“We believe his role in no way warrants any sanction or will be upheld on appeal if the court orders it,” Dennis Wilenchik said in an email.
Retired Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz says he wasn’t really part of the legal team representing Kari Lake and Mark Finchem in a federal lawsuit to ban voting machines in Arizona last year.
Now, nine months after his name first appeared on the failed lawsuit, the 84-year lawyer says he shouldn’t be punished for it.
Dershowitz told the court he was merely a consultant in the case and should not face any financial sanctions the judge is considering against other lawyers in the case.
“He did not participate in the drafting of the complaint or in any investigation,” Dershowitz’s lawyer said in a Dec. 29 motion arguing against making him pay attorney fees. “His only role was as a legal consultant — a role that he has served in for numerous cases.”
Dershowitz never met Lake or Finchem and did not work for them, according to the filing. He was instead hired by another lawyer in the case to provide advice on the constitutional issue of whether voting machine companies can withhold information from the public on the inner workings of equipment.
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