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allowed me as a non-Mississippi lawyer, to defend. That was the strange thing about the South. You couldn't do that in New York. A Mississippi lawyer couldn't come up here and defend somebody except with enormous applications in advance and so forth. But in Mississippi they allowed nonresident lawyers to come in and participate in the trials, which I thought was unique.

Q:

Isn't admission to the bar a state matter?

Koch:

Sure, it is, and I'm not admitted to the Mississippi bar.

Q:

How do you account then for this difference between Mississippi and New York?

Koch:

Well, in that respect they're more decent. (laughs) But they allow it.

Anyway we try all the cases; we lost them all. But in every case I 1/2m convinced that the judge was aware that we were right and they were wrong, and so he suspended the sentences. (interruption)

Q:

Ed Koch is just taking a call from a radio reporter, and this is his side of the interview, recorded with his consent.

Koch:

... sponsored by Net Patterson of upstate New York and myself, and it provides for an 11-member commission to be appointed



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