Roy Cohn
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Roy Cohn
Roy Marcus Cohn was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare. Cohn gained special prominence during the Army–McCarthy hearings. He was also an important member of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution team at the espionage trials of Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
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Poisonous Prose: Part One (of Two) - Family Security Matters
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The tone and agenda of the report reeks of pure McCarthyism, demonizing opponents in a manner that would have made Roy Cohn proud. For a report compiled for a wealthy think tank, with several co-authors, the poor quality of the writing is surprising
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Anti-Gay Indiana Lawmaker Who Paid Male Teen for Sex Resists Call from Speaker ... - Towleroad
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Gotta love the Roy Cohn approach. "I'm not gay, I just have sex with other men." Remember "straight" dudes' motto: as long as you didn't stick it in, you're not gay. Let me correct myself--the actual motto is "As long as _I_ didn't stick it in,
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MOVIES | "Passione" and "The Real American": Summer festival finds - Twin Cities Planet
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The film's international cast has British actor John Sessions as the farmer's son from Appleton, Wisconsin in his meteoric rise as populist demogogue; Justine Waddell as his wife Jean Kerr; and Trystan Gravelle as the abusive Roy Cohn
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Most Eligible Dallas Recap: Drama in the Big D - Wetpaint
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He's like the love child of Elaine Stritch and Roy Cohn (and if you're fabulous gay enough to know what I'm talking about, Tweet me — @JoeRoch y'alls! — because we should definitely bitch about things together). Anyway, Drew lives in a wall-to-wall
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Troupe gets mixed results with a small-scale 'Angels in America' - MiamiHerald.com
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Her needs, and Joe's determination to avoid acting on his desires, keep Joe from moving to Washington for a Justice Department job arranged by vulgar powerbroker Roy Cohn (yes, that Roy Cohn, the closeted McCarthy-era lawyer)
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'Angels in America: Perestroika' boasts fine performances at Theatre Downtown ... - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
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Picking up where “Millennium Approaches” left off, we continue to follow the lives of a group of people touched and ravaged by AIDS in the 1980s: Prior Walter, whose lover Louis couldn't handle it and walked out on him; the famed attorney Roy Cohn,
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Vibop! Review - Macworld
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More often than not, though, the finished product seems more reminiscent of Roy Cohn than the Coen Brothers. NewBlue can't help you improve the content of what you shoot, but its free Vibop app can make your videos look a little more polished
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Rendell lifts the curtain - Politico (blog)
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A few commentators criticized Mehlman for remaining closeted about his sexuality, with some, such as Michael Rogers and Joe Jervis, going so far as to award him a "Roy Cohn Award" and dubbing him a "Quisling Homophobic scumbag"
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Fox Doesn't Even Know Who They're Using To Smear Muslims - Media Matters for America (blog)
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... those "infiltrators" are going to start acting like nazi's any minute now. by tbone (July 25, 2011 1:27 pm ET) Paging Roy Cohn, Mr. Roy Cohn...please meet your party at the Fox News Carousel. by tbone (July 25, 2011 1:31 pm ET) Hello Mr. Cohn,
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Michael Medved's Stupid Lies About CA's LGBT History Bill - Queerty
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Lastly, he also asks if these LGBT lessons will include “figures from our past whose life and works reflect poorly on the gay community” asking “should [Roy Cohn] be excluded from class because his witch-hunting ways do nothing to promote gay pride?
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Old, Gay & Fabulous: A Memoir - Windy City Times
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He also built a successful career as a court reporter, capped by his work on the Roy Cohn disbarment case. If you are a movie or US history buff, this may be enough to hook you. As his title reveals, Sofronski has been around awhile, so his life story
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GOProud's Chris Barron Calls Bachmann's Views on His Sexuality a 'Side Show ... - Towleroad
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I guess there will always be Roy Cohn's. does Chris Barron have to worry that his GOP Mommy and daddy will right him OUT of the will? Is that why he's GOP? Maybe in the interum - he could ask them for money to get that UGLY KROOKED nose fixed....it
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Review: New Theatre Z troupe digs into power of emotionally agonizing 'Angels ... - Green Bay Press Gazette
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From the real world, Kushner draws Roy Cohn (Zach McLain), chief council of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the “Red Scare” era. “I have forced my way into history,” Cohn rants. “I am never going to die.” McLain is powerful as Cohn pushes, connives and coerces
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The sex scandals that changed history - Salon
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The interesting thing about that story is how Joe McCarthy tried to get back at Eisenhower because Eisenhower outed McCarthy's right hand man, Roy Cohn during the McCarthy hearings. McCarthy tried to get back at Eisenhower by telling the FBI about Kay
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The Fine Art Of Casting Hits On Broadway
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AN early step in creating a Broadway production -- and one of the most critical -- is the casting process. Directors and producers hire the actors, but it is usually the show's casting director who first finds them to audition and consider: Hollywood celebrities, theater veterans, performers who might act better than they sing (or sing better than
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What To Do When Fred Phelps Arrives in Your Neighborhood - Religion Dispatches
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I think of the smart people who created responses that “closet” him from view and of the dilemma of the closet as lived out by people like Roy Cohn. Dissent requires change. It requires action. It may require looking often and directly at things we do
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White House: Weiner scandal "a distraction" - CBS News
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... by greenlantern1 June 13, 2011 6:02 PM EDT I noticed that your list did NOT include Nixon, Harding, Either of the Bushes nor Hoover! by greenlantern1 June 13, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Didn't Senator Joseph McCarthy's aide, Roy Cohn, die of AIDS?
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Cohn
    FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    He died on August 2, 1986, in Bethesda, Maryland, of complications from AIDS at the age of 59.
    More Details Hide Details According to Republican political consultant Roger Stone, Cohn's "absolute goal was to die completely broke and owing millions to the IRS. He succeeded in that." He was buried in Union Field Cemetery in Queens, New York. A dramatic and controversial man, Cohn inspired many dramatic fictional portrayals after his death. Probably the most famous is his fictionalized role in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, in which Cohn is portrayed as a closeted, power-hungry hypocrite who is haunted by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg as he lies dying of AIDS, a disease the character insisted be called "liver cancer." In the initial Broadway production, the role was played by Ron Leibman; in the 2010 Off-Broadway revival by the Signature Theatre Company in Manhattan, the role was reprised by Frank Wood; in the HBO miniseries version of Kushner's play, Cohn was played by Al Pacino. Cohn is also a character in Kushner's one-act play, G. David Schine in Hell.
    In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for unethical and unprofessional conduct, including misappropriation of clients' funds, lying on a bar application, and pressuring a client to amend his will.
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  • 1984
    Age 57
    In 1984, Cohn was diagnosed with AIDS and attempted to keep his condition secret while receiving experimental drug treatment.
    More Details Hide Details He participated in clinical trials of AZT, a drug initially synthesized to treat cancer, but later developed as the first anti-HIV agent for AIDS patients. He insisted to his dying day that his disease was liver cancer.
  • 1979
    Age 52
    Vonnegut wrote in the novel's prologue that he had received verbal permission from Cohn, to whom he had promised in a January 1979 phone call to "do him no harm and to present him as an appallingly effective attorney for either the prosecution or the defense of anyone."
    More Details Hide Details Roy Cohn is mentioned in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." The nasal voice of the unnamed but recurring character Blue-Haired Lawyer on The Simpsons, often retained by Mr. Burns or acting as the prosecutor, is based on that of Roy Cohn. A mock Paul Harvey radio broadcast in The Simpsons episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" reports "that little boy that nobody liked grew up to be... Roy Cohn. And now you know the rest of the story." In "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo", another episode of The Simpsons, money management guru Chuck Garabedian explains that he got his suit cheap "because Roy Cohn died in it." Roy Cohn appears as a character in the 2007 novel Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon. Cohn is briefly mentioned in Michael Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay as one of protagonist Stanley Konigsberg's classmates at the Horace Mann School. In the novel, titular character Joe Kavalier performed at Cohn's bar mitzvah as a magician named "The Amazing Cavalieri."
    Kurt Vonnegut's 1979 novel Jailbird featured a character named Roy M. Cohn.
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    Cohn aided Roger Stone in Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1979–80.
    More Details Hide Details Cohn helped Stone arrange for John B. Anderson to get the nomination of the Liberal Party of New York, a move that would help split the opposition to Reagan in the state. Stone said Cohn gave him a suitcase that Stone avoided opening and, as instructed by Cohn, dropped it off at the office of a lawyer influential in Liberal Party circles. Reagan carried the state with 46 percent of the vote. Speaking after the statute of limitations for bribery had expired, Stone later said, "I paid his law firm. Legal fees. I don't know what he did for the money, but whatever it was, the Liberal party reached its right conclusion out of a matter of principle." Federal investigations during the 1970s and 1980s charged Cohn three times with professional misconduct, including perjury and witness tampering. He was accused in New York of financial improprieties related to city contracts and private investments. He was acquitted of all charges.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 49
    He was interested in power and access.” Stone worked with Cohn beginning with the Reagan campaign during the Republican Party presidential primaries, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Cohn and McCarthy targeted many government officials and cultural figures not only for suspected Communist sympathies, but also for alleged homosexuality. McCarthy and Cohn were responsible for the firing of scores of gay men from government employment, and strong-armed many opponents into silence using rumors of their homosexuality. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: "The so-called 'Red Scare' has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element... and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals."
  • 1975
    Age 48
    In this case in 1975, Cohn entered the hospital room of a dying and comatose Lewis Rosenstiel, the multi-millionaire founder of Schenley Industries, forced a pen to his hand and lifted it to the will in an attempt to make himself and Cathy Frank—Rosenstiel's granddaughter—beneficiaries.
    More Details Hide Details The resulting marks were determined in court to be indecipherable and in no way a valid signature.
    Several years later (in 1978) the Trump Organization was again in court for violating terms of the 1975 settlement; Cohn called the new charges "nothing more than a rehash of complaints by a couple of planted malcontents", Trump denied the charges, and there is no indication that he was found guilty.
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    Trump settled the charges out of court in 1975 without admitting guilt, saying he was satisfied that the agreement did not "compel the Trump organization to accept persons on welfare as tenants unless as qualified as any other tenant."
    More Details Hide Details The corporation was required to send a bi-weekly list of vacancies to the New York Urban League, a civil rights group, and give them priority for certain locations.
  • 1973
    Age 46
    Trump came to public attention in 1973 when he was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings.
    More Details Hide Details The government alleged that Trump's corporation quoted different rental terms and conditions to blacks and made false "no vacancy" statements to blacks for apartments they managed in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Representing Trump, Cohn filed a countersuit against the government for $100 million, asserting that the charges were irresponsible and baseless. The countersuit was unsuccessful.
  • 1971
    Age 44
    In 1971, businessman Donald Trump moved to Manhattan, where he became involved in large construction projects.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 36
    In 1963, Cohn was forced to resign from the company after losing a proxy fight.
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    In October 1959, Cohn and a group of investors stepped in and gained control of the company, having bought 200,000 of the firm's 700,000 shares, which were purchased by his syndicate from the Cowens and on the open market over a three-month period prior to the takeover.
    More Details Hide Details Under Cohn's leadership, Lionel was plagued by declining sales, quality-control problems, and huge financial losses.
    Cohn was the grandnephew of Joshua Lionel Cowen, founder of the Lionel model train company. By 1959, Cowen and his son Lawrence had become involved in a family dispute over control of the company.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 26
    Cohn invited his friend G. David Schine, an anti-Communist propagandist, to join McCarthy's staff as a consultant. When Schine was drafted into the US Army in 1953, Cohn made repeated and extensive efforts to procure special treatment for Schine.
    More Details Hide Details He contacted military officials from the Secretary of the Army down to Schine's company commander and demanded for Schine to be given light duties, extra leave, and exemption from overseas assignment. At one point, Cohn is reported to have threatened to "wreck the Army" if his demands were not met. That conflict, along with McCarthy's accusations of Communists in the defense department, led to the Army–McCarthy hearings of 1954, in which among other developments the Army charged Cohn and McCarthy with using improper pressure on Schine's behalf, and McCarthy and Cohn countercharged that the Army was holding Schine "hostage" in an attempt to squelch McCarthy's investigations into Communists in the Army. During the hearings, a photograph of Schine was introduced, and Joseph N. Welch, the Army's attorney in the hearings, accused Cohn of doctoring the image to show Schine alone with Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens.
    Convinced that the employment of homosexuals was now a threat to national security, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order on April 29, 1953 to ban homosexuals from obtaining jobs in the federal government.
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  • 1951
    Age 24
    Cohn played a prominent role in the 1951 espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
    More Details Hide Details Cohn's direct examination of Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, produced testimony that was central to the Rosenbergs' conviction and subsequent execution. Greenglass testified that he had given the Rosenbergs classified documents from the Manhattan Project that had been stolen by Klaus Fuchs. Greenglass would later claim that he lied at the trial in order "to protect himself and his wife, Ruth, and that he was encouraged by the prosecution to do so." Cohn always took great pride in the Rosenberg verdict and claimed to have played an even greater part than his public role. He said in his autobiography that his own influence had led to both Chief Prosecutor Saypol and Judge Irving Kaufman being appointed to the case. He further said that Kaufman imposed the death penalty, based on his personal recommendation. If the ex parte discussions between a prosecutor and a judge outside the courtroom actually took place, they were improper.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    After attending Horace Mann School and the Fieldston School, and completing studies at Columbia College in 1946, Cohn graduated from Columbia Law School at the age of 20.
    More Details Hide Details He had to wait until his 21st birthday to be admitted to the bar, and used his family connections to obtain a position in the office of United States Attorney Irving Saypol in Manhattan the day he was admitted. Although he was registered as a Democrat, Cohn supported most of the Republican presidents of his time and Republicans in major offices across New York. As an Assistant US Attorney in Saypol's Manhattan office, Cohn helped to secure convictions in a number of well-publicized trials of accused Soviet operatives. One of the first involved the prosecution of William Remington, a former Commerce Department employee who had been accused of espionage by KGB defector Elizabeth Bentley. Although an indictment for espionage could not be secured, Remington had denied his longtime membership in the Communist Party USA on two separate occasions and was convicted of perjury in two separate trials. Cohn also prosecuted 11 members of the American Communist Party Politburo for preaching the violent overthrow of the United States government, under the Smith Act.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Age 0
    Born on February 20, 1927.
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