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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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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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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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The Black Resilience Fund Deserves Our Support

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Black Lives Matter has emerged as a strong movement seeking to redress the wrongs that have been perpetrated against our Black brothers and sisters. Here in Portland, a new organization, the Black Resilience Fund, or “BRF,” is an emergency fund that is helping ensure that Black Portlanders can receive needed financial and emotional support…. Read More »

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Tennessee May Soon Execute an Innocent Man

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On December 3, 2020, 53-year old Pervis Payne is set to be executed in a Tennessee penitentiary. Mr Payne is a black man who had no prior criminal convictions, and who suffers from intellectual disability. Mr Payne has been held on Death Row for over 30 years of a crime he claims to not… Read More »

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After 15 Years in Prison, A Mother Gets to Know Her Daughter Again

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

When we hear phrases such as “mass incarceration”, we are tempted to think of the prison population in terms of large numbers. However, it is important to reflect on the real human beings whose lives are disrupted, and even destroyed, as a result of our country’s all too quick resort to sending defendants to… Read More »

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Portland is Under Siege by Trump’s Para-Military, Not by Demonstrators

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Trump and Right-wing media outlets have been trying to sell a false narrative claiming that Portland is under siege by protesters. The truth is very different. Questions regarding Portland’s overall safety have been raised in the media over recent weeks. Right-wing outlets allege that the Portland is dangerous, causing widespread speculation and curiosity. According… Read More »

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