"Abuse Excuse"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 7 11:01:28 UTC 1999

On Sat, 7 Aug 1999, James E. Clapp wrote:

> I have long been curious to know whether Alan M. Dershowitz coined this or
> was merely using a phrase that had been around a while when he wrote his
> book _The Abuse Excuse_ [full title: _The Abuse Excuse And Other Cop-outs,
> Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility_] (Little, Brown, 1994).

It seems pretty clear from a Nexis search that Dershowitz coined the term.
The earliest hit is in a transcript of CBS This Morning, Jan. 14, 1994, in
which Dershowitz used _abuse excuse_ while discussing the Menendez case.

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