Roy Cohn. Cohn became famous during the investigations by the Senator Joseph McCarthy into alleged Communists in the U.S. government, and also represented a very important figure of prosecution in the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Federal investigations during the 1970s and 1980s charged Cohn three times with professional misconduct, including perjury and witness tampering. In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for unethical and unprofessional conduct, including misappropriation of clients’ funds, lying on a bar application, and pressuring a client to amend his will!
Get this: in this case in 1975, Cohn entered the hospital room of a dying and comatose Lewis Rosenstiel, the multi-millionaire founder of Schenley Industries, forced a pen to his hand and lifted it to the will in an attempt to make himself and Cathy Frank—Rosenstiel’s granddaughter—beneficiaries. The resulting marks were determined in court to be indecipherable and in no way a valid signature. Sadly, he died of AIDS, but insisted on his deathbed that it was liver cancer. He lost his law license during the last month of his life. At that time, National Review senior editor Jeffrey Hart referred to him as “an ice-cold sleaze.” Clearly, you’re not very well liked if that’s the best eulogy they can come up with. On the plus side: he has been played in movies by both James Woods and Al Pacino, so he can take that to the grave.