June 24, 2005

Schwarzenegger refuses to act for Dershowitz

I know wags out there will say that Schwartzenegger refuses to act for everybody but this is serious. Alan Dershowitz has written to Governor of California, Arnold Schwartzenegger asking him to intercede with the University of California Press, who are trying to publish Norman Finkelstein's latest offering Beyond Chutzpah. He thought that Arnie had jurisdiction over the Uni and, who knows? maybe he has. But he didn't want to use it if he does
Schwarzenegger, showing unusual wisdom, declined to act. The governor's legal affairs secretary wrote Dershowitz, "You have asked for the Governor's assistance in preventing the publication of this book," but "he is not inclined to otherwise exert influence in this case because of the clear, academic freedom issue it presents." In a phone interview Dershowitz denied writing to the Governor, declaring, "My letter to the Governor doesn't exist." But when pressed on the issue, he said, "It was not a letter. It was a polite note."
Tsk, tsk. More lies from Dershowitz. Why am I not surprised? Anyway, more later.


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