Prominent New York City lawyer Stanley Cohen pleaded guilty to impeding the IRS yesterday. The openly anti-government Cohen has defended disadvantaged people and political activists in New York City for over 30 years now.
Most recently, he defended Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith as he was put on trial for his role as al-Qaeda’s spokesman over the last decade.
In a lengthy message linked to Cohen’s Twitter account, the lawyer says he is pleading guilty to impeding the IRS. He reiterates that this is not a case of tax evasion.
Cohen says his problems with the federal agency started 10 year ago, when prosecutors tried to frame the legal assistance he provided to al-Qaeda members as providing material assistance to terrorists.
Since then, Cohen claims, he has spent well over $600,000 fighting bogus allegations from federal agents and prosecutors. He says the fight simply isn’t worth it anymore, and he hopes to serve roughly one year in prison and put the so-called “witch hunt” behind him.
Cohen will lose his law license of 31 years upon his guilty plea. He plans to reapply for the license upon his release. When reached by the New York Times, prosecutors declined to comment on the announcement.