Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz compared the United States to a banana republic for the search warrant carried out by federal investigators at the Manhattan apartment of Rudy Giuliani.
Speaking Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show hosted by John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM, Dershowitz said he has agreed to represent Giuliani and is "very upset" about what's happening to the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump.
"In banana republics, in Castro's Cuba, in many parts of the world, when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends," Dershowitz said. "That didn't happen in America. That's happening in America now. They're going after Rudy Giuliani … Who knows who's going to be next?"
Dershowitz stressed that "You don't use search warrants when people have privileged information on their cell phones and in their computers. You use a subpoena. The difference between a subpoena and a search warrant is like night and day."
He insisted that "It's just not constitutional. That's why when Rudy called me… I said sure, I'll help out. I'm in favor of the Constitution."
Dershowitz contended that, "I think the government made a serious mistake here when they went by search warrant. They gave Rudy Giuliani lots of legal arguments to make, arguments that I think he can prevail on. And it's not just Rudy, its everybody."
Dershowitz emphasized that "If Rudy's privacy is not protected, if his clients' privacy is not protected, we're all next… Apparently, they went after the cloud and other material and information without telling him. That's just not the way the government is supposed to treat its citizens."
The former Harvard law professor conceded that "when Rudy Giuliani was the U.S. attorney, he sometimes went after people with search warrants. And I was critical of him back then. He was wrong then. He's right now. He's learned from experience. He's on the right side now… He's on the side of the Constitution. And I'm on his side. …"
Dershowitz said it is vitally important to remember that "Today, they're going after people that maybe you don't like. Tomorrow, they'll be going after you and your friends. The one lesson we've learned from history is you can't have freedom of speech for me but not for thee. You can't have due process for me but not for thee."
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