Alan Dershowitz, a renowned attorney, believes that Alvin Bragg could be disbarred for his case against former President Donald Trump.
Dershowitz told DW’s Tim Sebastian that while he is not a political supporter of Trump, he believes the indictment presented against the former president by Bragg is “absurd and politically motivated.” Dershowitz argued that Trump will not receive a “fair trial in Manhattan” due to the fact that judges and prosecutors are elected, which means they all likely favor Left politically.
The trial is scheduled to commence in December, and Dershowitz argued that if Bragg calls former Trump attorney Michael Cohen as a witness, things could become difficult for him.
“I don’t think an indictment can actually come forward now after the comments made by [Robert] Costello,” the attorney said.
He said that “he has proved that the main witness is going to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand, and that puts the district attorney in a terrible position.”
“If he uses Cohen as a witness, he could actually lose his bar license. It’s unethical to put a witness on the stand who you know is lying, and he has to know that Cohen will be lying. Or he tries the case without Cohen, which would be very difficult, or he does the right thing: he drops the case,” Dershowitz said.
Last month, Dershowitz made an identical argument.
Dershowitz argued during an appearance on Fox News that Bragg could face up to five years in prison if he is convicted of disclosing information about Trump’s indictment to the media.
In New York, leaking grand jury testimony to the public is a Class E felony punishable by between one and five years in prison.
Dershowitz also discussed how the presence of Michael Cohen as a witness could be detrimental to the district attorney.
“I don’t think an indictment can actually come forward now after the comments made by [Robert] Costello. He has proved that the main witness is going to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand, and that puts the district attorney in a terrible position,” Dershowitz said.
“If he uses Cohen as a witness, he could actually lose his bar license. It’s unethical to put a witness on the stand who you know is lying, and he has to know that Cohen will be lying. Or he tries the case without Cohen, which would be very difficult, or he does the right thing: he drops the case,” he added.
Dershowitz also wrote in an opinion piece that whoever leaked the confidential indictment is, in his opinion, the only criminal in this case.
“It is likely that a serious felony has been committed right under District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s nose and he is not investigating it. Under New York law, it is a felony to leak confidential grand jury information, such as whether the jurors voted to indict. The protection of secrecy is as applicable to President Trump as it is to anyone else,” Dershowitz said in an op-ed for The New York Sun.
“We know that the information was disclosed while the indictment itself remains sealed and before any official announcement was made or charges brought. It is unlikely that the leak came from the Trump team, which seemed genuinely surprised,” Dershowitz said.
“The most likely, though uncertain, scenario is that a person in Mr. Bragg’s office or a grand juror unlawfully leaked the sealed information. That would be a class E felony, subject to imprisonment. It is possible of course that an investigation is underway, but it seems more likely that Mr. Bragg is too busy making up a crime against the man he promised in his campaign to get than investigating a real crime that took place on his watch,” Dershowitz added.
Dershowitz stated that Bragg’s hypothesis appears to be that Trump should have disclosed why he paid for a non-disclosure agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which would have rendered the non-disclosure agreement ineffective.
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