Dershowitz: ‘Ethnic Discrimination’ Not a Factor in Menendez Trial

By NTK Staff | 09.08.2017 @11:41am

Alan Dershowitz told "Fox and Friends," he thought it was a mistake to focus on ethnicity in the Menendez corruption trial.

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said that he thought it was a mistake for Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) co-defendant’s attorney to argue that the case against him was an attack on Hispanic Americans during an interview Friday. Dershowitz added that he saw no evidence of ethnic discrimination from the prosecution thus far in the trial.

Menendez and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen are on trial after being indicted on 18 counts of fraud and bribery, and Melgen’s attorney argued that this trial was an attack on Hispanic Americans.

Politico reported on Melgen’s attorney statement, on Thursday:

“Sal and Bob were part of a fellowship of Hispanic Americans. entrepreneurs, businessmen, doctors, politicians. You’ll hear this at trial: their idea was to pay it forward, help young Hispanic Americans improve their lives, lift up their community, play a larger role in their community,” Ogrosky said. “This case isn’t only an attack on those two men. It’s an attack on that whole group.”

“I think it’s a mistake to focus on ethnicity,” Dershowitz said during an interview on “Fox and Friends.”

Dershowitz said he thought a better tactic would be for the attorney “to focus on the political implication of this. ”

“I think when you make a charge of it being ethnic discrimination, you really have to have a great deal to back it up, and I don’t see the evidence to back it up,” Dershowitz argued.

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