July 14, 1985 |
A lawyer's disciplinary committee has recommended disbarment for flamboyant attorney Roy Cohn, whose career has seen him at the side of people from Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy to reputed mobster Carmine Galante, the New York Daily News reported Friday. The committee, which found Cohn, 58, guilty of professional misconduct, will make its recommendation to the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court within one week, the report says.
August 16, 1992 |
James Woods is stuck in fast-forward again. Wide-eyed, excited, involved and talking faster than most people should try to think, he is darting around in a movie gear-cluttered office inside this city's main Carnegie Library. Woods is rehearsing a scene from "Citizen Cohn," an HBO bio-movie about Roy Cohn, the surly chief counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy who became a national household name and baby-faced pariah of America's left wing during the televised Army-McCarthy hearings of 1953-54.
August 3, 1986 |
Roy Marcus Cohn, revered and reviled ever since he served as Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's chief inquisitor in the bitter hunt for communists in the l950s, died Saturday of complications stemming from AIDS. He was 59. Cohn, a high-priced New York lawyer until his recent disbarment, died at 6 a.m. at the clinical center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., a Washington suburb, where he was undergoing treatment, according to Irene Haske, chief of the center's communications.
March 18, 1988 |
Sooner or later, Roy Cohn's biographer said, still shaking his head after 18 months and 500 pages of grappling with this very issue, it comes down to this: How could a man "so morally repugnant" get away with it? How could Cohn court, and win, the rich, the powerful, the influential? How did a 25-year-old lawyer rise to become general counsel to America's chief communist chaser, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, then survive to prosper long after McCarthy's fall? How did Cohn seduce the press?
August 2, 1992 |
Actor Ron Vawter thinks of Roy Cohn and Jack Smith as chameleons: men who changed the color of their skin to avoid being eaten. Cohn was a powerful right-wing lawyer who rose to prominence as the hatchet man for Joseph McCarthy, the redbaiting U.S. senator who bullied the political Establishment in the '50s. Smith was a performance artist whose 1962 avant-garde film "Flaming Creatures" featured cavorting drag queens. But what made these two "chameleons" vulnerable was their homosexuality.
February 2, 1986 |
Once again, it was as much a New Year's Eve event as the annual dropping of the brightly lit ball at Times Square. Limousines double-parked outside the elegant Upper East Side six-story town house. The parade of tuxedos and ball gowns through the thick oak doors easily rivaled a Hollywood premier. Champagne flowed freely--and so did tears when the thin, haggard-looking 58-year-old host slowly rose to speak.