NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Paul's client, finds police officers violated Fourth Amendment

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published an opinion finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In North Carolina v. Stanley, a unanimous panel of the court held that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment when they knocked on a home’s back door without a warrant.   Police officers who do not have

Patterson Harkavy obtains $2.75 million partial settlement over police shooting

Patterson Harkavy has obtained a $2,750,000 partial settlement for Julian Betton, a man shot nine times in his own home during a police raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Patterson Harkavy brought suit against defendants including the officers who participated in

Patterson Harkavy obtains settlement valued at more than $600,000 in First Amendment retaliation suit

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy dismissed the lawsuit it filed on behalf of Jeffrey Randleman after Mr. Randleman received a settlement of cash and benefits valued at more than $600,000. Mr. Randleman had worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office for more than twenty years until Sheriff Johnson fired him in 2014, shortly

Patterson Harkavy reaches $4 million partial settlement for Joseph Sledge’s wrongful imprisonment

Patterson Harkavy obtained a $4,000,000 partial settlement for Joseph Sledge, an innocent man who served 37 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted of a double homicide in 1978.  In January of 2015, thanks to the hard work of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence,  he

Narendra and Paul file amicus brief with Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in civil rights dispute

In Hunter v. Town of Mocksville, Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith co-authored an amicus brief filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Association of Police Organizations.  The case raises important issues about when a municipality can be held liable

Consent judgement entered in Jones County voting rights lawsuit

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, with the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP and Patterson Harkavy LLP announced a settlement in the federal voting rights lawsuit filed on behalf of black voters in Jones County, North Carolina. Filed in February, the lawsuit alleged that the method of electing the

Betton suit receives national coverage in debate over the deadly consequences of police SWAT teams

More than a year ago, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a South Carolina man who was shot nine times in his own home during a police raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Both the New York Times and

Patterson Harkavy files voting rights lawsuit against Jones County

This morning, Patterson Harkavy filed a federal voting-rights lawsuit against Jones County, North Carolina, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Jones County utilizes an “at-large” system for electing Commissioners, meaning that all Commissioners are elected county-wide. The Complaint alleges that voting in Jones County