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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:26 PM

Alan Dershowitz: "Extortion of Jeff Bezos was just extortion-ish."

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/alan-dershowitz-goes-flames-defending-national-enquirers-extortion-ish-threat-jeff-bezos/

“The First Amendment needs breathing room,” Dershowitz argued. “This is a fight between two media moguls. There was a negotiation. It was a tough negotiation. I’m certainly not here to defend the journalistic ethics of The National Enquirer, but the First Amendment doesn’t distinguish between The Washington Post, ABC News and The National Enquirer.

“You need to draw a line between what is extortion-ish and what is extortion consistent with the First Amendment,” he added.

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“That’s not what I’m talking about,” Dershowitz shot back. “I’m talking about the fact that we’re dealing with media here, and remember too that the alleged extortion occurred in a letter from a lawyer.”

“I have been practicing law for over 50 years and I have never seen an extortion come in the form of a lawyer,” the law professor added. “You don’t get extortion by mail.”



from video:
"Let's not get prosecutors investigating how journalists operate, because that endangers the freedoms under the 1st Amendment."


It was a tough negotiation, where one side demanded that the other side give a false statement to the public or else!
How could that possibly be extortion?

The demand was a letter from a lawyer!
How could that possibly be extortion?
Nobody has ever heard that somebody gets blackmailed by mail or by a lawyer!

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:29 PM

1. I hope Laurence Tribe (or Seth Abramson, J. Toobin. Neil Kayal or any REAL lawyer) addresses this

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:30 PM

2. This is gibberish-ish.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:32 PM

3. Oh come on... Dersh is up to his eyeballs with these crooks

What a weasel. The extortion is right there for all to see.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:35 PM

6. Pecker is probably blackmailing him too.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:34 PM

4. I guess when the consigliere threatens to break your legs

It' okay because it came from a lawyer and it's free speech-ish.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:35 PM

5. Translation: "stop picking on my friends!!"

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:36 PM

7. Legal opinion is actually pretty well split on this extortion issue.

Also on the PR side, Goliath Bezos Amazon with unlimited resources/subsidies [private detectives/operatives, plants, etc.,] on this issue, - are not overwhelmingly sympathetic.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:44 PM

9. All legal opinions and actions start out "pretty equal". At least, thats the theory, right?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:47 PM

10. LOL! Why, yes! Yes they do! LOL.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:42 PM

8. Right here, it's in the law book, under "extortionish", next to "murderish"!

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:43 PM

11. Two words...

Michael Cohen.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:45 PM

12. Weird argument

It’s not extortion because the lawyer was the one who extorted. By that logic all people have to do when they want to commit extortion is have a lawyer do it for them.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:16 PM

13. Shouldn't he be holed up worrying about the Epstein plea deal investigation?

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:23 PM

14. Every single day (it seems) we have to see the trash from Dersh posted here.

Why is that?

He is NOBODY we should be taking seriously here.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:38 PM

15. According to the conservative legal types at the Volokh Conspiracy, Alan is wrong

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