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Former Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau dies at 99: report


Added 07-22-19 12:18:02am EST - “Robert Morgenthau, a World War II Navy hero best known as Manhattan's legendary district attorney, and who worked as a practicing lawyer and philanthropist through his final days, died Sunday. He w?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Former Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau dies at 99: report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Robert Morgenthau, a World War II Navy hero best known as Manhattan’s legendary district attorney, and who worked as a practicing lawyer and philanthropist through his final days, died Sunday.

For four decades, Morgenthau’s patrician baritone — honed in his youth among his family friends, the Roosevelts and the Kennedys — rumbled through the halls of lower Manhattan courthouses.

In the 1960s as Manhattan US attorney, and then for 34 years until his retirement as DA at age 90, he was “The Boss” to loyal underlings and “Morgy” to tabloid headline writers.

And there were many headlines for the man who became the model for “Law and Order’s” original stern prosecutor, Adam Schiff.

His more kleig-lit prosecutions included those of mobster John Gotti (assault and conspiracy), rapper Tupac Shakur (sex assault), hip hop mogul Puffy Combs (gun possession), and actor Russell Crowe and supermodel Naomi Campbell, both of whom took no-jail deals in separate phone-flinging incidents.

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