Law: The Lawyer of Last Resort

Proudly overzealous, Alan Dershowitz fights the "cheat elite"

When Claus von Billow appeared in Newport, R.I., last week to hear himself sentenced to 30 years in prison, he had a new lawyer on his team, a slight, bespectacled fellow with reddish brown, frizzy hair, seen by some as a cross between Woody Allen and Bozo the Clown. But Von Bülow knows that Alan Dershowitz, 43, is no joke. He got the Harvard law professor out of bed at 7 a.m. six weeks ago to ask him to handle his appeal. Why Dershowitz? To be sure, he is smart, energetic and an expert...

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