The ubiquitous Harvey Silverglate rises to the defense of Alan Dershowitz in reply to an article in the Harvard Law Record that takes Dershowitz to task for calling Virgina Roberts a prostitute after he is alleged to have been one of her Johns. (Hat tip to Eyre)
Dershowitz calling that young girl such reminds me of the mentality of a guy who was dating this women for a year or so and was the first person who got to know her in the Biblical sense. She was deeply in love with him. He told her one day when they discussed their future that she wasn’t in the picture because he would never marry a woman who wasn’t a virgin.
The phenomenon of one accused of doing a dastardly act turning it on the accuser as if it were her problem is not new to Dershowitz. His alleged use of a young woman on six occasions for sexual favors followed by his vile attacks on her was rightly condemned by two Harvard law students. Responding to their well thought our condemnation came the hectic and frantic response of one of Dershowitz’s bosom buddies from way back,
Unfortunately Silverglate leaves out his close association with Dershowitz in writing the letter. From the way it reads it looks like he’s offering an impartial rebuttal to the article. I would suggest that one so closely associated with another as Silverglate is to Dershowitz should not hide that association. Silverglate should not write as if he doesn’t have a dog in the fight.
He writes as if he does not knows that Dershowitz is now being sued for libel by attorneys so he has a forum into which he can defend himself. Dershowitz has been given the opportunity to submit to a deposition and bring forth his proofs but he won’t do that until he is able to depose the other side to see what evidence it has. Silverglate doesn’t mention that.
Silverglate wrote of Dershowitz’s: “frustration at being without a legal forum which to vindicate himself and prove his new accuser to be a perjurer.” Shame on Silverglate saying Dershowitz can prove her a perjurer. He doesn’t know whether Dershowitz abused this young girl six-time as she alleged in her affidavit. Further, Dershowitz as far as I know has not filed a counter affidavit against her claim.
If anyone had a forum to defend himself it is Dershowitz with his access to the media like the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and other mainstream media. (He’s had two op-eds in the WSJ over the last several weeks.) He also has a chorus of support in the Boston media. It took a courageous student newspaper to rightly fault him.
You won’t see Dershowitz taken over the coals by any of the columnists who usually jump on the sexual peccadilloes of prominent people. The silence is so deafening one has to truly wonder at the timidity of our local media. Or, is there more to it than merely being afraid?
He also has a legal forum as I noted. Plus he has the support of his many lackey-like friends who also have unique access to the media.
What amazes me is none have condemned Dershowitz for his continuing association with one of the major child abusers in America? Neither Silverglate or the Harvard law professors who presented the same issues as Silverglate seem to have trouble with his association with that man. It would seem to me knowing of his association with Jeffrey Epstein they’d feel a little sleazy rising to the defense of Dershowitz.
Silverglate talks about the “Kafkaesque” conundrum of Dershowitz, using the same expression Dershowitz used in the WSJ. Did Dershowitz help him write the letter? He tells us the law school students “appear to have little regard for the painful” position Dershowitz found himself in. How about Silverglate having some regard for the painful situation that Dershowitz’s friend Jeffrey Epstein put so many young girls in. Tell me when Dershowitz ever had any regard for the painful positions he put people in.
He goes on to say Dershowits’s “vigorous and harsh attack on his accuser [Virginia Roberts] was launched against a now adult.” In Silverglate’s mind if the young girl who alleged that she was abused as a teenager by a man in his sixties reaches her majority she becomes free game for the alleged abuser to call her a “a prosltitute” and to claim she “was not victimized . . . she made her own decisions in life.”
Your remember Harvey Silverglate. As I said he and Dershowitz have been bosom buddies from way back. He and Dershowitz appeared before the Governor’s Counsel which was holding a hearing on the nomination of Paul Mahoney to become a District Court judge. Dershowitz told the Harvard Crimson he was going to raise questions about Mahoney’s “religious and ethnic” bias.
He had no basis for raising it but he and Silverglate paraded in there with their unfounded accusations ready to destroy a man’s reputation based upon outlandish hearsay. Silverglate was the lawyer in the 75 State Street case where another outlandish accusation of extortion occurred. He and Dershowitz were after Mahoney because he had worked for Billy Bulger. It was a way they thought they could besmirch both Mahoney and Bulger.
No one ever accused of anything by Dershowitz had as evil an associate as Jeffrey Epstein. In fact, most accused by Dershowitz lived upright and honest lives full of integrity. None has ever been accused of doing such a heinous act as Dershowitz has been accused of doing by Virginia Roberts.
Dershowitz being accused of having sex with a young girl only gives him back a taste of the medicine he has willingly dispensed to others. He has yet to answer under oath the question why of all the men who sexually molested young Virginia Roberts it was he she named and one or two others. He is the least defenseless persons in the world. He has many minions speaking out to support him despite knowing the adage you can tell a man by the company he keeps.
Silverglate should save his sympathy for someone a little more worthy of it. He should worry about the pain suffered by all those Dershowitz has wrongfully accused.