Alan Dershowitz in 2011. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Famed attorney and retired Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz says he's being "shunned" by former friends on Martha's Vineyard because of his perceived support for President Donald Trump.
Dershowitz is no stranger to unpopular opinoins--he was a member of the O.J. Simpson defense team, after all--but he says a defense he made of Trump's civil liberties has drawn some on the island to distance themselves from him. Speaking about the federal raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Dershowitz said on FOX News, "This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations. The deafening silence of the ACLU and civil libertarians about the intrusion into the lawyer-client confidentiality is really appalling."
Apparently, those words have some old friends of Dershowitz saying they won't attend any social gatherings to which he's invited. Dershowitz recounted that development in an op-ed for The Hill about the state of civil discourse. Dershowitz noted that he's a liberal Democrat who voted for and donated to Hillary Clinton and not a Trump supporter--but that he is "a neutral civil libertarian when it comes to the Constitution."
"But one good thing is that being shunned by some “old friends” on Martha’s Vineyard has taught me who my real friends are and who my fairweather friends were," he wrote. "From a personal point of view, I could not care less about being shunned by people whose views regarding dialogue I do not respect."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports