Alan Dershowitz on Pelletier Case: “This is a Horrible Abuse of Human Rights, of Civil Liberties, and I’d Like to Help Out, Too.”


Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is offering to help the parents of Justina Pelletier regain custody of their daughter, saying “The law of Massachusetts is clear; when you have a conflict in medical opinion . . . you allow those conflicts of medical care to be resolved by the parents . . . And the gag order is clearly unconstitutional.”

Alan Dershowitz offers to help #FreeJustina, says law is CLEAR and on the side of the parents (The Right Scoop)
Prominent Attorney Alan Dershowitz Says He’d ‘Like to Help Out’ Parents of Justina Pelletier in Custody Battle (The Blaze)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Amazing and important. While I am hardly an admirer of Dershowitz in general, he is no doubt a very prestigious and competent lawyer, and also likely to push issues that come close to what the real issue is: the unconstitutional power that psychiatry has been given by the state and country to violate people’s rights.

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