NEW YORK – A small group of New York defense lawyers specializing in terrorism cases know even friends and families can turn on them without notice.
These lawyers are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight in a year that has already featured two major terror trials. And more work may be on the way as the Justice Department promotes its success at bringing terrorism defendants to justice in civil courtrooms rather than military tribunals.
Defense lawyer Anthony Ricco recalls his mother claiming she'd never speak to him again if he represented suspects in terrorism cases after Sept. 11.
Last month, Stanley Cohen represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and cleric, who was convicted at a Manhattan trial. Cohen needed protection for weeks after the 9/11 attacks because of his support for the Muslim community.