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Alan Dershowitz (EE.UU.) "La ONU es culpable de la no paz en medio oriente" – Video



Alan Dershowitz (EE.UU.) “La ONU es culpable de la no paz en medio oriente”
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At the end of his gripping new book,A Wild Justice, Evan Mandery shows how tantalizingly close the Supreme Court came to ending the death penalty. The missed opportunities began in the 1960s and recurred over two decades. More than once the court really did come within a hair of banning executions. Instead, since 1976, when the court allowed capital punishment to go back into effect after a brief ban, the states have executed about 1,300 people. If you think that number sounds shockingly high, you should read Manderys revelations about the roads almost taken by the court.

The drama started in 1963, when Justice Arthur Goldberg asked his law clerk, Alan Dershowitz, to write a memo laying out why the death penalty violated the Eighth Amendments prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. At the time, the proposition seemed fanciful, as Mandery writes. The states had been putting people to death since the founding. But Goldberg was an early believer in the Constitution as an evolving document.

Dershowitzs memo pointed out a pattern of unequal application of the death penalty on the basis of race. Black defendants and white victims: That is the combination that disproportionately ends in a death sentence. Still. When Dershowitz made his finding, the Warren court was in its liberal heyday. But when Goldberg circulated his memo among the other justices, Chief Justice Earl Warren asked him not to publish it. He thought the death penalty was clearly constitutional because the framers so intended it. In the end Goldberg wrote only a brief dissent arguing that death was an excessive punishment for rape. The Warren court never considered the central question about cruel and unusual punishment.

Instead, the case that is the centerpiece of Manderys well-told history,Furman v. Georgia, came before the court a decade later, in 1972, when the death penalty was still legal in most states. By then Nixon appointees had begun to stock the court, with Warren Burger as chief.Furmanwas actually one of four cases, two rapes and two murders, chosen by the court to review the constitutionality of the death penalty in a range of circumstances. Going into argument, only one justiceWilliam Brennanwas known to be a committed abolitionist. Hopes were low among the courts liberal law clerks. More than 700 people now sat on death row, Mandery writes. Furman v. Georgiawould be the case of the year, but from the clerks perspective it was an all-but-lost cause.

But there was hidden reason for optimism: Thurgood Marshall and William O. Douglas were also ready to strike down the death penalty. Tony Amsterdam, Furmans lawyer on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, needed two more votes. He went for the courts hoped-for center: Potter Stewart and Byron White. Stewart had expressed moral qualms about capital punishment. White was new to the court. Both were minimalists, generally reluctant to provoke social change by overriding the legislature or overturning past precedent. But Amsterdam hoped to win them over with the argument that unfair procedures were leading to unfair results in death penalty cases, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. He gave the court four pages of statistics showing discrimination. He also argued that the sporadic application of capital punishment, at the whim of a jurys discretion, made the decision about which defendants would die essentially arbitrary.

It almost worked. At the conference after oral argument, Stewart said he could not uphold the death penalty, and White called its application impermissible, saying he didnt believe the punishment could be meted out fairly. With Brennan, Douglas, and Marshall, Amsterdam appeared to have his five votes.

And then Burger pulled off a masterpiece of manipulation. He announced he was changing his vote, so that he would be in the majority and could exercise his authority as chief to assign the authorship of the opinion. Burger told everyone to writeall nine justicesarguing that no coherent rationale for a majority stance had come together.

Burgers move was unprecedented. It created a monster: The opinions in Furman ran over 60,000 words. And with no one in charge, the five-justice majority unraveled. Brennan tried to write an opinion that would satisfy Stewart, but couldnt. White remained silent throughout the spring. In the end, Mandery says, Stewart and White had a closed-door conversation in which they reached the following agreement: Stewart would abandon his moral position against the death penalty and draft an opinion striking down the Georgia death penalty because of its sporadic use. White, in turn, would cast the deciding fifth vote against capital punishment, and write that the death penalty was not applied frequently enough to accomplish any social aim.

Whites rationale opened up this response: If states executedmorepeople, the death penalty could become constitutional again. Mandery says Stewart thought that would never happen. Whites opinion included the line that the death penalty has for all practical purpose run its course. The day after the Supreme Court announced its decision, theNew York Timesran a huge headline heralding the death penaltys end.

Stewart and White and theTimeswere wrong. By the end of the year, as Nixon warned of rising crime to win voters over to his law-and-order agenda, polls showed support for the death penalty start to shoot up. State legislatures took up the invitation to make the death penalty more routinized, passing new statutes that separated the guilt phase of a trial from the penalty phase and ostensibly channeled jury discretion by laying out aggravating factors for murder, if the jury found them present, that would make a defendant deserving of death. It was a sweeping movement: Over the next four years, 35 states passed new death penalty laws.

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DEBATING THE O.J. SIMPSON CASE: VINCENT BUGLIOSI VS. ALAN DERSHOWITZ – Video



DEBATING THE O.J. SIMPSON CASE: VINCENT BUGLIOSI VS. ALAN DERSHOWITZ
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Just Because You’re Paranoid…

In less then a weekon September 11th, as it turns outCato is holding a book forum on Jesse Walkers terrific new book,The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory.

Walker, books editor forReasonmagazine, uses historian Richard Hofstadters famous 1964 monograph The Paranoid Style in American Politicsas his jumping-off point. In that flawed but fascinating essay, Hofstadterlocates political paranoia mostly on the fringes of American politics and mostly on the Right. Its often used today to frame concerns about government abuse as so much conspiracy-mongering.Here, for example, is Alan Dershowitz invoking Hofstadter to dismiss Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on NSAs dragnet data-collection programs, as the personification of the paranoid streak in American politics.

Walker insists, contra Hofstadter, that the Paranoid StyleIsAmerican Politics. From the colonial era, to the Anti-Masonic party, through sundry Red Scares, militia scares, and post-9/11 panics, Walker writes, the fear of conspiracies has been a potent force across the political spectrum, at the center as well as the extreme. Whats more, some of the most dangerous forms of political paranoia are the kinds that catch on with people inside the halls of power. ThisReason magazine feature on what Walker calls The Paranoid Center gives a flavor of his argument.

But theres much more in the book, which argues that conspiracy stories can become a form of folklore. They tell us something true about the anxieties and experiences of the people captivated by them even when [they] say nothing true about the objects of the theory itself. Asone reviewer put it,The United States of Paranoiacontainsso many tasty morsels of historical marginalia that it nearly bursts with weirdness.

Were happy to have as our featured commentatorSam Tanenhaus, writer-at-large for theNew York Times,longtime editor of theNYT Book Review (2004-13) and author of such books as Whitaker Chambers: A Biography andThe Death of Conservatism. Heres Tanenhaus on Hofstadter.

Youd have to be nuts not to RSVP right now for what promises to be a fascinating discussion of political paranoia Left, Right, and Center. Do it here.

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Today is Sunday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2013 with 121 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

Those born on this day are under the sign of Virgo. They include German composer Engelbert Humperdinck in 1854; “Tarzan” creator Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1875; dancer/singer Marilyn Miller in 1898; labor leader Walter Reuther in 1907; actors Richard Farnsworth in 1920, Yvonne De Carlo in 1922 and George Maharis in 1928 (age 85); undefeated heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano in 1923; country music singers Boxcar Willie in 1931 and Conway Twitty in 1933; symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa in 1935 (age 78); lawyer and commentator Alan Dershowitz in 1938 (age 75); comedian/actor Lily Tomlin in 1939 (age 74); conductor Leonard Slatkin in 1944 (age 69); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) in 1946 (age 67); TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw in 1950 (age 63); and singer Gloria Estefan in 1957 (age 58).

On this date in history:

In 1715, France’s King Louis XIV dies after ruling the country for 72 years, the longest reign for a French monarch.

In 1807, Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the country’s south and west.

In 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

In 1923, an earthquake struck Yokohama, Japan, killing an estimated 143,000 people.

In 1939, after Germany invaded Poland, Great Britain and France served an ultimatum on Adolf Hitler but it was ignored.

In 1972, American Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.

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Harvard Law Prof Alan Dershowitz Exposes FLA ATTYS Bogus Indictment of George Zimmerman – Video



Harvard Law Prof Alan Dershowitz Exposes FLA ATTYS Bogus Indictment of George Zimmerman

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Alan Dershowitz discusses George Zimmerman case on Piers Morgan May 28 2013 – Video



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Galley Girl at Book Expo 2013: The First Night

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A warm May evening in New York City was a pleasant setting for thefirst night of Book Expo revelry;in the space offour hours,Ihad made it to three parties, andImstill standing.Each party was its own little mysterious world, with adifferent language and rules, depending on the publishing house and its roster of authors.ThisGirl was determined to crack the code.

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Its a heart-palpitating read!David Drake, the deputy publisher of the Crown Group, made that blurb-worthy assessment of one of his houses fall books. He was standing in the doorway of Schillers Liquor Bar, a popular restaurant on Manhattans Lower East Side, where his company was celebrating their upcoming lineup. The book receiving Drakes praise wasFive Daysat Memorial(September), a Katrina-era hospital expose by Pulitzer-Prize winnerSheri Fink. His genuine enthusiasm for the home team was shared by almost every publishing personageIencountered.

Also at the Crown shindig, Harvard law school professor Alan Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law (October), was holding court in the center of the room. People are going to be very surprised at who I am when they read this, he said. The book, his 30th, begins with his birth and ends with a letter to the editor criticizing his (imaginary) obituary. Its like having a baby at an old age, he said of his latest effort.

A few feet away, CNN analyst Peter Bergen was celebrating his just-announced deal with Crown for a book about homegrown terrorism. He shared his thoughts with us about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother in the Boston Marathon bombings. Bergen wondered whether there might have been an intervention to turn Dzhokhar, the less radical of the two brothers, away from his deadly mission, if the right person had talked to him. Said Bergen, I dont think it was inevitable that this 19-year-old kid would commit this atrocity. Now, hell be lucky if he gets life in prison without parole.

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I leftthe Crown party (sliders, nachos, fried oysters and Croque-Monsieurs), and took a short ride with a grumpy cab driver to the sleek Eventi Hotel, where Howard Books was hosting a cocktail party forTim ConwayofCarol Burnett Showfame. The79-year-oldcomedian, whose memoir,Whats So Funny?will be published in October, was walking around with a name tag that read BOB FELLER, presumably after the famous major league pitcher of an earlier era.

Isat down to talk with Conway, who has a modest, comfortable style.How long had it taken him to write his book? Almost three days, he confided. He came by his sense of humor at home, he said; his parents were very amusing. His father was Irish, his mother wasRomanian, and I could not understand either one. When he was in his early teens, Conway wanted to be a jockey (but I fell off a lot); from there, he aspired to be a football player (I was the only 95-pound guard on our team. I was like a little weaselthey couldnt catch me.)

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Alan Dershowitz On The Justice department Targeting Fox News – Video



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Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor, joins Steve to discuss the Justice department targeting a Fox News Reporter.

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Alan Dershowitz (EE.UU.) "La ONU es culpable de la no paz en medio oriente" – Video




Alan Dershowitz (EE.UU.) “La ONU es culpable de la no paz en medio oriente” El magnífico Alan Dershowitz en un breve discurso en el Congreso de Durban de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas 22.9.2011. Una joya para estudiarse …

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Fight to the death

At the end of his gripping new book,A Wild Justice, Evan Mandery shows how tantalizingly close the Supreme Court came to ending the death penalty. The missed opportunities began in the 1960s and recurred over two decades. More than once the court really did come within a hair of banning executions.

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DEBATING THE O.J. SIMPSON CASE: VINCENT BUGLIOSI VS. ALAN DERSHOWITZ – Video




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Just Because You’re Paranoid…

In less then a weekon September 11th, as it turns outCato is holding a book forum on Jesse Walkers terrific new book,The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. Walker, books editor forReasonmagazine, uses historian Richard Hofstadters famous 1964 monograph The Paranoid Style in American Politicsas his jumping-off point. In that flawed but fascinating essay, Hofstadterlocates political paranoia mostly on the fringes of American politics and mostly on the Right.

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Harvard Law Prof Alan Dershowitz Exposes FLA ATTYS Bogus Indictment of George Zimmerman – Video




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Galley Girl at Book Expo 2013: The First Night

Vetta / Getty Images A warm May evening in New York City was a pleasant setting for thefirst night of Book Expo revelry;in the space offour hours,Ihad made it to three parties, andImstill standing.Each party was its own little mysterious world, with adifferent language and rules, depending on the publishing house and its roster of authors.ThisGirl was determined to crack the code. * * * * * Its a heart-palpitating read!David Drake, the deputy publisher of the Crown Group, made that blurb-worthy assessment of one of his houses fall books. He was standing in the doorway of Schillers Liquor Bar, a popular restaurant on Manhattans Lower East Side, where his company was celebrating their upcoming lineup.

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Alan Dershowitz On The Justice department Targeting Fox News – Video




Alan Dershowitz On The Justice department Targeting Fox News Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor, joins Steve to discuss the Justice department targeting a Fox News Reporter. By: Newsmax TV

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