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Former West Linn Police Officers who Participated in Racist Action Finally Get Their Certifications Revoked

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

An ancient adage in the law proclaims “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.” It took way too long, but the former West Linn police officers who took part in racist actions against Michael Fesser have finally received some measure of justice. Due to the wrongful and racially charged arrest of Mr Fesser in 2017, former… Read More »

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Is $75 Million Sufficient Compensation for 2 Brothers Who Served Decades in Prison for a Crime They Did Not Commit?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

After spending decades behind bars, two Black brothers were finally released from prison and were awarded $75 million after being wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buie, when they were just teenagers. Leon Brown and Henry McCollum were arrested in 1983, remaining behind prison walls for nearly 31… Read More »

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Long-overdue Consequences for the West Linn Police Officers Who Racially Harassed an Innocent Citizen

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Due to the unjust arrest of Michael Fesser, a Black Portland resident who had been wrongfully targeted by West Linn police in 2017, former police chief Terry Timeus and fired Sgt. Tony Reeves risk losing their official police certifications for life. West Linn police failed to properly investigate Fesser’s case, consisting of law enforcement’s… Read More »

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Oregon Legislators Are Working to Improve Oregon’s Expungement Law

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Oregon’s Expungement Law (ORS 137.225) provides a vehicle for people to erase convictions for certain felonies and misdemeanors, as well as arrests in cases that do not result in convictions. Our law firm frequently assists clients in seeking expungement. The expungement law has been amended many times over the last several decades. At times,… Read More »

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Facial Recognition Software Can Lead to Injustice

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In February of 2019, Nijeer Parks, 31-years-old at the time, was sent to a corrections center in New Jersey due to a false facial recognition match placing him at a grocery store at the time of a crime. Mr Parks was accused of shoplifting candy, hitting a police officer’s vehicle, and nearly driving into… Read More »

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Former West Linn Cop Finally Gets Consequences for His Role in Racist Action Against Black Citizen

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

It has taken 4 long years, but former West Linn police lieutenant Michael Stradley has finally gotten consequences for his role in the racially motivated prosecution of Michael Fesser, who was falsely charged with a crime in retaliation for making a complaint of racial discrimination against his politically connected employer. At long last, Stradley… Read More »

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Oregon Legislature is Moving Forward on Police Reform Bills

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Following the recent trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who murdered George Floyd, Congress has been moving forward to pass police reform bills in order to decrease cases of police brutality and prevent future unnecessary deaths. Likewise, the Oregon House of Representatives approved and passed a package of nine bills… Read More »

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Opinion: Returning to Portland From Prison With a Commitment to Make Amends

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

After more than 17 years in prison for killing two people in a drunk-driving crash, the author will be returning to Portland. Certified as a substance abuse counselor, he hopes to help others avoid making the same mistake he did. Dave Killen / Staff The Oregonian By Guest Columnist | The Oregonian  Martin Lockett… Read More »

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Oregon Legislators Are Taking Action to Expose Police Officers Who Engage in Misconduct

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Oregon lawmakers are taking big steps towards a bill that will open police records to the public. Oregon currently continues to be one of the nine states that withholds police discipline records from the public, preventing citizens from accessing information about officers who do wrong. Oregon law enforcement has been criticized for how officers… Read More »

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Three Men Freed After Decades of Being Incarcerated as a Result of Misconduct by the Prosecution

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

After 24 years of wrongful incarceration, Gary Johnson, 46, Rohan Bolt, 59, and George Bell, 44, were released from New York State’s Green Haven Correctional Facility after being unfairly convicted of a double murder in Queens during the 90’s. In December of 1996, a failed armed robbery resulted in the murders of a store… Read More »

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