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Leftist lawyer Victor Rabinowitz dies
Yahoo - AP ^ | 11/20/07

Posted on 11/21/2007 11:25:53 AM PST by Borges

NEW YORK - Victor Rabinowitz, a lawyer who represented leftist causes and clients such as Alger Hiss, the Black Panthers, Fidel Castro and Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin, has died at 96.

Rabinowitz died Friday at his Manhattan home, his longtime law partner, Michael Krinsky, said Tuesday.

In a 1996 memoir, "Unrepentant Leftist," Rabinowitz said that he had been a member of the American Communist Party from 1942 — when the United States and the Soviet Union were wartime allies — until the early 1960s because it seemed the best way to fight for social justice.

Rabinowitz was the last attorney for Hiss, the American diplomat accused of spying for the Soviet Union and ultimately convicted of perjury in 1950 in one of the postwar era's most famous espionage cases.

"My father always felt that he was very ably represented by Victor Rabinowitz," said his son, Tony Hiss.

Rabinowitz began his career at the firm of Louis Boudin, a labor lawyer involved in radical politics. Rabinowitz opened his own practice in 1944 and Boudin's nephew, Leonard Boudin, joined him three years later. They worked together until Leonard Boudin's death in 1989.

Rabinowitz eventually represented Leonard Boudin's daughter Kathy, a member of the student radical group Weather Underground who pleaded guilty to murder for her involvement in a 1981 armored truck heist. She served more than 20 years in prison.

The firm's other clients included such liberal activists as singer Paul Robeson, Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Rev. Philip Berrigan, Pentagon Papers figure Daniel Ellsberg and civil rights leader Julian Bond.

In 1960, Rabinowitz's firm was hired by Castro to defend the Cuban government's nationalization of U.S.-owned property. Rabinowitz won by arguing that U.S. courts should not question the internal affairs of other countries.

In a case that went to the Supreme Court, Rabinowitz unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of a legal provision that forced labor leaders to swear that they were not Communists.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: lawyers; obituary; rabinowitz
Surprised I missed this one yesterday.


In this May 22, 1968 file picture, Dr. Benjamin Spock, center, talks with his lawyers, Victor Rabinowitz, left, and Leonard B. Boudin, right, outside Federal Court in Boston during the noon recess of his trial on charges of conspiring to counsel young men to evade the draft.
1 posted on 11/21/2007 11:25:53 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
In other words, Alger Hiss' lawyer was an ardent Communist who specialized in representing Communists and who worked for the Communist government of Cuba.

But Hiss' children still maintain that he was not a Communist.

OK.

2 posted on 11/21/2007 11:28:22 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: Borges

Nice Marx-beard he spotted.


3 posted on 11/21/2007 11:29:46 AM PST by SolidWood ("I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.")
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To: wideawake
A lawyer who is a committed Communist? There's a joke there somewhere, I'm sure.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 11/21/2007 11:31:38 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Borges

I cheered when Kuntzler died, so why not this guy?


5 posted on 11/21/2007 11:33:14 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Borges

A leftist lawyer who defended any and everyone opposed to America. Can’t say he’ll be missed.


6 posted on 11/21/2007 11:34:44 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Borges
Rabinowitz said that he had been a member of the American Communist Party . . .because it seemed the best way to fight for social justice.

Oh dear. Rabinowitz: always wrong but never in doubt. May he rest in peace.

7 posted on 11/21/2007 11:35:05 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw
He died peacefully in his bed. Unlike the millions shot out of hand in the Gulag for merely criticizing the Party and the Soviet state.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 11/21/2007 11:36:50 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: hsalaw

Why should he rest in peace? He only raised hell while he was alive and bit the hand of the country that gave him sanctuary and allowed him to prosper. I hope he gets no peace, only hard, constant labor of the type he helped doom hundreds of millions to in the gulags of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and China.


9 posted on 11/21/2007 11:46:21 AM PST by laconic (ence)
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To: Borges

Joining the endless hoards of crooked lawyers in hell.


10 posted on 11/21/2007 11:46:57 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (“If a tax cut increases government revenues, you haven’t cut taxes enough.” –Milton Friedman)
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To: Borges
Leftist lawyer Victor RaBentoWits dies...

Well, it's a start...

11 posted on 11/21/2007 11:52:03 AM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: laconic

Bingo...


12 posted on 11/21/2007 11:52:53 AM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: Borges

I’ve never figured out why these commies live so long.


13 posted on 11/21/2007 11:56:55 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua

Because life after death for them is the end. Little do they know...


14 posted on 11/21/2007 12:01:21 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: FormerACLUmember

>> Joining the endless hoards of crooked lawyers in hell.
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A fence bordering both Heaven and Hell was in need of repair. Hell sent Heaven a memo, stating: “Based on our extensive legal counsel, we conclude that repair of the fence is entirely Heaven’s responsibility.

Heaven sent a memo back, “Having no access to legal counsel, we accept responsibility.”


15 posted on 11/21/2007 12:22:11 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Retire Ron Paul! Support Chris Peden (www.chrispeden.org))
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To: Nervous Tick

A bishop died and went to Heaven. After he checked in, St. Peter showed him to his new accomodations, a 10x10 concrete cell with a single bare lightbulb hanging over a cot. Then a cardinal appeared at the Pearly Gates and was brought to his new quarters, an identical 10x10 concrete cell. Not long after, a lawyer arrived in Heaven and was shown his new accomodations, a 6,000 square foot estate on 2 acres of clouds, with a pool, jacuzzi, and sauna.

The bishop and cardinal were furious and complained to St. Peter, “We’ve devoted our lives to God, and we are given tiny barren rooms! But the lawyer got a luxurious place!”

St. Peter explained, “We get bishops and cardinals up here all the time. But this is special. We’ve never had a lawyer before.”


16 posted on 11/21/2007 12:26:07 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (“If a tax cut increases government revenues, you haven’t cut taxes enough.” –Milton Friedman)
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To: Borges

a good muslim no doubt


17 posted on 11/21/2007 12:27:10 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: FormerACLUmember

:-)

As the lawyer woke up after surgery, he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn?

The nurse answered, “There’s a big fire across the street, and we didn’t want you to think the operation was a failure.”


18 posted on 11/21/2007 12:28:35 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Retire Ron Paul! Support Chris Peden (www.chrispeden.org))
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To: Borges
Rabinowitz died Friday at his $10 million Manhattan home

Communism sure pays for those pigs that are more equal than others...

19 posted on 11/21/2007 12:44:28 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Borges

No relation to Dorothy Rabinowitz, I presume.


20 posted on 11/21/2007 1:05:53 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Borges

For what it’s worth, I was friendly with Rabinwitz’s son Peter and daughter Joan when growing up in the 1950’s. They were far left in high school. I don’t know what became of Joan.

Peter and his wife Nancy both teach at Hamilton College. Nancy was involved in an outrage a few years ago when she invited a terrorist convicted of bombings and other crimes to be a part of an “artist and activist in residence” program.


21 posted on 11/21/2007 1:39:49 PM PST by december12
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To: Borges

Dr. Spock. I actually voted for him for President in 72 as a protest vote because no way could I vote for McGovern and I despised Nixon but knew he would win. If there was a chance that McGovern would win I would have held my nose and voted for the Dick.


22 posted on 11/21/2007 1:46:17 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: december12

Did you argue politics? Ever get to the crimes of Stalin?


23 posted on 11/21/2007 2:27:44 PM PST by secretagent
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To: Borges

Pity.


24 posted on 11/21/2007 4:16:37 PM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: TruthWillWin

I have to ask, what did you hold when you voted for Spock?


25 posted on 11/21/2007 4:51:41 PM PST by bleach
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To: bleach
"I have to ask, what did you hold when you voted for Spock?"

His ears ?

26 posted on 11/21/2007 6:11:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: bleach

A bottle.


27 posted on 11/21/2007 9:34:32 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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