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Monthly Archives: October 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court Will Revisit Constitutionality of Life Without the Possibility of Parole for Juveniles

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The issue of juveniles serving life sentences without the possibility of parole has been a long-standing concern for civil rights advocates. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that imposing this type of sentencing on young criminal defendants is unconstitutional, and that juveniles already in prison for life without parole should be… Read More »

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New York Closing Rikers Island: What’s Next for Those Convicted In New York?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Rikers has been called the prison (or rather, 10 city jails, to be exact) that “doesn’t leave you.” Rather, it is “everywhere, in some shape or form.”  Reportedly, 90 percent of the inmates there are black or Hispanic, and many are there as a reaction to something in their life and more as a… Read More »

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How Petit Larceny & Crimes of Poverty Are Treated In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The City recently did an important piece on crimes of poverty in New York. The most common crime of poverty here is shoplifting; i.e. people stealing food or other items typically valued at less than $1,000 (higher than $1,000 is usually considered grand larceny)–usually in order to eat or otherwise get by. Tens of… Read More »

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Federal Government Experiences Setbacks in Anti-Immigration Policies Here In New York, But Can the Courts Keep Up with The Administration?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Federal courts in New York have recently blocked a number of the current administration’s attempts at circumventing immigration laws from going into effect. Specifically, they most recently blocked the policy that would have cracked down on immigrants who rely on benefit programs, such as Medicare; finding that too many procedural corners were cut and… Read More »

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US Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Eliminate Insanity Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

There are several ‘blockbuster’ criminal cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in October; cases that will significantly determine the rights of criminal defendants during trial. One of those cases—Kahler v. Kansas—involves the question of whether a state can abolish the insanity defense, or whether this violates the eighth and/or 14th amendments to the U.S…. Read More »

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Trial, Conviction & Sentencing of Police Officer Who Mistakenly Shot Legal Resident After Entering Wrong Apartment Highlights Power of Castle Doctrine

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The nation closely watched the trial of Amber Guyger—the police officer who mistakenly thought that she was entering her apartment and, upon doing so, fatally shot the man who legally lived there, accidentally thinking that he was an intruder—during the month of October. The trial was unique in that, while a number of criminal… Read More »

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White Collar Crime Prosecutions Down by 50 Percent, But Highest Number Still Brought In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University, federal white-collar prosecutions have decreased by close to 50 percent since the Obama administration. Specifically, in fiscal year 2019, the government launched less than 5,000 prosecutions; most of them involving radio, television, or wire fraud charges. Compared to eight years ago,… Read More »

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Criminal Defense Attorneys Petition US Supreme Court to Hear Famous Adnan Syed Case for The Sake of Criminal Defendant Rights Everywhere

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late September, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed an amicus brief requesting that the Supreme Court review the criminal case of Adnan Syed, the subject of the famous podcast “Serial,” due to an issue that could affect criminal defendants all over the country. Specifically, the Court of Appeals ruled that Syed’s… Read More »

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