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The White Collar Crime Insider

Edition Nº 1
April, 2014

In This Edition:

 
  • CNN INTERVIEW
  • ELON LAW SCHOOL LECTURE
  • WJP SPEAKS BEFORE HOUSE AND SENATE LEGISLATURE
  • JULE ENGLISH TRIAL
  • DID YOU KNOW?

In police shooting of mentally ill N.C. teen, who do you believe?

(CNN) -- A man calls 911 saying his family needs help. His wife is scared of their schizophrenic son, armed with a screwdriver. One, then two, then three law enforcement officers -- all from different agencies -- arrive. After the situation calms somewhat, according to the family, a tussle ensues.
What happens next?
In a case this week out of Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina, one officer responded by firing his gun, killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who was mentally ill.
The teen's furious family soon take their case public, saying there's no justification for Sunday's shooting. Vidal, they say, weighed all of 100 pounds; he was mentally ill, yes, but he was a "good kid
."
Click Here to Finish Article and Watch CNN Interview with W.James Payne

 James Payne White Collar Spotlight

“The North Carolina General Assembly wants to treat business men and women, as well as politicians, as if they are drug dealers. Until this year, prosecutors could convene an investigative grand jury only when drug dealing was afoot.  But if the General Assembly has its way, investigative grand juries will have license to peer into conduct of business people under the guise of preventing political corruption.”
Click Here to Read Mr. Payne’s Article Published in North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly

Elon Law School Lecture

Developed for students interested in practicing criminal law, especially in the area of white-collar crime, the forum featured Terry Meinecke, a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, and W. James Payne, a white-collar defense attorney.

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JULIE ENGLISH TRIAL

Mr. Payne accepted the Court’s request that he represent Julie English to defend her on the State of North Carolina’s accusation of the Second Degree Murder of her boyfriend, Michael Pate.  Mr. Payne convinced the jury, in a lengthy trial, that the State was wrong, ultimately a verdict of voluntary manslaughter.  Attorney Payne, in front of the jury and in open court, revealed the prosecution’s “hidden” benefits to a convicted witness, the withholding of favorable evidence, and persuaded a pathologist, on the witness stand, to accept an alternate theory of the cause of death. 
Click Here to View Media Coverage on Trial

WHITE-COLLAR CRIME ATTORNEY, W. JAMES PAYNE, SPEAKS IN FRONT OF NC JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AS CHAIR FOR THE COMMISSION ON INDIGENT DEFENSE SERVICES

Attorney W. James Payne addressed the North Carolina General Assembly's House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee for Judiciary and Public Safety. Mr. Payne, who is Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Services (IDS) discussed with the legislators the dangers to the State's criminal justice system as a result of the current legislation mandating contracts for indigent criminal defense attorney representation. Chairman Payne explained the current legislation "threatens to wreak havoc on criminal justice by depriving defendants of their right to a competent attorney." Attorney Payne said, "A sound system for providing criminal representation is vital to the security of us all." Regarding his exchange with the legislators, Attorney Payne expressed "gratitude that the legislators expressed profound concern for ensuring the funding of and providing for competent criminal defense representation." Mr. Thomas Maher, Executive Director of IDS, also spoke before the Committee on this issue.
Click Here To Take A Peek At The NC IDS Website

DID YOU KNOW?

 
In North Carolina, there is still a law that prohibits one from visiting their departed loved ones late at night in a cemetery.
Sec. 5-13. Prohibited hours for entry.
 
 
“It shall be unlawful for any person to enter or remain upon the premises of city cemeteries, whether on foot, by means of a vehicle, or otherwise, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00a.m. each and every day, except for law enforcement personnel and other city employees while on official business. 
Referrals to James Payne Law Firm: The James Payne Law Firm Staff expedites client referrals. Contact the Office, information below, to speak to us if you, or someone you love, needs Mr. Payne’s protection. 
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