State v. Askew, COA11-1598 (Decided July 17, 2012) – In 2005, a jury found Kevin Askew guilty of indecent liberties with a child. The trial court sentenced Mr. Askew to a term in prison. In addition to the prison sentence, the trial court ordered that Mr. Askew be placed on probation for several years after being released from incarceration.
When it came time for Mr. Askew to be released on probation in 2011, Mr. Askew could not find a place to live. However, instead of holding Mr. Askew until he could find a residence, his probation officer decided to declare Mr. Askew in violation of his probation, even though he was still in prison. Mr. Askew appealed the revocation of his probation, and John Wait of Wait Law, P.L.L.C., represented him on appeal.
John Wait won the appeal, the revocation was reversed, and Mr. Askew was released once he found a proper place to live. WRAL-TV interviewed John after the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued its decision. In this TV report, WRAL investigates the issues surrounding sex offenders and their ability to find a place to live once they are released from prison.