Leonard H. Cohen is a high profile criminal defense attorney who has practiced law in Berkshire County for over fifty years. According to Lawyers Weekly, he’s served as the criminal defense attorney in more than 5,000 cases, including 50 first-degree murder cases and hundreds of high-profile proceedings. This begs the question: Why does Cohen lose trials that any second-year law student would have easily won? The answer is obvious, such losses are intentional.
Case in point: During my booking, as charges were being read, I had no prior criminal history. While being fingerprinted, I arrived at the conclusion that I’d had fallen victim to some huge misunderstanding, something a competent attorney would straighten out. I’d been arrested, for allegedly committing a crime in Pittsfield at 9:00 PM on the evening of October 20, 2004. This would have proven impossible because, at that exact date/time, I was two towns away, ensconced behind my Richmond Massachusetts home computer.
As an individual unfamiliar with Pittsfield Police Department drapavity, I was ignorant of their propensity to act unethically, immorally, and illicitly. Like most Berkshire County citizens I was naive, harboring no idea that those who took an oath to “protect” and “serve” we’re actually bigger criminals than those they’d sworn to protect. As a result, I did something extremely foolish. I told detectives of my activities and whereabouts for the night in question, repeatedly stating that such information could be proven. I blurted out that hard drive registry data on my home computer would establish my whereabouts on the date and time of the incident. As if that wasn’t too much information, I also revealed my intentions to hire a computer forensics investigator to extract this data.
As a result of my big mouth, Pittsfield detectives promptly tracked down the computer and seized it illegally without a warrant or legal authority whatsoever. Breaking every law possible, my Hewlett-Packard was transported to the Pittsfield police station, smuggled into the forensics department, and never logged-in as evidence.
Attorney Leonard H. Cohen merely harrumphed when I conveyed this news. He couldn’t have cared less that my personal property had been illegally seized, nor did he bother to access the police station to verify that the unit had never been catalogued. His excuse was: “If the Pittsfield police didn’t tell the district attorney about your computer, then the district attorney obviously can’t tell me about your computer. Therefore, I’m not going to worry about it.” Bear in mind, the computer was my alibi. Probably the most important aspect of the case. Something a second-year law student would have instinctively pounced on. Yet Leonard Cohen couldn’t be bothered.
Once my computer was safely in the hands of police technicians, the unit underwent malicious tampering. Meaningless files were surreptitiously introduced to the hard drive which reshuffled the hard drive registry. With the registry chronology now scrambled, my computer was rendered useless as an alibi. I was defenseless at trial, unable to establish my whereabouts on the evening of the crime. Leonard Cohen didn’t seem the least bit concerned.
As I sat in a prison cell, another attorney attempted to retrieve the computer. She was told by police that it had “gone missing.” This of course was a lie. Panicked detectives were hiding the unit in the hopes of covering up their vandalism. After I was sent to prison, they didn’t anticipate anyone pursuing my computer. The ruse didn’t fool didn’t fool my new attorney, and so a legal battle ensued. Detectives were eventually forced to abandon their charade and relinquish possession of my computer.
The ravished computer was transported out of Massachusetts and turned over to New England Computer Forensics, LLC., where it underwent a thorough examination. James Kalkowski, a forensic data recovery specialist, discovered that exactly 557 files were inexplicably added to my hard drive while in police custody. An excerpt from his report reads: “…The first thing I noticed was that, based on the information I was given regarding the computer’s seizure, a proper forensic analysis was not done. A proper computer forensic investigation means that the data on the hard drive should never be altered after a computer is seized…”
Why did Leonard H. Cohen, a high profile criminal defense attorney who has practiced law in Berkshire County for over fifty years, intentionally coverup the Pittsfield Police Department’s illegal seizure and subsequent tampering of my computer . . . my alibi?
Click here to read letter from the attorney who had my computer analyzed.