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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Robert Morgenthau - Iconic Manhattan DA leaves a legacy of law & order

More at NY Daily News: “Morgenthau, now 89, mentored generations of lawyers who used his office as a launching pad: Lanny Breuer, an Obama administration nominee for the Department of Justice; ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer; state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo; John F. Kennedy Jr., and sex crimes prosecutor turned author Linda Fairstein.
His biggest cases ran the gamut from white-collar crime to cold-blooded murder:
1981 - John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to murder.
1987 - Subway gunman Bernie Goetz was convicted on weapons charges.
1988 - "Preppie Killer" Robert Chambers pleaded to manslaughter in a Central Park killing.
2000 - Mom-and-son grifters Sante and Kenneth Kimes were convicted of murder.
2005 - Tyco corporate crooks Dennis Kozlowksi and Mark Swartz were convicted.
"They were all memorable," Morgenthau said Friday, declining to name his most significant prosecutions.”

-- Now this is what people think of when they talk about "New York Lawyers"


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