PDW In The News

Owen Fazenbaker III Arrested For Skipping Jury Duty 11 Times

Posted by on April 1, 2015

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who skipped out on jury duty 11 times in the last two years has been arrested inside a courthouse while seeking relief from a child support ruling. Somerset County Judge D. Gregory Geary told 32-year-old Owen Fazenbaker III on Monday that he found it “ironic” that Fazenbaker could… Continue Reading

Craigslist Robberies: Gangs Responsible?

Posted by on March 31, 2015

With a total of $20,000 allegedly stolen from 15 victims, Craigslist crimes rampage across the nation, but Georgia has especially seen an increase in Craigslist robberies. After a five-month investigation, the Atlanta Police Department arrested seven suspects believed to be responsible for several Southwest Atlanta robberies. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the suspects posted… Continue Reading

The law of unintended consequences. Dead UGA student’s friends didn’t know about amnesty law.

Posted by on March 31, 2015

Partner’s Note: The policy in Athens has not “always been” to arrest 18,19 and 20 years olds for underage drinking. The former policy, changed in roughly 2006, was to issue citations to kids not to arrest them. This story relates a sad tale of an unintended consequence of government punishment of a behavior engaged in… Continue Reading

FBI wants to prevent encryption…essentially wants to ban mathematics?

Posted by on March 30, 2015

The FBI wants to make us all less safe. At least that’s the implication from FBI director Jim Comey’s push to ban unbreakable encryption and deliberately weaken everyone’s security. And it’s past time that the White House makes its position clear once and for all. Comey was back before Congress this week – this time… Continue Reading

Bama’s Senior DB Geno Smith arrested for DUI…again

Posted by on March 29, 2015

Alabama defensive back Geno Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office website. It marks the second such charge for Smith, a senior from Atlanta who was arrested in August 2013 and subsequently suspended for the opening game that season. Smith is expected… Continue Reading

Tennessee Vols Lineman: Felony theft arrest

Posted by on March 28, 2015

Tennessee rising sophomore offensive tackle Coleman Thomas was arrested on a felony charge of theft for allegedly stealing an Xbox and three video games from a fellow student on campus. Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton said Thursday that Thomas has been removed from all team activities. He was not at Thursday’s practice. “We are aware of… Continue Reading

Wiltshire named in Nation’s Top One Percent

Posted by on March 27, 2015

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED COUNSEL PRESS RELEASE Mo Wiltshire, of Prior Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is… Continue Reading

GBI arrests Euharlee, GA police chief and assistant chief

Posted by on March 26, 2015

EUHARLEE, Ga. – The Euharlee police chief and assistant chief have been arrested for theft of government funds and violation of oath of office. The GBI announced the arrest Chief Terry Harget and Assistant Chief Richard Smith in a press release sent to FOX 5 just after noon Thursday. Investigators believe the two were “double… Continue Reading

Mexico ‘lucha libre’ wrestler dies from hit in the ring

Posted by on March 25, 2015

MEXICO CITY | The son of a Mexican wrestling legend died early Saturday from a blow suffered in the ring, the Baja California state prosecutor’s office said. Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, fell unconscious on the ropes, apparently after receiving a flying kick from fellow wrestler Oscar Gutierrez, known as Rey… Continue Reading

Judge Sentences Two in Cobb County for Exploiting a 93-Year-Old Woman with Dementia for $4 Million

Posted by on March 24, 2015

A Cobb County judge handed two men prison sentences for exploiting a 93-year-old woman. Jeffrey Carr was given 40 years total, but only 10 need to be served behind bars. In addition, he must pay back three and a half million dollars. Meanwhile, the judge handed Joseph Carr, Jeffrey Carr’s father, 40 years, but only… Continue Reading

Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar: jet claims rated “pants on fire” by Politifact

Posted by on March 24, 2015

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — When a local megachurch asked members to donate money to buy a $65 million jet, it prompted criticism from around the world. Now, Channel 2 Action News is looking at the truthfulness of claims by Pastor Creflo Dollar’s spokesperson that the jet was needed to carry food and supplies. In the… Continue Reading

Man cleared of murder after 39 years in jail to get $1 million

Posted by on March 23, 2015

(Reuters) – An Ohio man freed last year after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit will receive more than $1 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment, court records show. An Ohio Court of Claims judge on Thursday ordered that just over $1 million be paid to Ricky… Continue Reading

Kids of man killed in crash that hurt Tracy Morgan get $10M

Posted by on March 22, 2015

The children of comedian James McNair, who was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that injured Tracy Morgan, are getting a $10 million settlement from Wal-Mart, court papers show. The documents also show that the children, Jamel McNair, 26, and Denita McNair, 19, are putting part of the payment toward annuities that will pay… Continue Reading

Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Posted by on March 21, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders. The bill by Republican Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Marietta was approved in a 54-1 vote Friday after a debate that lasted more than an hour. Republican Senate Health and Human Services… Continue Reading

Snellville, GA police post social media rant against drunk driver

Posted by on March 20, 2015

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — The Snellville Police Department posted their frustration on Facebook after arresting a drunk driver at four times the legal limit. “When will it stop folks?” the post wondered. And later on, “.35 BAC is not an honest mistake”. Just after 9:00 Tuesday night, Snellville police got a call about an accident with… Continue Reading

PDW client avoids prison in police bribery case

Posted by on March 19, 2015

“It is a very sad case for me, because Larry is a 64-year-old Navy veteran, and until his DUI arrest and the bribery arrest, he had never been in any trouble with the law,” said defense attorney Morris Wiltshire. “It is very clear that if Larry had not been introduced to Chris Burton he would… Continue Reading

Woman was DUI when she ran off Ga. 400 into Lake Lanier

Posted by on March 18, 2015

The woman who drove her SUV off Ga. 400 and into Lake Lanier was under the influence of drugs, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon. Samantha Silverman, 33, of Cumming, was being treated at the hospital after being pulled from the lake. From there, she will be taken to the Forsyth County jail… Continue Reading

Alleged Murderer of 22-Year-Old Mother Stands Trial

Posted by on March 17, 2015

Arrested last month in Georgia for the murder of Ana Satian, the mother of two children, Perry Howard, 27, stood before the judge and pleaded not guilty on charges he and three others were accused of committing. Howard entered a plea through his criminal law attorney after appearing before the Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler…. Continue Reading

Prosecutors charge real estate heir Durst with murder; death penalty possible

Posted by on March 17, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst couldn’t explain away the similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said “only the killer could have written” that alerted police to his friend’s shooting 15 years ago. Confronted with new evidence by the makers of a documentary about his life, the troubled millionaire blinked, burped oddly, pulled… Continue Reading

Ederly couple harassed in “window tint” stop in Walton County, Georgia.

Posted by on March 15, 2015

WALTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – A routine traffic stop turned into a drug interrogation for an elderly couple in Walton County. CBS46 began investigating the incident when the couple passing through Georgia complained that a deputy crossed the line. Charles Tharp, 69, never expected that his family vacation would end the way it did. He… Continue Reading

Study Finds There Are Too Many Studies

Posted by on March 14, 2015

You do not need to be a crafty defense attorney to call this correct. -Mo Wiltshire PALO ALTO, Calif. (CBS Sacramento) — A growing number of scientific studies is making it harder for researchers to keep track of all their content. ‘Attention decay in science‘, a new paper published by professors from universities in Finland… Continue Reading

DUI “coasters” program for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on March 13, 2015

(SAVANNAH) – Georgia’s largest St. Patrick’s Day destination will feature some extra shamrock-clad decorations this year as the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety targets the busy drinking holiday in Savannah with 15,000 drink coasters designed to deter DUI and encourage finding a sober driver. Created by GOHS and distributed by Southern Eagle Distributing, the coasters… Continue Reading

Largest mass execution in US History: Ordered by Lincoln

Posted by on March 12, 2015

December 26, 1862: thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, in the largest mass execution in US history–on orders of President Abraham Lincoln. Their crime: killing 490 white settlers, including women and children, in the Santee Sioux uprising the previous August. The execution took place on a giant square scaffold in the center of… Continue Reading

State Crime Lab Mixup

Posted by on March 11, 2015

Because of a mix-up at the state crime lab, a family has buried the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral. Susan Selemi, Burke County Coroner, said that Johnny Morgan Lowe III’s body was never returned to Augusta after an autopsy. Instead, funeral directors buried Louie Caldwell, of Clayton County, during the graveside service for Lowe…. Continue Reading

Two Teens Have Sex. Neither Could Legally Consent, But Only the Boy Gets a Felony Charge.

Posted by on March 11, 2015

Underage teens having sex is awkward, but it shouldn’t be criminal. If two people are equally unable to give consent, but have sex anyway, should either be charged with a crime? It’s a question that many college administrators wrestle with when drugs and alcohol are factors in sexual assault disputes. The verdict often seems to… Continue Reading

How to Count the Defensive Use of Guns: Rights matter.

Posted by on March 10, 2015

Stringent gun control advocates are fond of underestimating the possible importance of owning a gun. For example, a pair of anti-gun activists took to Politico in January to claim that the gun rights community is deluded about the likely number of defensive uses of guns by American citizens. Such defensive uses are known as DGUs… Continue Reading

Is Smokey Bear too good at his job? Probably yes.

Posted by on March 9, 2015

Smokey Bear, you may be too good at your job. Or are you? It depends on who you ask and in which state you pose the question. Prescribed burns, a traditional tool aimed at preserving habitat and plants, is getting harder to do in South Carolina. “Sadly, one of the main threats to prescribed burning… Continue Reading

Man Calls 911 To Report Wife Stole His Cocaine

Posted by on March 8, 2015

MARCH 6–An Ohio man called 911 to report that his wife had stolen his cocaine, according to cops who subsequently arrested him on drug and other charges. Robert Collins, 39, dialed the police emergency line late Wednesday night to report the cocaine theft, according to an Alliance Police Department report that does not detail the… Continue Reading

“I consider Michael Daniel to be the very best business attorney in Northeast Georgia…” Andrew Clyde, CEO of Clyde Armory

Posted by on March 7, 2015

“Michael Daniel represented me on a wrongful seizure of $940,313 of my company’s working capital by the Internal Revenue Service. He was able to get an expedited hearing before the Federal Court and obtain the return of all but $50,000.00 of the proceeds. His skill and expertise was critical in saving my business. Because the… Continue Reading

Raping Culture: The oft-repeated claim that rape is so common that there is a “rape culture” in the U.S. is utter exaggeration.

Posted by on March 6, 2015

A new documentary calls colleges like Harvard and Notre Dame “The Hunting Ground,” where rapists prey on women. A bipartisan group of senators demand new rules to “curb campus sexual assaults. Apparently, new laws are needed because at colleges, sexual assault is “epidemic.” Rape is so common that there is a “rape culture.” I hear… Continue Reading