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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Definition of Serious Drug Offense & Criminalization of Immigration Advocacy

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late February, the Supreme Court ruled on and heard very important criminal cases; one involving what is considered to be a serious drug offense under the Armed Career Criminal Act, while the other (which has not yet been ruled on) could determine whether those engaging in immigration advocacy could be arrested and prosecuted… Read More »

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Videos Emerge Showing NYPD Officer Planting Marijuana During Traffic Stops, Raising Questions About Body Cameras

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In March, yet another video of the same New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who was previously caught planting marijuana in a car was released, once again showing this same officer planting marijuana during a different traffic stop. These videos highlight serious conspiracy and corruption within the NYPD when it comes to framing particular… Read More »

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Federal Department of Justice Proposes Drastic Changes to Defendants’ and Immigrants’ Rights Due to Coronavirus Emergency

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to a new report released by Politico in March, the federal Department of Justice requested that Congress pass legislation allowing for significant new powers in the wake of the coronavirus; powers that would suspend a number of criminal defendants’ constitutional rights, allowing justices to indefinitely hold people without trial, as well as restrict… Read More »

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Current Criminal Cases Examining Under What Circumstances DNA Can Be Taken by Deception Without a Warrant

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The issue of how police are obtaining DNA in order to charge suspects with crimes is an issue that is becoming more and more relevant every day as police appear to be using new investigative techniques that combine genetic testing and genealogical records to in some instances solve decades old cold cases more and… Read More »

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Internal Investigation Ordered After Video Surfaces of NYPD Using Excessive Force to Arrest a Man with Less Than One Ounce of Marijuana

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In March, the New York Police Department (NYPD) ordered an internal investigation after a video surfaced exposing a group of officers arresting a man in an allegedly abusive way, for smoking a small amount of marijuana. The man was not resisting arrest, and the police have been criticized for how they handled the incident…. Read More »

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House Makes Lynching A Federal Crime, But Some Point Out The Hypocrisy, Given The Current Injustices Of The Legal System

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In March, the House approved legislation classifying lynching as a federal hate crime. The bill comes after a number of similar efforts were defeated, 120 years after Congress first considered similar legislation, and makes the act a crime punishable by life in prison, a fine, or both. The President is expected to sign the… Read More »

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Is It Time to Correct What Has Resulted in A Massive Injustice for Criminal Defendants in Courts Around the Country Every Day?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

There is no question that the Supreme Court has essentially defined criminal defendants’ rights; from criminal proceedings to investigations, searches, arrests, interrogations, Fourth Amendment limitations on arrests, searches and seizures, Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sixth Amendment right to counsel, protections under the 14th Amendment, and more. From police officers having to inform suspects… Read More »

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While The NYPD Claims It Will Remove DNA Profiles for Non-Criminals from Database, Pressure Mounts Against State Criminal Justice Reforms

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

New York appears to be moving in different directions when it comes to certain civil rights issues and criminal justice reforms: In late February, the New York Police Department announced that it would start expunging some of the more than 80,000 people in its database – known as the local DNA index system –… Read More »

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New Study Reveals That “Junk Science” Psychological Tests Are Being Used to Convict and Sentence Defendants

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A new study indicates that the courts are not properly screening out unreliable IQ and psychological tests and this is allowing junk science to be used as evidence to sway juries and judges, as well as influence whether a criminal defendant is convicted and what their punishment is. The study looked at hundreds of… Read More »

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The Fate of Marijuana Remains Unclear In New York, Leaving Some Still Targeted for High Arrest Rate

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

While disagreements over how exactly to legalize recreational marijuana in New York play out, the drug remains illegal here, which means that arrests are still occurring and New Yorkers continue to face repercussions for drug charges. This means that marijuana convictions are still preventing people from getting jobs, affecting child custody issues, placing immigrants… 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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