Federal Court Affirms Ruling in Favor of Patterson Harkavy Client Shot by Police

Federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. entered an order and opinion last week affirming the decision of federal Judge Kaymani West to allow police shooting victim Julian Betton’s lawsuit to go to trial against both the City of Myrtle Beach and its officer who shot Mr. Betton. After confirming Judge Quattlebaum’s appointment to the federal

Federal Judge's Report over South Carolina police shooting gains national coverage

On May 21, federal Magistrate Judge Kaymani West recommended that Patterson Harkavy’s civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Julian Betton proceed to trial.  Police officers shot Mr. Betton nine times in his own home during a narcotics raid, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Last week, the Washington Post published an extensive article by

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

NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Paul's client in criminal appeal

The North Carolina Court of Appeals published an opinion finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In North Carolina v. Everrette, a unanimous panel of the court vacated a criminal judgment for obtaining property by false pretenses against Paul’s client.  The Court concluded that the indictments in the case failed to describe

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