Percy Sutton Dead at 89

percy-suttonPercy Sutton, the civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X and one of US most prominent political and business leaders, has died at the age of 89.

Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed Sutton’s death Saturday, December 26. However, Shorenstein did not know the cause. Cheryl Sutton, Percy’s daughter, declined to comment when reached by phone at her New York City home.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Percy Sutton became one of America’s best known lawyers. He represented many controversial figures, such as Malcolm X, and argued many cases.

Sutton was a longtime leader in Harlem politics, and was a leader of the Harlem Clubhouse. The Clubhouse has dominated Democratic politics in Harlem since the 1960s. His allies in running the Clubhouse were former Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel, and former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson.

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