amendment has no place in modern society.

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I will continue to fight for justice, fairness, and constitutional rights until my dying breath.

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I have no doubt that if an actual ticking bomb situation were to arise, our law enforcement authorities would torture. The real debate is whether such torture should take place outside of our legal system or within it. The answer to this seems clear: If we are to have torture, it should be authorized by the law.

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The plain message conveyed by the new administration is that George W Bush's America is a Christian nation, and that non-Christians are welcome into the tent so long as they agree to accept their status as a tolerated minority rather than as fully equal citizens. In effect, Bush is saying: "This is our home, and in our home we pray to Jesus as our savior. If you want to be a guest in our home, you must accept the way we pray."

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Everybody says they're opposed to torture.

But everyone would do it personally if they knew it could save the life of a kidnapped child who had only two hours of oxygen left before death. And it would be the right thing to do.

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The first rule for escaping prison in the United States is always having someone more important than yourself to incriminate.

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Any human being has private thoughts.

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It is difficult to offend a New Yorker.

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I learn from experience.

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My goal is always to keep support for Israel a bi-partisan issue and never make a national election any kind of referendum on Israel.

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I am attacked equally by the hard right and the hard left for expressing what they regard as politically incorrect views. I thrive on such controversy and welcome it. It only encourages me to speak out more. I have not been affected by attacks on me for defending freedom of speech and due process.

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If we move away from the American tradition of lawyers defending those with whom they vehemently disagree -- as we temporarily did during the McCarthy period -- we weaken our commitment to the rule of law... So beware of an approach which limits advocacy to that which is approved by the standards of political correctness.

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That's when civil liberty suffers - when we think special times justify the diminution of civil liberties. And I'm not going to accept that.

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It is the wall of separation between church and state .

. . that is largely responsible for religion thriving in this country, as compared to those European countries in which church and state have been united, resulting in opposition to the church by those who disapprove of the government.

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Let no one ever shy away from the claim that Jews have power, that Jews have influence. We have learned the terrible lesson of history; that unless we have influence and power, disproportionate to our small numbers - immoral results will occur. We need power. And we must continue to use our power. Power which we earned, power which no one gave us on a silver platter, power which we worked hard for - use that power in the interests of justice.

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We, the People of this country, have no unalienable rights.

.. all our rights are subject to modification... the Constitution of the United States of America is nothing more than a piece of paper and... our government should not be restrained by the Constitution because our government can do good things for people.

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A state has the right to prohibit the killing of dogs and bears whether for film or for other purposes.

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All religions and cultures suffer from sources that preach hate against the 'other.' Throughout history some have, tragically, practiced what their sources preached, while some have sought to dismiss or even counteract the hateful words of their sources.

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Nobody wants justice.

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