Victory in NC Court of Appeals brings Willie Grimes’ total recovery to $5.4 million

Patterson Harkavy has obtained an additional $2.16 settlement on behalf of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Combined with Mr. Grimes’ 2016 settlement with the City of Hickory, Mr. Grimes’ total recovery exceeds $5.4 million. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige, Narendra Ghosh, Paul Smith, and Brad Bannon

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 vacheron constantin replica 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

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

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

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

Superior Court refuses to dismiss Patterson Harkavy’s lawsuit challenging constitutionality of special legislative sessions

Yesterday, Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III denied legislative leaders’ motion to dismiss Patterson Harkavy’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s December 2016 special sessions.  Judge Smith also ordered that the case be transferred to a three judge panel. Patterson Harkavy filed the lawsuit in April 2017, on behalf of Common

Patterson Harkavy files lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of December 2016 special session

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed a lawsuit on behalf of Common Cause and ten North Carolina citizens.  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s fourth extra session in December 2016. At the heart of the challenge is a violation of citizens’ constitutional right to “instruct their representatives” – a right expressly guaranteed