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Monthly Archives: September 2020


Justice Department Charges COVID-19 Small Business Loan Applicants with Fraud

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In September, the Justice Department charged almost 60 people – including several here in New York – with trying to steal almost $200 million from the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was put in place to help small businesses cover essential expenses such as utilities… Read More »

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When Can Disciplining Your Child Result in Child Abuse Allegations In New York?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

There is no question that parenting during the pandemic has been difficult for a number of families, especially for some divorced parents who disagree with each other about child custody and other issues. While reports of domestic violence have steadily increased since families have been stuck indoors due to the lockdown, unfortunately, this also… Read More »

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New York Isn’t Close Enough to Fully Decriminalizing Sex Work

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The New York Police Department continuing to criminalize sex work here in New York continues to be a serious criminal justice issue. One only needs to look at the recent almost $6 million settlement with the family of Layleen Polanco, who died in her cell at Rikers Island while in custody due to extreme… Read More »

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Prosecutor Offers Plea Deal Naming Deceased Breonna Taylor Co-Defendant; A Legally Suspicious Act

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In an incident that has been widely criticized around the country, prosecutors recently encouraged a drug suspect to name the recently-deceased Breonna Taylor as a co-defendant as part of a plea deal, highlighting just how nefarious plea deals can become and how important it is to involve a criminal defense attorney in order to… Read More »

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Lawsuit Challenges Administration’s Refusal to Dismiss Immigration Removal Orders from Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late August, a number of immigrants who are unable to obtain green cards as a result of a new immigration policy put in place – and who are now vulnerable to removal as a result – brought a lawsuit challenging the administration, arguing that the policy violates the plain language of the Immigration… Read More »

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Defendant Convicted of Murder Has Sentence Reduced Under NY Domestic Violence Survivors Law

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Unfortunately, one of the biggest fallouts from the coronavirus pandemic has been an increase in domestic violence, as survivors have been forced into even more extreme, compromised situations, with shelters lacking in availability and without many having access to friends and family. While the system was already inadequate in terms of preventing and mitigating… Read More »

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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