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Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Wants to Keep His Jewish Lawyer

The Jewish judge in the case is trying to dissuade him

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Stanley L. Cohen. (Bobby Williams)

What do you get when you combine a high-profile federal terrorism case with a Manhattan locale? A lot of unintentional hilarity.

So goes the case of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, who faces trial for reportedly conspiring to kill Americans. Following his arraignment, Abu Ghaith was assigned an experienced public defender, but decided he doesn’t want one. Who does he want instead? Stanley L. Cohen.

What’s all the hubbub about? Well….

But the handoff in Mr. Abu Ghaith’s case has been complicated by the fact that Mr. Cohen is under federal indictment in Syracuse and under federal investigation in Manhattan, a judge said in court last week. Mr. Cohen said the investigations were related.

The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, took Mr. Abu Ghaith through a series of questions to make sure he understood the potential risks and ethical conflicts that might result from hiring Mr. Cohen, because of the lawyer’s own legal difficulties. Mr. Cohen was charged with obstructing the Internal Revenue Service and failing to file certain reports regarding cash transactions. He has pleaded not guilty.

“You understand that if he is found guilty of those charges, he may be sent to jail?” Judge Kaplan said.

“Yes,” Mr. Abu Ghaith replied.

Cohen is what one might call an eccentric. Not only does he believe that the American government has declared war on him, but Cohen also has a record of representing clients in terrorism across the country, including a prominent Hamas leader in 1990s. In addition to the risk that Cohen might go to jail in the middle of representing Abu Ghaith, Cohen might also not be given the security clearance required to see classified materials in the case.

Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Seeks a New Lawyer, but There’s a Snag [NYT]

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Cohen is like Phil ( hitler should have finished the job ) Weiss. Or Max ( hezbollah boy toy ) Blumenthal. A piece of shit asshole

    cocopuf4u says:

    Sure doesn’t look like this Mr. Cohen is a kosher guy.

    Actually, that’s okay because he may not be able to look at any classified information which will definitely weaken his defense in court. The prosecution will have the advantage of convincing the Jury with their evidence.

Some news accounts are so fantastic that no fiction writer would put then in their novel.


    Miha Ahronovitz says:

    You demonstrated the inability to read a text properly in your wishful-thinking interpretation of Hannah Arendt statement about Eichmann.

Tyrone Oehme says:

See Jews are not Bad People. Here u have a shining example of the Jewish nature of helping some one in Distress enemy or friend.Hats off to Mr Cohen


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