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Gustave Newman, Defense Lawyer in Sensational Cases, Dies at 90

By on May 5, 2017 in Criminal Law

Gustave Newman, a criminal defense lawyer in a host of headline-grabbing cases who genially cajoled skeptical juries and cowed hostile witnesses with his booming baritone, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 90, reports The New York Times.

“A lion of New York’s white-collar criminal defense bar, Mr. Newman achieved one of his greatest courtroom successes in 1993, when, after a contentious five-month trial, he managed to win the acquittal of Robert A. Altman, a Washington lawyer who, with Clark M. Clifford, a former defense secretary, had been accused in a scandal involving global money-laundering and illegal transfer of capital,” writes Sam Roberts. “The episode, involving the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, cost depositors an estimated $12 million.”

Newman is believed by some to have tried 400 cases, according to the report.

Read the NYT article.

 

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