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North Carolina “Felon in Possession of Firearm” Conviction Overturned, Others May be Eligible for Release

August 22, 2012
Last year in United States v. Simmons, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that certain state felony convictions in North Carolina would not trigger federal “felon-in-possession” gun laws. The ruling raised many questions about what would become of those hundreds or potentially thousands of people who had already been convicted and […]

Outlaw Motorcycle Club and Hoodlums Motorcycle Club Raided by FBI in North Georgia

August 16, 2012
Six indictments and two criminal complaints have been returned in a large drug trafficking and firearms conspiracy case in North Georgia.  Several of the people charged appeared in federal court in Gainesville today, and many will have bond hearings later this week or next week. This morning, federal agents raided the clubhouses of two Atlanta-area […]

Bribery Charges Against Former Georgia Department of Labor Employee

August 15, 2012
Georgia’s Attorney General’s office has announced the indictment of a former state employee on charges of accepting $4,000 in bribes. According to the AG’s office, Peter Brown, who was employed by the Georgia Department of Labor, solicited bribes from a contractor he was charged with supervising in 2011. In exchange, the state alleges that Brown […]

New Georgia Law Requires More People to Report Suspected Child Abuse

August 10, 2012
A month ago, new rules went into effect in Georgia expanding the categories of individuals who are required to reported suspected child abuse or face criminal liability. The new law was largely a reaction to the Jerry Sandusky sex crime scandal involving Penn State University. Although all Georgians are encouraged to contact law enforcement if […]

Page Pate Wins New Trial for Client Convicted of Sex Offense Charge

August 1, 2012
Earlier this week, our firm won a Motion for New Trial for a client who had been convicted of child molestation in Clayton County, Georgia over a year ago. The client hired us after losing his first trial and being sentenced to 15 years with 7 years to serve in prison. We were able to […]

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