Alan Dershowitz: If I Had Lost Case, John Lennon Would Still be Alive

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 03:46 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Renowned civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz remains haunted by the death of John Lennon and says he feels partially responsible for the Beatle's tragic murder.

Dershowitz told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg he was one of several lawyers brought in to assist Lennon in 1972, after the Nixon White House ordered him deported for prior drug offenses.

"The Nixon administration wanted to deport him for a petty marijuana offense in England and Leon Wild … a great immigration lawyer, asked me to help him," Dershowitz said.

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"It was a pro bono case. And I worked and we succeeded and got him to remain in the United States, where of course eight years later he was murdered.

"If we had lost, he would have been deported to England. And he might still be alive, well, and singing such beautiful music. So I feel terrible."

Dershowitz, author of the new memoir "Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law," was able to put some of his guilt to rest when he ran into Lennon's widow Yoko Ono.

"[I] told her that story [and] she was very angry at me. She said, no, the eight years he had in America were the eight best years in his life," Dershowitz recalled.

"He gave her a son and so there's no looking back. If you win a case, I guess you should be pleased."

Lennon was shot dead by crazed fan Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City on Dec. 8th, 1980.

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