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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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Cogan Law Office Supports The Protesters Who Are Demonstrating In Favor Of BLACK LIVES MATTER And Opposing Police Brutality

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

For too long, the police in this community and elsewhere have committed horrific acts of violence against people of color, without consequences. Here in Portland, persons of color whose lives were ended by police acts of violence include 21 year old Kendra James in 2003, 24 year old Terrell Johnson in 2017, and 45… Read More »

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America Is Reeling From The Shock And Disgust At Witnessing The Murder Of George Floyd At The Hands Of The Police

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

For too long, police officers who assault and murder people of color have been given a pass by our legal system.  Prosecutors are extremely reluctant to prosecute, and jurors have historically been hesitant to convict. Police are accorded preferential treatment in our legal system.  When a cop-related shooting occurs, the police are afforded a… Read More »

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Our Law Firm Does Not Play Phone-Tag

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Our law firm does not play phone-tag; we make it a priority to answer calls ourselves. People who call our law office are frequently stunned when a real person answers the phone. More often than not, these days, when people call a business, calls are handled by electronic greeting systems, or outside answering services…. Read More »

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Courts in the Time of Corona

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Since March of 2020, Oregon’s courts have remained open during this time of public health emergency, operating under strict limitations. On May 15th, 2020 Oregon’s Chief Justice Martha Walters issued a new order on how the courts are to operate in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Justice Order No. 20-016 states that… Read More »

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