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Dershowitz says it was unconstitutional for Georgia grand jury to release report on Trump

'It's a terrible legal process,' Dershowitz said

Published: February 16, 2023 6:03pm

Updated: February 16, 2023 9:57pm

Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said it was unconstitutional for a Georgia judge to release parts of a Fulton County special grand jury report looking into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to challenge Georgia's 2020 election results.

"It's a terrible legal process," Dershowitz said on the Thursday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "The Constitution provides for the grand jury to be a safeguard against false indictment. It's in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution."

Five pages of the report, including its introduction and conclusion, were released following county Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney's order earlier this week.

Dershowitz said that legal decisions like this cause serious problems. 

"Grand juries' conclusions are not worth the paper they're written on," he explained. "They're only usually charging documents. It's a serious problem when grand juries make announcements like this without having given the opportunity of due process for those who they accuse."

Dershowitz explained that whether someone is Democrat or Republican, it should be an area of agreement that everyone is entitled to civil liberties. 

"You have to separate politics, whether you support or you don't support a candidate from all of us having our civil liberties denied, in the name of trying to get Trump," he concluded.

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