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Alan Dershowitz blasts legal double standard after special counsel declines to charge Biden

"You can't have two different laws for similar acts," Dershowitz said.

Published: February 8, 2024 8:39pm

Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Thursday derided what he perceived to be a double standard in the justice system following special counsel Robert Hur's decision not to charge President Joe Biden over his handling of classified materials, a move he contrasted with special counsel Jack Smith's case against former President Donald Trump.

"I'd like the decision not to prosecute Joe Biden if it was followed by a prosecutorial decision not to prosecute Donald Trump," Dershowitz said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. 

Hur released a report on Thursday that concluded Biden willfully kept classified documents from his time as vice president and shared them with an author. He was further found to be aware he had them as far back as 2017.

Dershowitz speculated that many former office holders provided classified materials to ghost writers to help with writing biographies.

Hur declined to recommend charging Biden due to the president's age and poor memory. Trump, meanwhile, is currently facing criminal charges over his storage of materials found in his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

"You can't have two different laws for similar acts," Dershowitz said. "You have to have one single standard of justice."

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