Michael J. Kennedy


Age: 78

criminal lawyer who championed lost causes and unpopular defendants including mob boss John Gotti, Sr., Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton, LSD guru Timothy Leary and finally won freedom for Jean S. Harris, the convicted killer of the Scarsdale Diet doctor Dr. Herman Tarnower, who was a staunch defender of the underdog and the First Amendment representing radicals including Rennie Davis and Bernardine Dorn whose clients also included Native American protesters at Wounded Knee, South Dakota and the family of rogue real estate heir Robert A. Durst.

Cause of Death: Complications of pneumonia

Born: March 23, 1937

Died: January 25, 2016

New York City, New York