Kenneth Kahn, 66, a criminal-defense lawyer known for his work with high-profile clients such as Larry Flynt and with a side career as a comedian, died Wednesday in Cuzco, Peru. He had fallen while climbing alone on the mountain above the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, his public-relations consultant, Bob Mazza, told the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Kahn defended convicted spy Andrew Daulton Lee, portrayed by Sean Penn in the 1985 movie The Falcon and the Snowman.
He defended Flynt when the Hustler magazine publisher was charged with desecrating the American flag for wearing a flag as a diaper in a courtroom.
Mr. Kahn began moonlighting as a standup comedian in the mid-'90s. His comedic explorations began after a brush with death in 1987 when he was stabbed in the chest with an ice pick in a Torrance, Calif., courtroom by a man he had defended for assault on a police officer. - AP