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Coffey Calling the Kettle Black

Remember Kendall Coffey? He’s the former U.S. attorney with a history of losing huge cases, among other things. Coffey was the lead lawyer working to keep Elián González stateside. Strike one. As a prosecutor, he lost the largest government drug case in history (75 tons of nose candy, worth $2 billion). Strike two. He also worked for Al Gore during the recount in the presidential voter boondoggle of 2000 — and we know how that turned out. Strike three. Outside the courtroom, his efforts have been similarly thwarted. Coffey thought the age-old adage “There’s no sex in the champagne room” didn’t include a nibble on lap-dancing strippers. He infamously bit a pole dancer’s arm in 1996 and, not surprisingly, lost his job soon after. To his credit, Coffey remains in the public eye now that he’s in private practice. He’s still a commentator for CNN, and now he’s turning his media experience into a career as an author. His new book, Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion, explores the increasing importance of winning over the masses (though he did little of that himself). Coffey will be served at Books & Books this Monday at 6:30 p.m. The reading is free. Call 305-442-4408 or visit
Mon., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2010


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