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In Praise of Fair-Minded Liberals

The indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry is a travesty of justice. The Wall Street Journal has an outstanding editorial explaining why. But I also want to give a tip of the hat to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who said in an interview that he was “outraged” over the indictment of Perry on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

The indictment is, Dershowitz told Newsmax.com, politically motivated and an example of a “dangerous” trend of courts being used to alter the results of the ballot box.

“Everybody, liberal or conservative, should stand against this indictment,” Dershowitz said. “If you don’t like how Rick Perry uses his office, don’t vote for him.”

That is exactly right. The case against Perry is stunningly weak and partisan. Jonathan Chait, another liberal who is looking at this matter fairly, explains why here.

It’s rare these days that people of one political ideology defend those who hold another. That’s what Professor Dershowitz and Mr. Chait are doing, and they deserve credit for having done so.



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One Response to “In Praise of Fair-Minded Liberals”

  1. DAVID THOMSON says:

    One should perhaps be a bit more cynical concerning the motives of Lanny Davis and Jonathan Chait. The widely seen videos of the drunk prosecutor are causing nightmares for national Democrats. Middle of the road voters most assuredly support Rick Perry! Astute Democrat strategists want this story off the front pages ASAP. It’s too close to Election Day.




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