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Attorney Mark I. Cohen Featured in Bloomberg News – Chaos in Courts: ‘Keep Everyone in Jail and We’ll Sort It Out’

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Aug. 7, 2020, 4:51 AM

Jordan S. Rubin

Jose Javier Rivera Bernard faces what’s become a common Covid-19 dilemma in the criminal justice system, as he sits in New York’s coronavirus-stricken Metropolitan Correctional Center, facing federal drug charges with no end to his case in sight.

His lawyer, Mark I. Cohen, thinks he has a winning Fourth Amendment argument that could get the evidence tossed out. But due to pandemic restrictions, Rivera Bernard must either agree to a virtual suppression hearing, where Cohen can’t properly challenge the credibility of government witnesses, or languish in lock-up, as the virus keeps ripping through U.S. prisons and jails.

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Avvo Reviews Mark L. Cohen


"... 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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