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The Friday Whine BY BRIAN L. TANNEBAUM April 13, 2018

Posted on April 13, 2018 in

Greetings, The Friday Whine is a casual email to friends and colleagues and contains two things: An ethics update, and a wine recommendation. If you see text in blue, it is a link to an article or information.


The Michael Cohen Raid

Yesterday I was giving a case law update on ethics. I asked if there were any questions about the cases I mentioned. First question: “What do you think about the Michael Cohen raid?”

OK then.

I think Michael Cohen isn’t so bothered by the raid. I think he is so deeply, and disturbingly committed to his client, the President, that he is OK – even happy to be the reason that the President is now seriously considering finding a way to get rid of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. I think Michael Cohen would be fine losing his license, and going to jail if the result was also the end of the special counsel’s investigation against his client.

I know this sounds odd – how can a lawyer almost “want” a raid of their office and home, but Michael Cohen is a different kind of lawyer. He doesn’t act like a typical lawyer – he acts like a bodyguard with a law license – willing to step in front of his client, and at a minimum, get punched in the face.

The evidence from the raid will be of the same nature that we’ve seen – payoffs to women, threatening letters to file never-filed lawsuits, and other communications that sound less like a lawyer’s words, and more like a mobster.

Michael Cohen is probably going to get indicted, for something, and yes, it will be unrelated to Russia, but I don’t know if we’ll hear from him anytime soon, rumor (denied by him) is that he’s doing what he should have done long ago – remaining silent.




What? Neb-be-oh-low? Yes, the grape in Italy’s Barolo and Barbaresco. When you drink a Nebbiolo, it’s an entry level wine of the same grapes used in higher end Piedmont wines. I had a great one this week – Dominico Negro Nebbiolo “Angelin.” Even better, it’s $25.