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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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Black Legislators Propose Significant Reforms to Oregon Laws

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Black Representatives are proposing significant reforms to Oregon law that are designed to address racial disparities in how our State is policed. These include House Bill 2002, which would limit future driving arrests, end traffic stops for vehicle infractions, and much more. Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man was recently murdered by police due… Read More »

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Oregon House of Representatives Passes Legislation That Will Ban Hairstyle Discrimination

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The Oregon state House successfully passed a bill that officially bans hairstyle discrimination within workplaces and public schools. House Bill 2935, now heading to the state Senate, will prohibit schools and employers from discriminating against cultural hairstyles based on someone’s race, such as twists, braids and locs. This bill won by a 58-0 vote… Read More »

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US Supreme Court is at a Critical Juncture With Potential Retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Liberals warn of future dangers for the Democratic Senate if Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 82, refuses to step down from his position. Breyer is currently the oldest member of the court, raising questions of potential issues that could leave detrimental effects on Democratic Senate control. President Joe Biden has stated that he would… Read More »

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Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorneys Providing Safe Legal Solutions Throughout Oregon

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In early 2020, the COVID-19 virus severely impacted nearly every industry in the country, including how our Oregon courts and overall legal system operated. As businesses and municipalities transformed the way they worked, beginning with most employees moving from their office to working remotely from home, countless changes would continue to sweep the legal industry… Read More »

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Legislation To Reform Oregon’s Harsh Sentencing Law is Finally Gaining Traction in Salem

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Ever since Oregon voters enacted Ballot Measure 11 in 1994, thousands of defendants, many with no criminal history, have been sentenced to mandatory minimum prison sentences under a regime whereby the judges have little or no power to issue punishments that are not approved by the prosecutor. This relic of the era of mass… Read More »

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Oregon Legislators Are Taking a Closer Look at a Law That Allows Police to Declare Unlawful Assemblies

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In Oregon, a law currently on the books that allows police officers to declare unlawful assemblies is now being examined by our legislators. During the many protests of last year, police officers have had authority to disband assemblies which they deem unlawful. Concern has arisen that this practice violates the Constitutional right of protesters… Read More »

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Oregon Legislature is Considering Bills to Increase Police Accountability

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Responding to widespread concern about the need to hold police accountable, two House Bills have been introduced by Legislators that could potentially save lives, provide justice to deceased victims, and lay the foundation for improved policing. House Bill 3145 responds to recommendations regarding provision of public defense services, and requires Oregon’s Department of Public… Read More »

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