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Another North Carolina Man Wrongfully Convicted Highlights Problems with Eyewitness Identification System

By Dysart Willis |

In late January, yet another man who was wrongfully convicted in North Carolina was released after being incarcerated for 11 years for armed robbery. The release was one of the latest results of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which has conducted a number of investigations that have resulted in 11 people being exonerated… Read More »

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North Carolina Sheriff Decides to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles, Leading to Reexamination of Human Rights Violations In Criminal System

By Dysart Willis |

In a move that shocked the North Carolina criminal justice community, in January, Mecklenburg County sheriff McFadden announced that the county jail would no longer permit placing 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement because it “strip[s] teens of their dignity” and interferes with the relationships between detention officers and the inmates. According to reports,… Read More »

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In Spite Of Government Shutdown, Arrests & Deportation Proceedings Continue

By Dysart Willis |

According to recent reports, while many immigration courts are ‘whittled to a skeleton staff,” forcing postponements in hundreds of thousands of cases that are already pending, deportations are still moving forward by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who are now essentially working without pay. Border security, immigration enforcement, and the cases of detained… Read More »

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Administration Expands Ability to Deport Legal Immigrants

By Dysart Willis |

Starting on November 19, the administration’s guidelines for summoning both undocumented and legal immigrants before immigration judges in order to initiate deportation procedures will officially expand, allowing more “foreigners”—even those present in the U.S. legally—to be officially declared illegal. Specifically, according to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), officials will have more discretion to… Read More »

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Will North Carolina Decriminalize Medical Marijuana Use?

By Dysart Willis |

There is no question that the state of North Carolina is tough on drug crimes. Penalties include multi-year prison sentences and steep fines; even if you are convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana; and North Carolina does not have a law legalizing the use of medical marijuana. However, all of that may… Read More »

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North Carolina Man Entrapped At Church for Deportation

By Dysart Willis |

One North Carolina man—Samuel Oliver-Bruno—who was arrested as he left a sanctuary church to meet immigration officials has made news headlines of late. Church members and faith leaders protested his arrest, forming a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, and were arrested alongside the man, without incident. It has a number… Read More »

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Congress Passing Criminal Justice Reform Bill Would Permanently Change Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes

By Dysart Willis |

Current legislation that’s been passed by the House and could come before the Senate any day now—known as the “First Step Act”—could finally introduce some fairness into criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to sentencing related to certain drug crimes. In addition to easing sentences for nonviolent crimes, it also calls for a… Read More »

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Department of Homeland Security Expands List of Immigrants Who Could Become Public Charges, Making It More Difficult to Obtain Admission or Permanent Residency

By Dysart Willis |

In mid-December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued significant proposed changes regarding what qualifies as a “public charge” within immigration rules. In other words, the agency has changed the process by which it determines who is likely to rely on government benefits for support, which will inevitably affect (increase) how many people are… Read More »

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Legislation Expanding Domestic Violence Crimes Signed Into Law

By Dysart Willis |

In late December, legislation broadening what is considered to be a domestic violence crime under the federal criminal code was signed into law in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence and their pets. The “PAWS” Act not only makes adjustments to key definitions within the federal criminal code, but also establishes… Read More »

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حول القانون الفيدرالي لقيادة السيارة تحت تأثير الكحول

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بالنيابة عن جو هوتشين، قامت شركة المحاماة Dysart Willis (ديزرت ويلز) بالدفاع في قضية قيادة السيارة تحت تأثير الكحول يوم الإثنين الموافق 15 أكتوبر عام 2018. يتوجب على المقيمين في ولاية كارولينا الشمالية ومن يقوم بزيارتها أن يكون على علم ودراية بأنه في بعض الحالات، ستتم معاملة قضايا القيادة تحت تأثير الخمور كجريمة تُمثل… Read More »

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