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Charles Ruff

Born: Aug 1, 1939

Death: Nov 19, 2000

Birthplace: Cleveland

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Charles Ruff

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1939
Date of Death : Nov 19, 2000
Birth Place : Cleveland

Charles Frederick Carson "Chuck" Ruff was a prominent American lawyer based in Washington, D.C., and was best known as the White House Counsel who defended President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial in 1999 over the Lewinsky scandal and Paula Jones case . Ruff was born in Cleveland, Ohio to the prominent American publicist Margaret Carson, and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Swarthmore College, and Columbia Law School. After graduating from Columbia Law School, he went with his wife, Susan, to teach law in Liberia. While there, Ruff came down with a mysterious flu-like illness that paralysed his legs. He used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He began his career in Washington in the Organized Crime and Labor Management Section of the United States Department of Justice, and during the Watergate scandal, he joined the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He served as the fourth and final Watergate Special Prosecutor and closed the Special Prosecutor's office in 1977. During the Watergate years, he also taught at Georgetown University Law Center.


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