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Richard Kuh

Richard H. Kuh
District Attorney of New York County
In office
February 5, 1974 – December 31, 1974
Preceded by Frank S. Hogan
Succeeded by Robert M. Morgenthau
Constituency New York County, New York
Personal details
Born (1921-04-27)April 27, 1921
New York City, New York
Died November 17, 2011(2011-11-17) (aged 90)
New York City, New York
Alma mater Columbia University, Harvard Law School

Richard Henry Kuh (April 27, 1921 – November 17, 2011) was a partner at the law firm of Warshaw Burstein Cohen Schlesinger & Kuh, LLP. He was New York County District Attorney in 1974.


Kuh received a Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1941, and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School with magna cum laude distinction in 1948.[1] At Harvard, Kuh was also on the Board of Editors for the Harvard Law Review.

New York County District Attorney's Office

As a New York County Assistant D.A., Kuh served as Administrative Assistant to District Attorney Frank S. Hogan and Chief of the Criminal Courts Bureau. Kuh was the prosecutor who won the controversial conviction of Lenny Bruce on obscenity charges.[2]

In 1974, Kuh succeeded Hogan as District Attorney of New York County after Hogan suffered a stroke and resigned. In September 1974, Kuh was defeated by Robert M. Morgenthau in the Democratic primary for the special election to fill the vacancy.[3] Kuh was DA when Philippe Petit made his famous tightrope walk between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and famously agreed that his punishment should be a free show for children in Central Park.[4]


External links & Sources

  • - Richard H. Kuh
  • Richard H. Kuh: Warshaw Burstein Cohen Schlesinger & Kuh
  • Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover, The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Fall & Rise of an American Icon (cloth: 2002) (digital: 2012)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank Hogan
New York County District Attorney
Succeeded by
Robert M. Morgenthau

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