I love Alan Dershowitz, however in this case he is outnumbered (Duane, Kasimar, Brand, off hand) and appears to be wrong. He has made two mistakes... first he seems to forget that Lerner was not a defendant but a witness, who can rightfully invoke the Fifth at just about any point in a trial or hearing. Second, what Lerner did speak at the hearing was a broad plea of innocence; she didn't open up any factual line of questioning, as Dershowitz says. After much reading on the matter I'm confident a judge will not see it Dershowitz's way. Now, this leads me to a separate question: why is it that all you sheep who constantly cry "tyranny!", "my liberty is being violated!", "the Second Amendment!" blah blah blah all of a sudden want to deny Ms. Lerner her Fifth Amendment rights? Like I've said, I'm no fan of Lois Lerner. I would have fired both her and David Shulman days ago, before yesterday's hearing. She is, though, entitled to justice, and any ambiguity in the law or in case precedent, whatsoever, should defer to her rights. I'm disappointed in Dershowitz; he should know better.
I'm not a legal scholar so I'll let the lawyers argue, that's what they are trained to do.
But I agree 100% with your last two paragraphs.
All of our amendments are equal and need to be protected, and these corrupt IRS officials need to be fired and the truth discovered as to what was going on and how many were directly and indirectly involved.
I'm glad you can see that Rex because if the POTUS, whethe rit be from my party or yours can use government to attack his politica enemies the way Nixon did; then we are all going to lose the rights we have. That is clear to me.
I think we need a special prosecutor and let him/her investigate and then let the chips fall where they may.