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New York Moves to Classify Hate Crime Killings as “Domestic Terrorism” & Adds Additional Penalties

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed adding penalties on to violent hate crimes that are committed against individuals based on gender, race, or other protected class here in New York and, in doing so, labeling them crimes of “domestic terrorism.” According to Cuomo’s office, current hate crime laws in New York cover… Read More »

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Does New York’s Ban of the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Violate Citizens’ Due Process Rights? That May Soon Be Decided in Court

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

We have previously discussed New York’s ban of what is known as the “gay and trans panic defense,” which prohibits a defendant from using a particular defense during a criminal trial in effort to mitigate their culpability in a murder case. A number of criminal defense advocates have now raised concerns about how the… Read More »

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Fraud Defense in New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The founder of an organization called “Students for Trump” was recently found guilty of wire fraud here in New York, and the story has captured news headlines of late. He allegedly claimed to be an attorney with 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law, and provided legal services to a number of… Read More »

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Latest Data Released On NYPD Police Misconduct Reveals Shocking Pattern of Wrongful Arrests & Corruption

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to newly-released data, there have been close to $40 million in settlements paid to victims of police misconduct (and wrongful arrest) here in New York City thus far, reflecting an increase of more than 50 percent since this same time last year. In 2018, the city paid out a reported $230 million total… Read More »

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State Supreme Court Rules That Social Media Companies Must Turn Over Private Content to Defense Team

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In July, the California Supreme Court made a monumental decision that will affect the rights of criminal defendants all over the country. Specifically, the Court found that the criminal defendant and his team were entitled to not only public posts from social media companies such as Facebook and Instagram, but also private posts as… Read More »

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New York City Considers Charging Felony for Police Harassment

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The New York City police union known as the New York City Police Benevolent Association has demanded that the district attorney charge anyone who throws water or other substances a police officer is to be charged with a felony and consider it to be assaulting an officer. While currently, police officers can make arrests… Read More »

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Administration Announces NYPD Officer Will Not Be Charged in Eric Garner’s Death

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On July 16, the Department of Justice announced that they will not be bringing a deadly force case against the New York police officer who was involved in choking Eric Garner to death in 2014, sparking outrage amongst civil rights advocates. The issue has not only sparked protests over the issue of excessive force… Read More »

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Sports Betting No Longer a Crime In New York, But Only Under Specific Conditions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Approximately one year after the US Supreme Court lifted the ban on sports betting, New York officially joined the list of states that no longer designate wagering on sports to be illegal crime. New York is officially the ninth state to legalize it after the state game commission approved regulations. Some now claim that… Read More »

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A Look at The Federal & State Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein & Defenses He May Put Forth

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The case against Jeffrey Epstein in New York has received a significant amount of attention in news headlines. After his 2007 negotiation with the US attorney’s office in Miami prevented him from going to prison, a number of people are wondering if he will serve time this time around and to what extent current… Read More »

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New Child Victims Act Expands Statute of Limitations to Bring Child Sex Abuse Charges In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Since the #MeToo movement and allegations against Jeffrey Epstein have captured news headlines, a new law here in New York has also gained attention, as it provides alleged victims with additional chances to file criminal charges against their accusers here in New York. Specifically, New York legislators passed the Child Victims Act this year,… 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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