Skip to comments.Attorney in notable radical cases dies in NY at 77
Posted on 03/24/2011 11:42:44 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Leonard Weinglass, an attorney who represented clients in high-profile political cases ranging from the Chicago Seven in the 1960s to the so-called Cuban Five in recent years, has died in New York City. He was 77.
Colleague Michael Krinsky says Weinglass died Wednesday night of pancreatic cancer.
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He spent his life fighting against the nation and culture he hated. RIP.
As Abbie Hoffman said: “Winegrass? That’s my favorite combination!”
Gone to his well-deserved reward, I hope.
Got some ‘splainin’ to do.
He’s now a People’s Commissar in Soviet Hell.
Say hello to Lenin & Stalin for us, wouldja Lennie?
Admitted to the practice of law in the States of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Maintains office for the practice of law in New York City at 6 West 20th Street, New York City, N.Y. 10011.
Of Counsel to the firm of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky and Lieberman of New York City.
Graduate of Yale Law School, class of 1958.
Captain, Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force, 1959-61.
1994: The defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, leading spokesperson for the African-American community and broadcast journalist, who was sentenced to death in 1982, He has been on death row in Pennsylvania for over a decade and is the only political prisoner on death row in the United States.
1994: Advisor to the Aburto family regarding the assassination of Presidential Candidate Colossio, who was allegedly killed at the hands of their son, Mario,in Tijuana, Mexico.
1994: The defense of 160 Americans who travelled to Cuba without the prior approval of the U.S. government and in defiance of the embargo.
1993: The defense of 200 students at Brown University who seized a building in protest over the University's policy of discrimination against the admission of poor students.
1993: The defense of Marjorie Peters, an aide to the first African American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, charged in a politically motivated prosecution brought by the Bush Justice Department.
1993: The defense of five Iranian nationals who seized and destroyed the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in protest over the bombing of an Iranian camp in Iraq.
1992: The defense of Peter Lumsdaine, an anti-nuclear war activist, who was charged with destroying a Navstar satellite, part of a first strike system, at a Rockwell International facility just prior to its being launched.
1992: The defense of Shawn Hellier, a gay rights political activist who opposed the war in the Persian Gulf and disrupted the victory parade in New York City.
1989: The defense of Juan Segarra Palmer III, an advocate of Puerto Rican independence who, along with 14 others, was charged with planning and receiving the proceeds of a 7 million dollar robbery from Wells Fargo.
1988: The defense of Katya Komisurak, an anti-nuclear activist, charged with destroying a computer at Vandenberg Air Force base which was part of a first strike weapons system.
1987: The defense of 7 Palestinians and a Kenyan who faced deportation from the U.S. as the result of political support for a Palestinian homeland, and specifically the PLO.
1987: The defense of Amy Carter charged with 15 other students at the University of Massachusetts with the seizure of a building in protest over CIA recruitment.
1987: The defense of Ron Kaufman, an anti-war activist, charged with having placed explosive devices in 9 banks around the U.S. to protest the war in Vietnam and racial injustice.
1986: The defense of Stephanie Stearn, together with Vincent Bugliosi, Esq. as co-counsel, who was charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of a couple on Palmyra Island in the Pacific.
1986: The defense of Spiver Gordon, a black political organizer and former associate of Martin Luther King, charged in Alabama with voter fraud as the result of organizing a voter registration drive.
1986: Consultant to the defense team representing Catholic clergy and lay leaders for giving sanctuary in Phoenix, Arizona to political refugees from Central America.
1995: The defense of Stephen Bingham, an attorney charged with smuggling a gun into George Jackson in his attempted escape from prison in 1971.
1984: The defense of Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground charged with the robbery of a Brink's truck.
1983: The defense of James Simmons, a Muckleshoot Indian from Oregon who faced the death penalty as the result of charges that he killed a guard at the Walla Walla prison in the State of Washington.
1982: The defense of Alvin Johnson, a Black inmate in the State of Georgia who faced the death penalty as the result of charges that be killed a prison guard at the Reidsville prison.
1982: The defense of Salpi Kozibiukian, an Armenian patriot, charged with being part of a conspiracy to plant a small explosive device at a freight terminal of Canada Airlines at the Los Angeles International Airport.
1981: The defense of Kiko Martinez, a Mexican American attorney and political activist charged with a series of attempted bombings in Colorado.
1980: The defense of Mark Loo, a Chinese-American member of the Communist Workers Party, charged with the attempted bombing of the National Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California.
1978: The defense of Paul Skyhorse and Richard Mohawk, two organizers for the American Indian Movement, charged with first degree murder in the longest trial in the history of Los Angeles, California to that point.
1977: The defense of the Atmore Holman Brothers, black inmates in Alabama who organized a prisoner's union, on charges of murder.
1976: The defense of Bill and Emily Harris, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army charged with the kidnap of Patricia Hearst.
1976: The defense of Chol Soo Lee, the only Korean on death row in the United States, in California.
1975: Represented Jane Fonda in her suit against Richard Nixon, et. al. for unlawful harassment and violation of her constitutional rights of free speech and assembly resulting from her public activities in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Brought on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
1974: The defense of 8 Vietnamese students who faced deportation from the U.S. as the result of their political activities in opposition to the war.
1973: The defense of Angela Davis who was charged with murder in connection with a shootout at the Marin County Courthouse in an attempted escape by inmates in California.
1972: The defense of John Sinclair, Chairman of the White Panther Party in Detroit, Mich. The case became U.S. v. U.S.District Court on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, a landmark decision prohibiting the government's use of electronic surveillance without a warrant.
1972: The defense of Anthony Russo who was charged with Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers trial for the release of classified documents on the history of U.S.-Vietnam relations.
1970: The defense of Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis in the Chicago Conspiracy Trial.
1969: Represented Kenneth Gibson who later became the first African-American mayor of Newark, New Jersey in a taxpayers suit which led to his candidacy and reclaimed the city's largest real estate asset.
1. Travelled to Cuba in 1968 as a guest of Fidel Castro.
2. Travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam in 1972 as a guest of the V.S./Vietnam Friendship Association.
3. Travelled to the West Bank in 1979 as the guest of the Arab American University Graduates Association.
4. Travelled to Iran in 1980 as a member of the Ramsey Clark delegation during the hostage crisis.
5. Travelled to El Salvador in 1982 to investigate the killing by goverment forces of a young American, Michael Kline. Later filed suit on behalf of his family.
6. Travelled to Nicaragua in 1985 with Ramsey Clark as a member of an official delegation of attorneys and lay leaders.
7. Travelled to the Philippines in 1986 to meet with recently released political prisoners.
8. Escorted Mr. Hsu, a leader of the dissident movement in Taiwan, in his attempted return to his country prior to national elections in December, 1986.
9. Observed a trial of political dissidents in Lisbon,Portugal as part of an international delegation in 1986.
10. Returned to the Philippines in 1987 with Ramsey Clark as part of an international fact finding delegation investigating political violence.
11. Returned to Vietnam in 1989 to observe the changes made in the 14 years since the war ended.
12. Lectured at the graduate law faculty in Shanghai, China and observed the demonstrations of the Democracy Movement in August, 1989.
13. Lectured at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi, Vietnam as an advisor to the government in 1991.
14. Lectured at the law faculty in Varonesch, Russia on American legal procedures in 1993.
15. Returned to Cuba representing a group of Americans who travelled there without governmental approval in 1994.
16. Observed a trial in Berlin, Germany of Turkish and Kurdish dissidents as part of an international delegation of human rights attorneys in September, 1994; reported to a human rights organization in Turkey.
Organized the Newark Law Collective in 1970.
Taught criminal trial advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School from 1974 to 1976.
Taught criminal trial advocacy at the People's College of Law from 1974 to 1975.
Elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice in 1976, an association of criminal defense attorneys.
Elected co-chairman of the international committee of the National Lawyers Guild
Selected as the first recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award in 1974.
Recipient of the Humanitarian Award for 1980 of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.
Recipient of Outstanding Achievement Award in 1994 by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
He’s now a People’s Commissar in Soviet Hell.
Say hello to Lenin & Stalin for us, wouldja Lennie?
To be buried, cremated, or flushed?
If God forgives him, that's between God and whineglass, if it were up to me, may he burn in hell.
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