Epstein Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Called for The Lowering of The Age of Consent

The infamous attorney defended an op-ed from the 90s where he also argued for the abolition of statutory rape

Infamous Jeffrey Epstein lawyer and regular Fox News guest Alan Dershowitz defended a controversial op-ed from the 1990, in which he called for the lowering of the age of consent to 16, and said that “statutory rape is an outdated concept” while arguing that there should be “Romeo and Juliet exceptions” to the current legal understanding of rape laws.

As recent documents were unsealed, revelations that Dershowitz was accused of having sex with an underage girl facilitated by Epstein amid the recent Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandals following Epstein’s former girlfriend and confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell, arrest by the FBI. One prominent accuser, Virginia Giuffre, claims that he was coaxed into having sex with the prominent lawyer at Epstein’s behest.

In the column, originally written for the LA Times in 1997, unearthed in a “hit piece” by the New Yorker, Dershowitz points out how “if a 16-year-old can choose abortion, she should be able to choose to have sex.”

He then broaches the prevalence of sexual encounters in girls before their 15th birthday, before arguing for a Constitutional case to lower the age of consent.

“It is obvious that there must be criminal sanctions against sex with very young children, but it is doubtful whether such sanctions should apply to teenagers above the age of puberty, since voluntary sex is so common in their age group,” Dershowitz writes.

Dershowitz then entertains lowering the age of consent to 14 years old, before offering a compromise of 15 with a staggered punishment increasing in severity with each subsequent year away from the revised age of consent.

Last year, when Epstein controversy was reaching fever pitch, Dershowitz came out in defense of his then 22-year-old op-ed.

“I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped,” he tweeted. “[If] a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex?”

He continued: “I challenge my readers to distinguish the cases, as a matter of constitutional law. I did not suggest that it is moral to have sex with a 16 year old, but rather that the issue presents a constitutional conundrum worthy of discussion.”

“I also pointed out that, statutory rape laws are applied quite selectively and often against young teenagers. That’s why I also say there are Romeo and Juliet exceptions. Lets debate not name call,” he added.

The controversial defense of the op-ed initially caused a stir on social media and mainstream publications such as The Boston Globe covered the tweets.

Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson recently grilled the Harvard Professor on a recent segment, but the criminal defense attorney maintains his innocence. In a tweet, he called for an investigation to be launched into his “false accuser.”

Dershowitz also wrote: “There are no new accusations against me in the documents I got unsealed. All her accusations were made in suits she filed years ago. They were false then and now, as shown by her emails and manuscript that prove I never met her.”



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