Patterson Harkavy attorney Brad Bannon, who is serving his third year as an advisory member on the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee, recently revived discussions in the Committee about proposed ethics rules that would require prosecutors to disclose information about possible wrongful convictions. First proposed eight years ago, the rule amendments stalled following opposition
Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared today before the North Carolina Supreme Court, arguing that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn “career status” after successful completion of
This morning, Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of his client Kenneth Leak. Narendra argued that Mr. Leak’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon was obtained in a manner that violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mr. Leak had been approached by a police
Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, arguing that the state’s recently-enacted private school voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution. The voucher scheme uses taxpayer funds to pay the tuition of private school students. The vast majority of schools funded by the program are religious institutions, many
In Hammond v. Saini, __ N.C. ___, 766 S.E.2d 590 (2014), the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, Plaintiff Judy Hammond. Ms. Hammond suffered severe injuries from an operating room fire while undergoing surgery to remove a possible basal cell carcinoma from her face. In her subsequent medical malpractice suit, the
Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh have submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in North Carolina v. Marcus Reymond Robinson. The case addresses the first instance of a North Carolina death row inmate having his death sentence reduced to life in prison under the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.
The North Carolina Supreme Court has sent a tricky workers’ compensation case back the Industrial Commission for additional fact-finding. Cardwell v. Jenkins Cleaner involves a plaintiff who was injured when she slipped on some black ice three feet away from the back door to her office. Our coverage of the Court of Appeals’ split-decision in
The North Carolina Supreme Court denied the defendants’ petition for discretionary review (PDR) in Taylor v. Town of Garner. The Court of Appeals decided earlier this year that Officer Taylor is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from the Town of Garner for the injury he suffered while working as a mounter officer at an N.C.