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Dershowitz Has 'Sympathy' for Stumped Trump Judge Nominee

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Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 07:16 PM

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz defended the hapless federal judge nominee who could not answer basic legal questions, asserting they would have stumped "some of the greatest justices in American history."

In a Tuesday interview on "Newsmax Now" on Newsmax TV, Dershowitz said he had "some sympathy" for Matthew Peterson, a Federal Election Commission member who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be a federal judge in Washington, D.C.

"Some of the greatest justices in American history couldn't have answered those questions properly," Dershowitz said.

"Justice [William] Douglas had never practiced law a day in his life," Dershowitz said. "He was an [Securities and Exchange Commission] lawyer, and he became a great justice."

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered appointing to the Supreme Court a journalist who was not even a lawyer because he was the greatest journalist in America, and he thought he'd be a great justice," Dershowitz added.

"We should have an eclectic bench. Not everybody has to have the same kind of experience, but everybody should be extraordinarily well-qualified in something."

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Dershowitz also weighed in on the deadly Amtrak crash in the state of Washington — asserting the United States does not "have anywhere near the safety requirements we have for planes in terms of operators."

"Most of these . . . tragic accidents have involved operator error, going too fast in slow area zones, and we just have to make sure that we have control," he said.

"You can have control literally through technology — somebody sitting in an office can be seeing how fast a train is going anywhere in the country if you put the right technology in there."

"So there's no excuse for a train going 80 in a 30-mile zone – there's just no excuse," he said.

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