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Tennessee May Soon Execute an Innocent Man

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On December 3, 2020, 53-year old Pervis Payne is set to be executed in a Tennessee penitentiary. Mr Payne is a black man who had no prior criminal convictions, and who suffers from intellectual disability. Mr Payne has been held on Death Row for over 30 years of a crime he claims to not… Read More »

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After 15 Years in Prison, A Mother Gets to Know Her Daughter Again

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

When we hear phrases such as “mass incarceration”, we are tempted to think of the prison population in terms of large numbers. However, it is important to reflect on the real human beings whose lives are disrupted, and even destroyed, as a result of our country’s all too quick resort to sending defendants to… Read More »

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Portland is Under Siege by Trump’s Para-Military, Not by Demonstrators

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Trump and Right-wing media outlets have been trying to sell a false narrative claiming that Portland is under siege by protesters. The truth is very different. Questions regarding Portland’s overall safety have been raised in the media over recent weeks. Right-wing outlets allege that the Portland is dangerous, causing widespread speculation and curiosity. According… Read More »

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The Innocence Project Has Freed Many People and Has Given Them a New Chance at Life

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Year after year innocent men and women are imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit. Shockingly, many have spent 20 or more years in prison as a result of wrongful convictions. Fortunately, the Innocence Project has re-investigated many cases and has been able to achieve freedom for many who have been unjustly incarcerated…. Read More »

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United States Government Resumes Imposition of the Death Penalty After a Pause of 17 Years

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On July 14th, 47 year old Daniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist was put to death by lethal injection in Indiana. Lee’s fate was ultimately decided due to a 5-to-4 vote within the Supreme Court, and is being criticized by the public for how rushed his capital punishment was handled. Lee was pronounced… Read More »

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Tasers Can Be Deadly Weapons

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Law enforcement frequently describes Tasers as being “less-lethal”, almost benign. The truth is very different. Tasers are weapons that cause momentary paralysis. When law enforcement is faced with a citizen that does not choose to comply with arrest or detainment, Tasers are frequently employed. However, these weapons should be deployed only when absolutely necessary,… Read More »

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WNBA Star Assists Wrongfully Convicted Prisoner Regain his Freedom

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Wrongful convictions in the US have been repeated year after year within the legal system, and continue to be a huge concern across the country. Time and time again citizens have been incarcerated for crimes they simply did not commit, a failure of a criminal justice system that locks up innocent persons due to… Read More »

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The Legal Rights of Protestors In Oregon And Throughout The Country

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Thousands of people have been arrested throughout the United States for passionately challenging police brutality and racial discrimination, including hundreds in the State of Oregon. In solidarity with those who are committed to holding police officers and government officials accountable, our criminal defense attorneys at Mark C. Cogan, P.C. will continue to educate the… Read More »

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None Can Doubt That Racism Is An Urgent Issue In Our Society Today

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The disturbing evidence of police brutality against black people is extremely concerning, and our legal system has not responded effectively. Our Nation’s streets are filled with protesters who urge redress of grievances. It is vitally important that the voices of the oppressed be heeded. The protesters challenge their communities, and the government, to respond…. Read More »

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Why We Do What We Do

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Having practiced as a criminal defense attorney for more than 37 years, I am acutely aware of the deep flaws in our broken criminal justice system. Attorneys who represent the indigent are overworked and underpaid. Prosecutors suppress exculpatory evidence. Police officers commit acts of violence and falsify evidence without consequence. Against strong odds, criminal… Read More »

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