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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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Could Zoom jury trials become the norm during... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on August 6, 2020

As criminal courts grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some in the legal industry wonder whether a virtual jury trial could be next. Just weeks ago, the idea might have seemed inconceivable. Now, as remote meetings using videoconferencing tools such as Zoom become a regular fixture in courts, some are concerned that virtual trials would deprive defendants of the constitutional right... Read More »

Problems with Courts reopening in Georgia By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on July 8, 2020

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton warned state judges Monday that they could face judicial discipline if they continue to ignore COVID-19 health guidelines. Melton plans to extend an emergency order this week, and this time he plans to include “stronger, more mandatory language” about the need to follow health directives, he said. Melton has heard of several practices... Read More »

What does “Inciting a Riot” mean in Georgia? By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on June 3, 2020

Many people are unsure of the differences between affray, riots, and inciting a riot in Georgia. All of these crimes are a disturbance of the peace, but they are all different. It is important to know the subtle distinctions between each crime. All of them are charged as misdemeanors in Georgia.  Georgia Law O.C.G.A. § 16-11-31 reads as follows: The... Read More »

U.S. Court and Georgia Closings, Cancellations and Restrictions... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on May 27, 2020

In response to public health guidance related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), many U.S. courts (state and federal) and agencies adjusted the way they operate.   Each court is making its own modifications under the circumstances and have included, among other things: closing courthouses, restricting courthouse access, continuing trials, cancelling non-case related activities, and rescheduling or permitting videoconferencing of oral arguments. To keep... Read More »

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