NEW YORK (PIX11) – “Everyone’s got poor choice of in-laws, what can I say?” that is Stanley Cohen’s perspective on his client’s father-in-law, Osama bin Laden.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith found himself in federal court on Wednesday, only ten blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks that were orchestrated by his father-in-law, Osama bin Laden.
In opening statements, Abu Ghaith, was portrayed by prosecutors as religious man with a twisted view of Islam who served the outfit as a spokesman.
Characterized as a senior operative with a sharp tongue, prosecutors say Abu Ghaith traveled around Afghanistan spewing violent sermons with the sole intention of persuading suicide attackers to commit violent jihad against Americans following 9/11.
To which Cohen says is completely untrue, even conveying what Abu Ghaith told him, “Our client has pleaded not guilty. I’m not a member of any conspiracy. I engaged in no illegal activity and now it’s up to the government to prove it.”
While the government plans to show several videos of Abu Ghaith intimately involved with bin Laden and his terroristic cronies, Cohen found humor in it, indicating that the company one keeps doesn’t necessarily mean their guilty by association, “I got to tell ya, I’ve been in some places at 3 o’clock in the morning hanging with some people, God forbid if I was on video, I’d be in trouble the next day.”
As for his take on representing the man who just hours after the attacks of 9/11, according to the government, met with Usama bin Laden and agreed to not only assist him in boasting about the attacks, but also agreed to commit additional jihad against Americans, “This is what we do, we represent people.”