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(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) Eric M. Carter, the legal genius behind the exoneration of Actor Clifton Powell

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.” – Abraham Lincoln

Lawyers often time get a bad rap, for any host of reasons, but who’s the first person you call when you’re in trouble? The answer to that is, usually a lawyer.

Whether it’s a criminal case, auto accident or whatever the case may be, we call on and trust lawyers to do their job and work hard for us. Enter Eric Carter, a lawyer with a stellar track record who works diligently and consistently on behalf of his clients – the most recent of which is legendary actor, Clifton Powell.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 08: Actor Clifton Powell attends BronzeLens Film Festival at 444 Theatre on November 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Whether he’s portraying the comical “Pinky” character from the Friday franchise, the snitching Chauncy from Menace 2 Society (my favorite, by the way) or a serious role, Clifton Powell is an amazing actor who owns every role he takes on – the latest of which he probably never envisioned himself taking on was as a defendant in a bogus rape case.

Thanks to Eric Carter, Mr. Powell has been exonerated. A false rape allegation is probably one of the worst crimes a man can be accused of committing and a charge that very few beat or ever live down. It is usually even harder to beat when the accused is African-American, as the justice system in this country is unusually harsh to African-American males. Thanks to the hard work put in by Mr. Carter on behalf of his client, we can have some sort of belief that the justice system won’t always fail us.

The Heat recently caught up with this incredible attorney and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself.

ERIC M. CARTER:  Eric M. Carter, Sr. is a problem solver! He provides expert representation in civil and business litigation, personal injury, and real estate law. Mr. Carter earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law. While at Loyola, he was elected President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Carter was the second African American President at this prestigious institution. He also served as a Coach of the Loyola College of Law Moot Court Team. Before law school, Mr. Carter was a United States Presidential Management Fellow under President William J. Clinton’s Administration. After completing the Fellowship, Mr. Carter was selected as a program analyst within the Department of the Interior. As such, he was a manager of the multi-billion-dollar Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) Program. Mr. Carter is a proud U. S. Navy veteran who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron. Mr. Carter is highly sought after for his legal prowess, problem solving, and negotiation skills. He assists individuals, businesses, and organizations to obtain large damages awards, equitable resolutions, and measured success. Mr. Carter is a “low-key” attorney for Stars, Executives, and Movers-and-Shakers, often traveling throughout the country providing guidance to his clients. Eric practices in U.S. state and federal courts and consults in International civil law jurisdictions. Eric enjoys life with family and friends in Metropolitan New Orleans, Louisiana.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Give us a little background on the Powell case.

ERIC M. CARTER: Mr. Powell was accused, in his opinion and mine, of the most horrible crime a man who knows, respects, honors and loves women could be accused of, Rape. The allegations were reported after Mr. Powell and the accuser had enjoyed a romantic evening that lead into the next day which included several episodes of sexual intercourse and intimacy. After a few left-field comments concerning money an altercation ensued and Mr. Powell and his then-acquaintance ended their time together. The allegations were made to the New Orleans Police Department and an investigation was initiated. A fully vetted investigation was conducted including an interview with Mr. Powell. Lead Detective Damita Williams concluded that the allegations were baseless. She specifically cited in her police report that when asked whether or not she was forced or coerced into having sex with Mr. Powell the accuser declared “No.” Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations. Shortly thereafter, the accuser filed a federal lawsuit against Mr. Powell seeking and successfully obtaining a $153,000 money judgment. This judgment is properly termed a “default judgment.” Default Judgments are highly disfavored amongst courts because they are not granted based on an examination of facts but granted based on a procedural mechanism. Specifically, the accuser’s conclusory allegations were uncontested and accepted as true because Mr. Powell, through a lack of proper service, was unable to file an answer and respond. The default judgment was 3 years old when the Law Firm of Eric M. Carter, Sr., first discussed the matter. Through a series of passionate discussions with Mr. Powell, I agreed to study his case. I then developed a multi-layered and arduous strategy of simultaneously defending his case in two federal jurisdictions (Louisiana and California). This strategy has led to the federal court in Louisiana overturning its own ruling in favor of Mr. Powell, THREE (3) YEARS later.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What does the recent ruling mean for Mr. Powell’s criminal case?

ERIC M. CARTER: After the default judgment was ordered by the Honorable Judge Sarah J. Vance, United States District Court (USDC) for the Eastern District of Louisiana (LAED), the accuser sought to execute the same in the United States District Court (USDC) for the Central District of California (CAED). The USDC for LAED considered our voluminous written motions and agreed to grant the relief we sought, which was to set aside the Default Judgment against Mr. Powell. In other words, the money judgment (“default judgment”) was thrown out, dismissed, removed, and discarded. The court recognized it did not have jurisdiction over Mr. Powell and the judgment against him should not have been granted. Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations by the accuser. This ruling relieves Mr. Powell of the civil guilt, culpability, and punishment that was imputed to him at the granting of the money judgment. I pray Mr. Powell is now able to begin to repair his good name.

THE  HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in store for your future, particularly given the successful outcome of the Powell case?

ERIC M. CARTER: This is truly a remarkable outcome! While oral argument is often portrayed and sensationalized as what we do as trial lawyers; truthfully, the real work is in our study of the rule of law, our analysis of the facts and the reasonable conclusions and inferences we make thereafter. This moment is personally gratifying because the court’s decision was not based on my skill as a zealous, calculated orator but on the seemingly forgotten skills of analytical thinking and persuasive writing. We won on the merits of the written argument. I will travel teaching and encouraging other brothers and sisters of all colors, shapes, and sizes to pursue this noble profession and become fierce problem solvers. I am a problem solver! I get paid big bucks to figure it out! My next move is to accept a few more impossible matters and fight for the amazing outcome!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Carter is a sought-after, brilliant young legal mind. He can be reached at:

Law Firm of Eric M.Carter, Sr., LLC
7809 Airline Drive, Suite 200
(504) 733-3538 (off)
(504) 733-1775 (fax)


SWISH GANG FILMS PRESENTS “THE CROSS OUT 1&2”

Monday, December 19th, 2016

PREMIERE SCREENING AT THE PLAZA THEATRE JAN 3RD 2017

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 Swish Gang Films and director Swish Pzy announce their special invitation premiere screening of “The Cross Out” and “The Cross Out Part 2” on January, 3rd, 2017 from 7pm-9:30pm at the Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA). The event will showcase the two independent short films followed by a Q&A with the director and actors in the film. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through Eventbrite or at the Plaza Theatre box office the day of the screening.

About “The Cross Out 1&2”

From Swish Gang Films, executive producer Swish Pzy and Curtis Snow, director of “Snow On the Bluff” the soon to be released original shorts “The Cross Out” and “The Cross Out Part 2”. “The Cross Out” is an independent short which depicts the lives of several individuals who reside in Austin Homes Projects located in what Knoxville, TN refers to as “the gun zone” an area is known for shootings and violence. This is the backdrop for the team as they commence to take over the city through their ruthless dealings and set forth on a mission to get paid causing chaos along the way. “The Cross Over Part 2” is a continuation of the story line with some scenes taking place in Atlanta and features a host of cameos including Curtis Snow, from “Snow On the Bluff” alongside some of his Vine City family. View “The Cross Out Part 2” trailer at https://youtu.be/opP6Vn1ZF-A and follow director Swish Pzy on social media @SwishPzy (Instagram /Twitter / Facebook).

TICKETS

For all media inquiries contact
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Heat Exclusive: Fiend Returns with Motivate Chu Video

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Grammy nominated/BMI songwriting award winner Fiend returns with his latest mixtape installment “1st Rolex”. Contrary to popular belief, the rapsy emcee is not literally referring to owning the high-end chronograph. “First Rolex is that first aha moment. That first experience in your own life that you really consider to be special,” said Fiend to the Heat Magazine.  

A No-Limit Records superstar, Fiend also known as International Jones, carries the moniker Mr. Whomp Whomp and Capital FI as a badge of honor. During his humble beginnings, he became professionally known as Fiend due to his love for rapping and writing lyrics. Coincidentally, he pays homage to Rakim, who many refer to as the GOAT, and his classic hit “Microphone Fiend”.

The Heat Magazine had the opportunity to chop it up with Fiend prior to the release of his new Jet Life hosted mixtape. He wanted to lace our readers with his new video “Motivate Chu”, directed by Dexstr8dope.  The multi-faceted artist has been in a reflective mind state lately and his thoughts are accentuated musically. “I’m in a good place mentally. I have clarity on a lot of things in life.”

For all the true Fiend fans and lovers of hip hop, check out the new soulful spectacle here:

 

Curren$y laces the game with “Anybody”

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

 

Check out the latest spectacle by Curren$y. “Anybody” is denotative and connotative at the same time. Enjoy the Jet Life emcee.

Mr Marcelo Drops New Visual-Godfather

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

 

Press play and enjoy the new Jet Life visual.

Cinema accidentally shows ‘x-rated’ movie trailer at Finding Dory screening

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Staff issued a public apology after a manager ‘clicked on the wrong movie’

Source: Cinema accidentally shows ‘x-rated’ movie trailer at Finding Dory screening

Let The Foolery Begin: Brass-A-Holics drop new single “April Foolery”

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Check out the new video by New Orleans go-go/funk  brass band, Brass-A-Holics.

In case you missed their performance this evening at the French Quarter Festival, The Heat Magazine wanted you to get an inside look into the eclectic band and their gig life.

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Hamp Da Highstepper Takes NYC

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

When the world inundates you with reasons to frown, laughter is the perfect remedy.

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Jackyron Newman also known by the monikers “Jack Spratt” and “Hamp da Highstepper” is fully focused on his business endeavors. He has continuously blessed us with funny videos and spoofs which display his charisma and outgoing personality.

Newman also launched a website: http://jwnewmanenterprises.com

The New Orleans native continues to evoke laughter among his supporters. Check out his latest work:

Hamp Da Highstepper Takes NYC

HEAT EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Beyond being a biopic raking in millions or highlighting Hollygrove’s own Jason Mitchell as “Eazy-E”, Straight Outta Compton is a revelation for those that truly lived through the golden era of hip hop and its evolution.
The music industry is an ambiguous business and most inner city teens are clueless of the intricate details associated with fame and success as a rap artist.
Nowadays, much of the archetypical information related to hip hop is often overlooked or unknown. However, Universal Films rekindles and clarifies part of this hip hop foundation by creating a biopic that unveils a human side of an often misinterpreted iconic rap group, N.W.A.
The Heat Magazine will not spill the beans as it relates to the content of this great film but it definitely serves as an eye opener. Appealing to the emotions of its audience while revealing the human side of Eazy E., Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ren, Yella, D.O.C., Jerry Heller, and Suge Knight, Straight Outta Compton sets the record straight and silences naysayers once and for all.
The truth tends to always hide itself behind the smoke and mirrors of the music industry. The Heat Magazine encourages its readers to head to the theaters and enjoy the manifestation of the story behind the story of N.W.A.

“1 LIFE”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Today I met 3 amazing young men(Jamal Williams, Terrence Shivers, & Quinten Williams), that’s out here trying to better themselves, not be in the street or behind bars. They drove from Atlanta just to met me and when i say i felt so honored and blessed just to be in their presence, I know more than they were to be in mines. One of the young men just gave his life to christ sunday and when he told me, chills just went all through me because you don’t often here of 20 and 21 yr old young men doing that these days. What really stood out to me the most was they quit their jobs and move from Cleveland, Ohio to Atlanta, Ga on HOPE, A DREAM & FAITH!! I was so in shocked but it touched my heart to see them be so excited and in tune with who they were and what they want. I can’t express enough of how they love music and most of their own. When you REALLY love what you do, you will sacrifice, do without, and move in a way that no one would ever understand but it’s really not meant to be understood by everyone. These young men out here putting in work, getting scammed by people, etc but they refuse to give up. I asked “Why go so hard for this music that you putting out?” They told me “Well if you don’t believe in yourself or what you do, who will!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. “1 life” has so many meanings that I could go on and on about, but the name actually speaks volumes for itself. You only get “1” so you better make the best of the one you have, cuz when this one is over you can’t get a repeat!! Check out these young men song, watch they videos on YouTube and give them some love, I promise you won’t regret it.  My Thoughts Of The Day