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Lawyer Who Represented Terrorism Clients Calls His Tax Indictment a ‘Witch Hunt’

Posted Jun 20, 2012 7:17 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York lawyer who has represented terrorism suspects is blasting a federal indictment against him as an attempt to silence him.

Stanley Cohen, 59, was accused of failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2010, report the Associated Press and the Syracuse Post-Standard. The indictment also accuses Cohen of trying to avoid reporting requirements for cash payments of more than $10,000 from two clients, the Post-Standard says.

Cohen called the charges a “witch hunt” in an interview with the Associated Press. "This is the culmination of at least five years of harassing me, of seeking to silence me," he told AP.

Among his clients was now-disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted for providing material support to terrorists by passing messages from an imprisoned sheikh to his followers.

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