UPDATE

An attorney, Patrick Megaro of Orlando, Florida, has taken the initiative to defend Corvain Cooper, and he is doing this "pro bono" (meaning without pay). Patrick Megaro has filed a Petition for review ("certiorari") with the U.S. Supreme Court but the Court denied review on October 15, 2018. Patrick Megaro also launched a clemency petition at  https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana

Interesting Sites

Corvain Cooper was born in 1979 in Inglewood, California. He has two young daughters. He was indicted in January of 2013 for violations of Federal Distribution and Money Laundering statutes in the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte. He had never been to Charlotte.

In 2010, a childhood friend got caught with 338 pounds of marijuana. Eighteen months later he began to cooperate with authorities and named Corvain as a conspirator. Corvain was in custody in California on a conviction for possession and transportation of one-half pound of cannabis for which he received a two year sentence. With "Good Time" he spent a little less than one year in custody. He was released on July 22, 2012

BREAKING NEWS (as of October 19, 2018):  The U.S. Supreme Court denied review of Cooper's case ("certiorari"). Almost 78,000 have signed the Petition at Change.org, asking for his release. His attorney Patrick Megaro (working pro bono, without pay) explains that the Petition at Change.org is now the only chance.

After his release, Corvain "Put that life behind [him]." He trademarked his own clothing line, "Old Money," and got engaged to his fiancee, Susan Wilbun. He joined the Faith Full Center Church of Inglewood, California.

After spending "A wonderful holiday with [his] family and children," on January 28, 2013, Corvain was at home finishing the design for a promotional sweatshirt he was going to pass out at the Martin Luther King Parade. He was also preparing to see his daughter's drill team competition. Then federal agents arrived and - in front of his children and neighbors - arrested Corvain and extradited him to Charlotte to face the current charges. Due to the distance, his family was not able to afford to come visit him or attend his trial. The entire case against him was built on statements made for plea agreements, and agents.

Corvain was "offered" 15 to 20 years if he pled guilty to things he knew he had not done. He was facing a life sentence if he exercised his right to trial and lost. He did the only thing he felt was correct - he took it to trial thinking the truth would come out.

There is much more, but Corvain's case was mirrored the cases of almost all nonviolent drug offenders who receive Life without Parole. He was charged with conspiracy and exercised his Right to Trial.

Here is a recent press release about the Corvain Cooper case:

https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/ZcyBy1p_fPBem3IqgSwiyQ

Over 70,000 people have signed Petition asking for the release of Corvain Cooper, sentenced to life for marijuana offenses

Petition for review pending before U.S. Supreme Court, questions fairness of mandatory life sentences for non-violent marijuana offenders

As of October 8, 2018, over 70,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Corvain Cooper be released from prison. He has been sentenced to life in prison for non-violent marijuana offenses under the “Three Strikes” law.

Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear Cooper’s appeal (the procedure is called “grant a writ of certiorari”). The petition was filed by his attorney Patrick M. Megaro, who is doing all the work pro bono (as service to the community). The procedure before the Court is that the petition is being distributed and reviewed among the Supreme Court Justices. Each of the Justices of the Supreme Court receives a copy of the petition. The Justices will then decide whether to grant the petition and agree to hear the appeal, or not.

Many people support Corvain Cooper. His lawyer Patrick Megaro created a petition that over 70,000 people have signed. See https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana

Attorney Megaro has simultaneously petitioned President Donald Trump for executive clemency and commutation of his sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Megaro explains: “This is a particular disturbing case, and I felt compelled to help Cooper and his family. He has two little daughters who miss him dearly. This case has broader implications, it is estimated that there are about 2,000 people … men and women, fathers and mothers, in prison for life for non-violent drug offenses, oftentimes involving very small amounts of such substances. This punishment does not fit the crime. Marijuana is now legalized, decriminalized, or approved for medicinal use in one form or another in the majority of States. Fundamental fairness is at the heart of this case.”

The background is as follows. Corvain Cooper was charged in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring transactions.  A special information was also filed against Cooper, alleging two prior felony convictions for possession of drugs (one for marijuana, one for codeine cough syrup) in the California state courts. The filing triggered a mandatory life sentence without parole.  The reason for the unusually harsh sentence is the so-called “Three Strikes” law.  These laws require a person guilty of committing a drug felony and two other previous drug felony convictions to serve a mandatory life sentence in prison. The “Three Strikes” law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or drug felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.

Cooper tried appealing his conviction and sentence, arguing that the sentence of life for non-violent crimes was against his Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the case.

The State of California enacted Proposition 47 in 2014, which re-categorized several non-violent offenses as misdemeanors. Prior to enacting Proposition 47, possession of marijuana was considered a felony. This also allowed people who had prior felony convictions under the old statute to vacate them.

Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) was enacted on November 9, 2016, by the State of California which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This Act permitted certain people who had been convicted of marijuana felony offenses to apply to vacate those convictions and reclassify them as misdemeanors.

“I have been representing Mr. Cooper and I have said from day one that I am in this fight to help Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes,” comments his attorney Patrick Megaro.

About the Corvain Cooper Case

According to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “from in or about 2004 through January 2013, Cooper was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked marijuana from California to the Charlotte area. Court records show that Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of marijuana as well as money laundering conspiracy and structuring financial transactions through banking institutions to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Cooper, along with two co-defendants, Evelyn LaChapelle and Natalia Wade, were convicted of all charges on October 18, 2013, following a three-day trial.” He was sentenced to life in prison on June 18, 2014. See https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/california-drug-trafficker-sentenced-life-prison-drug-conspiracy-and-related-charges

A link to the online Supreme Court docket can be found at

https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/DocketFiles/html/Public/18-5222.html

The petition is at https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-5222/52544/20180706170004149_Petition%20for%20Writ%20of%20Certiorari%20and%20Appendix%20FINAL%20PDFA.pdf

Join the other supporters of Corvain Cooper who have signed the petition at:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana

About Patrick Megaro, Corvain Cooper's attorney "pro bono"

Patrick Michael Megaro is an attorney at Halscott Megaro PA. His primary areas of practice are criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction relief, civil appeals, and civil rights litigation.

Website: https://www.appealslawgroup.com/our-attorneys/patrick-megaro-esq/

The Megaro Criminal Law Library: https://themegarocriminallawlibrary.com/

Attorney Profile: https://criminal-defense-attorney.squarespace.com/patrick-michael-megaro-esq/

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-michael-megaro-%E2%AD%90-877b284/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/patrick-michael-megaro

Patrick Megaro
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
(407) 255-2164

Much more information about the Corvain Cooper case and similar criminal matters is available online at The Megaro Criminal Law Library: https://themegarocriminallawlibrary.com/













Corvain Cooper

Life For Pot

As of October 19, about 78,000 people have signed Petition for the release of Corvain Cooper who has been sentenced to life for marijuana offenses

U.S. Supreme Court denied review, thus the Petition is Cooper’s only chance, explains attorney Patrick Megaro

As of October 19, 2018, about 78,000 people have signed the petition for the release of Corvain Cooper. Cooper has been sentenced to life in prison for non-violent marijuana offenses under the “Three Strikes” law. The Petition is online at https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana.

Explains Cooper’s pro bono attorney, Patrick Megaro: “This Petition is of crucial importance for Corvain and his family. We had a filed a petition for review with the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Court declined to review the case. Thus, this Petition is Corvain’s only hope.”

Nevertheless, there is much support in the Community for Cooper, evidenced by almost 78,000 people who have signed the Petition for Cooper’s release (and the number keeps growing). Attorney Megaro has petitioned President Donald Trump for executive clemency and commutation of his sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Patrick Megaro explains that he “felt compelled to help Cooper and his family. He has two little daughters who miss him dearly. This case has broader implications, it is estimated that there are about 2,000 people … men and women, fathers and mothers, in prison for life for non-violent drug offenses, oftentimes involving very small amounts of such substances. This punishment does not fit the crime. Marijuana is now legalized, decriminalized, or approved for medicinal use in one form or another in the majority of States. Fundamental fairness is at the heart of this case.”

Patrick Megaro explains the underlying story. Corvain Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Of particular importance in this case is that Cooper had two prior drug-related felony convictions in California state courts. This triggered the so-called “Three Strikes” law. It can result in a mandatory life sentence in prison.

Subsequent legal changes in California make this case even more disturbing. The State of California enacted Proposition 47 in 2014, which re-categorized several non-violent offenses as misdemeanors. Prior to enacting Proposition 47, possession of marijuana was considered a felony. This also allowed people who had prior felony convictions under the old statute to vacate them.

Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) was enacted on November 9, 2016, by the State of California which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This Act permitted certain people who had been convicted of marijuana felony offenses to apply to vacate those convictions and reclassify them as misdemeanors.

Thus, in all fairness, the “Three Strikes” law should not apply to Cooper. Patrick Megaro concludes that he will continue to assist Corvain Cooper “no matter how long it takes.”

About the Corvain Cooper Case

According to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “from in or about 2004 through January 2013, Cooper was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked marijuana from California to the Charlotte area. Court records show that Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of marijuana as well as money laundering conspiracy and structuring financial transactions through banking institutions to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Cooper, along with two co-defendants, Evelyn LaChapelle and Natalia Wade, were convicted of all charges on October 18, 2013, following a three-day trial.” He was sentenced to life in prison on June 18, 2014. See https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/california-drug-trafficker-sentenced-life-prison-drug-conspiracy-and-related-charges

The order of the U.S. Supreme Court declining to review the Corvain Cooper case is at https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/101518zor_l5gm.pdf

Please join the other supporters of Corvain Cooper who have signed the petition at:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana