William M. Kunstler
Born July 17, 1919 Died September 4, 1995
Graduated Yale and received a Law degree from Columbia Law School
Major, United States Army, served in the Pacific Theater, World War II
Lawyer, American Civil Liberties Union's Chief Trial Attorney

As ACLU Attorney, William Kunstler represented Reies Lopez Tijerina at the June 16-17, 1969, Tijerina's bond revocation hearing held in United States District Court.

I was subpoenaed to testify by both the prosecution and defense. I testified and was on the witness stand for two hours for the prosecution. The United States Attorney Victor Ortega handled the case with the assistance of Michael Watson.
Kunstler, for the defense, cross-examined and attacked me for about an hour and a half. He was finally stopped by Judge Howard C. Bratton when he started asking the chemical make up of the film developer I had used. Judge Bratton revoked Tijerina's bond.
Kunstler was invited to be the keynote speaker at Highlands University Las Vegas, N.M., during campus unrest in 1971.
New Mexico State Policeman Robert Gilliland followed Kunstler, when he was picked up at the Albuquerque airport by Reies Hugh Tijerina and driven to Las Vegas.
Gilliland drove behind Tijerina very closely making no effort to be surreptitious, he wanted Tijerina and Kunstler to know they were being escorted and observed. The young Tijerina was unimpressed by the escort and drove at about 85 MPH all the way to Las Vegas. Kunstler went to a home in Las Vegas prior to going to the University's theater where he gave his speech.
The speech was consistent with Kunstler's rhetoric. Being the lead ACLU attorney, he condemned government and called for a change along the liberal thinking for which he was so well known.

Kunstler represented two of the "Chicago Eight" defendants, Rennie Davis and David Dillinger, charged and tried in Federal Court for conspiracy to incite riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago, Illinois. The trial was conducted by Federal District Court Judge Julies Hoffman in Chicago. One of the eight, Bobby Seals, had been so disruptive in courtroom that Hoffman removed him from the case. The "Chicago Seven" defendants were convicted after an extended trial where the defense put the government on trial. Defendants, including Kunstler, engaged in acts that so enraged the judge that he handed out several additional sentences for contempt of court. The case was appealed to the Federal Court of Appeals which overturned the verdicts and contempt citations.

Kunstler also represented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Al Sharpton, Stokley Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Mississippi Freedom Riders, Malcolm X, Black Panthers, Lenny Bruce, Jack Ruby, John Gotti, Rhode Island Mafia, World Trade Center Islamic terrorist bombers, the killer of Rabbi Kahana, American Indian Movement leaders at Wounded Knee, and United States Marine Sergeant Clayton Lonetree, a Native American guard at the Moscow Embassy charged with and convicted of espionage.
He twice, in 1989 and 1990, successfully argued flag-burning cases before the United States Supreme Court.
My father knew Kunstler as an Army Major during World War II when they both were stationed at Gudalcanal in the South Pacific.