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Apr 24, 2018

Assistant DA in North Carolina facing drug charges

GASTONIA (AP) Authorities say an assistant North Carolina district attorney has been arrested on several drug charges. News outlets report police in Waxhaw said officers stopped Gaston County Assistant District Attorney James Brandon Graham on April 22. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Graham was stopped for speeding, having an expired tag and an inspection […]

Nov 2, 2016

Civil Rights – Prior Arrests Irrelevant to Excessive Force Claim

Smith v. Baltimore City Police Dep’t (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-150-16, 26 pp.) (Thacker, J.) No. 15-1604, Oct. 27, 2016; USDC at Baltimore, Md. (Motz, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: At plaintiff’s trial in her suit alleging unlawful arrest and excessive force by defendant Baltimore police officers who arrested her when she stopped her car purportedly to […]

Oct 3, 2016

Long arm of the law spans 800 miles

If he didn’t have a claim to fame before, and a Google search of his name suggests that he didn’t, 36-year-old Preston Bluntson, has one now — he was arrested, kind of, by celebrity sheriff David Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. According to the Associated Press, the two men shared a plane ride on […]

May 26, 2016

Unwanted attachments: Criminal defendants face consequences beyond the sentence

In the fight game, the old adage goes something like this: The punch that hurts you the most is the one you don’t see coming. In the legal realm, the same could be said for the consequences of being convicted of—or even arrested for—committing a crime. The fines, probation and jail time associated with a […]

Dec 22, 2014

Man dies after arrest by Greensboro police

GREENSBORO (AP) — Greensboro police say a man banned from Wesley Long Hospital has died after being arrested. Authorities say in a news release that 60-year-old Steve Christian came to the emergency room just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Officials say he was escorted out of the building after becoming combative toward medical staff. An officer […]

Jun 27, 2014

A tale of two arrests

District attorneys and solicitors frequently ask for the arresting officer’s advice when making a plea offer to a defendant. In Sidebar’s experience, officers tend to feel more charitable toward certain defendants than others. We’ll leave it to you to determine which of these defendants, described in recent Associated Press reports, might fare best.   Defendant […]

May 30, 2014

Salisbury student accused of spitting on officer

SALISBURY (AP) — A Salisbury High School student has been arrested and accused of spitting on a police officer. The Salisbury Post reported ( ) the 16-year-old male has been charged with misdemeanor larceny and felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. Authorities said a student had placed a cellphone on a ledge and the phone […]

May 28, 2014

Man wanted in killing SC girlfriend arrested in NC

MONCKS CORNER (AP) — U.S. marshals say a man wanted in the stabbing death of his girlfriend in South Carolina has been arrested in North Carolina. Marshals arrested 59-year-old Lee Dell Bradley in a parking lot in Charlotte on Tuesday. Bradley is charged with murder in the death of 60-year-old Frances Lawrence at her home […]

Feb 20, 2014

‘Monster-In-Law’ VHS arrest a PR nightmare for Pickens County

The Pickens County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office now understands what it means to go viral, and it’s all because of a chance encounter with a woman who forgot to return a VHS videotape of a bad movie nine years ago. “TMZ called. Someone from France called. It was on the ‘Today Show’ this morning. They were […]

Oct 18, 2011

Constitutional – Search & Seizure – Civil Rights – Tort/Negligence – Arrest

Brown v. Winders If, as plaintiff has alleged, the defendant-deputy told the 62-year-old overweight, disabled plaintiff that the deputy knew plaintiff wasn’t the one riding plaintiff’s motorcycle when it sped away from the deputy, then the deputy violated plaintiff’s clearly established right to be free from unreasonable seizures when he arrested her for fleeing to elude arrest. [...]

Jan 25, 2011

Civil Rights – Arrest – Prisoner Rights – Constitutional

Jerry D. Smith v. Joe Henderson. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-04-1182) (Conrad, Jr., J.), USDC for the WD of North Carolina, Asheville Division, No. 1:07cv137-RJC-DLH, November 15, 2010, 8 pp. Click here for the full text of the opinion.   The Court granted the defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment in the manner recommended by the Magistrate Judge’s […]

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