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Former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz writes that Donald Trump's indictment is bad for the US

The hugely respected (for his legal mind) prominent former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz writes that the just-announced felony charges against Donald Trump are a mistake and will "nudge the country ever closer to tribalism, chaos and collapse". This particular part of the argument that he makes is worth reading:

"If the Attorney General appointed by the incumbent president authorizes prosecution of the president's chief election rival, the evidence of a serious crime should be overwhelming .. His guilt should be clear beyond doubt, so as to avoid any reasonable suspicion that the prosecution was motivated, even in part, by partisan consideration .. That admittedly daunting but entirely appropriate standard has not been met by any of the 3 indictments currently pending against Trump, who stands tied in recent polls against President Joe Biden .. Evidence related to Trump's alleged illegal retention of classified materials at Mar-a-Lago are strong, but the supposed crime itself is rather technical & relatively minor. Hillary Clinton, who stored highly sensitive government documents on her 'home brew' server, never faced federal charges, neither did President Biden, Vice President Pence or Bill Clinton's former National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger. Why, then, charge the candidate who is in a virtual tie with the incumbent against whom he is running?"

Should Trump's prosecution go ahead, Dershowitz's view is that it will push the US toward "collapse" since around half the population will accuse the other half of trying to take out the election rival to the incumbent President using "trumped up" charges. Weaponizing the courts along partisan lines will become an accusation difficult to defend.



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