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Robert Morgenthau
07-23-2019, 11:34 AM,
Robert Morgenthau
Robert Morgenthau

Robert Morgenthau, who died Sunday at the age of 99, exemplified what defines our greatest prosecutors. He'd been United States attorney in Manhattan but then found the job he was made for in district attorney of New York County. He held it for 35 years, longer than any other. He was, as the Times puts it, the "bane of mobsters, crooked politicians and corporate greed; a public avenger to killers, rapists and drug dealers." Yet his greatest quality, we often felt, is that he could spot...

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