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Oregon lawmakers Propose Changes in the Grand Jury Proceeding

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |
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State of Oregon vs. Ramiro Quiroz Hernandez

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The Oregon Court of Appeals just issued an important victory for the defense in a case handled by our office. A Washington County judge refused to allow cross-examination of the alleged defendant in a sex case, specifically related to the alleged defendant’s motivation for making a false charge against our client. The defense sought… Read More »

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Arrested In Oregon Prostitution Sting?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

You may think you can’t win if you’ve been charged with prostitution, especially if you solicited a police officer posing as a prostitute. But before you count it all loss, take a look at some areas your defense team can attack in negotiations or at trial by jury: validity of the arrest motivation behind… Read More »

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$40 million Awarded to 5 Young Men Wrongly Convicted

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The five men who were convicted of beating and raping the “Central Park Jogger” in the late 1980’s are actually innocent. The five black men were teens when they were accused.  Their case triggered a feeding frenzy of publicity, in which the media widely presumed them to be guilty.  Unfair police tactics led to… Read More »

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Police Commander Destroys His Career Stealing Fuel in Oregon State

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

An OSP (Oregon State Police) commander, thriving in his career, gave up his badge after pleading guilty in court to first-degree official misconduct. The commander, Jeff R. Lanz, built his career within the OSP based on his integrity in investigating fellow officers, but saw his law enforcement career evaporate as a result of his… Read More »

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Innocents on Death Row

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

According to findings published by the United States, National Academy of Sciences, 1 in every 25, or 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent. This is incredibly disturbing considering since 1977 only 1.6% of death row inmates have been exonerated and set free. Death row cases receive a great deal of attention and roughly… Read More »

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Murder Conviction Overturned

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

A woman who was convinced to plead guilty to murdering her girlfriend in 2004 may not be the killer and will either be retried or set free.  U.S. District Judge Malcolm Marsh reported that new scientific evidence might reveal that Lisa Marie Roberts did not strangle Jerri Lee Williams. In May 2002, The naked… Read More »

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Woman Cries “WOLF”

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Of the things deemed unforgivable by modern society, rape is ranked among the most terrible crimes. A person accused of rape is essentially marked for life; getting a job, going to school, even moving into a new neighborhood becomes much more difficult. One would think that as serious an issue as sexual assault is,… Read More »

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Wrongfully Accused Men Freed After 22 Years

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Everyone has watched a movie or television show where someone is charged with a crime they did not commit. In most cases, the person wrongly accused gets off the hook and the true bad guy is caught, because in television the police always get the right guy. In the real world, the police do… Read More »

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License Suspension for Less Than an Ounce?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

It is obvious that Marijuana has become a highly controversial topic. In states such as Colorado and Washington, the use of Marijuana has become legal. However, Oregon law does not allow the use and or possession of marijuana except for medical purposes. Oregon law used to punish anyone caught with any amount of marijuana… Read More »

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