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

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

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

Willie Grimes wrongful conviction suit settled for $3,250,000

Patterson Harkavy obtained a $3,250,000 settlement for Willie Grimes, an innocent man who served 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In July of 1988, Mr. Grimes was wrongfully convicted of the rape and kidnapping of an elderly woman in Catawba County.  On October 4, 2012, thanks to the work of the North Carolina

Court denies motion to dismiss Joseph Sledge’s wrongful conviction suit

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge, a man who served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  The suit alleged that Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted because officers with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation unlawfully withheld evidence that demonstrated