PDW In The News

Ex-Falcon Super Bowl Running back arrested for DUI

Posted by on November 23, 2014

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Former Falcons player Jamal Anderson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday. Channel 2’s Tony Thomas obtained a mugshot of Anderson, who was pulled over in Gwinnett County for making an illegal stop, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The stop led to the DUI arrest. Anderson was… Continue Reading

Hot car mom still a train wreck despite receiving $110,000.00 in donations.

Posted by on November 22, 2014

What had been called a “beautiful resolution” in the case of an Arizona woman — arrested after leaving her two children in a hot car while interviewing for a job — is now in doubt, after prosecutors moved to again charge her with felony child abuse following her failure to comply with the terms of… Continue Reading

Elder Abuse Case in Garden City

Posted by on November 21, 2014

Police arrested three residents of Garden City in connection with an elderly abuse case. Officials say it is one of the cruelest cases ever witnessed in Garden City. Police arrested Georgia S. Backman, 20, Georgette Denise Backman, 43, and Steven Raymond Backman, 45, when they discovered a terrible scene at 8 Lynn Drive. Upon arrival,… Continue Reading

Honor killing in Pakistan as pregnant woman slain by her family

Posted by on November 21, 2014

Parter’s Note: The convicted murderers in this case were sentenced to Death and fined $1,000. If anyone can make sense of the death penalty plus a fine please contact us to explain it. None of this makes much sense. 12th century morals Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one… Continue Reading

Massachusettes 5th grader suspended for imaginary ray gun possession

Posted by on November 20, 2014

MILFORD, Mass. —A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School, our news partners at the Milford Daily News reported. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun – his finger – and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian… Continue Reading

Bill Cowsert selected as Ga State Senate Majority Leader

Posted by on November 19, 2014

ATLANTA | Athens Republican Bill Cowsert won election as Senate majority leader, and David Shafer overcame a challenge to hold his post as president pro tempore when the Republican Caucus held elections Monday. Cowsert, brother-in-law to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, is an attorney with Cowsert & Avery who was elected to Kemp’s Senate seat… Continue Reading

The more Amercians know about how their Gov’t operates the less they like it.

Posted by on November 18, 2014

Fifty years ago, FBI operatives sent Martin Luther King, Jr. was has come to be known as the “suicide letter,” an anonymous note suggesting the civil rights leader should off himself before his private sex life was made public. The information about King’s extramarital assignations was gathered with the approval not just of the FBI’s… Continue Reading

Video Game Violence: A Scientific ‘Consensus’ Cracks (REEL violence does not = real violence)

Posted by on November 16, 2014

For decades it has been a shibboleth among most social psychologists that increasingly violent media—violent television, movies, and video games—increase the risk of violence in society. As expressions of this alleged scientific consensus, professional societies have adopted various resolutions decrying the toxic effects of media violence on society. For example, the American Psychological Association adopted… Continue Reading

It looks like the list of Federal .gov agencies that do not spy on citizens is shorter that those that spy

Posted by on November 15, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has today a terrific article, “Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program,” that details how U.S. Marshals Service aircraft deploy “dirtbox” technology to spy on millions of Americans’ cellphones from above. The dirtbox technology (so named as an acronym for the company that makes the devices, Digital Receiver Technology) functions… Continue Reading

MS-13 Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison

Posted by on November 14, 2014

The court of criminal law sentenced Remberto Pitufo Argueta, 27, to two concurrent life sentences in prison for his role in the robbery and murder of two rival gang members. MS-13 has plagued Atlanta since 2005. The gang claimed Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties and defended it with brutality. The courts introduced new evidence at a criminal… Continue Reading

Motion filed to sever charges in Hot Car case

Posted by on November 14, 2014

After four months in jail on murder charges, updates came this week in the case against Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of murdering his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, 2015. In a group of 15 motions made by Harris’ attorney, Maddox Kilgore made what one Marietta defense… Continue Reading

California Woman arrested for McDonald’s coffee claim fraud

Posted by on November 13, 2014

Partner’s note: Dah dah da tah dah…..she ain’t loving it now. -Mo Wiltshire A California woman has been charged with fraud for falsely saying she was badly scalded by McDonald’s coffee and using photos copied off the Internet to make it appear she suffered second-degree burns on her hand, officials said. Selena Edwards, 38, of… Continue Reading

False Confession: Man duped by Innocence Project freed after 15 years

Posted by on November 12, 2014

The first time I wrote about Alstory Simon, then a Milwaukee north sider, was in 1999, right after he confessed to a double murder in Chicago. Simon’s shocking admission — not to police but to an investigator working for Northwestern University’s Innocence Project — led to the release and pardon of a man on death… Continue Reading

Judge restrains news story in APS Cheating trial

Posted by on November 11, 2014

The judge presiding over the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial has issued an extraordinary order barring the news media from reporting a story related to the case. The order, signed late Friday afternoon by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter, “restrained and enjoined” the media, particularly TV station Fox 5 Atlanta, from airing “a… Continue Reading

Pastors arrested for feeding the homeless

Posted by on November 10, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police charged three men — including two pastors and a 90-year-old man — for feeding the homeless in public on Sunday, the first such cases made by the city after the a new ordinance effectively banning public food sharings took effect Friday. The first to be charged was homeless… Continue Reading

Mo Wiltshire “was recommended as the Best in his field and he proved it with his performance.” -Sam, 2014 Defense Client

Posted by on November 9, 2014

“Mr. Wiltshire served as an excellent advocate for me and my wife on our criminal cases. He was recommended as the Best in his field and he proved it with his performance. We would recommend him to anyone who needed legal assistance.” -Sam, a 2014 DUI & Criminal Defense Client

“We are so glad we switched attorneys. If your UGA student is in trouble, call Mo. You won’t be disappointed.” -Client’s Mom 2014

Posted by on November 8, 2014

“Mo helped us with representation for our son. We had previously worked with another attorney in Athens and were not happy with the advice or responsiveness we were getting. We decided to hire Mo and everything changed. He was great! He kept us in the loop and helped us through the process to get to… Continue Reading

Gwinnett County Toddler Ingests Drugs: Father Charged

Posted by on November 8, 2014

A Gwinnett County father has been charged in his 2-year-old son’s death. Kurt Vanpool, of Hoschton, was charged with murder Thursday. Gwinnett police were originally dispatched to Vanpool’s home regarding medical call where a 2-year-old child wasn’t breathing. The child was later declared dead The autopsy revealed the child died from a lethal amount of… Continue Reading

AC/DC Drummer: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap?

Posted by on November 7, 2014

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged in New Zealand with attempting to arrange the murders of two people. The New Zealand Herald reported that the 60-year-old appeared in court Thursday morning in Tauranga, on the country’s North Island. The paper reported that he was also charged with possession… Continue Reading

Election Eve Document Dump in the Fast & Furious investigation

Posted by on November 6, 2014

The Justice Department has previously been held in contempt by Congress and hit with increasingly tough court orders from a federal judge over its obstruction of efforts to secure evidence in the notorious Fast and Furious operation. Many have accused Attorney General Eric Holder of acting blatantly political in withholding documents to protect Democrats from… Continue Reading

Georgia polygraph examiner convicted of perjury

Posted by on November 5, 2014

Stone Mountain polygraph examiner who pleaded guilty to perjury Friday was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000, The Florida Times-Union reported. Kenneth Blackstone, 63, admitted in Glynn County Superior Court that he gave false testimony in pre trial hearings in the trial of convicted mass murderer Guy Heinze Jr. The Times-Union reported Blackstone… Continue Reading

GBI seeks to identify Elbert County body

Posted by on November 4, 2014

Thirty-six days after a slain man’s body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, authorities still are not confident enough about a positive identification to release a name. “The body was severely burned and extracting DNA is sometimes a little cumbersome when you’ve got a body that heavily disfigured,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation… Continue Reading

FAMU Band member convicted of manslaughter in hazing case

Posted by on November 4, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as “Crossing Bus C” that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing. Prosecutors said Dante Martin, 27, was known as “the president of Bus C” and organized the initiations that… Continue Reading

Tailgating Goes Above and Beyond at Ole Miss

Posted by on November 3, 2014

Partner’s note: Ole Miss is the perfect example of how positive the Saturday Game Day experience can be if the university will relax, invest some resources into the process and embrace the fans. We used to have a similar experience (never to this extent…nobody tops Oxford and Ole Miss) on North Campus here at UGA… Continue Reading

“Zombie” woman arrested twice for DUI in the same night.

Posted by on November 1, 2014

GATES, N.Y. — Police say a woman wearing a zombie costume and makeup was charged with drunken driving twice within three hours after attending an upstate New York bar’s “zombie prom” party. Police in the town of Gates tell the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (http://on.rocne.ws/1wDDKe5 ) that 26-year-old Catherine Butler, of Rochester, was arrested… Continue Reading

Confronting NSA apologists…Liberty is never free.

Posted by on October 30, 2014

In a New Republic article on NSA surveillance, Yishai Schwartz defends the U.S. government against the critiques of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his supporters. This defense warrants close scrutiny, because several of the arguments offered echo misinformation spread by national security state officials. The article begins by analyzing scenes in the Laura Poitras documentary Citizenfour… Continue Reading

We are from the Gov’t and we are here to help…with armored vehicles

Posted by on October 29, 2014

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers. And an armored military vehicle. Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use… Continue Reading

Woman hanged by Iran for killing her abuser. Trial described as “deeply flawed”

Posted by on October 28, 2014

Iran executed Saturday a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran prosecutor’s office as saying. A message posted on the homepage of a… Continue Reading

Inmate attacks his lawyer still gets Life sentence.

Posted by on October 27, 2014

Partner’s note: I was once appointed by Judge Gaines to replace a lawyer who had been attacked by a client at the Oconee County jail. My first meeting with my new client I told him that the lawyer he had jumped on was a friend of mine. I then asked him if he wanted a… Continue Reading

Georgia man arrested for Adultery…yes it is still on the books as a misdemeanor.

Posted by on October 26, 2014

FOREST PARK — Believe it or not, adultery is still a crime in Georgia. Just ask Forest Park resident Bobby Perez Henry. Clayton County court records show Henry, 46, was arrested Thursday and charged with adultery. He allegedly told a Forest Park police detective Oct. 14 that he had consensual intimate relations with a neighbor… Continue Reading