An Open Letter to Alan Dershowitz
First, a concession. Yeah, we agree it’s pretty strange how the Feds nabbed Eliot Spitzer. It is now “routine” for the IRS to look into how a multi-millionaire spends a few thousand dollars? Alan, you nailed the point yesterday in your WSJ Op-Ed: Federal law criminalizes all sexual encounters, so a vindictive prosecutor can make a crook, a la the KGB, out of almost any man.
But, because your defense of your former law student is so well chronicled, we beg you, esteemed sir, to stop with the woe-is-Eliot routine, because it’s starting to become poor form and, well, because this story just won’t die.
The new development: Spitzer might have used public money for his ladies of the night. We again admit that this seems rather witch hunt-y, until you read this fact.
A Congressional staff member said that Mr. Spitzer’s appearance before a House subcommittee on Feb. 14 came at his request, not theirs. Mr. Spitzer traveled to Washington the night before and engaged, according to an affidavit filed in federal court, in a tryst with a 22-year-old woman at the Mayflower Hotel.
So if he used public money to go to D.C., and used, once there, a cover story of testifying before Congress, Spitzer no longer seems such the man of moral rectitude. Which brings us back to you.
Alan, you’ve got to stop talking. The slight blame-the-victim implications of your tirades are one thing. But if you keep this up, it won’t be long until someone points out your hypocrisies. Or, worse still, it won’t be long until an overzealous government agent starts doing a “routine” background check into your past. And, Alan, believe us, no one wants to know that.