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Record turnout expected
The Nassau County Democratic Committee fall dinner Monday night will be the biggest ever, with more than 1,050 tickets sold and walk-ins expected. The event is headlined by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Party chair Jay Jacobs said the fall dinner usually maxes out at 450 tickets. He attributes the high volume to overall enthusiasm among the party faithful and others who are betting the New York State Senate will flip to the Democrats. The total number of tickets sold might even exceed that of the party’s spring fundraisers — usually its biggest event.
Besides Cuomo, other candidates who will be at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury are Letitia James, who is running for attorney general, congressional incumbents Tom Suozzi and Kathleen Rice, and almost all of the State Assembly and Senate candidates. Unsurprisingly, Kirsten Gillibrand, the incumbent U.S. senator on the ballot, will not be there.
Jacobs said the party should clear $500,000, some of which will fund the party’s effort for control of the State Senate in the closing days of the campaign.
Mock trial gets Biblical
On Sunday, it was Alan Dershowitz for the prosecution in the case of “The People vs. Noah,” held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Dershowitz, usually a defense attorney, argued animatedly for the prosecution during the trial of Noah — the biblical hero who built an ark, saving himself, his family and multiple pairs of animals. Dershowitz told a jury the defendant was “complicit in crimes against humanity,” a “co-conspirator” who was “responsible for the actions of everyone in the conspiracy.”
Dershowitz argued that Noah should have done more to stop God from flooding the Earth, and should have warned his neighbors about their impending doom.
“People have a duty to act,” Dershowitz said, arguing later that God could be considered an “unindicted co-conspirator.”
Sound familiar? Dershowitz, a familiar talking head on cable TV, has at times been a strong defender of President Donald Trump and a critic of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Noah’s defense attorney, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, accused Dershowitz of “prosecutorial overreach” and said Noah did nothing wrong. Lieberman cited Dershowitz’s book, “Trumped Up,” and quoted Dershowitz himself, who has said that a special counsel can “find evidence to manufacture crimes against anybody.”
That, Lieberman argued, was what happened to Noah, too.
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey presided as judge.
There was a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the whole thing, and the crowd of 1,700 jurors often laughed at comments that clearly seemed to be about far more than Noah and the ark. But when it came down to their verdict, they were clear: Noah was declared not guilty, a victory for Lieberman.
Randi F. Marshall
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