Legal files, likely belonging to Charles Kenady, the lead attorney for the defendant, Cowles Communications, in the libel
suit brought by Joseph L. Alioto against the publisher of Look magazine.
Charles W. Kenady was the lead attorney for Cowles Communications in the libel trials brought by Joseph L. Alioto. In 1969,
while Alioto was mayor of San Francisco, Look Magazine published an article linking him to organized crime. Alioto sued Cowles
Communications, Look's owner, for $12.5 million in damages. Alioto was awarded a $350,000 judgment after four trials spanning
eight years of legal battle.
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