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                                    RON KUBY Esq.

 

                            

          Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Lawyer

 

                                 

 

             Former Law Partner with William Kunstler

 

 

                   

                                       Radio Talk Show Host

 

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Ronald L. Kuby (born July 31, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host and TV commentator. He has hosted radio programs on WABC Radio in New York and Air America Radio. After his parents divorced when he was five years old, Kuby lived with his mother. At thirteen, he joined the Jewish Defense League under the influence of his father, a follower of Meir David Kahane. He would later defend El Sayyid Nosair, convicted of Kahane's murder as part of his conviction for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In junior high school, Kuby says he was nearly expelled for publishing an underground newspaper critical of the school administration.[1] As a teenager, he visited Israel, but soon returned to the United States complaining of "anti-Arab racism". [2] After dropping out of college, Kuby briefly worked on a tug boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then moved to New England, and Kansas, where he eventually completed his degree at the University of Kansas. Partnership with William Kunstler While in college, Kuby interned with William Kunstler, a lawyer known for his defense of the Chicago Seven. Kuby earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1983. His grades entitled him to a position on the prestigious Cornell Law Review but Kuby turned down the invitation. He graduated as one of the top students in his class. From 1983 until Kunstler's death in 1995, Kuby worked as junior partner in Kunstler's law firm, primarily on civil rights and criminal cases. They represented Gregory Lee Johnson, a protester who burned a U.S. Flag at the 1984 Republican National Convention; Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, head of the Egyptian-based militant group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, accused of planning and encouraging terrorist attacks against Americans; Colin Ferguson, the man responsible for the LIRR shootings (who chose to represent himself at trial); Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, accused of plotting to murder Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam; Glenn Harris, a New York public school teacher who absconded with a fifteen year-old girl for two months; Darrell Cabey, a felon who attempted to mug Bernard Goetz and was subsequently shot; Yu Kikumura, a member of the Japanese Red Army; and associates of the Gambino Crime Family. During the Gulf War, they represented American soldiers claiming "conscientious objector" status. They also represented El Sayyid Nosair, assassin of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, whom Kuby's father had admired. Ron Kuby. The Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby has represented some of the most reviled and revered people in some of the most high-profile criminal and civil rights actions in the United States. Representative Cases. Attorneys in this office have represented individuals accused of bombing the World Trade Center; Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad gunman; renowned photographer Spencer Tunick; the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club; prominent labor unions; accused airplane hijackers; The All-Mighty Latin King and Queen Nation; Malcolm Xs daughter, charged with conspiracy to murder Minister Louis Farrakahn; Jesse Friedman, whose story is featured in the acclaimed film Capturing the Friedmans; David Hampton, whose life story formed the inspiration for John Guares Six Degrees of Separation; dozens of conscientious objectors; plaintiffs in two United States Supreme Court cases establishing First Amendment protection for flag-burning; several wrongfully convicted inmates.

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Ron Kuby

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Ron Kuby
Born July 31, 1956 (1956-07-31) (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality  United States
Occupation Trial attorney

Ronald L. Kuby (born July 31, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host and TV commentator. He has hosted radio programs on WABC Radio in New York and Air America Radio.

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[edit] Beginnings

After his parents divorced when he was five years old, Kuby lived with his mother. At thirteen, he joined the Jewish Defense League under the influence of his father, a follower of Meir David Kahane. He would later defend El Sayyid Nosair, convicted of Kahane's murder as part of his conviction for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

In junior high school, Kuby says he was nearly expelled for publishing an underground newspaper critical of the school administration.[1] As a teenager, he visited Israel, but soon returned to the United States complaining of "anti-Arab racism". [2]

After dropping out of college, Kuby briefly worked on a tug boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then moved to New England, and Kansas, where he eventually completed his degree at the University of Kansas.

[edit] Partnership with William Kunstler

While in college, Kuby interned with William Kunstler, a lawyer known for his defense of the Chicago Seven. Kuby earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1983. His grades entitled him to a position on the prestigious Cornell Law Review but Kuby turned down the invitation. He graduated as one of the top students in his class.

From 1983 until Kunstler's death in 1995, Kuby worked as junior partner in Kunstler's law firm, primarily on civil rights and criminal cases. They represented Gregory Lee Johnson, a protester who burned a U.S. Flag at the 1984 Republican National Convention; Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, head of the Egyptian-based militant group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, accused of planning and encouraging terrorist attacks against Americans; Colin Ferguson, the man responsible for the LIRR shootings (who chose to represent himself at trial); Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, accused of plotting to murder Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam; Glenn Harris, a New York public school teacher who absconded with a fifteen year-old girl for two months; Darrell Cabey, a felon who attempted to mug Bernard Goetz and was subsequently shot; Yu Kikumura, a member of the Japanese Red Army; and associates of the Gambino Crime Family. During the Gulf War, they represented American soldiers claiming "conscientious objector" status. They also represented El Sayyid Nosair, assassin of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, whom Kuby's father had admired. In 2009/2010, he represented Queens based Imam Ahmed Wais Afzali in a terror-related case.

Kunstler and Kuby never formalized a partnership with a contract or tax filings. Despite a letterhead that read "Kunstler and Kuby", Kuby was paid as an employee and never shared in the firm's profits and losses. On this basis Kuby was denied ownership rights to the firm's case files, accounts, and name after Kunstler died. Kunstler's widow Margaret Ratner put her late husband's archives under lock and key. Kuby filed a complaint against her with the attorney disciplinary committee. The committee dismissed the complaint in August 1996. In December 1996 a court case brought by Ratner resulted in Kuby being denied any rights in the Kunstler firm.[3]

[edit] Post-Kunstler Career

After Kunstler's death, Kuby continued the work of his late mentor. In 1996, he won a judgment of forty three million dollars against Bernhard Goetz.[4], He also won nearly a million dollars for members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, who were wrongfully arrested by the New York City Police Department[5]. He won the 2001 release of two men imprisoned 13 years for a murder they did not commit, winning a judgment of 3.3 million dollars for the pair. He secured a reversal of a murder conviction for a mentally ill homeless man whose candle accidentally caused the death of a firefighter. In 2005, Kuby won close to a million dollars for another wrongfully convicted man who spent eight years in prison. Kuby currently leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby in Manhattan.[6]

[edit] 2009

In April 2009 Kuby spoke about the capture of Abduhl Wal-i-Musi, a Somali teenager apprehended during the rescue of Richard Phillips, the Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama -- a freighter briefly captured by Somali pirates.[7] Kuby said he was discussing organizing a team to defend Wal-i-Musi, suggesting he was captured when he was protected by a flag of truce.

In September 2009 Kuby appeared on behalf of Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam accused of lying to authorities in a terrorism related case.[8][9] Afzali told Najibullah Zazi that authorities were asking questions about him. Kuby mocked the charges against Zazi, asserting they were internally inconsistent. He asserted that the charge that Afzali had warned Zazi that their call was being recorded was not consistent with the charge that he had denied to authorities that he had conversed with Zazi. Kuby mocked the idea that Afzali would deny having a conversation that he knew had been taped.

[edit] Radio and television personality

From 1999 to 2007, Kuby co-hosted (with Curtis Sliwa) the popular Curtis and Kuby in the Morning program aired on weekdays from 5 to 10 am on WABC-AM 770 in New York City. After the eight-year run, WABC replaced the show with Don Imus and retained Sliwa.[10].

Kuby began broadcasting on Air America Radio in 2008, at first as a replacement for Randi Rhodes, then later with a regular show, Doing Time with Ron Kuby.[11]. In May 2009 Air America moved Kuby's show to a new time slot, which took him off of the schedule for many affiliates. By June, Doing Time was removed from Air America's schedule.

He is also a frequent pundit and substitute anchor on Court TV. He and Sliwa once shared a short-lived midday television program on MSNBC.

[edit] Testimony/Controversy during John Gotti Jr. retrial

In 2006, Kuby was subpoenaed by the defense to testify at the second trial of John A. Gotti, the son of Gambino crime family leader John Gotti, which included the charges for the kidnapping and attempted murder of Kuby's then on-air co-host Curtis Sliwa. Kuby testified that in a 1998 conversation, Gotti said he had wanted to leave organized crime. "He told me he was sick of this life", Kuby told the court. "He wanted to rejoin his family and be done with this."[12] Sliwa reacted angrily to his longtime co-host's testimony for the defense, calling him a "Judas", though Kuby claimed he was following the law by answering a subpoena to testify.[13]

[edit] Personal life

Since 1986, Kuby has been in a long-term relationship with Marilyn Vasta, whom he refers to on air as "the beloved Marilyn."[14] They have one daughter named Emma Vasta Kuby. On January 23, 2006, Ron Kuby married Vasta. The date was chosen because it was the 20th anniversary of their first date. Kuby made the marriage announcement on his radio program.[15]

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[edit] References

  1. ^ Alex Michelini, Samson Mulugeta and Virginia Breen (September 6, 1995), Kunstler's Fire Burns in Disciple, New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/1995/09/06/1995-09-06_kunstler_s_fire_burns_in_dis.html, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  2. ^ Salamon, Julie (June 7, 1995), At Lunch With: Ron Kuby, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1995/06/07/garden/at-lunch-with-ronald-l-kuby-crispy-fries-and-radical-causes.html?pagewanted=2, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  3. ^ Hoffman, Jan (Dec. 19, 1996), Ruling Curbs Use of Name of Kunstler, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1996/12/19/nyregion/ruling-curbs-use-of-name-of-kunstler.html?scp=3&sq=%22kunstler%20&%20kuby%22&st=cse, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  4. ^ Nossiter, Adam (April 24, 1996), Bronx Jury Orders Goetz to Pay Man He Paralyzed $43 Million, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/24/nyregion/bronx-jury-orders-goetz-to-pay-man-he-paralyzed-43-million.html?scp=1&sq=kuby,%20goetz&st=cse, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  5. ^ Gearty, Robert (September 11, 2001), Angels Shine in Lawsuit, New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2001/09/11/2001-09-11_angels_shine_in_lawsuits.html, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  6. ^ Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby website
  7. ^ "Somali pirate being flown to New York to be tried in U.S. federal court". CBC News. 2009-04-20. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fworld%2Fstory%2F2009%2F04%2F20%2Fus-somaliapirate.html&date=2009-04-20. 
  8. ^ Tina Susman, Josh Meyer (2009-09-21). "Lawyer for imam charged in alleged terrorism plot says he is a scapegoat". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation%2Fla-na-terror-arrests23-2009sep22%2C0%2C7930017%2Cfull.story&date=2009-09-21. 
  9. ^ Anthony M. Destefano (2009-09-21). "Flushing imam ordered held without bail in terror case". Newsday. Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsday.com%2Flong-island%2Fflushing-imam-ordered-held-without-bail-in-terror-case-1.1465922&date=2009-09-22. 
  10. ^ Hinckley, David (November 5, 2007), Kuby says he's loved every arguing minute, New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2007/11/05/2007-11-05_kuby_says_hes_loved_every_arguing_minute.html, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  11. ^ Air America Hires Ron Kuby, The Star-Ledger, June 3, 2008, http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/06/air_america_hires_radio_host_r.html, retrieved 2009-06-24 
  12. ^ Zambito, Thomas (March 7, 2006), Sliwa Radio Pal Backs Jr.'s Story, New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2006/03/07/2006-03-07_sliwa_radio_pal_backs_jr__s_.html, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  13. ^ Martinez, Jose (March 8, 2006), Sneering Sliwa Shtick's it to Kuby, But Static Might Just Be Good Radio, New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2006/03/08/2006-03-08_sneering_sliwa_shticks_it_to.html, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  14. ^ Wadler, Joyce (Jan. 15, 1998), Public Lives: Leftist Lawyer Reaches Right for Audience, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1998/01/15/nyregion/public-lives-leftist-lawyer-reaches-right-for-audience.html?scp=1&sq=kuby,%20vasta&st=cse, retrieved 2009-06-01 
  15. ^ Cityfile profile

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Law Office of

Ronald L. Kuby

Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby
119 West 23rd Street
Suite 900
New York, NY 10011

ph: (212) 529-0223
fax: (212) 529-0644

Home

The Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby has represented some of the most reviled and revered people in some of the most high-profile criminal and civil rights actions in the United States. 

Representative Cases

Attorneys in this office have represented individuals accused of bombing the World Trade Center; Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad gunman; renowned photographer Spencer Tunick;  the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club; prominent labor unions; accused airplane hijackers; The All-Mighty Latin King and Queen Nation;  Malcolm X’s daughter, charged with conspiracy to murder Minister Louis Farrakahn;  Jesse Friedman, whose story is featured in the acclaimed film Capturing the Friedmans;  David Hampton, whose life story formed the inspiration for John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; dozens of conscientious objectors; plaintiffs in two United States Supreme Court cases establishing First Amendment protection for flag-burning; several wrongfully convicted inmates.  

What's New?

FREE AT LAST: CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST MICHAEL CLANCY, 'WRONG MAN' IN BRONX MURDER CASE.

On February 23, 2009, in Bronx Supreme Court, the Bronx DA's office moved to dismiss all charges against Michael Clancy, 34, who had spent eleven years in prison for the March 30, 1997 murder of John Buono, committed in the Bronx. The motion was granted by the Hon. William Mogelescu.  (Click here to read The New York Times story and click here to read the Daily News story.)

Clancy's conviction was overturned on April 1, 2008 by the Hon. Denis Boyle, the judge who presided at Clancy's original trial, based upon new evidence supplied by a federal informant, that another man, Andrew Dejesus, had committed the crime. (Click here to read the decision.) 

Following an investigation by the Bronx DA's office, the District Attorney today moved to dismiss all charges against Clancy, based upon evidence that "another man, not Mr. Clancy," had killed John Buono.

"Michael Clancy's road to exoneration has been long and painful," his attorney Ronald L. Kuby said, "but Michael never gave up hope." "For every wrongful conviction, there is an innocent man in prison and a guilty man walking the streets," Kuby added.

Click here to read The New York Times story the Law Office of Ronld L. Kuby's efforts to exonerate Michael Clancy.  Click here for the Daily News story.  

 

Our office continues to fight for the exoneration of innocents imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.  

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Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby
119 West 23rd Street
Suite 900
New York, NY 10011

ph: (212) 529-0223
fax: (212) 529-0644

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