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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Offers Early Release to Prisoners Because of COVID, But Some Prisoners Opt to Remain Behind Bars

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Due to the alarming rise of the coronavirus spreading within Oregon’s prisons, Gov. Kate Brown offered early release to 66 inmates who are at a greater risk of contracting the deadly virus. This was done in hopes to mitigate public safety risks as a result of the virus raging throughout Oregon’s prison system. However,… 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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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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Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On Monday, May 18, A Baker County Circuit Judge ruled that Governor Kate Brown had made a mistake by not seeking the Legislature’s approval to extend Oregon’s stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. The Judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by ten churches in Oregon, who argue that the state’s stay-at-home… Read More »

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