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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 rec… Read More
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NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Patterson Harkavy's client in wrongful conviction insurance dispute

The North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s wrongful conviction client Willie Grimes in an insurance dispute. Mr. Grimes served 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Patterson Harka… Read More
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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… Read More
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Proposed Ethics Rules would help Right Wrongful Convictions

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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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 Of… Read More
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Patterson Harkavy files wrongful conviction suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge

In 1978, Joseph Sledge was wrongfully convicted of a dual murder. On January 23, 2015, thanks to the work of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Mr. Sledge was innocent. Mr. Sledge served 37 years… Read More
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Patterson Harkavy files wrongful conviction suit on behalf of Willie Grimes

In July 1988, Willie 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 Center for Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found tha… Read More
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Recent Wrongful Conviction Settlements Total Over $12,000,000

Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh, with co-counsel Spencer Parris and Chris Olson, recently obtained settlements totaling more than $12,000,000 for two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. In 1992, Greg T… Read More
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Civil Rights Complaint Filed on Behalf of Greg Taylor

A civil rights complaint has been filed in federal court on behalf of Plaintiff Gregory Flynt Taylor against Peter Duane Deaver and other former employees of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation seeking damages for his wrongful incarcerat… Read More
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