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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear “Bridgegate” Case That Could Completely Transform Federal Fraud Charges

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the controversial “Bridgegate” case involving then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge that connects New York and New Jersey over the course of four days in order to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for refusing to endorse Christie’s… Read More »

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A Majority of Female Criminal Defendants Are Abuse Victims: What This Says About Self-Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to studies, 77 percent of female criminal defendants are also victims of abuse and a significant number of women serving time in prison were tried, found guilty, and incarcerated because they were acting in self-defense against their abusers, which is within their legal rights. Take, for example, the story of LeToya Ramseure, who… Read More »

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Revenge Pornography Prosecutions Could Be Hampered by Increasingly Successful Free Speech Defense Claims

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

New York is one of the most recent states to pass a law outlawing what is known as revenge porn, or posting explicit images of others without their consent. Specifically, it makes the malicious publication or sharing of an intimate image of someone without their consent a misdemeanor that can land you in jail… Read More »

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If You Have Been Charged with A Military Crime, Know Your Rights

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Many people do not realize that being charged with a military crime is the same as being charged with any other crime in that you have the same rights as anyone else—the right to remain innocent until proven guilty. It is crucial that you know how to protect your rights throughout the process, as… Read More »

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New York Courts Experience Significant Divergence in Opinion in Sentencing in Terrorism Case

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, a 17-year-sentence that was handed down in a Brooklyn federal court for a New Yorker who allegedly sought to engage in a terrorist activity – trying to kill an FBI agent who was searching his home – on behalf of the Islamic State… Read More »

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Court Finds That an Immigrant Does Not Forfeit Their Appeal When They Are Deported, Even If They Have Illegally Reentered the U.S.

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In December, a federal appeals court declared federal regulations allowing for an immigrant who is in the process of appealing their deportation order to be considered as having forfeited his appeal by getting deported to be illegal. As a result, the court officially reinstated the appeal of the defendant’s deportation.  The immigrant had entered… Read More »

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New York Moves to Add All Fentanyl Analogs as Schedule I Drugs

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Fentanyl-related deaths have skyrocketed in New York and throughout the country, surpassing even the prescription opioid painkiller crisis. According to statistics, there were more than 30,000 fentanyl-related overdose deaths; just last year. As a result, New York may soon have a new drug crime in its criminal code: In December, Governor Cuomo announced that… Read More »

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What Is New York’s “One Punch” Law? Its History & Movement to Change

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The New York Post recently featured a story on a criminal defendant that is being released on bail due to what is known as the state’s “one punch homicide law,” which essentially prevents upgrading an assault charge to manslaughter if an assault led to death unless there is proof that there was an intent… Read More »

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Some Police Departments Are Using Rapid DNA Technology to Quickly Solve Rape Cases, But Is It Reliable?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

New techniques that allow for “Rapid DNA” testing and claim to offer law enforcement a means of quickly and efficiently testing DNA samples in criminal cases has drawn fire from some criminal defense advocates and crime lab officials, who are concerned about the reliability of police departments using such techniques, especially before they have… Read More »

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If You Were Arrested by The NYPD for A Minor Offense in The Subway, It Could Be Due to Discrimination

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On December 6, the New York Times covered an important expose on racial profiling committed by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in targeting arrestees for minor offenses, such as jumping turnstiles. According to the sworn statements by six officers, they were told to go after “blacks and Latinos” and that they were “stopping… 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, on May 9, 2014.


"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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