Plato Cacheris
Plato Cacheris is an American lawyer
Law of the United States
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Cacheris is the son of a Greek immigrant
Immigration to the United States
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. He grew up in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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  and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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. His father co-owned a chain of restaurants including the historic downtown restaurant The Waffle Shop in Washington, D.C. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States...

 as an officer candidate
Officer Candidate
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, but left in 1953 to enter law school. Cacheris graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is a school within Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., United States. Jesuit priest Edmund A...

 at Georgetown University
Georgetown University
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 and received his Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor
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 (J.D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center
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 in 1956. He is currently a name partner in the law firm of Trout and Cacheris in Washington, D.C.

Cacheris has represented various figures in Washington, D.C. scandals, including:
  • Defense of Attorney General John N. Mitchell
    John N. Mitchell
    John Newton Mitchell was the Attorney General of the United States from 1969 to 1972 under President Richard Nixon...

    , Watergate scandal
    Watergate scandal
    The Watergate scandal was a political scandal during the 1970s in the United States resulting from the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement...

  • Defense of Fawn Hall
    Fawn Hall
    Fawn Hall was a secretary to Lt. Colonel Oliver North and a notable figure in the Iran-Contra affair, helping him shred confidential documents....

    , Iran-Contra scandal figure, who worked with Oliver North
    Oliver North
    Oliver Laurence North is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, political commentator, host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel, a military historian, and a New York Times best-selling author....

  • Defense of Congressman Michael "Ozzy" Myers
    Michael Myers (politician)
    Michael Joseph "Ozzie" Myers is a politician from the American state of Pennsylvania.He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Myers, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976. Myers had previously been a longshoreman. He was regarded as a "maverick"...

    , ABSCAM
    Abscam was a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation run from the FBI's Hauppauge, Long Island, office in the late 1970s and early 1980s...

  • Co-representation, with Jake Stein, of Monica Lewinsky
    Monica Lewinsky
    Monica Samille Lewinsky is an American woman with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "improper relationship" while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996...

    , associate of President William Clinton
    William Clinton
    Bill Clinton is the 42nd President of the United States. William Clinton may also refer to:*William de Clinton, 1st Earl of Huntingdon , English nobleman from prominent Norman family dating to William the Conqueror; Lord High Admiral as of 1333*William Henry Clinton , British general from...

  • Plea bargain for CIA agent, turned Russian spy, Aldrich Ames
    Aldrich Ames
    Aldrich Hazen Ames is a former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analyst, who, in 1994, was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia...

     that enabled his wife to receive a lighter jail sentence for aiding and abetting Ames' espionage.
  • Defense of Robert Hanssen
    Robert Hanssen
    Robert Philip Hanssen is a former American FBI agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States for 22 years from 1979 to 2001...

    , FBI agent and secret spy for the Soviet Union
    Soviet Union
    The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

    ; a plea bargain
    Plea bargain
    A plea bargain is an agreement in a criminal case whereby the prosecutor offers the defendant the opportunity to plead guilty, usually to a lesser charge or to the original criminal charge with a recommendation of a lighter than the maximum sentence.A plea bargain allows criminal defendants to...

     allowed him to avoid the death penalty in exchange for complete cooperation in revealing his activities to the government, but not to the public. His wife would receive a "survivor" pension.
  • Defense of Lawrence Franklin of the AIPAC lobbyist Espionage Act controversy
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