PDW In The News

Curbing incentives for police abuse: Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act

Posted by on January 28, 2015

This election year has seen increased attention to the use and abuse of civil asset forfeiture programs by law enforcement agencies. These programs allow officers and federal law enforcers to seize and keep funds and property they claim are connected to crime. Asset forfeiture has been a huge force pushing the drug war forward, as… Continue Reading

Teenage ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Arrested

Posted by on January 27, 2015

After a crime spree that spanned through Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky, two teenagers the media has dubbed as Bonnie and Clyde were arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida. Authorities extradited Hayes back to Kentucky. Dalton Hayes, 18, faces statutory rape charges, even though Hayes says he had no idea his… Continue Reading

Suspect in custody re: murdered Marietta couple in the craigslist case

Posted by on January 27, 2015

The man wanted in connection to a missing Marietta couple was arrested Monday morning, the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office said. Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns surrendered, one day after arrest warrants were issued for him. Towns has been charged with giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception in the disappearance of Bud… Continue Reading

Detective sought warrant for NBC hypocrite David Gregory but was denied

Posted by on January 26, 2015

The controversy over former NBC anchor David Gregory’s display of a high-capacity gun magazine got new legs this week. An affidavit shows a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective requested an arrest warrant for Gregory, according to Conservative website Legal Insurrection. In December 2012, the then-host of NBC’s Meet the Press broke the district’s laws by… Continue Reading

Phone scammers fishing for victims in Athens, GA area

Posted by on January 25, 2015

A University of Georgia student last week reported to police that she received a call from someone saying her brother was being held hostage. She didn’t pay any ransom, which is a good thing since the call was a scam. The hostage scam is just the latest to hit the Athens area, where many of… Continue Reading

NFL scandal: Ex-QBs not buying Brady’s claimed cluelessness

Posted by on January 24, 2015

For more than a decade, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, one of the sport’s most popular and respected players. On Wednesday, Brady may have jeopardized his credibility for good. Like Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Brady denied having anything to do with footballs being deflated in the… Continue Reading

Marietta, GA: High School female coach allegedly bites another coach in the face

Posted by on January 23, 2015

MARIETTA | A high school coach in suburban Atlanta is accused of biting another coach’s face, though her attorney says the attack never happened. South Cobb High School girls basketball coach Melonie Joyce Martin was standing about 2 inches from Coach Tyrone Harris when authorities say she bit him in the eye and nose, an… Continue Reading

Georgia lawmakers plan another look at no-knock warrants

Posted by on January 22, 2015

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers may be ready to put new limits on the use of “no-knock” warrants after an infant was severely burned by a flash grenade during an overnight police raid last May in north Georgia. A bill introduced this month with bipartisan sponsors requires that “no-knock” warrants be carried out between 6 a.m…. Continue Reading

New police radars Ranger-R system can ‘see’ inside homes

Posted by on January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance. Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service,… Continue Reading

Papa John’s Delivery Driver Shoots a Would-Be Robber

Posted by on January 19, 2015

While delivering pizzas in DeKalb County, Georgia, a Papa John’s delivery woman was ordered to the ground by a gun-wielding suspect. However, she produced her own handgun and shot the armed robber, Donquaz Devon Stevenson, 24, in the face. Authorities later arrested Stevenson in a nearby yard. Unfortunately, the woman who protected herself could be… Continue Reading

No plea deal likely in Boston Marathon bombing case

Posted by on January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack. With testimony expected to start later this month, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to… Continue Reading

Oops, problems with the latest story of abuse: Cosby wasn’t in Los Angeles at time Goins alleges abuse

Posted by on January 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby’s attorney said Friday that the comedian was not at the Playboy Mansion on the night a model accuses him of drugging and sexually abusing her. Cosby was in New York on the night that model Chloe Goins claims the comedian drugged and accosted her in a bedroom of the… Continue Reading

Papa John’s: Driver who shot robber will keep her job

Posted by on January 17, 2015

The DeKalb County Papa John’s delivery driver who shot a man attempting to rob her will be allowed to keep her job, the company said Thursday. But the pizza chain doesn’t plan to change its policy, which prohibits employees from using guns. The woman told police she was making a delivery Sunday night when she… Continue Reading

Georgia legislative session begins with good news for consumer advocates

Posted by on January 16, 2015

ATLANTA ‑ Consumer advocates were beaming this week over their fortunes in the legislative session since most of their main goals are on track. The Atlanta-based Georgia Watch organization learned from key lawmakers at a recent breakfast the group hosted that all but one of their positions is going their way. The good news for… Continue Reading

School active shooter response: students hurling canned goods

Posted by on January 15, 2015

VALLEY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item. “We realize… Continue Reading

NYC Cop Killer Had Extensive Criminal Background in Georgia

Posted by on January 14, 2015

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a man accused of killing two Brooklyn police officers, was believed to have lived in Metro Atlanta before and had active warrants in Cobb County. Fulton County Jail criminal law records revealed that Brinsley had an extensive criminal background that included charges of: simple battery, theft by shoplifting, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed… Continue Reading

NY Times appeasement: Failure to run the most newsworthy cover of the year

Posted by on January 14, 2015

The New York Times had 9 years to come up with a better justification for not running images of Mohammed. It’s a fortunate thing that the new Charlie Hebdo cover image became known today at 4:30 p.m. ET, because that means the same deep-pocketed, overlawyered, American news organizations that have so spectacularly avoided reprinting allegedly… Continue Reading

9-year-old arrested on a failure to appear warrant: Boy commits crime by stealing gum?

Posted by on January 13, 2015

Why has a 9-year-old boy been issued an arrest warrant this week? Apparently, the child was caught stealing gum not long ago, and then never appeared in court on his scheduled date to acknowledge his crime. At least one local police officer is surprised by the news, as Times Free Press reports this Monday, Jan…. Continue Reading

Wheels of justice turning slowly? Fugitive arrested after 37 years

Posted by on January 12, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — A former South Florida man has been arrested in Mexico 37 years after failing to surrender for a 10-month prison sentence. Miami U.S. Attorney’s officials say Robert Anton Woodring was indicted in 1984 for failing to surrender in 1977 to start his sentence for removing a yacht so that authorities couldn’t seize… Continue Reading

Congressman Broun escapes possibility of House sanctions in alleged ethics breach

Posted by on January 11, 2015

As the clock wound down on Rep. Paul Broun’s term in Congress, the clock ran out on the possibility of any adverse action from the House Ethics Committee on allegations that the former Georgia Republican congressman, who represented Athens-Clarke County and a swath of eastern and central Georgia in Congress, improperly used his congressional office… Continue Reading

Justice Department to prosecute General Petraeus

Posted by on January 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against David H. Petraeus, contending that he provided classified information to a lover while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military… Continue Reading

Police offer reward in dowtown graffiti case

Posted by on January 9, 2015

Athens-Clarke County police have announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a downtown Athens graffiti artist. The reward was announced Wednesday after police obtained surveillance camera video of a man defacing large portions of a exterior wall of Chick Music on West Clayton Street. The video was… Continue Reading

Former UGA defensive back Tim Jennings charged with DUI

Posted by on January 8, 2015

Former UGA and current Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested on Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence. According to The Gwinnett Daily Post, Jennings was clocked driving 99 miles per hour on Interstate 85 — where the speed limit is 65. Jennings came to Georgia in 2002 as a virtually unknown recruit… Continue Reading

Former Governor of VA gets 2 yr federal prison sentence

Posted by on January 7, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked a judge for mercy for his wife, as well as himself, before being sentenced to two years in prison for public corruption. Tuesday’s sentence was much lighter than what prosecutors wanted and likely foreshadows similar treatment for Maureen McDonnell when she is sentenced next month… Continue Reading

FBI claims warrantless use of “stingrays” to intercept cell phone traffic is okay

Posted by on January 6, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places. Nicknamed “stingrays,” the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts. The FBI made its position known during private briefings with… Continue Reading

Eric Turkewitz Says Self-Driving Cars Will Put Him Out of Business

Posted by on January 5, 2015

Eric Turkewitz, a personal injury lawyer from New York, is convinced that self-driving cars will drop the ax on his career. However, he is okay with that. Turkewitz says that autonomous cars will eliminate human error and curtail drunk and distracted driving. Nevertheless, lawyers can see this from two ways. First, these cars will still… Continue Reading

Cancer claims ESPN anchor and personality Stuart Scott

Posted by on January 5, 2015

Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool… Continue Reading

Florida couple trapped for two days in unlocked closet

Posted by on January 4, 2015

A Florida man and woman spent two days trapped in what they said they believed to be a locked closet — until police let them out and discovered that the door was actually never locked. John Arwood, 31, and Amber Campbell, 25, claimed they were chased into a janitor’s closet at Daytona State College in… Continue Reading

Atlanta insects seek crowdfunding for hacking student’s defense

Posted by on January 3, 2015

A crowdfunding effort to cover legal expenses for a Georgia Tech student indicted for allegedly hacking into the University of Georgia’s computer system has raised nearly $10,000 of its $30,000 goal in just two days. The GoFundMe initiative, online at http://www.gofundme.com/ji4xh4, was started by Sage Pickren, brother of Tech student Ryan Pickren, who was indicted… Continue Reading

Georgia Police Chief shoots wife….accidently?

Posted by on January 2, 2015

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom dialled 911 shortly after 4am on Thursday to say he had accidentally shot his spouse in the bedroom with his service pistol. Margaret McCollom, 58, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. Her husband is not under arrest, but has been placed on administrative leave pending an inquiry and internal… Continue Reading