For years I have represented young black male and Hispanic drivers who describe being stopped for no good reason, and searched without result. One of my clients was TASERed for refusing to extinguish his cigarette after he was stopped for what a judge later determined was no legitimate reason. (http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/papers/Trial_Briefs_Ian_Mance_2012.pdf ) These people feel like victims of a bully that they cannot stand up to. I have long fought racial profiling as a disease in our beloved community. People should not be treated like criminals, targeted for investigation, because of the color of their skin. It is humiliating.
Racial profiling has … read more »
I have received many requests lately for a wide variety of assistance, and I wanted to clarify what kind of work I do.
I make a living working as an attorney. Most of my practice focuses on criminal defense. I practice trial courts and appeals court at both the state and federal level. I also handle post-conviction cases, which involve trying to overturn convictions after the appeal period is over based upon new evidence.
I take a small number of civil rights cases. I screen these cases very carefully, and only take a select few. These cases are usually claims for excessive … read more »
I was sitting in the corner of the cramped court room at the Durham County Jail when they rolled an inmate wearing orange into the courtroom in a wheel chair. I was waiting my turn to ask for a bond reduction for a client, and had about a lot other things waiting for me at the office. The Assistant District Attorney read the guy’s name and his charges: “On or about October 22, 2010, you unlawfully and willfully did solicit passers-by on Fayetteville Road for money.” I was appalled. So was the judge. A homeless guy in a wheel chair … read more »