[HCCN] Len Weinglass presente!
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Fri Mar 25 08:25:06 EDT 2011
[A sad and great loss. Leonard Weinglass, indomitable civil rights
lawyer, see brief bio below. Ricardo Alarcon is President of Cuba's
National Assembly. -- JR]
By Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada
On the afternoon of March 23rd, the same day he would have turned 78
years of age, Leonard Wineglassâ€™s heart ceased to beat.
He had been a victim of a cruel illness and since January of this
year he had entered into a critical and especially painful stage of
health, despite this, he did not distance himself for an instant from
his work. During the last months of life, heroically combating both
the illness and physical pain he dedicated himself with body and soul
to the preparation and presentation of the habeas Corpus in favor of
Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero, without neglecting the work
on behalf of other comrades.
Shortly before entering the hospital where he was to undergo surgery,
he took the final steps in the appeals process of Gerardo and Antonio
and delegated to other colleagues what they should do while he was
undergoing treatment. Only then did he accept the ordeal of taking
care of himself.
He was always like that. In his youth he began working in the law
offices of Victor Rabinowitz and Leonard Boudin, where he fought
countless legal battles in favor of workers unions, civil liberties
and justice in the United States. With his brilliant defense in 1968
of the Chicago 8, Lenny began an endless and admirable career as a
defense attorney representing Jane Fonda, Daniel Ellsberg and the
Pentagon Papers, Angela Davis, Mumia Abu Jamal, Amy Carter, Kathy
Boudin and many more to include the Cuban Five and more recently
collaborating with the defense team of Julian Assange, the founder of
WikiLeaks. The history of the struggles of the American people can
not be written without mentioning on every page, the name Leonard
Now and always we shall owe him our homage and gratitude.
Losing Lenny is a great blow to Gerardo, Ramon, Antonio, Fernando and
RenÃ©. He had been their best and most relentless defender, he
dedicated all of his energies and his talent to their cause, and for
them he fought to the end in the midsts of pain and agony, to his
The struggle for the freedom of the Cuban Five must continue, now
under even harder circumstances, without Lenny. We must all multiply
our commitment until our brothers are free. We must do so without
intermission or rest. It is the least we can promise this resolute,
self sacrificial and lucid man, who will for ever be our beloved
comrade Leonard Weinglass.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Civil Rights Career
Weinglass has championed a number of liberal and radical causes. An
expert in civil rights legislation, he served as co-chairman of the
international committee of the National Lawyers Guild.
Along with attorney William Kunstler, Weinglass represented the
Chicago 7 in their 1968 trial. He also participated in the defense of
Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who were charged with leaking the
Pentagon Papers and whose trial ended in a dismissal of all charges.
In 1970, he represented and won the acquittal of Angela Davis who was
charged with participation in the abduction and murder of a local
judge. Other prominent clients included Kathy Boudin, a member of the
Weather Underground charged with felony murder for her participation
in an armed robbery; anti-war activist Ron Kaufman; Bill and Emily
Harris (kidnappers of Patty Hearst); Jimi Simmons; and Skyhorse and
Mohawk. He was for several years the lead defense attorney for Mumia
Abu-Jamal. In 1995, he authored a book about Abu-Jamal's case
entitled Race for Justice: Mumia Abu Jamal's Fight Against the Death
In 1972, Weinglass took on the defense of John Sinclair, Chairman of
the White Panther Party in Detroit, Michigan. The case became United
States v. U.S. District Court, 407 U.S. 297 (1972) on appeal to the
United States Supreme Court, a landmark decision prohibiting the
government's use of electronic survelliance without a warrant.
Weinglass was the lead appellate attorney for the Cuban Five from
2002 until his death in 2011.
Leonard Weinglass traveled to Cuba (1968) and to
Hanoi (1972). In 2010 he worked with the defense
team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Weinglass has worked with
former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
Weinglass was photographed by Richard Avedon and appears in the book
The Sixties by Richard Avedon and Doon Arbus
Up until the end of his life at the age of 78, Weinglass continued to
take on cases. He saw no reason to stop - "the typical call I get is
the one that starts by saying 'You are the fifth attorney we've
called'. Then I get interested".
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