Mida k’neged mida. “Measure for measure.” This was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard Alan Dershowitz proclaim that he was being falsely accused of having sex with an underaged girl. To be clear, I have no idea whether Mr. Dershowitz is innocent or not. But I do know how devastating any false allegation of criminality can be to someone on the receiving end of it. And so does Mr. Dershowitz. After all, he was the driving force behind the arrest and prosecution of Sam Kellner on trumped up charges designed to help Mr. Dershowitz’s client, a convicted child molester named Baruch Lebovits, get out of jail.
The case against Mr. Kellner was brought by the former Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes, under the supervision of his controversial deputy Michael Vecchione. It was ultimately dismissed by Hynes’ successor, Ken Thompson, after his office determined the witnesses against Mr. Kellner lacked any shred of credibility. By then Mr. Kellner had lived under the cloud of an indictment for 3 years.
Of course, Mr. Dershowitz will scream and yell that, unlike him, Sam Kellner is really and truly guilty; he will imply that there was something corrupt about the district attorney’s dismissal of his case and that Mr. Kellner could still be arrested on some heretofore undisclosed “smoking gun” evidence, or even sued by his client. I know this because Mr. Dershowitz has in fact said all of this already, arguably defaming Mr. Kellner in the process.
Everyone deserves the best legal defense possible and this sometimes means hiring distasteful people to engage in unsavory conduct–including casting aspersions on the character of alleged sex abuse victims–which is just what Mr. Lebovits did when he retained Alan Dershowitz.
As more and more revelations from the Jeffrey Epstein case have emerged, I have begun to ponder the fact that Mr. Deshowitz has, in various capacities, represented not only Jeffrey Epstein and Baruch Lebovits, but Roman Polanski, Nechemya Weberman and Mike Tyson–all men convicted of sexual crimes.
But I digress.
For now my thoughts are more focused on whether, assuming these allegations against Mr. Dershowitz are indeed false, he may have learned anything from this experience and think twice before doing to others what he insists is now being done to him.
Somehow, I doubt it.