NOTEWORTHY CASES

2016 |
Tully v. City of Wilmington

Katy Parker successfully argued on behalf of Kevin Tully, a Wilmington police officer, in the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Mr. Tully filed a complaint that the city’s promotion process violated his constitutional rights to substantive due process and equal protection under the North Carolina Constitution. The Court of Appeals held that he had alleged a valid property and liberty interest in requiring the city to comply with its own established promotional process.

 
2016 |
United States v. N.R.

Matthew Pruden successfully overturned the conviction of his client whose original trial lawyer slept during portions of his trial. In a case presenting an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held “that a defendant is deprived of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel when counsel sleeps during a substantial portion of the defendant’s trial.” The court vacated N.R.’s conviction and sentence, which had been 360 months in prison. Click here and here for media coverage about the case.