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Ronald L. Kuby (born in 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a criminal defense and left-leaning civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host and TV commentator. A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ...



Kuby was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1956. After his parents divorced when he was five years old, Kuby lived with his mother, although he briefly flirted with the politics of his father, who was an admirer of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, by joining the Jewish Defense League at the age of thirteen. He would later go on to successfully defend El Sayyid Nosair. (Nosair was later convicted of Kahane's murder as part of his conviction for conspiracy for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing). Rabbi Meir David Kahane (‎, also known by the pseudonyms Michael King, David Sinai and Hayim Yerushalmi, 1 August 1932 – 5 November 1990) was an American-Israeli Orthodox rabbi, author, political activist, and a former member of the Israeli Knesset. ... JDL logo. ... El Sayyid Nosair (born November 16, 1955) is an Egyptian-born American citizen and terrorist involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. ... For the second attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, see September 11, 2001 attacks. ...

Expelled from his junior high school for publishing an underground newspaper critical of the school administration, Kuby embarked upon a peripatetic life that would lead him to travel to and live in many different parts of the globe. As a teenager, he emigrated to Israel, but returned to the United States shortly thereafter due to what he has described as "anti-Arab racism".

After dropping out of college, Kuby briefly worked on a tug boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, after which he moved to New England, and then to Kansas where he enrolled in courses at the University of Kansas, eventually completing the degree that he had abandoned several years before. [1] The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ...

Partnership with William Kunstler

While working on his degree, Kuby interned with William Kunstler, a famed radical attorney known for his successful defense of the Chicago Seven. Kuby earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1983. William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 - September 4, 1995) was a American jurist, self-described radical lawyer and civil rights activist. ... For the similarly named Chicago album, see Chicago VII. The Chicago Seven The Chicago Seven were seven (originally eight, when they were known as the Chicago Eight) defendants charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot and other charges related to violent protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion... “J.D.” redirects here. ... Cornell Law School, located in Ithaca, New York, is a graduate school of Cornell University. ...

From 1983 until Kunstler's death in 1995, the two worked together on a number of highly controversial, well-publicized civil rights and criminal cases. They represented Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (head of the Egyptian-based militant group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya), Colin Ferguson (the man responsible for the LIRR shootings, who would later choose to represent himself at trial), Qubilah Shabazz (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 (one of the victims of the Bernard Goetz shooting), and perhaps most controversially, associates of the Gambino Crime Family. During the Gulf War, they represented dozens of American soldiers who refused to fight claiming "conscientious objector" status. They also represented El-Sayeed Nosair, assassin of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane. Omar Abdel-Rahman Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (Arabic: عمر عبد الرحمن) (born May 3, 1938) is a blind Egyptian Muslim cleric who is currently serving a life sentence at the Federal Administrative Maximum Penitentiary hospital in Florence, Colorado, United States. ... Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya (Arabic: ألجماعه الاسلاميه ) (Arabic for the Islamic Group; also transliterated Gamaat Islamiya, Jamaat al Islamiya, al-Jamāah al-Islāmiyah etc. ... Colin Ferguson For the Canadian actor, see Colin Ferguson (actor) Colin Ferguson (born January 14, 1958, Kingston, Jamaica) was convicted of murdering six people and injuring nineteen others on the Long Island Rail Road in Nassau County, New York on December 7, 1993. ... Qubilah Shabazz (born 1960) is the daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ... Louis Farrakhan (born Louis Eugene Walcott, May 11, 1933), is the head of the Nation of Islam (NOI) and the National Reprensentative of Elijah Muhammad. ... The Nation of Islam (NOI) is a religious and social/political organization founded in the United States by Wallace Fard Muhammad in 1930 with the self-proclaimed goal of resurrecting the spiritual, mental, social, economic condition of the black man and woman of America and belief that God will bring... Bernhard Hugo Goetz, the subway vigilante (born 1947), became a symbol of New Yorkers frustrations with high crime rates after he shot four youths on an express subway train in the Bronx. ... John Gotti, The Dapper Don The Gambino Crime Family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities based in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... John T. Neufeld was a WWI conscientious objector sentenced to 15 years hard labour in the military prison at Leavenworth. ... For the town in Italy, see Rabbi, Italy. ... Rabbi Meir David Kahane (‎, also known by the pseudonyms Michael King, David Sinai and Hayim Yerushalmi, 1 August 1932 – 5 November 1990) was an American-Israeli Orthodox rabbi, author, political activist, and a former member of the Israeli Knesset. ...

Although they worked together, Mr. Kunstler had never formalized a partnership with a contract or tax filings. Despite a letterhead that read "Kunstler and Kuby", Mr. Kuby was paid as an employee and had never shared in the firm's meager profits and losses. On this basis Kuby was denied ownership rights to the firm's case files, accounts, and name. When Kunstler's widow, a radical lawyer in her own right, put her late husband's (deceased, September 4, 1995) archives under lock and key, Kuby had filed a complaint against her with the attorney disciplinary committee. The committee dismissed the complaint in August of 1996. In December 1996 a court case brought by the widow, Margaret Ratner, resulted in Kuby being denied any partnership rights in the Kunstler firm.[2]

Post-Kunstler Career

After Kunstler's death, Kuby continued the work-- and the cases-- of his late mentor. In 1996, he won a judgment of 43 million dollars against Bernhard Goetz. 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. 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 now leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby, one of the premiere criminal defense and civil rights firms in New York City.[3] Bernard Hugo Goetz, known as Bernhard or Bernie (born November 7, 1947) was dubbed the Subway Vigilante by the New York press. ... This article is about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. ...

Radio and television personality

Until November 1, 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.[4] In addition to commentary and debate on current issues, the show featured a Court of Kuby segment on notable legal cases and periodic "Shout Outs" to current and former clients. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Curtis Sliwa & The Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa (born March 26, 1954 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York) founded the Guardian Angels in 1979, a volunteer anti-crime organization with which he has remained closely identified. ... WABC (770 kHz), known as NewsTalkRadio 77, is a radio station in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

He is also a frequent pundit and substitute anchor on Court TV. He and Sliwa previously shared a short-lived midday television program on MSNBC. (Kuby jokes that he has "a face meant for radio.") For the Canadian channel, see CourtTV Canada The Courtroom Television Network, more commonly known as Court TV, is an American cable television network owned by Time Warner that launched on July 1, 1991. ... For the news website, see msnbc. ...

Kuby has often claimed to be a Communist. However, Kuby's political beliefs moderated considerably after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Of Jewish heritage, Kuby has also said he is an atheist, a point he often makes in sarcastic remarks on the airwaves with Sliwa, a Roman Catholic. One of his favorite sardonic quotes includes, "Thank God I'm an atheist". This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...

He is interviewed in Kevin Keating's documentary Giuliani Time (which is concerned with Rudy Giuliani's career). Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Giuliani Time is a muckraking documentary by Kevin Keating about Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, NY. The Village Voice called this 2006 documentary an incisive portrait of power seizure and class combat as it was performed, by the numbers, on the municipal level. ... Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III, (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ...

Kuby was dismissed by WABC on November 1, 2007, as part of a plan to bring back Don Imus to morning radio, in place of the station's Curtis and Kuby in the Morning show. John Donald Don Imus, Jr. ...

Testimony/Controversy during John Gotti Jr. retrial

In 2006, Kuby was subpoenaed by the defense to testify at the second John Gotti Junior trial (which included an allegation of a plot to kidnap Kuby's radio co-host Sliwa) regarding a failed plea bargain Kuby handled for Gotti in 1998. In March of 2006, Kuby testified that he had engaged in a conversation with Junior Gotti, who told him "that he was sick of this life", and "he wanted this to be over." [5] A subpoena is a command to appear at a certain time and place to give testimony upon a certain matter. ... John Angelo Gotti (born February 14, 1964) is an alleged mobster in New York City. ...

Although the jury foreman stated that Kuby's testimony had no impact on the jury, the jury deadlock and ultimate mistrial created a brief period of hostility where both hosts were mutually antagonistic, questioning each other's motivations in a particularly aggressive manner.[citation needed]

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". They have one daughter named Emma Vasta Kuby. On January 24, 2006, Ron Kuby married Vasta. The date was chosen because it was the 20th anniversary of their first date. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...

Pop Culture References

*In the film The Big Lebowski, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (played by Jeff Bridges) demands representation either by Mr. Kuby or Bill Kunstler during the Malibu Police Station scene.[citation needed] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... The Big Lebowski, a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, chronicles a few days in the life of a burned-out, unemployed California slacker after he is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. ... William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 - September 4, 1995) was a U.S. lawyer and civil rights activist. ... Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1991-03-28 [2] Government  - Mayor Ken Kearsley [1] Area  - City  100. ...


  1. ^ William Kunstler's legacy - "Crispy Fries and Radical Causes" - New York Times, 6/7/95
  2. ^ Source: Hoffman, Jan (Dec. 15, 1996). "A Bitter Fight Rages Over Files and a Famous Name." New York Times Online Archive
  3. ^ Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby website
  4. ^ Curtis & Kuby in the Morning 77-WABC page
  5. ^ Junior Gotti was 'Sick of This Life,' Radio Show Host Kuby says - Newsday, 3/6/06

External links

  • Ron Kuby's website, Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby
  • Newsmeat, Kuby's Federal Campaign Contribution Report
  • Marxism: Kuby and Sliwa Marxism mailing list archive
  • Kuby and Sliwa News clippings compiled by Louis Proyect
  • A free speech warrior
  • Jonathan Leaf Talks With Ron Kuby
  • Saddam Hussein's Defense Transcript from the Paula Zahn show of a debate between Ron Kuby and David Horowitz
  • Ron Kuby, traitor to the Jewish people Press Release from the Jewish Defense Organization demanding a boycott of Ben's Delicatessen for their sponsorship of an event that Ron Kuby was slated to judge
  • Sheik Rejects 2d Lawyer
  • Why War? Analysis: Left Behind The New York Times Magazine's profile of Lynne Stewart, with extensive quotations of her friend and colleague, Ron Kuby

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