Alan Dershowitz says a conviction in the Trump 'hush money' trial will change justice system forever

"It will mean that both sides will try to use the legal system as a way of winning elections," Dershowitz said.

Published: May 28, 2024 6:12pm

Updated: May 28, 2024 7:58pm

Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday that a conviction in former President Donald Trump's hush money trial would weaponize the justice system. 

"If there's a conviction here, it will change the justice system forevermore," Dershowitz said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "It will weaponize the system. It will mean that both sides will try to use the legal system as a way of winning elections."

Trump is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment involving porn star Stormy Daniels. 

The trial for the hush money case formally began last month, which made Trump the first former president to stand trial for an alleged crime. Closing arguments for the trial began this week and a verdict is expected in the coming days. 

"If there's an acquittal, maybe at least we can say the jury system works," Dershowitz said. "But if there's a conviction or even a hung jury, it will show that the prosecution benefits from bringing a case, which is no crime at all."

Dershowitz, who was in the New York courtroom, went on to criticize Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the Trump case. 

"I don't know the reason but it's obvious that he is not unbiased in this case," he said. "He wants a conviction."

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