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Charles Frederick Carson "Chuck" Ruff (August 1, 1939 – November 19, 2000) 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 (1956), Swarthmore College (1960), and Columbia Law School (1963). 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.
He was the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1979-1981, and then entered private practice as a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling. While at Covington and Burling, he represented United States Senator John Glenn in the Keating Five scandal and defended United States Senator Chuck Robb against charges of surreptitiously and unlawfully recording, and disseminating, some private conversations of a political rival, Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder.
Ruff left private practice in 1995 to become Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia. In 1997, he became White House Counsel to President Clinton.
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- http://www.tampagov.net/dept_mayor/mayors_alliance/famous_persons/people_M_thru_R.aspFamous Persons with Disabilities
- Defense Who's Who, Washington Post, January 19, 1999
- Legends in the Law, District of Columbia Bar
- New York Times obituary
- ABC News Charles Ruff Dead at 61, Nov. 20
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