Thursday, April 2, 2020

Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo By: Alan Dershowitz

This is an interesting book.  Dershowitz attempts to set the record straight from his perspective.  Dershowitz makes a compelling argument against his accuser and her attorneys. With the creation of the cancel culture, #MeToo and other movements and organizations, we have seen a devolvement of the legal system once founded and rooted in "innocent until proven guilty".  It has now been turned on its head.  It is now guilty until proven innocent, proof be damned.  

Dershowitz walks you through the evidence and is able to show exculpatory documents, recording, and fillings that exonerate him.  He even requested that FBI investigate him.  He initiated it, not the accuser.  However, it seemed that the accuser's attorneys refuse to do the right thing and have the accuser testify under oath and threat of perjury what her story is.

I do believe women should report sex crimes against them.  There have been too many victims of such crimes.  However I do NOT ascribe to the new legal system where all it takes is a woman to accuse you of something and destroy your life regardless of it being true or not.  I am positive that if the shoe were on the other foot and the US adopted some of the Sharia type beliefs where women need to have four male witnesses to prove rape, the "movement" would take on a different role with different goals.

The book is not his best work.  It is short coming in at 168 pages including the table of contents. And quite frankly did read a little whiny, but the content was interesting despite that.  It shows the sleaziness of the profession.  Hopefully it is the exception and not the rule; although I believe its the latter and not the former.

What I found appalling is how someone can make accusation about you and then when you come out and call them a lier, they can sue you for defamation.  It is a lose-lose scenario.  Thankfully for him, he is an attorney and can fight the fight better and cheaper than others.

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Hot Books (November 19, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510757538
ISBN-13: 978-1510757530

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