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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=35088"><span class="small">Kate Briquelet, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:48

Briquelet writes: "Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was accused of involvement in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking ring by an attorney for one of Epstein's victims, who claimed in federal court on Wednesday that the release of sealed documents will prove it."

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. (photo: Rick Friedman)
Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. (photo: Rick Friedman)


Alan Dershowitz Again Implicated in Jeffrey Epstein Sex-Trafficking Ring

By Kate Briquelet, The Daily Beast

07 March 19


A lawyer for one of Epstein’s victims claims he was part of sex-trafficking ring with Dershowitz and others—but the Harvard attorney says sealed documents will prove his innocence.

amed attorney Alan Dershowitz was accused of involvement in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring by an attorney for one of Epstein’s victims, who claimed in federal court on Wednesday that the release of sealed documents will prove it.

Paul Cassell, who represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the testimony of other witnesses will show Dershowitz’s involvement in the alleged trafficking of “his close friend Jeffrey Epstein.”

“When all the records come out it will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr. Dershowitz,” Cassell said in oral arguments for a case filed by the Miami Herald to unseal a collection of court documents relating to Giuffre’s now settled lawsuit against Maxwell.

The hearing came nearly two weeks after a Florida judge ruled federal prosecutors violated the law when they inked a non-prosecution deal with Epstein in 2007—and concealed that agreement from more than 30 of Epstein’s victims. The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the secret deal, which was handled by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, who was U.S. Attorney in Miami at the time.

Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor, was one member of Epstein’s legal team that helped broker the unusual non-prosecution agreement.

For his part, Dershowitz and his lawyers are also requesting the court release the trove of documents to the public—but they say it’s in order to prove his innocence.

Outside the courtroom, Dershowitz railed against Giuffre and her attorneys, accusing them of fabricating Giuffre’s claims that Epstein forced her to have sex with Dershowitz. He alluded to emails between Giuffre and a friend that he claims will reveal Giuffre made up the claims against Dershowitz at the behest of her lawyers.

“I’ve denied ever meeting her or even knowing who she was,” Dershowitz said.

Moments later, he added of Giuffre, “She is hurting the #MeToo movement terribly. This was all about money and undercuts the many people who are victimized.”

Asked if he still represents Epstein, Dershowitz said, “I don’t represent Epstein” before walking back his answer: “You never stop being someone’s lawyer.”

“I was his lawyer until this deal was made,” Dershowitz added, before claiming he hasn’t seen Epstein in years.

As The Daily Beast previously reported, Epstein faced life behind bars for his alleged sex acts with minors but walked away with a slap on the wrist, pleading guilty to two state charges: solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. The 66-year-old financier served 13 months of his 18-month sentence in a private wing of a Palm Beach jail and was allowed to leave on “work release” for 16 hours each day.

A recent Miami Herald investigation identified more than 80 women who claim they were molested by Epstein via a “sex pyramid scheme” from 2001 to 2006, at his Palm Beach mansion and elsewhere, though the number of victims is likely in the hundreds. Indeed, Epstein’s former butler kept a black book containing the names of hundreds of girls and young women that the billionaire recruited for sex and massages, the Herald reported.  

Epstein hired girls as young as 13 to give him massages. Once they arrived at his home, he would molest his victims or masturbate, according to court records and police reports. In some cases, he forced his victims into intercourse with him or a young woman he called his Yugoslavian sex slave. After his sickening assaults, Epstein allegedly paid the girls $200 or $300, though sometimes as much as $1,000.

One of those victims was Giuffre, who claims she was 15 and working a summer job at Mar-a-Lago in 1998 when British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly recruited her as a masseuse for Epstein. Giuffre said Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” until 2002 and that she was forced to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew and Dershowitz. (Both men have adamantly denied the allegations.)

In September 2015, Giuffre filed a defamation suit against Maxwell after she called Giuffre’s claims “obvious lies” and, according to the complaint, “undertook a concerted and malicious campaign to discredit Giuffre and to so damage her reputation that Giuffre’s factual reporting of what had happened to her would not be credited.” The case settled in May 2017, records show.

In April 2018, the Miami Herald asked a federal judge in New York to unseal all documents that had been sealed or redacted in the suit.

“Though two previous motions to unseal have been denied, the reasoning underlying the denial—the imminence of trial, and potential impact on a jury—is no longer relevant because the case has been settled,” one lawyer for the Herald stated in court papers.

Before the Herald filed motions to intervene, Dershowitz and far-right podcaster Michael Cernovich also asked to unseal certain documents. It’s unclear which specific documents Dershowitz wanted to make public because his motion was partially redacted. Cernovich asked the court to unseal Maxwell’s summary judgment pleadings. The court denied both their requests, and they appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

On Wednesday, Sanford Bohrer, an attorney for the Herald, requested the 167 sealed documents in the case be sent to the district court and each one be reviewed for redactions before being released to the public. “Mr. Epstein for good or bad is a focus of some things that are really important today,” Bohrer said.

Ty Gee, a lawyer for Maxwell, indicated his client was the only party who opposed unsealing the court records and pushed for the panel to stick with U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet’s decision to keep the records secret.

Gee claimed Giuffre has “woven” a story that’s “become more exotic” all for the sake of making money. “It’s almost like I see a name in the news and I’m going to make an allegation against them,” Gee said.

Cernovich’s attorney, Marc Randazza, declared to the court, “All we have is Maxwell to overcome,” before holding up a black-lined redacted document and comparing the court records to “FOIA documents from the CIA.” The panel asked Randazza about Cernovich’s credentials and whether he should have the same rights as a journalist.

After Randazza spoke, Cassell said he would describe Cernovich as a self-professed “slut-shamer” and “a proxy or a stand-in for Mr. Dershowitz.” The only reason Cernovich filed motions requesting a release of the documents was because Dershowitz tried to do so himself and failed, Cassell told the panel. (This statement prompted Dershowitz, who was seated in the gallery, to whisper, “He’s defaming me in court.”)

Dershowitz’s attorney, Andrew Celli, asked for three documents pertaining to his client to be released immediately because the 81-year-old professor’s “reputation has been besmirched.” Celli denied Dershowitz was collaborating with Cernovich.

“Let me be absolutely clear: Mr. Dershowitz is happy and prepared and eager to unseal all documents in this case no matter what they say about him,” Celli said. “He believes, your honor, in the marketplace of ideas.”

Meanwhile, a collection of news outlets and First Amendment and free press groups filed a brief in support of the Herald’s appeal. The organizations included Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Associated Press Media Editors, POLITICO, FOX Television Stations, and the Washington Post, among multiple others.

“Contrary to the district court’s concern that public access to the Summary Judgment Documents will serve only to ‘promote scandal,’ access will provide the public and the press with information key to their understanding of this litigation, which relates to allegations of serial sexual assault and abuse of minors by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and has implicated high-level public officials and public figures,” the brief stated.

The public interest in the case “is particularly acute due to the variety of public figures and public officials who are alleged to be connected to Jeffrey Epstein and his victims,” the brief added, “such as President Donald Trump, former-President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Alan Dershowitz.”

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+30 # chapdrum 2019-03-07 16:47
The Don likely implicated, too. Not that that will make any difference to his base, nor most of Congress.
 
 
-35 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-07 18:35
Dershowitz is being dragged into this to smear him for his criticism of the Mueller Probe and the Russiagate hysteria. He has actually been very good on trumped up efforts to drive Trump out of office.

The real scandal of Epstein's powerful friends point to Bill Clinton and Robert Mueller. It was Mueller who intervened in the Florida case to claim that Epstein was an FBI informant into pedophile cases and Florida should stop its prosecutions. It is not clear what Epstein has on Mueller but it is not hard to imagine.

Everyone knows of Clinton's long association with Epstein. The stories abound on the web. I don't even think Clinton denies his flights on Epstein's "Lolita Express." There are plenty of women who have charged giving Clinton blow jobs on the air plane while teenagers.

Dershowitz was only one of Epstein's army of attorneys. If anything at all, he's a very minor player. Epstein cultivated very powerful friends. Any good journalist would begin at the top and that would be to start with Clinton and Mueller. Mueller has been a long time "fixer" for Clinton and Epstein. That is the important story -- but it is not likely that the Daily Beast will be interested in that.
 
 
+5 # HarryP 2019-03-07 21:17
Rodion:

Nice summary from Sputnik News!

If it comes outta Moscow, it can’t be fake news.

Way to go!
 
 
+5 # Porfiry 2019-03-08 10:54
What a farrago of unsubstantiated accusations! Believe these and I'll sell you a couple of slightly damaged buildings in lower Manhattan. Let me make an unsubstantiated (although there are clues) accusation of my own. Rodion Raskolnikov, you are a paid agent of Vladimir Putin and the Russians. You occasionally say some intelligent, truthful things but in the main it's all pure Russian propaganda. Maybe even hard right wing stuff masquerading as Russian.

Porfiry Petrovich

P.S. At your urging I did receive Katz's translation of Crime and Punishment and have started reading.
 
 
+28 # Earl1936 2019-03-07 19:30
I wouldn't believe anything Dershowitz said. What a Zionist scumbag he is. He sure has duped the public as well as Newsmax.
 
 
+12 # moreover 2019-03-07 21:58
Earl's statement may seem harsh but Dershowitz is most certainly a Zionist, one of the "my country, right or wrong, my country" type.
I once saw him explode with rage in a podiums discussion at Harvard Business School; everyone was baffled how someone could so completely loose it – and he was factually wrong!
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-08 09:36
earl -- I agree with you that Dershowitz is a Zionist scumbag. Everything he says about Israel is wrong. But he can be right on other subjects.

People can be right sometimes and wrong at others. I think we need to judge people by specific positions they take. This is rational. The opposite is tribalism, you just cheer for everyone on your side and hate everyone on the other side.

Right now, the so-called liberals are attacking Dershowitz because he has written two books against Russiagate and against impeaching Trump. He goes on Fox news because other networks don't want him. The Clinton controlled liberals just hate the stand he has taken.
 
 
+3 # goodsensecynic 2019-03-08 14:03
Dershowitz once wrote a decent essay on Job (not Steve, but "the man in the land of Uz"). It's in his book, "The Genesis of Justice"
(New York: Warner Books, 2000), pp. 70-90 more or less, if memory serves.

Incidentally, William Safire (speech writer for Spiro Agnew) did something similar - a book-length tome called "The First Dissident: The Book of Job in Today’s Politics."

It just goes to show: even certified monsters can get it right from time to time.
 
 
+17 # wrknight 2019-03-07 20:33
"Epstein faced life behind bars for his alleged sex acts with minors but walked away with a slap on the wrist, pleading guilty to two state charges: solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. The 66-year-old financier served 13 months of his 18-month sentence in a private wing of a Palm Beach jail and was allowed to leave on “work release” for 16 hours each day."

This is proof that American justice is dispensed by the dollar. The more dollars you give, the more justice you get.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-11 04:53
RR -- FBI documents have been declassified showing Mueller intervened in this case and told the Florida people Epstein was working for the FBI as an informant. You can find these documents on the web. Try a search. I have read them. They are a bit cryptic. I guess that is as one would expect.
 
 
0 # JayaVII 2019-03-16 13:58
Informant about what? Watching whom? I'm skeptical. Epstein is a man of mysterious impunity, but people that high up on the capitalist totem pole generally don't stoop to renting themselves out as FBI stool pigeons. If the FBI was using him, whom did they get? Epstein was the kingpin pedophile.
 
 
+9 # barbell1941 2019-03-08 10:28
RR, your senility is showing. Any chance you get to praise the Orange Menace and denigrate those who will put him in prison, you jump at it like a monkey on a string.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-11 04:56
barbell -- see my reply to wrkknight above. I'm citing a verifiable story. It is incomplete and there are a lot of unknowns. You are mystified by it because it has not been hawked over and over in the major media.

I have never praised the Orange Menace. I have said that the Russiagate story is BS. I have also said that one or two of Trump's ideas are good, specifically his outreach to N. Korea and his wish to remove US military from Syria.

Yes, I do denigrate Mueller. He's a corrupt cop and always has been. The media loves him so they keep his image polished.
 
 
0 # RoyGBiv 2019-03-11 09:59
No one should forget that Douche-owitz is the one who got celebrity murderer OJ Simpson acquitted with his tactic of placing the police on trial. He did it for sport, money, and fame. His latest attacks on law enforcement fbo Trump is even worse. This shift in message occurred after he met with Trump, where he might have just been put on notice that he had skeletons in his closet well known to Trump, who controls the Justice Department.
 
 
0 # JayaVII 2019-03-16 13:45
The Epstein situation makes my blood boil. The corruption is so obvious and tangible. In Palm Beach, the law's purpose is not to punish the rich, it's to protect them. It is an abomination, and it puts me in mind of St. Augustine:

If there is no justice, what are kingdoms, but vast systems of robbery?