Source: Baxter Dmitry
Alan Dershowitz, who stands accused of having sex with multiple alleged Jeffrey Epstein victims, says “statutory rape is an outdated concept” and there should be “Romeo and Juliet exceptions” to statutory rape law.
The age of consent should be lowered to as young as 14 because “voluntary sex is so common in their age group“, according to Dershowitz who published an op-ed titled “Statutory Rape Is An Outdated Concept” in the late 90s.
Years later, Dershowitz defended the column on Twitter, at an awkward time: Dershowitz was a member of the team that got convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a plea deal that sent him to prison for 18 months in 2007, a sentence that was described as “the deal of the century” amid claims he should have received a much longer sentence.
“This raises a fundamental question about the continuing legitimacy of statutory rape laws at a time when sex involving teenagers is so rampant and prosecution for statutory rape so selective,” Dershowitz wrote in the op-ed.
“It is obvious that there must be criminal sanctions against sex with very young children, but it is doubtful whether such sanctions should apply to teenagers above the age of puberty, since voluntary sex is so common in their age group.”
Dershowitz then suggests that the age of consent should be lowered to 15, or perhaps even 14. Facing a barrage of criticism — for his handling of the Epstein plea deal, for the allegations against him and now for this column — Dershowitz has remained unapologetic.
He told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last year that “I have no misgivings and I will continue to represent controversial people. That’s what I do. If I’m in a case, my job is to get the best possible result.”
He similarly defended the controversial 1997 op-ed in a series of tweets.
According to Dershowitz, there should be “Romeo and Juliet exceptions” to statutory rape.
“I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped,” he wrote. “[I]f a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex? … I did not suggest that it is moral to have sex with a 16 year old, but rather that the issue presents a constitutional conundrum worthy of discussion.”
Dershowitz, a prominent defense lawyer and emeritus Harvard University law professor, is now facing accusations of sexual abuse from two of Epstein’s alleged victims — Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome. He denies the accusations against him.
Ha ha ha! The timing of this proclamation isn’t suspicious or anything…
If Dershowitz ever got near my daughter – he becomes a memory. Sick f***.
It is call covering your backside that is all he is doing.
We are not lowering the age of consent. Period.
I’m sure Dershowitz would like it eliminated all together. Looks like he was a visitor to Epstein’s pedo island. Sounds like he enjoys preying on children. He will burn.
He burns now…or later?
Let’s go back to fathers taking the lead on this and let those desiring a teen deal with her Dad. No police, no courts, just dads. Justice will be done. That, I can guarantee you.
How old was mohammed’s wife Aisha? 6. Looks like Dershowitz needs to stop pretending to be a jew and convert to the pedophile cult of death that is Islam
Wow you’re all hateful. He offered a logical argument and all you have is an appeal to emotion response. Good job. I’m sure many of you said the same thing about gay rights. Also the hell and religion references fall flat. No proof of any God btw, just fairy tales collected over time. I don’t believe there’s a “right” answer. We’d all have our own number I suppose, but 14, 16, 18 are all arbitrary numbers. Like 18 to vote, enlist, and 21 to drink. They mean only government deciding for you. If they raised the age of consent to 21, would you be outraged at 20 year olds consenting? BTW it used to be lower. Our disgusting grandparents?