Richard Kuh

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Richard Kuh
District Attorney of New York County
In office
February 5, 1974 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byFrank S. Hogan
Succeeded byRobert Morgenthau
ConstituencyNew York County, New York
Personal details
Richard Henry Kuh

(1921-04-27)April 27, 1921
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 2011(2011-11-17) (aged 90)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materColumbia 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[edit]

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 the 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]


  1. ^ Richard H. Kuh, Ex-Manhattan Prosecutor, Dies at 90
  2. ^ Fried, Joseph P. (January 11, 2004). "Following Up". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Robert Morgenthau - Manhattan DA
  4. ^ Lichtenstein, Grace (8 August 1974). "Stuntman, Eluding Guards, Walks a Tightrope Between Trade Center Towers". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank Hogan
New York County District Attorney
Succeeded by
Robert M. Morgenthau