4th Circuit: Evidence Suppressed because Police Detained Suspect Without Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity

Posted by Sean Cecil | Oct 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The exclusionary rule prevents the government from  presenting evidence in a criminal case that is tainted by a violation of the suspect/defendant's constitutional rights. A recent 4th Circuit Appellate concluded that drug evidence should have been suppressed under the exclusionary rule because the police seized the defendant without a reasonable suspicion that he was engaged in criminal behavior. This article explores the case and the law behind the Court's ruling.

NC Court of Appeals: A Recent Look at the "Last Clear Chance" to Prevent Calamity

Posted by Sean Cecil | Oct 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

North Carolina is one of just a few states in the United States that adheres to the contributory negligence doctrine, meaning that a plaintiff who's own negligence (failure to use due care to prevent a foreseeable injury) was at least partly to blame for his injury. However, an injured plaintiff's contributory negligence can be excused if he or she can establish that the defendant had the "last clear chance to avoid the injury.

Jury Awards Victimized Female Farmworkers $17 Million

Posted by Sean Cecil | Sep 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A jury in Florida just returned a verdict of $17 million to five female migrant farmworkers who complained they were raped and sexually harassed by male supervisors at a packing plant where they worked. Sexual abuse of female farmworkers is a widespread problem; federal government is apparently a...

Anniversary of the Imperial Foods Fire

Posted by Sean Cecil | Sep 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the notorious Imperial Food Products fire in Hamlet, North Carolina. In the fire, 25 workers dies and 49 were injured because of unsafe conditions, including a locked exit door; according to the NC Dept. of Labor, the investigation found "numerous violations of...

Steve Edelstein named Chair of Civil Rights section at NCAJ

Posted by Sean Cecil | Aug 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

We here are dedicated to contributing to our communities, legal and otherwise. Edelstein & Payne is proud to acknowledge that partner Steve Edelstein has agreed to chair the Civil Rights Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His appointment is recognition of Steve's contributio...

Travis Payne named Lawyer of the Year 2015 in Labor Law

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Edelstein & Payne partner Travis Payne can add 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" to his long list of awards and accolades. The award, named by is a result of a peer-review process. According to the site, only one lawyer in each practice area and geographic location can be named for th...

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