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Judge Blocks Immigration Policy Seeking to Deport F, M, And J VISA Holders

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

During the first week of February, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs issued a permanent nationwide injunction against yet another Trump administration immigration policy which made it more difficult for foreign students to remain in the United States after their legal status ran out. According to the ruling, the policy violated federal law and… Read More »

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North Carolina Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Key Criminal Cases Regarding Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection That Could Affect All Cases Moving Forward

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In February, arguments in two extremely important criminal cases were made before the North Carolina Supreme Court; cases that involve the question of whether prosecutors illegally excluded black citizens from juries due to their race even though this is barred by federal law. If the defendants are successful, not only will they be granted… Read More »

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The Effect That North Carolina’s Raise the Age Law Has Had

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

We previously discussed North Carolina’s Raise the Age law, which dictates that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit nonviolent crimes are no longer charged as adults and will have greater access to a number of services, including criminal record sealing. The law went into effect in December, and as a result, we have had a… Read More »

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Trump Administration Claims to Target “Birth Tourism” With New Rule Which Actually Impacts B Visitor Visas

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

According to recent reports, the Trump administration plans to unleash a new immigration rule in late January that targets pregnant women visiting from other countries in an effort to prevent foreigners from “taking advantage of the 14th Amendment’s protection of citizenship” for those born in the U.S. While the specific details of the new… Read More »

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Too Many Women Are Incarcerated for Self-Defense

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

According to studies, an estimated 77 percent of female criminal defendants are abuse victims; meaning that many who end up incarcerated were simply acting in self-defense, but were charged and placed in prison anyway. Take, for example, LeToya Ramseure, who was incarcerated after shooting an ex-boyfriend who threatened her because she did not have… Read More »

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Administration’s New Program Expedites Deportations of Asylum-Seekers While Denying Them Due Process & Right to Counsel

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

Unfortunately, the administration continues with ‘business as usual’ when it comes to denying asylum seekers their due process rights and right to counsel in expediting deportations at the border. The program is known as the “Prompt Asylum Claim Review,” and, according to Customs and Border Protection, already has more than 1,000 migrants in it. … Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Rules That Prosecuting People for Being Homeless Is Illegal

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In December, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear one city’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that arresting and prosecuting the homeless was a violation of their constitutional rights, effectively keeping in place that ruling and placing all states and cities on notice that this practice violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel… Read More »

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North Carolina Law Effective Immediately Mandates That Sexual Assault Kits Long Held in Storage Be Tested in Order to “Put Rapists in Prison”

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A new law – which has recently been announced as going into effect immediately here in North Carolina – mandates that the state funds be put towards testing existing sexual assault kits that have been sitting in law-enforcement evidence storage in order to place more rapists in prison and get rid of – as… Read More »

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Administration Faces Three Legal Defeats Against Strict Immigration Policies

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A number of important federal immigration decisions were decided in September which completely changes a number of important immigration legal issues, as we discuss below: Eliminating Hearings Before Judges Prior to Deportation In late September, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from extending the authority of officers to deport people without first allowing… Read More »

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Defendant Receives 10-Year Sentence for Shooting Lawful Resident After Entering What She Thought Was Her Apartment: How The Castle Doctrine Works

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

One particular criminal trial in October captured news headlines because it involved a police officer accidentally entering into what she thought was her own apartment and fatally shooting the man who resided there, who she mistakenly thought was an intruder. The defendant put forth what’s known as the castle doctrine; a version of what… Read More »

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