White-Collar Crime Attorney, W. James Payne, speaks in front on NC Joint Legislative Committee as Chair for the Commission on Indigent Defense Services

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Regarding dangers of criminal defense attorney services contracts

December 2013: Attorney W. James Payne addressed the North Carolina General Assembly’s House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee for Judiciary and Public Safety on December 12, 2013. Mr. Payne, who is Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Services (IDS), discussed with the legislators the dangers to the State’s criminal justice system as a result of the current legislation mandating contracts for indigent criminal defense attorney representation. Chairman Payne explained that current funding and current legislation “threatens to wreak havoc on criminal justice by depriving defendants of their right to a competent attorney.” Attorney Payne said, “A sound system for providing criminal representation is vital to the security of us all.” Regarding his exchange with the legislators, Attorney Payne expressed “gratitude that the legislators expressed profound concern for ensuring the funding of and providing for competent criminal defense representation.” Mr. Thomas Maher, Executive Director of IDS, also spoke before the Committee on this issue.

Mr. Payne’s keen attention to detail plays an important role in his effective representation of White-Collar Cases to Death Penalty Cases. His zealous defense for his clients has earned him the respect of judges and prosecutors in both state and federal court. His tireless warrior mentality and "take no prisoners" approach has catapulted him to the top of the legal ranks and garnered front-page media coverage. He is also a highly sought-after writer and lecturer, who has received national media coverage from outlets such as Bloomberg News and Lawyers Weekly, on topics related to criminal law and white-collar criminal defense.

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