Law: Cohn Ko'D

A tough guy gets the boot

To his enemies he has been almost literally the devil's advocate, the ruthless attorney who made his name as the whispering aide to Senator Joe McCarthy during the anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s. To his friends and clients, including politicians, mobsters and plutocrats of every description, he is the ultimate courtroom fighter.

Last week Roy Cohn, 59, found himself on the losing side of what may have been his most crucial legal battle. A five-judge panel of the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court ordered him disbarred. Ruling on four charges by a state disciplinary panel, the judges...

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