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Алан Дершовиц

Дата рождения: 1. Сентябрь 1938

А́лан Мо́ртон Де́ршовиц — американский адвокат, юрист и политический комментатор по теме арабо-израильского конфликта. Профессор права Гарвардской школы права. Получил широкую известность за свою адвокатскую работу, в частности за участие в ряде нашумевших судебных процессов. Провёл бо́льшую часть своей карьеры в Гарварде, где в возрасте 28 лет стал самым молодым профессором права в истории университета.

Как апелляционный адвокат в уголовных делах по убийству и покушению на убийство Дершовиц выиграл 13 из 15 поданных им жалоб. В одном из наиболее известных дел, выигранных Дершовицем, апелляционный суд отменил решение о признании английского аристократа Клауса фон Бюлов виновным в убийстве своей жены — наследницы мультимиллионного состояния Санни фон Бюлов. Написанная Дершовицем книга об этой истории легла в основу фильма «Изнанка судьбы», в котором роль Клауса фон Бюлова исполнил Джереми Айронс . Дершовиц также выступил апелляционным советником для защиты в уголовном процессе О. Джей Симпсона.

В 2010 году Дершовиц стал лауреатом премии им. Менахема Бегина «за систематическое отстаивание интересов государства Израиль и противостояние попыткам делегитимации еврейского государства в СМИ и академических кругах стран Запада».

В 2011 году Алан Дершовиц стал консультантом команды адвокатов, защищающих Джулиана Ассанджа, и готовился защищать Леонида Кучму в так называемом «кассетном скандале».


„Судьи являются самым слабым звеном в нашей системе правосудия, и они также являются наиболее защищёнными.“

„Вот почему уголовный процесс не является поиском истины. Учёные ищут правду. Философы ищут нравственность. В уголовном процессе рассматривается только один результат: доказательство, выходящее за рамки разумных сомнений.“


„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 public safety hazard, don't see the danger in the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitutiondon't like.“

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

„I have always considered "Pascal's Wager" a questionable bet to place, since any God worth believing in would prefer an honest agnostic to a calculating hypocrite.“ Letters to a Young Lawyer

„I am not frightened of my beliefs. If there is a God who is threatening me with damnation because I don't believe in Him, so be it. I've lived my life in conscience, and I will suffer damnation willingly in conscience against a tyrannical God who would damn me because, on the basis of the intelligence He gave me, I have come to a conclusion doubting His existence, and I will continue to be a skeptic all of my life.“

„I asked Hillary why she had chosen Yale Law School over Harvard. She laughed and said, "Harvard didn't want me." I said I was sorry that Harvard turned her down. She replied, "No, I received letters of acceptance from both schools." She explained that a boyfriend had then invited her to the Harvard Law School Christmas Dance, at which several Harvard Law School professors were in attendance. She asked one for advice about which law school to attend. The professor looked at her and said, "We have about as many woen as we need here. You should go to Yale. The teaching there is more suited to women." I asked who the professor was, and she told me she couldn't remember his name but that she thought it started with a B. A few days later, we met the Clintons at a party. I came prepared with yearbook photos of all the professors from that year whose name began with B. She immediately identified the culprit. He was the same professor who had given my A student a D, because she didn't "think like a lawyer." It turned out, of course, that it was this professor -- and not the two (and no doubt more) brilliant women he was prejudiced against - who didn't think like a lawyer. Lawyers are supposed to act on the evidence, rather than on their prejudgments. The sexist professor ultimately became a judge on the International Court of Justice.

I told Hillary that it was too bad I wasn't at that Christmas dance, because I would have urged her to come to Harvard. She laughed, turned to her husband, and said, "But then I wouldn't have met him... and he wouldn't have become President.“

„Yet the world, including many in the media, academia, and even diplomacy, seems to accept Palestinian violence as cultural. On the other hand, something different is expected from Israelis. This is cultural relativism bordering on racism. To expect less of Palestinians, regardless of their grievances, is to diminish their humanity.“ The Case for Israel


„Those primarily responsible for the current desperate situation of the Palestinian people have been their own leaders, from Haj Hussaini (the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) to Yassir Arafat, to the leaders of Hamas and the other terrorist groups. These leaders have placed a higher priority on the destruction of Israel than on the construction of Palestine.“ The Case for Israel

„Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has warned that if terrorism is rewarded in the Middle East, it will “be coming to a theatre near you.“ The Case for Israel

„It is fair to say that although Israeli actions in combating terrorism have been far from perfect, Israel has been in greater compliance with the rule of law than any other country facing comparable dangers.“ The Case for Israel

„I personally favor the creation of a Palestinian state as a consequence of making best efforts to end terrorism, not as a reward for increasing terrorism as a carefully calculated tactic to achieve statehood.“ The Case for Israel


„The Palestinians will eventually have a state, but it should not come as a reward for terrorism.“ The Case for Israel

„The first rule for escaping prison in the United States is always having someone more important than yourself to incriminate.“ Letters to a Young Lawyer

„In the end it was the documentary evidence, the Germans’ own detailed record of their aggression and genocide, that provided the smoking guns. Document after document proved be yond any doubt that the Nazis had conducted two wars: One was their aggressive war against Europe (and eventually America) for military, political, geographic, and economic domination. The other was their genocidal war to destroy “inferior” races, primarily the Jews and Gypsies.“ America on Trial: Inside the Legal Battles That Transformed Our Nation

„Most people today are not aware that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain helped restore Great Britain’s financial stability during the Great Depression and also passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits, pay pensions to retired workers, and otherwise help those hit hard by the slumping economy. But history does remember his failure to confront Hitler. That is Chamberlain’s enduring legacy. So too will Iran’s construction of nuclear weapons, if it manages to do so in the next few years, become President Barack Obama’s enduring legacy. Regardless of his passage of health care reform and regardless of whether he restores jobs and helps the economy recover, Mr. Obama will be remembered for allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.“ The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Now Stop Iran from Getting Nukes?

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