Stanley Cohen defends people who Americans may think are undeserving of things like due process. One notable character is Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son in law. Cohen is known as the “Hamas attorney” because he has represented the party since 1995. While he is one of the most controversial attorneys in the US because of his representation of a group that the US has designated as a terrorist organization, he is about to go to prison for the almost mundane crime of obstructing and impeding the administration of tax laws and failing to report $3 million dollars in income.
Cohen wasn’t charged with tax evasion, but rather for not filing his taxes with the IRS from 2005 to 2010, failing to keep records and not reporting large cash payments. You can see what Cohen has to say on his website. He believes the case against him is politically motivated because he has been indicted on rare charges. New York Executive Assistant US Attorney John Duncan, who co-represented the government’s case against Cohen in the Northern District of New York, was unable to comment on how many others have been indicted on the same charges. Read more about this story at Al Jazeera America.