NOTABLE CASES

  • North Carolina v. Randall Eugene Jenkins, 115 N.C.App. 622, 445 S.E.2d 622 (1994)—Lead trial counsel and appellate attorney for first degree rape case.  This case gained attention in the international legal community for its holding that a trial judge cannot turn his back to the jury while the defendant is testifying.  The ruling in this case also set the standard in North Carolina for closure of court rooms during the testimony of rape victims.

  • In Re Brown, 351 N.C. 601, 527 S.E.2d 651 (2000)--- Co-counsel for a trial level judge who was accused of multiple acts of misconduct.  The Censure Order issued by the North Carolina Supreme Court requires that all criminal cases be conducted in open court, regardless as to whether the parties agree to the outcome or whether the administration of justice is made more efficient by doing so.

ALSO

Guest Commentator on Court TV [now truTV] during North Carolina v. Michael Peterson, 361 NC 587, 652 S.E.2d 216 (2007).