Chief Aide to ACLU President Disbarred for Child Endangerment

Update: I telephoned President Nadine Strossen’s office this morning, identifying myself as Maggie Thornton, a blogger from Maggie’s Notebook, attempting to verify that Strossen’s Chief Aide Steven Cunningham is one and the same as the convicted Steven C. Cunninham. Strossen’s office, after putting me on hold for few seconds, replied:

“Unfortunately, I cannot confirm or deny that, at this time.”

When I mentioned that I found this information on the New York Law School site, the woman again replied: “unfortunately, that’s what we’re hearing.”

My guess is, if the convicted Cunningham is not Strossen’s Chief Aide, the denials would be loud and strong.

End update. Begin Article.

Steven C, Cunningham, Chief Aide to ACLU President Nadine Strossen, has been permanently disbarred and convicted of “attempted endangerment of the welfare of a child”….” Cunningham pled guilty to chatting online with a person he believed to be a 12-year-old boy, but was actually an undercover policeman.

As a result of the conviction, Cunningham has lost his license to practice law in New Jersey, but is still licensed to practice in the state of New York. According to authorities, the disbarment will not affect his New York status, however, authorities there are being notified. In addition to disbarment, Cunningham is reportedly sentenced to parole supervision for the rest of his life.

As of late evening April 17th, The New York ACLU website, here and here doesn’t appear to be reporting the conviction. A Google search for “ACLU New York Steven Cunningham” produced a tag linking Steven Cunningham’s name as Chief Aide to ACLU President Strossen. Following the link leads to The New York Law School page profiling Stossen with Cunningham’s name prominently displayed. Note that the conviction and disbarment is of Steven C. Cunningham and the Chief Aide to Strossen is listed as Steven Cunningham. Perhaps it’s possible that they are not one and the same. The New York office of the ACLU is not commenting and there’s little main stream press on the story

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Read the full story and the actual charges against this man at Stop the ACLU.

For more on the ACLU, here’s a recent report on a former ACLU Chapter President Arrested for Child Pornography

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