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Study Finds That Police Are Persistently Racially Biased in Traffic Stops, Searches, And Seizures, Providing Serious Implications for Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour demonstrates that not only do police stop Black drivers in large part due to their race, but also that they apply a lower evidentiary standard in deciding to conduct searches of Black and Latinx drivers. The study has broad implications, not only demonstrating a “persistent racial… Read More »

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New York’s Bail Law Changes: Will This Result in More People Lingering in Jail?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After making important criminal justice reforms here in New York involving the removal of cash bail for many low-level crimes – resulting in what the Center for Court Innovation has reported as a 40 percent drop in people behind bars just from April 2019 to March 2020, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature quickly… Read More »

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While Threat to Deport International Students Is Dropped, Questions Surrounding Reentry of Those with F-1 Visas Remain

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In a significant reversal on immigration policy and in response to several lawsuits brought by a number of universities, on July 14, the administration changed course and agreed not to deport international college students who rely on online courses here in the US. The administration had not only threatened to deport the students, but… Read More »

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Mark Cohen is Presenting in Part Six of the NYCBA’S CLE Webinar Series “Introduction to Federal Criminal Defense for the State Court Practitioner” Thursday July 23rd

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The NYCBA and Marino Legal continue their 10-Part CLE Webinar Series “Introduction to Federal Criminal Defense for the State Court Practitioner” this Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 3:30 PM sharp, with the sixth program in this series: “Federal Pretrial Dispositions: Guilty Pleas Pursuant to Cooperation Agreements”. The panelists for this presentation are Nicholas Kaizer,… Read More »

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Discovery Laws Change In New York, In Spite of Evidence of Prosecutorial Misconduct

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office recently came under fire by one U.S. District Judge after they were caught violating state discovery laws; specifically, failing to hand over evidence favorable to the defense in the case brought against Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, who was accused and convicted of fraud, money laundering, and violating… Read More »

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Summer 2020 Immigration Update: Rules Applying to Asylum Seekers & Foreign Students in The US

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Below, we discuss some important recent regulatory directives and court decisions that apply to the rules and regulations that govern immigration in the US: Judge Overturns Rule Requiring That Immigrants First Claim Asylum in Country Reached Before The US In July, a federal judge ruled that yet another immigration policy put in place by… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Throws DACA Recipients a Lifeline, While Trump Administration Strikes Down Temporary Work Visas for Skilled Workers & Asylum Seekers

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In June, the US Supreme Court blocked President Trump’s plan to allow for 700,000 “DREAMers” to be deported. As a result, those who are eligible for DACA may now be able to apply as, while the administration has not accepted new applicants since 2017, this may now be different due to the Court’s recent… Read More »

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The US Supreme Court Declines to Rule On Qualified Immunity, Leaving It Up to Congress

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late June, the US Supreme Court declined to hear any of the cases on qualified immunity, which protects police officers and other government officials from being sued for violating the constitutional rights of citizens unless they engage in the exact same actions that have already been ruled by the courts to be illegal…. Read More »

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US Department Of Justice Updates Guidance Document For Investigating Corporations Of White Collar Crimes

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In June, the Department of Justice released an updated guidance document concerning the evaluation of corporate compliance programs for prosecutors of white collar crimes. The adequacy and effectiveness of a company’s compliance program is one of the factors that prosecutors are supposed to consider in determining whether to bring charges, as well as whether… Read More »

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Administration Moves to Restrict US Work Visas & Other Immigration Policies

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Pursuant to President Trump’s April proclamation, there are a number of expected immigration changes on horizon, many of which are not likely going through notice and comment rulemaking, and most of which are expected to significantly affect the benefits, employment, and licensing of visa holders. Specifically, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, it is… 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.

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"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.

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"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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