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Meet the Miami lawyer representing Donald Trump's campaign manager



Miami defense attorney Kendall Coffey knows a thing or two about high-profile cases. There was the presidential recount. The voter fraud in the 1997 Miami mayor's race. Elián González. Scott Rothstein.

Now add a new one to the list: Donald Trump.

Proving once again that almost all national news stories have a Miami connection, Coffey has been named one of two defense attorneys representing Trump's campaign manager. Corey Lewandowski was charged Tuesday with simple battery for allegedly grabbing a female reporter by the arm at Trump National Golf Club, a Trump property in Jupiter. The lead attorney is Scott N. Richardson of West Palm Beach.

A little background on the case:

Security footage appears to show Lewandowski yanking Michelle Fields, who at the time worked for the conservative Breitbart News. She has since resigned.

Lewandowski, who had insisted he "never touched" her, will plea not guilty, Trump's campaign said in a statement, calling him "absolutely innocent." "He is completely confident that he will be exonerated," spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote.

Coffey is a prominent lawyer and former federal prosecutor who, as national political reporters discovered Tuesday afternoon, resigned from his U.S. attorney gig in 1996, a few months after being accused of biting a stripper on the arm.

He had lost a big drug case (a federal jury surprisingly acquitted Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta of smuggling 75 tons of cocaine). One night, he headed to the Lipstik Adult Entertainment Club in Kendall to soften the blow. He ordered a $900 champagne bottle, paid $200 for a private dance and then allegedly bit the dancer. He was ejected from the club.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:00am]


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