Mitchell Rogovin

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Person.png Mitchell Rogovin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornDecember 3, 1930
DiedFebruary 7, 1996 (Age 65)
Alma materSyracuse University, University of Virginia, Georgetown University Law Center
Member ofInstitute for Policy Studies
Special counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1975 and 1976.

Mitchell Rogovin was a prominent American civil liberties lawyer and U.S. government counsel. He was chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1965 and 1966, and as special counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1975 and 1976.

Rogovin was born in New York City to Max Seymour Rogovin and Sayde Efstein. His four grandparents were Russian Jewish emigrants.[1] He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951. He studied law at the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Rogovin authored a standard reference work on IRS pronouncements, "The Four R’s: Regulations, Rulings, Reliance, and Retroactivity: A View from Within".[2]

In private practice, he was known for his 1971 defense of New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan for his role in the publication of the Pentagon Papers, and for his 1973 suit against Richard Nixon's reelection committee on behalf of Common Cause.[3]

He was appointed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to head the agency's investigation of the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island.[4]


A Quote by Mitchell Rogovin

Otis G. Pike“Pike will pay for this, you wait and see — we’ll destroy him for this.”1976
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  1. 1910, 1940 United States Federal Census
  2. Originally published by Commerce Clearing House, Inc., in Federal Tax Guide Reports, Vol. 49, No. 8 (December 3, 1965); reprinted by the U.S. Government Printing Office as Document 6062 (4-1970). After his death, Rogovin's work was updated and re-published as Mitchell Rogovin & Donald L. Korb, "The Four R’s Revisited: Regulations, Rulings, Reliance, and Retroactivity in the 21st Century: A View From Within", 46 Duquesne Law Review 323 (2008), re-printed in CCH’s Taxes – The Tax Magazine, August 2009 (CCH).
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