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  • TERRY ANN DEISCH  - Terry Ann Deisch was convicted of felony possession of crack cocaine in Federal Court and was sentenced to five years in prison.  Ken Coghlan appealed her sentence to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the felony conviction was reversed. The published decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can be found at  U.S.A v.  Deisch, 20 F.3d 139.
  • CAHAFER BENJAMIN - Cahafer Benjamin was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in federal court after his car was searched. Mr. Benjamin was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison. Ken Coghlan appealed the search to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit agreed that the search of Mr. Benjamin was unconstitutional and reversed his conviction.
  • Magette v. B.L. Development - Ken Coghlan served as lead counsel in this civil federal jury trial which involved a bus crash with 13 fatalities and 14 other serious injuries including passengers who were paralyzed and severely injured. A verdict in favor of Mr. Coghlan’s client was returned by the jury.
  • U.S.A v. McKesson - In this qui tam case where the Government sought millions of dollars in damages a verdict was returned in favor of Mr. Coghlan’s client.
  • U.S.A. v. Amalia Santon - Amelia Santos was charged in federal court with the felony offense of failing to appear for service of her sentence. After a jury trial she was acquitted of all charges.



David Rabhan, grew up in Georgia and is a lifelong friend of President Jimmy Carter. David was President Carter’s personal pilot for many years, and introduced President Carter to Martin Luther King, Sr.  After serving in World War II, and later in the United States Army Special Forces, David became a successful business man in Iran. After the 1979 Iranian Revolution when the Shah of Iran took control of Iran David was imprisoned as an alleged spy for the United States due to his close ties with President Carter. After leaving the presidency, President Carter described Rabhan as "a hostage." While imprisoned in Iran David was taken before a firing squad on at least two occasions and then granted a last minute reprieve on both occasions. David was held as a spy by Iran until 1992 when, with the help of President Jimmy Carter, he was finally released by Iran, flown to Zurich and finally returned to the United States.

After returning to the United States David started a large catfish business only to be charged with a $10,000,000 criminal bank fraud case in Federal Court where he was represented by Ken Coghlan. After several years of complex litigation, and two successful appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals all but one minor charge was dismissed and David was released with no jail time. The published decisions in this case can be found at U.S.A. v. Rabhan, 628 F. 3rd 200 (5th Cir. 2010); and U.S.A. v. Rabhan, 540 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2008)e.

Testimonial for Ken from President Jimmy Carter


  • TONY NEELY - Tony Neely was charged in federal court with bank robbery, and was sentenced to 380 months in prison. Ken Coghlan successfully appealed Mr. Neely’s conviction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the conviction was reversed in a published opinion based on an unconstitutional search.  The published decision in Mr. Neely’s case can be found at U.S.A. v. Neely, 345 F.3d 366 (5th Cir. 2003);
  • GREGORY VERNON - Gregory Vernon was charged in federal court with possession of illegal contraband. Mr. Vernon’s vehicle was searched pursuant to an “inventory” search by the police, and after trial he was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison. Ken Coghlan filed an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which suppressed the search and all charges against Mr. Vernon were dismissed.
Letter from President Jimmy Carter


Testimonial for Ken from Gregory Vernon


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