Bintel Brief: Alan Dershowitz on ‘Scooter’ Libby and Jonathan Pollard

Alan Dershowitz

Prof. Dershowitz,

I was very interested to see that you argued for the commutation of the prison sentence of Scooter Libby. You see, I know this guy who is 20 years into a life sentence. He was a Navy analyst and got caught spying for another country. Did he deserve to go to jail? Sure, but not for life. The country in question was an ally of the United States, the prosecution reneged on its plea agreement, the judge let in some questionable testimony during the sentencing stage, and by now this fellow has suffered enough. What should he do? Do you think you could get Scooter to put in a good word for him?

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Alan Dershowitz replies:


Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of numerous books, including “Chutzpah,” “The Vanishing American Jew,” “The Genesis of Justice,” “The Case for Israel,” “The Case for Peace” and, most recently, “Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence.”

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