"I'm a pig. I'm a self-hating Jew. I'm a communist."
Israel is a "terrorist state," he says. Palestinians have no choice but to attack Israelis "by any means necessary," he says. Yes, that includes suicide bombings.
Who is this bearded supporter of jihad and what's he doing in a Lower East Side loft decorated with Syrian banknotes, a close-up photo of an AK-47 and his own mug shots? He is Stanley L. Cohen, Esq., defender of accused terrorists and possibly one of the most hated lawyers in this city.
He points proudly to a recent picture of him sitting side by side with Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas spiritual leader who cheers on the shrapnel-laden Palestinian bombers from his wheelchair in Gaza.
"I've been arrested on a good number of occasions - it comes with the turf - both before being a lawyer and since being a lawyer. But, as we say, inshallah" - Allah willing - "my record is perfect."
Manhattan attorney Stanley Cohen, whose clients included Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and Lynne Stewart, who was convicted for passing messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, was indicted Thursday for failing to report some $3 million in income, the NY Post reported.
The federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Stanley L. Cohen on five counts of failure to file individual income tax returns for the 2006-2010 tax years and one count of wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
According to NBC News, the government is accusing Cohen of receiving cash payments of “at least $500,000″ from his clients, as well as having them make wire payments directly to American Express to pay his card bills. The indictment also said Cohen stored cash payments in a safety deposit box, rather than depositing them in a bank account. He also deposited legal fees in his personal accounts, thus defrauding the state and the feds of income tax.
It's absolutely shocking that some of Stanley Cohen's clients would want to pay him off the books. Meanwhile Stanley Cohen was stupid enough to then hide the income.
This appears to be a separate case from the Federal indictment of Stanley Cohen for tax evasion last year
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges Cohen failed to file income taxes for six years from 2005-10, to report a cash payment of more than $10,000 and to maintain records or books of transactions.
Now we're up into the millions...
But maybe after representing left-wing radicals who thought of themselves as members of another country, Stanley Cohen took it to heart.
In the early 1980s, when he was still a law student, Cohen teamed up with attorney Lynne Stewart to defend a number of far-left radicals against state prosecution in New York. In one of their more high-profile cases, the pair together represented Kathy Boudin—a Weather Underground and May 19 Communist Organization member who had participated in the deadly 1981 Brinks robbery, a heist whose purpose was to acquire the funds needed to finance a war against “Amerikka” and establish a “Republic of Black Afrika” in the United States.
Sadly there is no Republic of Black Afrika. And Amerikka is hauling Stanley Cohen into court. Again.
Notably, Cohen has explained the rationale underlying his choice of clients. “If I don't support the politics of political clients, I don't take the case.” “Most of my clients [are] involved with struggle, many of them armed struggle,” he notes, proudly.
Unlike Cohen, who was involved in tax evasion and had to live vicariously through the terrorists.
For the sake of argument - and Cohen's life is all about argument - he will concede certain points. "I'm a pig. I'm a self-hating Jew. I'm a communist."
But while Stanley Cohen goes through his theatrics, real people die. Maybe the government will finally be able to put him away.
Cohen says, a distant cousin was killed by a Hamas bus bombing about six years ago, when he was representing Mousa Abu Marzook. She was 25, a graduate student.
He doesn't know his cousin's name. He'd never met her.
Her name was Rivka (Rebecca) Cohen. She was married and a teacher. When she was killed, she was struggling to conceive a child.
Cohen points proudly to a recent picture of him sitting side by side with Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas spiritual leader who cheers on the shrapnel-laden Palestinian bombers from his wheelchair in Gaza.
"Look at the noses and foreheads," he says.
"Who says we're not cousins?" He chuckles. "We're cousins!"