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Prisoner Exchange Brings Home American Vet From Iran and Allows Iranian-American Doctor to Visit Iran

On June 4th, 2020, the government of Iran released an American citizen who had been held in custody for two years. Michael R. White, a Navy veteran who has acute asthma and throat cancer, was near the beginning of a ten-year prison sentence for privacy violations and insulting Iran’s supreme leader after he had gone to Iran to visit an Iranian woman he met on the internet.

The release was part of a prisoner exchange negotiated between the governments of the United States and Iran with the help of Swiss diplomats since the U.S. and Iran do not have formal diplomatic relations and have not for the past 40 years. In exchange for Mr. White, the U.S. agreed to release Matteo (Majid) Taheri, an Iranian-American doctor who had been living in Florida and the Atlanta area for many years. Dr. Taheri was convicted of export violations in 2018. As part of the deal, Dr. Taheri will now be permitted to visit Iran.

Steven P. Berne, attorney for Dr. Taheri, described the outcome as a “happy ending for all” in this culmination of months of negotiation.

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Well I was seeking a lawyer to get rid of two warrants that I had no idea what the charges were for. I called multiple attorneys that day. Most didn't even want to investigate my case without me giving them the retainer fee. Mr.Berne went above and beyond my expectations. He got all my charges dropped without even having to attend court nor did I have to pay my 10,000 dollar bond. He is truly amazing and I would recommend him to anyone with legal trouble. Thanks again Steven you the man!!!!”

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Steven is a great lawyer, very knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I hired him and my case resolved in a better way because of him. If I had a question about my case, I could call him or email and hear back from him in very timely manner. He is a great attorney and I highly recommend him. Thank you Steven.”

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Mr. Berne was a great, honest and non-judgmental attorney. He listened and received an outcome I was more than happy about. Even after the case was done he still is willing to help with any questions or follow-up actions needed. I don't plan on hiring him again because that means I got into trouble, however if I did he would be my first call.

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Mr. Steven Berne provided me with excellent legal care. I was consistently reassured that my case was in good hands. Each time I had a new concern throughout the process, I knew all I had to do was reach out. He gave me great advice that lead to a complete dismissal of my charges. I am very grateful for him today and I would recommend to all of my friends. As well as, any stranger that needed the same kind of help. By FAR the best lawyer in Atlanta. Thank you Mr. Berne!

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Amazing lawyer gives you that comfort that everything will be fine stays in contact with you and keeps you updated I will always and forever keep in mind that Steven Berne is an amazing Lawyer and will fight for you. Thank you Steven Berne for everything you doing for me and my family!

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Biden Administration Considering Clemency for Non-Violent Drug Offenders... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on September 29, 2021

The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is considering at least one measure to keep some inmates out of prison and on home confinement for the duration of their sentences. President Biden is reportedly considering using his clemency powers to commute the sentences of certain inmates on home confinement who were convicted of non-violent drug offenses. Among other criteria,... Read More »

Department of Justice Announces Investigation Into Conditions of... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on September 29, 2021

The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide civil investigation into conditions of confinement of prisoners held in Georgia’s prisons. “Individuals sentenced to prison in Georgia Department of Corrections facilities deserve to be treated humanely,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.  “Our office is committed to ensuring state prisoners are safe while serving their sentences.  We... Read More »

Steady Drop in Federal Prosecutions for Marijuana Trafficking By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on July 22, 2021

There has been a significant and consistent drop in marijuana trafficking cases at the federal level since at least 2016. In 2016, there were at least 3,422 marijuana trafficking cases. In 2020, there were 1,118, and each year showed a steady decline. The top districts for the highest number of marijuana trafficking cases were in Texas, Arizona, and California. The... Read More »

Court Grants Compassionate Release Based on Changes in... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on June 14, 2021

A judge released an inmate from prison after finding that recent changes in marijuana laws presented “extraordinary and compelling circumstances” warranting the inmate’s release. The court sentenced a defendant in April 2021 after a jury found him guilty of growing marijuana and using a firearm in 2012. Soon after it imposed the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, a lawyer... Read More »

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Steven P. Berne is a Federal and State criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, appearing in Georgia State Courts and in Federal Courts nationwide.

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