(TMU) – The highly-anticipated Thursday night release of explosive documents related to alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and her late ex-boyfriend, the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, are already causing massive waves and deepening public opinion against the notorious British socialite.
However, amid the redactions of names and blacked-out details that abound throughout the unsealed depositions, one name sticks out like a sore thumb: that of celebrity lawyer and emeritus Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
Alan Dershowitz has been a long-time fixture in cable news programs and real-life courtroom dramas. In addition to defending Epstein, Dershowitz was a notable member of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the 1995 murder trial, recently assisted Harvey Weinstein’s defense team, and was a prominent defense attorney for President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
The documents released Thursday related to Epstein accuser and former “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s now-settled 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell. Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation after she was accused by the British socialite of fabricating the sexual abuse allegations against her and Epstein.
Guiffre had alleged that Maxwell lured her into joining Epstein’s ring before grooming her to be sexually abused by him and his “clients” when she was only 15. While the case was settled in 2017, the unsealing of the new documents still packs a punch.
Accusations that Alan Dershowitz was a part of Epstein’s inner circle that regularly abused and sexually exploited a number of women, including underage girls, aren’t entirely new. Dershowitz was accused in 2014 of having sex with Giuffre while she was a minor in the court filings that were recently unsealed. One document reads:
“One such powerful individual that Epstein forced then-minor Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Epstein’s and well-known criminal defense attorney.
“Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Newly unsealed #GhislaineMaxwell documents claim @AlanDersh got Epstein a sweetheart plea deal in order to gain immunity for himself against allegations that he raped an underaged girl "numerous" times in New York, Florida, New Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands and on airplanes. https://t.co/djRnDSqIsP
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) July 31, 2020
Dershowitz played a crucial role in helping Epstein furnish a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in the 2008 case against him, when the convicted pedophile was imprisoned for 13 months on state prostitution charges.
In a statement to Forbes, Dershowitz offered the strange explanation that he wanted the documents to be released because he felt it would exonerate him in the eyes of the court and the public. He wrote:
“I demanded release of these documents. They contain no new accusations that were not made public in Guiffre’s prior lawsuits. The reason I wanted them released is because they contain smoking gun emails and a manuscript that prove in Guiffre’s own words that she never met me and made up the entire story.”
I demanded release of all documents because they contain emails and manuscripts proving in Guiffre’s own words that she never met me. I knew they would repeat her false accusations against me, Al and Tipper Gore and others, which her own lawyers admit are “wrong”.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 31, 2020
However, the accusations are more damning now that Dershowitz has taken it upon himself to publicly advocate for Maxwell and Epstein in the press, while also name-dropping other high-profile and elite political and business figures who were friends with the notorious alleged sex trafficker.
On July 3, one day after Maxwell’s arrest, The Spectator released an impassioned op-ed from Dershowitz defending her that begins with the following star-studded introduction:
“My wife and I were introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynne de Rothschild, and we subsequently met her on several occasions — generally in the presence of prominent people such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, presidents of universities, and prominent academic and business people.”
Dershowitz went on to passionately argue that Maxwell should be “presumed innocent” like “every other arrested person,” which ignores the fact that her past transgressions have long been a matter of public opinion and pop culture in the form of Netflix documentaries, memes, and so one. Dershowitz also notes that he personally “never saw [Maxwell] do anything inappropriate.”
Dershowitz was listed on Epstein’s flight logs as having been on board the financier’s private jet eleven times, making the famous lawyer a frequent visitor to his client’s so-called “Pedo Island.”
Dershowitz also has a long history of making bizarre and argumentative statements to the press. Last year, the noted civil libertarian defended his infamous position from a 1997 Los Angeles Times op-ed that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 or 15 that also made the claim that statutory rape is an “outdated concept.”
It remains to be seen what other details the ongoing trial of Ghislaine Maxwell may produce. However, it’s become increasingly clear that Dershowitz is squirming in the limelight of the recently unsealed documents and newfound media attention.
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— Aussies Against Trump (@AuAgainstTrump) July 31, 2020
Man’s Hand Amputated After Alabama Cops Hold Him In “Unbearably Tight” Handcuffs for Hours
An Alabama man is suing the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for excessive force and civil rights violations after a sheriff’s deputy handcuffed him too tightly for several hours, resulting in major injuries that ultimately led to the amputation of his left hand.
Giovanni Loyola, 26, was at his mother’s trailer in Pinson, Alabama, on Feb. 16, 2020, when three sheriff’s deputies arrived in response to reports of an alleged fight between two men wielding firearms.
According to the lawsuit, a “Deputy Godber” grabbed Loyola by the wrist and roughly detained him mere moments after Loyola answered the door.
At that point, the deputy then pulled Loyola down the stairs and “slammed” him against the car before throwing him to the ground and punching him in the face. The deputy proceeded to handcuff Loyola in a manner that as “unbearably tight.”
Loyola claims that complications from the incident led to the amputation of his hand 10 months later.
According to the deputy’s report, Loyola was allegedly intoxicated and fighting with family members before he fought the deputies and resisted arrest. Loyola, however, claims that he was merely watching television.
During the arrest, Loyola complained that he was feeling numb in his left hand but deputy Godber ignored his pleas.
“The handcuffs remained tightly on Plaintiff’s wrists until they were removed hours later at the jail,” the amended complaint read. “After Plaintiff got out of jail on February 28, 2020, his left wrist was still in tremendous pain.”
Following his release from jail, Loyola checked into a local hospital and was told that he had a severe blood flow issue requiring surgery. Upon admission at Ascension St. Vincent’s East hospital in Birmingham, his fingertips were grey and doctors had a “concern for necrosis.”
Following multiple hospital visits and four surgeries over the course of 10 months, he eventually had the left hand amputated.
“Deputy Godber handcuffed Plaintiff’s wrists so tightly that Plaintiff immediately lost sensation in one hand, and Deputy Godber refused to loosen the handcuffs even after Plaintiff told him that they were too tight and were causing him pain,” Loyola’s attorneys argued. “These actions and inactions constituted unreasonable and excessive force.”
The lawsuit also alleges that deputies unlawfully searched his home without a warrant. Loyola is now suing for compensatory damages related to the physical and mental toll of the ordeal, his loss of income due to an inability to work, as well as medical costs, legal fees, and punitive damages.
‘Horrible History’: Mass Grave for 215 Indigenous Children Found at Canada Boarding School
Indigenous people are in shock and Canadians are reeling after a grim discovery cast a harsh light on the North American country’s bloody history of native genocide.
On Thursday, the chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indigenous community confirmed that it had found the remains of 215 children buried in a mass grave at a state-run boarding school, including some as young as three.
The discovery of the mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School offers a sobering confirmation of why such a large number of Indigenous children seized from their homes by Canadian authorities never made it back home – validating some of the worst fears of Tk’emlúps community members as to why their lost loved ones seemingly disappeared.
“It’s a harsh reality and it’s our truth, it’s our history,” said Chief Rosanne Casimir said at a news conference, reports New York Times. “And it’s something that we’ve always had to fight to prove. To me, it’s always been a horrible, horrible history.”
Chief Casimir said that there was always “a knowing” about the disturbing history at boarding schools like the Kamloops Indian Residential School and that proof finally came this past weekend thanks to ground-penetrating radar technology.
The school operated from 1890 to the late 1970s, with enrollment peaking at around 500 during the 1950s. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has confirmed that large amounts of Indigenous children fled the schools or died there, their whereabouts unknown. Former students have testified to the horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered while enrolled at the schols.
The Tk’emlúps Heritage Park where the school was located has now been closed as crews scour the area for more possible remains.
Children as young as three were students at the school, which was once the largest in Canada’s boarding schools for First Nations children.
It is believed that the deaths were swept under the rug and never documented, although Indigenous scholars are working with the Royal British Columbia Museum to find any possible records that may exist.
Chief Casimir has vowed that the Tk’emlups community would take full responsibility to do justice to the hundreds of “lost children” and their families.
“We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children,” Chief Casimir said in a statement.
Work to identify the site began in the early 2000s and was led by Indigenous authorities in tandem with ceremonial Knowledge Keepers to ensure that cultural protocols were respected. State-of-the-art radar technology used to identify potential mass graves led to the recent breakthrough.
“With access to the latest technology, the true accounting of the missing students will hopefully bring some peace and closure to those lives lost and their home communities,” Casimir noted.
“At this time we have more questions than answers,” Casimir added.
CA Prison Guards Caught Lying About Brutal Torture and Beheading by Satanist Inmate
Some California prison guards are in hot water after they were found to have lied in their reports after a Satan-worshipping inmate brutally slaughtered his cellmate, according to a state investigation.
On March 9, 2019, 31-year-old inmate Jaime Osuna decapitated his cellmate Luis Romero, 44, and then dissected him in what the Los Angeles Times has described as “one of the most heinous slayings inside the California prison system.” The grisly murder also raises fresh questions about why Romero was assigned to a cell with Osuna, a self-described satanist with a long history of attacking his cellmates.
Osuna had been serving a life sentence for the murder and torture of a woman in 2011, and had never been given a cellmate in the past. Decked out in face tattoos and known for his over-the-top Charles Manson-like antics, Osuna boasted of his love for torturing people and mocked his victim’s family in court.
Romero, an inmate who had spent 27 years in prison for a second-degree murder he was convicted for as a teenager, was assigned to the same cell as Osuna just before he was going to be eligible for parole.
Using a homemade knife, Osuna cut out one of Romero’s eyes, chopped off his finger, removed a portion of his ribs and sliced off a part of a lung before eventually decapitating him. He then manipulated the corpse into a pose and cut the sides of his mouth to resemble a smile. He allegedly used sheets to cover the bars of the cell.
When guards finally discovered the scene, Osuna was wearing a necklace he made from Romero’s body parts.
However, guards reported on the prior night that both men had been alive. The cell was never checked throughout the night, according to a state probe, while two officers falsely reported that Romero was alive at the time when he was being brutally murdered. Two other officers also failed to properly count inmates on the night of the horrific slaying.
The state report adds that the prison’s internal affairs process was shoddy, while officers who lied and witnesses were never interviewed.
Osuna has since been transferred to the psychiatric inpatient program at Salinas Valley State Prison. He has been diagnosed with unspecified schizophrenia spectrum, antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder and has been ruled not competent to stand trial for the brutal murder of Romero.
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