Leonard Weinglass

Leonard Weinglass
August 27, 1933 – March 23, 2011

‘True justice was his passion and his life.’

by Gloria La Riva

Leonard Weinglass, preeminent civil rights attorney and fighter for justice whose defense history includes the Chicago 8, Daniel Ellsberg, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Cuban Five, died on March 23 of cancer.

Known as Len to all, the last picture taken of him was in hospital several days ago as he reviewed his latest appeals documents for Antonio Guerrero of the Cuban Five, for whom he was official appeals attorney. Weinglass was instrumental in the overall case of the Five, especially the latest appeal of Gerardo Hernández, who is serving an unjust double life sentence for defending Cuba—along with his four brothers—from U.S.-backed terrorism. Weinglass joined the Cuban Five’s case in the appeals phase in 2002.

Born August 27, 1933, in New York City, Weinglass earned his law degree from Yale University in 1958. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate, he entered civilian life as a lawyer in an era framed by the great African American Civil Rights movement and the struggle against the Vietnam war. Many of those activists would come to depend on Weinglass to win justice and freedom.

Continue reading… (including messages from the Cuban Five)

Leonard Weinglass, ¡Presente!

Watch a short video to listen to Leonard speak here

 

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