Dershowitz: Fulton County DA Trump’s Prosecution ‘A Political Ploy’
Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has described the latest indictment against President Donald Trump as a “political ploy” to get the former president convicted in a jurisdiction that is overwhelmingly anti-Trump.
Dershowitz on Trump’s Ga. Case: Fani Willis Wants a Quick Conviction from a Biased Jury pic.twitter.com/6lexBVxm8R
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis secured an indictment against President Trump and 19 other co-defendants over alleged attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results.
Dershowitz slammed the indictment as unfair to Trump while accusing Willis of seeking a speedy trial with a biased jury.
“It’s clearly a political ploy, especially since the district attorney now says she wants the trial within two months. It’s unthinkable,” Dershowitz said. Never in history has there been a trial within two months of a case as complex and difficult as this, with so many defendants and so many counts. But what she wants is the mugshot. She’s gotten that. The fingerprinting. She would like to get a quick conviction with a biased jury and then not worry about it being reversed on appeal. That’s tomorrow’s news after the election. That just is unfair.”
Fani Willis has weaponized her office against President Trump for exercising his freedom of speech about the 2020 election.
But that’s not what this is really about.
This is about Democrats using their power to take down Joe Biden’s top political opponent. pic.twitter.com/n6btW9r8Hq
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George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley echoed Dershowitz’s sentiments on Trump’s mugshot, describing it as a “trophy moment” for the district attorney.
“For Willis, that is a trophy moment and she will mount that on her wall,” Turley told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “For half of the country it’s deeply upsetting. This is weaponizing our judicial system.”
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Willis is trying all defendants under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) law. Turley accused Willis of using the RICO statute as an advantage.
“This case is an over-reach. She (Willis) is using the RICO statute for great advantage,” Turley continued. “Among those advantages, she can say, ‘I need to try all of these people together because they are part of the conspiracy.’ RICO cases often involve large numbers of people. The relationship between these allegations are weak, particularly with Donald Trump.”
Turley also raised doubts about Willis’ ability to try all 19 defendants at once.
I wanted to follow up something that Bret and I just discussed. I do not see how Willis trial date is plausible. In addition to 19 defendants with an enormous record to address, some will be seeking removal to federal court…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 24, 2023
“This is like a potato sack race. We have 38 legs. You ever tried to do a sack race with just one person? You have to move in unison,” Turley said. “These defendants can’t do that. Some will seek to move this case to the federal court and Donald Trump has a strong argument. Another one wants a speedy trial. This will get messy.”