Dershowitz Says Bannon’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Conviction Will Be Overturned

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“Number one, he didn’t have a jury. Number two, the judge took his defenses away from them,” liberal lawyer claims.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s “unconstitutional” contempt of Congress conviction will be overturned on appeal, according to liberal constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Dershowitz said in a Newsmax appearance Saturday that Bannon’s conviction by a DC jury was “entirely predictable and entirely in violation of the Constitution.”

“The only provision of the Constitution which appears basically twice is trial by jury, in and in front of a fair jury,” Dershowitz told host Greta van Susteren. “Number one, he’s not – he didn’t have a jury. Number two, the judge took his defenses away from them.”

“The judge denied him a jury trial. They wouldn’t allow him to put it on evidence that he believed that there was an executive privilege involved and he wanted a judicial determination before he violated the executive privilege. That issue could not be presented to the jury.”

“So as I predicted on this show, on other shows before, the conviction was a foregone conclusion. The only issue is will it be reversed by appeal, either by the appellate court in the District of Columbia or by the Supreme Court?” he said. “I think it’s very likely that this conviction will be reversed at some point.”

Dershowitz argued that charging people with contempt of Congress when the question of whether he would have violated executive privilege by complying with a subpoena hasn’t had a judicial determination is “a major constitutional issue.”

Bannon was convicted on two contempt of Congress charges Friday, which carry a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

Bannon’s lawyer David Schoen delivered a similar analysis as Dershowitz following the verdict, saying his client has a “bulletproof appeal.”

“You will see this case reversed on appeal. You will see all of these resources– three federal prosecutors, four FBI agents– for a misdemeanor are being wasted,” Schoen told reporters Friday.

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