America Takes Down Osama bin Laden’s Lawyer

stan_edited-1Osama bin Laden’s lawyer didn’t live in a cave in Afghanistan. Like so many terrorist lawyers, he was a New Yorker. His law office, which has seen more terrorists and their files pass through it than an Afghan cave, sits above a Muslim 99 cent store that offers discounted napkins, sandals and toasters, and is a four-minute drive away from the World Trade Center.

Stanley Cohen has never been shy about fighting what he believes in. And what he believes in is murder.

“If I don’t support the politics of political clients, I don’t take the case,” he once said. A few weeks after September 11, he said, “If Osama bin Laden arrived in the United States today and asked me to represent him, sure I’d represent him.”

Osama bin Laden never did arrive in the United States, though perhaps one day pieces of him will wash up on a California beach, and his wannabe lawyer had to settle for representing his son-in-law, who, after September 11, had appeared in a video threatening that “the storm of planes will not stop.”

Neither Stanley Cohen nor his client were able to make good on their threats. And in a twist, Stanley Cohen may end up with a prison sentence before the Al Qaeda spokesman whom he represents.

Al Capone didn’t go down for any of the murders he committed. Instead he was put away for tax fraud. Now Stanley Cohen faces a maximum of twenty-five years locked away in prison with the terrorists, murderers and rapists whom he has spent a lifetime defending both in and out of court.

Like so many leftists, Cohen began as a community organizer. Then he joined forces with another terrorist lawyer, Lynne Stewart, to defend Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground. Stewart was put away for passing messages from the Blind Sheikh, the leader of a Muslim Brotherhood splinter group, whose followers carried out the World Trade Center bombing and plotted further attacks.

Cohen became Stewart’s lawyer but couldn’t save his partner from a ten-year jail sentence for providing material support to terrorists. Now he may end up joining her behind bars.

Stanley Cohen was eager to be depicted as an honorary terrorist, showing off photos with Hamas leaders and boasting about his close connections to the mass murderers. Like a mob lawyer who imagines that defending goombahs makes him one, Stanley Cohen liked to pretend that he was one of the Hamas gang, defending suicide bombings and bragging about his bodyguards and reception in Gaza.

Cohen didn’t just defend Muslim terrorists. He advocated their views loudly and vehemently. He befriended them and then he tried to live like them.

In 1981, Kathy Boudin and other May 19th Communist Organization members had participated in the Brinks bank robbery, stealing $1.6 million and murdering two police officers and one guard. Stanley Cohen conducted his own private robbery by not reporting over $3 million in income over 5 years. It was a more successful robbery than Boudin pulled off. But like Kathy, Stanley eventually also got caught.

Last year, Stanley Cohen had been indicted for evading taxes on a mere $10,000. Now the total has passed $3 million and may still keep climbing as investigators pore through his financial shenanigans.

The indictment reveals Cohen’s utterly brazen disregard for the law. While taking in over $500,000 a year, he filed tax extensions, but did not file a tax return from 2005 to 2010. Instead he told clients to pay him in cash or wire money to his American Express card. He kept money in a safety deposit box near his other home in Jeffersonville, a mostly white village in upstate New York that is a far cry from his showy radical multicultural digs in the East Village.

Stanley Cohen’s massive defrauding of both the United States government and the State of New York began to collapse when he was charged last year with taking two cash payments of $20,000 from one client and $15,000 in Canadian money from another client. Before too long, investigators realized that these two incidents were not aberrations, but the usual way he did business.

As he has done all his life, Stanley Cohen played the victim while fulminating about government conspiracies. “Five years of this WITCH HUNT has produced this BOGUS charge,” Cohen shrieked after the original indictment and asked his supporters for donations. The post office box for his defense fund mysteriously goes to yet another small upstate New York village.

In response to the latest charges, Stanley Cohen declared, “It is no accident that one who has successfully defended the leadership of Hamas here and abroad, who has advocated on behalf of the members of Hezbollah and other liberation and anarchist and free speech movements… would find himself charged by the US government.”

“I am certain that they will result in a not guilty verdict,” Cohen added. A decade ago, he had told an interviewer, “I’ve been arrested on a good number of occasions ….but, as we say, inshallah” – Allah willing – “my record is perfect.”

It’s not perfect anymore. But the real question may be why did he think that he could get away with it?

Stanley Cohen spent so much time thwarting terrorist prosecutions that he came to believe that he was bulletproof. And if he really believed that the United States was a fascist state that locks up political opponents, his success at staying out of jail convinced him that if the government couldn’t stop him from defending terrorists, then it couldn’t stop him from cheating on his taxes.

That was his mistake.

The mob lawyer who crosses the line is excited by the romance of criminality. The radical lawyer who falls in love with revolution is driven by the romance of terror.

Stanley Cohen didn’t just want to defend terrorists. He wanted to be a terrorist. Instead he was stuck on the other side of the bars, his usefulness as an asset to Hamas or Al Qaeda depended on him staying on the right side of the law.

The terrorist lawyer with his showy radical digs on Avenue D, his unkempt hair and his snapshots with Hamas leaders, lived vicariously through the men he defended. And in his office, he kept a little secret, soliciting cash payments from the murderers who hired him and thrilling inwardly as he broke the law, not like the mass murderers he admired, but like the dirty little terrorist errand boy he was all along.

Stanley Cohen will never defend Osama bin Laden. Instead he will go away to a big prison near one of those upstate villages where he stashed the blood money that his murdering clients paid him.

And he will be locked up not for being a revolutionary or a terrorist… but for being a common thief.

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  • Anukem Jihadi

    Perhaps Stanley was being honest when he compared himself to a pig. Pigs are greedy. They can’t help it.

    • eleven blade

      he is doing his ‘thing’ on the
      watch ‘ of another “community organiser’ , he is not in jail yet!

      • Anukem Jihadi

        Yes, hopefully if convicted he will convert to a real gangster religion on the inside if he hasn’t already.


          I believe Stanley DID convert to the Religion of Peace.

          • Anukem Jihadi

            who would have guessed?

  • Hass

    It’s always good to see poetic justice served to those grotesque individuals who think they’re untouchable.

    • RoxanneRoxanadana

      Stanley Cohen may well be a tax fraud, but in defending foul people from the government he protected YOU & ME more than anyone else in the country. The rights of vicious thugs, such as the Mexican drug kings, are precisely those rights that are the most vital in terms of preventing dictatorship. Just check out the bill of rights to see who really counts. It’s monsters! Lest you think I’m kidding, consider two cases today. Mr. Morsi of Egypt is now being charged on trumped up murder charges. So is the doctor who got us Bin Laden. Like it or not, Mr. Cohen did good things in defending these persons.


        It’s one thing to defend in court.

        Another to agree with their fascist ideology.

  • truebearing

    Poor, pathetic Stanley. There is no one more pathetic than he who pretends to be bad, gets caught, and then cries a river over his plight. Suffer, Stanley, suffer.

    • PhillipGaley

      I would say that, your tender of pity is misplaced, . . . he’s simply undeserving, . . . he’s a creep, . . .

  • retired

    Could it be that this degenerate is related to the late,unlamented,Roy Cohen? What an evil Duo those 2 could have made!Perhaps Shakespeare had it right when he said “Lets kill all the Lawyers”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I assume you mean Roy Cohn.

      Rather doubtful. It’s a common last name.

  • Jerry G

    A much more heinous crime that Cohen committed was turning against his fellow religionists and joining those who want them slaughtered. The penalty for treason is death and that’s what Cohen deserves.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Do you think Cohen is unaware that he is regarded with hatred and contempt by other Jews?

      He doesn’t respect the Jews in the least, and is unconcerned, if not gleeful about their attitude.

      Cohen deserves everything he gets, of course.

      What is truly disconcerting is that we see Jews like Cohen with such frequency; persons who despise the Jewish community and provide energetic support to its worst enemies.

      Therein lies the great sickness, of which Stanley Cohen is just another symptom.

      • tidegateguy

        It is a serious misconception to refer to “the Jewish community”. There is no monolithic Jewish Community. There are observant religious Jews and their are ethnic Jews who are agnostic or atheist. Many (most?) of the agnostic and atheist are harmless and are virtually indistinguishable from other typical Americans.

        There are observant and secular Jews who admire Israel and are proud to be Americans, and there are Jews who think that Jewish Nationalism – Zionism / Israel – was a crime that undermined The International Movement and sabotaged world peace / Utopia / Communism. They subscribe to the notion that Capitalism is evil and Jewish people who reject their radicalism and support Israel are the root cause of the world’s ills.

        A small number of Secular Jews have been and continue to effectively wage war against Israel, America, and any other “fascists” who oppose global communism. They are extremely dedicated to their cause and in their minds, the ends justify the means.

        The latter is group is where Stanley Cohen fits in. Thank God that David and the people at FrontPage are fearlessly exposing misguided Jewish Anti-Semites like Stanley Cohen.

        • Michael Garfinkel

          I don’t subscribe to the idea that because Jews are often dissimilar in their views that there is no such thing as a Jewish community. Now does the use of the term “Jewish community” imply the term “monolithic.”

          However, I can be more specific: Stanley Cohen, and others like him on the Left, despise bourgeois values, which seem to be irretrievably associated with being Jewish. This is a misconception of course, but it’s there.

          At a deeper level – and here is where I will probably lose everyone’s attention, Cohen and his ilk are in fact “the evil sons,” who have turned their back on God and the Jews.

          There is plenty of this going around. Stanley Cohen stands out because he took such pleasure in sticking his thumb in your eye.

          Then again, here in New York, there’s no Governor Spitzer or Mayor Weiner, is there?

          There is however, Sheldon Silver and Charles Schumer, alas.

          I’m afraid the Jews will have to do better, if they hope to id themselves of the Stanley Cohen’s of the world.

          • Judahlevi

            Jews are not responsible for the likes of Stanley Cohen. There is no such thing as collective guilt. We are responsible for our own individual actions and may only be judged by them.

          • Michael Garfinkel

            Excommunication and refutation of “collective guilt” do not address the issue of what Cohen, and many others like him represent.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            They represent what happens when the egotism of the left overpowers all allegiances and loyalties and inverts them into a toxic hatred for one’s own people.

          • Michael Garfinkel

            Certainly the left provides a vast array of opportunities for perniciousness, but the problem has deeper roots, and extends back through several millenia.

            David Soloway has written eloquently about this.

            My earlier reference to Spitzer, Weiner, Silver, Schumer was misunderstood; I was suggesting that the appearance of widespread moral and ethical failure within a community in disarray, invites the contempt that empowers Stanlley Cohen, J Street, the BDS movement etc.

            I think one would be hard pressed to characterize American Jewry as not in a state of disarray.

            On a lighter note, I admire your work very much, and I applaud your efforts to stand against the tide.

          • RoxanneRoxanadana

            The tax fraud is assuredly criminal. Being a criminal attorney is an honorable & high calling, one of the most important there is.


            lynne stewart WAS a criminal attorney – but crossed the line in aiding the blind snake and his jihad.

            THAT is why she is in jail – for aiding and abetting terrorism.

          • DenisO

            She is in jail, not for aiding and abetting terrorism, but for violating the law involving prisoners and abusing the lawyer privilege oath and trust.

        • Judahlevi

          I agree that there is no “monolithic” Jewish community. In fact, I would not even consider Stanley Cohen as Jewish since he does not share our Torah values.

          You are not part of the chosen people (which implies no superiority whatsoever) if you don’t agree to the terms. You must have a ‘meeting of the minds’ to form a contract. If you don’t believe, you are not Jewish (in my opinion, not all rabbis).

          Stanley Cohen is just another secular terrorist-supporting thug who has nothing in common with the Jewish community. He is not part of my tribe.

          • tidegateguy

            I am not Jewish, but I know a good deal about Jewish History, I’ve corresponded with Jewish intellectuals (including Undergrounder Mark Rudd), and I’ve read the Jewish Mystique (by Van Den Haag) on the recommendation of a very intelligent and influential Jewish conservative whose opinions I respect.

            I have an appreciation for how/why so many Jews have been and continue to be attracted to politically radical causes. Kathy Boudin, Mark Rudd, and many other members of the Weather Underground were Jews – ethnic Jews – not religious Jews.

            It’s a little-known fact that three of the four people killed at Kent State in May of 1970 were Jews. The fourth victim – William Knox Schroeder (who was not Jewish) – was not a participant in the anti-war riot. Based on his resume’, he was probably heckling the protesters.

            I find Jewish radicalism fascinating… and deeply troubling. I have the highest regard and appreciation for Jews who emphatically reject it.

            I just wish there were more of the latter and fewer of the former.

      • Jerry G

        It is a sickness but unlike most sicknesses there seems to be no cure.

      • RoxanneRoxanadana

        Defending murderers is always like that, but that’s what defends us from dictatorship. Yes, if he is a tax fraud Mr. Cohen should go to jail, but he should be celebrated for having defended such awful persons as he defended. The same goes for Ms. Stewart, his partner. If she had not abused her legal position to commit crimes, she’d have been a very important person in terms of protecting OUR liberties.


          Again, there is a difference in defending someone in a court.

          Another in becoming a follower, a jihadi.

  • iluvisrael

    He should be put in a prison cell with that fat blind ‘sheik’ and become his prison wife.


      Or vice versa.

  • Horatio

    Last century, until the aftermath of WWII, the region called Palestine was recognized as the Jewish Homeland. Then, after Jewish Palestinians renamed themselves Israelis, perhaps this Cohen person is really and arab who took this as his cue to pretend he’s a Jew who supports murder and mayhem of the kind he’s pretending to be. To our minds he comes across as an arab pretending he’s a Jew much like the murderous Islamic invaders who burrow into Israel and rename themselves “palestinians.”

  • M2000

    The Karma Fairy will hit you where you least expect it….

  • Bklyn Farmer

    According to “The Local East Village” article by Annie Fairman dated October 22, 2012

    “Stanley Cohen is facing another court battle this week: he’s being told to pay real estate taxes or leave his longtime base of operations on Avenue D.

    On July 30, the outspoken attorney’s landlord, Hasa Realty, issued a five-day notice demanding that Mr. Cohen pay $45,780 by Aug. 8 or give up his home office at 119 Avenue D. In papers filed Aug. 14 in Civil Court, the landlord claims that the $4,500-per-month loft is being rented for commercial purposes, and is subject to real estate tax totaling $37,637 in 2011 and 2012.”

  • marineh2ominer

    Apparently , we need wanted dead or Alive posters on ALL community organizers in the United States .

  • EHeassler_USNRet

    Say goodbye, Stanley. You should look great in an orange jump suit. Just remember, the zipper goes in front, don’t drop your soap in the shower, and be sure to let the other prisoners know how much you hate your own country. They are going to love you in the big house.

  • ScarletPimpernel

    Stanley Cohen sounds irrational and mentally unstable.

  • Eddy J. Secco

    Cohen’s real punishment begins at the other side of death.

  • blert

    Why wasn’t he the attorney of record for Bernie Madoff?

    Jailbirds of a feather, and all….

    • Judahlevi

      Bernie Madoff was driven by pure greed. Stanley Cohen seems to have a mental disorder. They certainly deserve each other.

  • blert

    He may have it all invested in Bitcoins. (BTC)
    All in all, where did the money go?
    Was he actually running a money laundering/ terrorist money-wire service?
    Is he a compulsive gambler?
    He’s strange all the way around.

  • Terry Lester

    This Guy Needs to be prosecuted,,,but I hope in the trial the truth about bin Ladin Comes out,,,we all know how President Obama said we Got Him,,,with little or no proof,,,the body buried at sea,,,,no pictures and just our liar in chiefs word,,,even all members of seal team 6 are now dead,,,OH How Convenient,,,,but now it seems that some are saying that bin ladin dies in 2002,,,another source says 6-26-2006,,,,I remember the last time he was broadcast he was hooked up to a drip bag for kidney failure,,,or so they say,,,they claim that in 2010 they led CIA agents to Bin Ladins Boby where they opened the tomb abd confirmed it was bin ladin,,,,and if this was to come out it would completely kill Obama credibility,,,at least what he had left,,,and then it would raise serious questions about who killed seal team 6 ,,,and Obama’s involvement in it,,,,,,I just love it when they bring a sllezebag to justice,,,I love it even more when they expose the truth about things,,,especially when it exposes more of Obama’s lies

  • BradD99

    Pure evil = Stanley Cohen, Mondoweiss writers, Electronic Inifada writers, Max Blumenthal, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and pretty much anyone who supports any of the above.

  • BradD99

    I really, really hope Stanley Cohen winds up in prison, for a LONG time

  • Clyde Hudson III

    I’ve watched the media fawn on this shitbag for 30 years. If not ironic it is at least a pleasure to see him undone by one of the mechanisms the left holds so dear.

  • Clyde Hudson III

    Guess who’s gonna be on Obama’s pardon list in 2017

    • pfbonney

      Boy didn’t you hit the nail on the head.

      Even if he doesn’t, don’t think it didn’t cross his mind.

  • Nhóm Đào Tạo

    He should be put in a prison cell with that fat blind ‘sheik’ and become his prison wife.

    vé máy bay di Ðài Loan
    vé máy bay di Malaysia
    vé máy bay di Singapore

  • mcbee555

    I hope this guy is locked up for a long time, be he a common thief or terrorist lawyer. He’ll probably be going to a white-collar prison so whatever money he’s stolen may buy him some favors and he’ll be spared exposure to general prison population. He’s lucky he’s living in the USA.

  • Winghunter

    Where he’ll get out in 15 years professing peace and the Commie mainstream media will compare him to Nelson Madela – right??

  • Kepha Hor

    Had I a farm, I bet that Stanley Cohen, considering the exposure of a small-fry tax evader of small-government persuasion who just wanted a little more for his family and perhaps the church diaconal fund, would loudly decry the offender’s “lack of a social conscience”. I’m sure that Cohen is also all for the massive redistribution of other people’s wealth via a “progressive” social agenda. Yet here he is, committing the most capitalist of all crimes.

  • Ib4N8R

    did some of the cash go to hamas?

  • RoxanneRoxanadana

    Even the foulest individuals have a right to the best possible legal assistance. This principle is among the most important of all the protections we have against dictatorship. If Mr. Cohen is guilty, so be it; in general, however, he served justice by defending these fiends in court.

    • Stefan Kranzdorf

      A good lawyer can vigorously defend his clients in court without identifying himself with their “cause” or glorifying their crimes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    He should be car bombed. It’s the only reasonable and fair thing, according to the precepts of his own ‘beliefs’.

  • T

    Cohen is a Jewish name. He is a double traitor.