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Is it Illegal to Record Police Interactions in Oregon?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

According to the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind; 81% of which are smartphones with cameras, audio and video recording capabilities. As is evident across the Internet, individuals use these smartphones to capture everything from vacation sunsets and pet photos to community outreach and mission-based projects. There are… Read More »

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Honoring Oregon’s First Black Female Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Our law firm’s blog frequently posts stories about injustice. Today we take great pleasure in profiling Oregon’s first black female Supreme Court Justice. Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson recently received the honor of having a new high school being named after her. This title came at the end of a controversial, yet innovative… Read More »

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Oregon Voters Take Further Steps To End The “WAR ON DRUGS”

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

For many years, it has been widely recognized that the “War on Drugs” was a dismal failure. The greatest single impact of the failed “War on Drugs” was to destroy the lives of millions of people, primarily Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. Enlightened thinkers now realize that the best solution to problem of drug… Read More »

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Defendant’s Right to an Impartial Jury

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact many aspects of Oregon residents’ personal and professional lives, our criminal defense attorneys are acutely concerned about protecting our clients’ right to a fair trial by an impartial jury. Because the pandemic disproportionately affects older people, women, and people of color, these groups are more likely to… Read More »

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Guest Blog By Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Baldwin

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Starving the Wolf of White Supremacy Like most Americans, I am heartened to see the peaceful protestors in our streets demanding a long overdue recognition of the humanity and citizenship of Black Americans. This struggle to affirm our common humanity began more than 150 years ago during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln issued… Read More »

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Oregon's Governor Issues First Pardon on the Basis of Innocence

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Nationally, the Innocence Project has been responsible for hundreds of people being exonerated and/or removed from Death Row on the grounds of actual innocence. For the first time in memory, Oregon’s Governor, Kate Brown, recently granted a Pardon to a person who had been incarcerated, based on the person’s innocence.  This accomplishment is due… Read More »

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Controversy in Oregon Regarding the Crime of Interfering With a Peace Officer

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In 1997, the Oregon Legislature created the crime of INERFERING WITH A PEACE OFFICER, which is codified in ORS 162.247. The statute makes it a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of $6250, for a person to intentionally act in a manner that prevents, or attempts… Read More »

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Without Victims, Online Sting Operations Are Leading to Convictions

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Throughout the United States, law enforcement officials have created online task forces devoted to targeting alleged sexual predators under the guise of getting potentially dangerous individuals off the streets. The State of Oregon is no exception. Officers are posing as minors online who seek conversations-turned physical with adults during sting operations to catch child… Read More »

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Mississippi Finally Ceases Prosecution of Black Man After 6 Failed Attempts at Conviction

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

After 6 failed attempts at conviction, Mississippi has finally dismissed murder charges against 50-year-old Curtis Flowers. The failed prosecution of Mr Flowers was repeatedly marred by racial prejudice and bias. The District Attorney repeatedly demonstrated a determination to exclude Black jurors, and was finally rebuffed in a 7-2 decision written by Trump appointee Brett… Read More »

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Police Violence in Portland has Taken 40 Lives Since 2003

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Police brutality has been a consistent part of American history for many years. In a society where law enforcement often holds the upper hand amongst civilians, many officers have resorted to using extreme acts of violence that have claimed the lives of many citizens, disproportionately impacting Black people, other minorities and those who suffer… Read More »

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