NOTEWORTHY CASES | carole melissa owen

2011 |
United States v. S.L.

Missy Owen represented S.L., a defendant in a 50-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. After aggressive negotiations with the government that successfully limited the client’s exposure to prison, Owen was able to secure a six-month term of imprisonment.

2008 |
United States v. Saxon

Missy Owen and Noell Tin represented Sallie Saxon, who ran what federal prosecutors called “the most successful prostitution business in the United States.” Nicknamed “the Southpark Madame” by the media, Saxon employed a high-end ring of call girls and maintained a confidential list of 1200 clients which included lawyers, doctors, and bank executives. Facing up to 20 years in federal prison, Saxon was ultimately sentenced to 2 years of incarceration. As Owen commented, “Sallie was very good to the women who worked for her. She did all she could to limit the harm they might face as prostitutes.”

2006 |
State v. R.F.

Missy Owen and Noell Tin represented R.F., who was tried for rape before a Mecklenburg County Superior Court jury in 2006. Owen and Tin secured a not guilty verdict.

2004 |
United States v. Y.D.

Missy Owen represented defendant Y.D. at trial in the Western District of North Carolina in 2004 on charges that he engaged in immigration fraud by attempting to bribe an immigration officer. At the close of the Government’s evidence, Owen successfully moved for dismissal, arguing that the Government had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her client had the requisite criminal intent.

2004 |
State v. Parker

Noell Tin and Missy Owen successfully vacated their client’s three life sentences, which had been imposed in 1991 in Union County after multiple convictions for sexual assault.