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Admittedly, the verb choice in the subtitle of Alan M. Dershowitz’s new book—Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000—seems inappropriate in the post-Sept. 11 zeitgeist. But what about the topic itself? According to the organizers of the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s weeklong Jewish Literary Festival, that’s the reason the attorney canceled his Oct. 21 appearance to talk about the book. Dershowitz’s lecture was to be the kickoff to this year’s event, and the organizers aren’t too pleased. “His answer was that he can’t justify speaking out against George Bush and the Supreme Court at a time like this,” says Brett Rogers, the JCC’s director of literature, music, and dance. “The next thing we asked him was ‘Why can’t you speak about a different topic?’ and he didn’t have an answer to that. We wanted him to come [and talk] about something else, but he didn’t want to.” Dershowitz says he initially offered the festival alternate dates but canceled all Supreme Injustice speaking engagements after Sept. 11. —Zack Phillips