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Wrongful Convictions, Who They Affect, & Legal Roadblocks Thwarting New Evidence

By Dysart Willis |

The issue of wrongful conviction has long been of concern in North Carolina and at the federal level, and not only disproportionately impacts certain minorities, especially Blacks and Latinos, but in addition, the criminal justice system as a whole is simply not designed to allow for faulty convictions to be overturned, even when the… Read More »

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New Study Proves That A “Persistent Racial Bias” Exists in All Police Traffic Stops & Searches, And This Significantly Affects Drug Stops & Arrests

By Dysart Willis |

In accordance with statistics previously released by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation demonstrating that minority drivers are much more likely to be searched by police officers during traffic stops than white drivers here in North Carolina, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour has revealed that police decisions to stop and… Read More »

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Appeals Court Rules That Administration’s “Third Country Asylum Rule” Effectively Barring Immigrants from Central America Is Illegal

By Dysart Willis |

In July, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals or the Ninth Circuit struck down the administration’s 2019 Interim Final Rule barring immigrants seeking asylum from entering the US if they failed to first apply for protection from persecution or torture “where it was available in at least one third country outside… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Attempt to Revoke DACA Program, Opening The Door to Applicants

By Dysart Willis |

In a major victory for immigrants, in late June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, blocking the administration’s plans to open up the potential deportation of an estimated 700,000 “DREAMers” who have been in the US since they were children, many… Read More »

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In Spite of Losing in Court, The Administration Continues to Impose H-1B Visa Restrictions, With International Students as The Next Target, In Order to Appease Those Calling for A Halt to All Immigration

By Dysart Willis |

In spite of the courts continually ruling that the administration is blatantly violating immigration laws via its policies on H-1B petitions, in May, the Trump administration announced that it would likely propose another set of immigration restrictions on H-1B visas for foreign-born engineers and scientists, as well as visas for foreign students, arguing that… Read More »

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Court Holds That ICE Continues to Violate Flores Settlement by Deporting Children

By Dysart Willis |

In spite of a recent decision made by a federal district court judge that deportation orders under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program do not change the government’s obligation to make efforts to unite immigrant children with relatives in the United States while their immigration cases are underway under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, Immigration… Read More »

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A Look at Police Use of Excessive Force & Courts Granting Qualified Immunity During Arrest

By Dysart Willis |

News headlines during the month of May have been dominated by the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, inciting a number of protests around the country over excessive use of force by police. While it is unusual for police officers… Read More »

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North Carolina Supreme Court Rules That Death Row Inmates Can Present Evidence Establishing That Race Was a Factor in Their Sentencing

By Dysart Willis |

In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court made an extremely important decision that will affect a number of criminal defendants and inmates on death row. Specifically, in a case where two defendants were provided with hearings to present evidence that the prosecutors not only purposely excluded African-Americans from their juries, but that racism negatively… Read More »

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Prosecuting & Defending Against Coronavirus Crimes in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

As the coronavirus reaches epic proportions, with the U.S. losing more than 8,400 people as of April 4, criminal penalties related to exposure are also becoming more severe. What started as fairly minor violations related to state stay at home orders, including North Carolina’s, has moved into prosecutors now prosecuting individuals exposing others to… Read More »

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Federal Judges Find That US Citizenship and Immigration Services Regularly Illegally Denying H-1B Petitions in Series of Four Decisions

By Dysart Willis |

After a federal judge made a significant decision limiting the ability for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny H-1B petitions by claiming that a position does not qualify as a specialty occupation, in three new court cases decided between March and April, federal judges once again decided that the agency unlawfully denied… Read More »

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