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Friday, January 16, 2009

Lawyer Who Defended John Rigas Is Dead

Peter E. Fleming Jr., 79, Dies

New York Times

Peter E. Fleming Jr., a prominent criminal-defense lawyer whose client list over more than three decades included high-ranking politicians, flamboyant celebrities and a cast of characters from outbreaks of corporate crime, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 79 and lived in Greenwich, Conn.

The cause was complications of lung surgery, his son Peter said.

In 2004, Mr. Fleming represented Mr. Rigas, the chief executive of the cable company Adelphia Communications. Mr. Rigas had started Adelphia in 1952 with a $300 purchase of a single franchise in the small Pennsylvania town of Coudersport. Mr. Rigas and his son Timothy were eventually convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and securities fraud involving $2.3 billion.

“I never had a client I thought was guilty,” Mr. Fleming said in 2002. “Everyone may deserve a defense, but they don’t deserve my defense.” More...

News Tip by Justin Cochran--Thanks Justin


Anonymous said...

I knew Peter Fleming personally and found him to be a true gentleman. He always treated everyone with dignity and grace and I shall miss him.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Rigas hired him. He did a very poor job defending the Rigas family