Andrew Cohen

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; legal analyst, 60 Minutes

Andrew Cohen appears in the following:

Defendants Struggle to Find Justice in Tennessee

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A look inside Tennessee's criminal justice system reveals the difficulty some defendants face when trying to secure due process and a fair trial.

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Is It Murder if There’s No Homicide?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In 1999, Jessie McKim was convicted of murder. In 2013, a medical examiner determined the woman he supposedly killed actually died of a drug overdose — but McKim is still in prison. 

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When Justice Goes Wrong

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Susan King was wrongly convicted of murder in Kentucky in 2006. She says she was framed by a detective, and spent over six years behind bars.

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When the Right to Remain Silent is Called Into Question

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

There are countless cases in which lawyers and judges argue over whether defendants have, indeed, exercised their constitutional “right to remain silent.” This is one of them.

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A Common Practice Among Local Police Draws Criticism from a Supreme Court Justice

Friday, March 10, 2017

Police can seize your stuff and keep it, even if you haven't been charged.

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Prisoner Death Shines Light on Private Health Contractors

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Nicholas Glisson died 37 days into an eight year prison sentence while under the care of a private health contractor. 

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SCOTUS to Decide: Can a Facebook Post Be Illegal?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A legal case about the rights of registered sex offenders has gone all the way to the Supreme Court. Here's what you need to know. 

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Horror in Oklahoma: Man's Brutal Death Reveals Abuse in Tulsa Prison System

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Elliot Earl Williams, an inmate of the Tulsa County Detention Center, laid on the floor of his jail cell, paralyzed, without receiving any help for 51 hours before he died.

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Phillip Chance and The Punishing Price of Freedom

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Phillip Chance's decades-long journey through the criminal justice system is an epic story of missed opportunities, political grandstanding, and bad timing.

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A Criminal Justice Failure at All Levels

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A failure of all checks and balances within the criminal justice system leaves Clifton Dewayne Harvin serving 60 years in prison. 

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A Ray of Hope For Inmates With Mental Illness

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed by a group of mentally ill prisoners against federal prison officials at ADX-Florence. 

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A Murderer Mistaken by Memory

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In 1982 , JoAnn Tate was murdered in front of her two young children. A 7-year-old would, in some ways, become the judge and jury on the case.

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In Alabama, Voter Suppression Looks A Lot Like Double Jeopardy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A new lawsuit challenges part of the Alabama constitution that allows election registrars to determine voting eligibility based on the "moral turpitude" of convicted felons.

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Striving for Justice: DNA Test Comes Too Late to Save Two Men

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Percell Warren and Nathaniel Epps died while fighting a rape conviction — but their battle still goes on.

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Criminal Intent and a Brain Aneurysm

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Can a man be convicted of assault if he committed the crime while he was suffering from a brain hemorrhage? A criminal case from the past sheds light on today's justice system.

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The Re-Birth of the First Amendment

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Brooke speaks with Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the decision's impact on the First Amendment.

Supreme Court audio courtesy of Oyez®, a multimedia judicial archive at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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The Legal Questions Around the Boston Bombing

Monday, April 22, 2013

With the arrest of a suspect in the Boston bombing, there are now a host of legal questions emerging. Should he have been immediately read his Miranda rights? Should he be labelled an "enemy combatant"? What kind of trial will Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get? Legal journalist Andrew Cohen, contributor to The Atlantic, legal analyst for 60 Minutes, and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, provides context.

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Ballot Measures Mark Change in States

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Voters in 38 states across the country also cast their votes yesterday on a total of 176 ballot measures. Among the initiatives that passed: Maine and Maryland became the first states...

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The Huge Ballot Measures You Forgot Existed

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Forget the presidential hubbub. Millions of voters could wake up tomorrow in a state where marijuana is legal. Not medicinal, not decriminalized — legal. Andrew Cohen, a contributing ...

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