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Roy Cohn

Renowned Attorney. Born in New York in 1927, Cohn graduated from Columbia Law School at 20, passed the bar at 21, and rose to become the youngest assistant U.S. attorney at the time. The case that launched his career was the 1951 trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, accused of leaking atomic secrets to the Soviets. Cohn was one of four attorneys who successfully prosecuted them for treason. As chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting U.S. Senate permanent investigations subcommittee (1953-54), he was an often celebrated, often denigrated national figure to became a household name in the era. Over the next 30 years, Cohn built a high-powered law career in New York City. Between 1963 and 1971, however, he was indicted three times for crimes such as perjury and witness tampering. Cohn was acquitted in each case, but in the 1980s, further allegations of unethical conduct finally led to disbarment, just weeks before he died of AIDS-related complications on August 2, 1986. His clients included Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, boss of New York's Genovese crime family; Carmine (Lilo) Galante, boss of New York's Bonnano crime family; and several members of the Gambino crime family including Thomas and Joseph Gambino, Carmine Fatico, Angelo Ruggiero, and John Gotti.

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  • Added: 16 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21562
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roy Cohn (20 Feb 1927–2 Aug 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21562, citing Union Field Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .