PDW In The News

BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

Posted by on September 18, 2014

Back in school, did you ever fudge the spacing on a report to meet the teacher’s page-length requirement? Lawyers representing oil company BP tried something similar in a recent court filing connected to the company’s 2010 drilling rig accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier was not… Continue Reading

11th Circuit rebukes warrantless raids by LEO seeking to “assist” bureaucrat license inspectors

Posted by on September 17, 2014

Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. “We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable,” says… Continue Reading

Thieves Steal More Than $4500 in Purses

Posted by on September 16, 2014

Stolen from an Atlanta department store, authorities are offering a reward in hopes of intercepting thieves who stole purses that have a value of up to $4500. Crime Stoppers Atlanta, a criminal law organization that assists the Atlanta community, is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man and… Continue Reading

Condi Rice touted to restore credibility of NFL

Posted by on September 16, 2014

Support is growing for a campaign to draft Condoleezza Rice as Commissioner for the troubled National Football League (NFL). American football, the country’s most popular sport and a bastion of macho male culture, has suffered one of the worst weeks in its history with three high-profile stars facing accusations of domestic violence. The crisis has… Continue Reading

Wrong direction: USA slips to #32 in tax rankings and higher taxes lead to lower wages

Posted by on September 15, 2014

Any day now the White House and Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) will attempt to raise taxes on business, while making the U.S. tax code even more complex. The Obama and Schumer plans to punish businesses for moving their legal domicile overseas will arrive even as a new international ranking shows that the U.S. tax… Continue Reading

Athens Police Chief Jack Lumpkin to Retire

Posted by on September 13, 2014

As reported in Flagpole Magazine: Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jack Lumpkin will retire by Jan. 18, he announced today. But Lumpkin’s career may not be over. He’s one of the three finalists for the open police chief’s position in Savannah, the Morning News reported. Lumpkin explained his decision as a financial one: He has two… Continue Reading

What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola

Posted by on September 12, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — THE Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done. There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases… Continue Reading

Evidence mounting that NFL dropped the ball in Ray Rice video review

Posted by on September 11, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL… Continue Reading

Georgia Father Indicted on Murder Charges in Son’s Hot Car Death

Posted by on September 10, 2014

Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia father who allowed his two-year-old son to die in a hot vehicle, had a grand jury indict him on murder charges. Harris claims he forgot to take his kid to daycare on the tragic hot summer day in July. Nevertheless, that story proved questionable as a deeper investigation revealed that… Continue Reading

School Policy Bans Chapstick….pinch us please we want to wake up.

Posted by on September 10, 2014

CRAIGSVILLE — An 11-year-old Stuarts Draft Elementary School student has collected petition signatures and officially asked the county school board to allow elementary students to use Chapstick. Stuarts Draft fifth-grader Grace Karaffa appeared before the school board Thursday night, saying she had requested the substance while on the playground after suffering chapped lips. “I was… Continue Reading

Georgia is basically in a continuous “Operation Zero Tolerance” of zealous DUI enforcement

Posted by on September 9, 2014

You don’t have to actually be impaired to be charged for DUI. Operation Zero Tolerance is Georgia’s High Visibiity enforcement program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. During this year’s enforcement campaign, police officers, sheriffs deputies and state troopers will work together to protect everyone from impaired drivers during this busy time… Continue Reading

Fantasy Football Gambling can expect increased legal scrutiny.

Posted by on September 8, 2014

Florida was one of the first states to address gambling on fantasy sports in 1991, when then-attorney general Robert Butterworth wrote in a non-binding opinion that the state prohibits fantasy leagues that require an entry fee and result in cash payments from the entry fees to the best team based on actual players’ performances. Butterworth… Continue Reading

Another 5 star review on AVVO for Mo Wiltshire. We love our clients and it is always a thrill to learn they have posted a nice review.

Posted by on September 8, 2014

“Mo Wiltshire will work hard for you, he will keep you informed and he will ask for your opinion. This is the only attorney I have ever known that will treat you with respect and will be up front and will not lie to you. Mo is so smart and observant that during our trial… Continue Reading

Veteran Truck Driver’s Career Saved by Not Guilty Verdict in a .217 Blood Test DUI

Posted by on September 6, 2014

This week in Franklin County, Georgia Superior Court PDW partner Mo Wiltshire achieved something very few lawyers ever achieve…a not guilty verdict in a DUI case where a blood test indicating a .217 BAC test result was offered in evidence. This outstanding result was very much deserved in this case as it involved a wreck… Continue Reading

This Family’s Worst Nightmare Becomes Reality

Posted by on August 29, 2014

When you hire someone to care for your elderly parent, the last thing you expect is that they will steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from your father’s bank account. Susan Lewis, one of the family members, said that her dad died alone, and he has six children. Lewis continued in saying that her 91-year-old… Continue Reading

Georgia Ex-Cop Convicted of Sexual Assault has Gun Rights Restored

Posted by on August 26, 2014

In December of 1999, former police officer Dennis Krauss responded to a domestic abuse call. Instead of arresting the husband, however, he requested that the victim take a ride in his vehicle. According to ThinkProgress, a liberal American political blog, Krauss told her that she could have sex with him at the motel or be… Continue Reading

Avvo Superb Rating Again 2012-2013-2014

Posted by on August 26, 2014

Once again, for the third year running PDW members have achieved the highest Avvo.com rating possible. In 2014 both Michael Daniel and Mo Wiltshire have received “Superior” ratings scoring a perfect “10″ in their respective practice areas. We are very excited to learn of these ratings. Both Michael and Mo enjoy the fact that these… Continue Reading

Federal finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades

Posted by on August 22, 2014

The Washington Post reports….. “Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said. The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last… Continue Reading

Aurora Shooting Ruled Forseeable: Potential Liability for Business Owners

Posted by on August 21, 2014

As reported by the Denver Post, the owner of the Aurora movie theater that was the site of a deadly 2012 attack could have reasonably enough foreseen the danger of such an attack to be held liable for it, a federal judge ruled Friday. Noting “the grim history of mass shootings and mass killings that… Continue Reading

PSA: Be aware and take care when you travel. Frauds and creeps are out there.

Posted by on August 20, 2014

Unauthorized "pat downs" for female travellers A 53-year-old man wearing khaki pants, a blue shirt, and latex gloves allegedly posed as a security officer at San Francisco International Airport last month and took two women into a private screening room for patdowns, The New York Times reported. Eric Slighton was arrested at the airport at… Continue Reading

Another Five Star review of Mo Wiltshire. “If you need someone who is personable, reliable, and helpful, Mo is your guy!”

Posted by on August 18, 2014

“Mo was an outstanding attorney! He was a very informative and respectful guy. He understood that I made a mistake and made every effort to help me out based on my character rather than my charges. I would recommend anyone to Mo because he will do anything in his power to help you in court…. Continue Reading

Police Make Arrests in the Brookhaven Fatal Shooting

Posted by on August 15, 2014

According to the Brookhaven police in Atlanta, Carlos Ramirez, 18, has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Justin Acevedo. In addition to the murder charges, police charged him with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and the possession of a firearm. During the arrest of Ramirez, police issued a search warrant for… Continue Reading

Mo Wiltshire just had a.148 BAC DUI reduced for a Milledgeville client who had no prior record.

Posted by on August 14, 2014

High BAC does not always mean no options. Mo Wiltshire was able to negotiate a very favorable reduction of a DUI to reckless driving for a young man with no record. The fact that he had never been in trouble before helped buttress a sound strategy to resolve this DUI charge with a reduced plea… Continue Reading

An end of Summer DUI can ruin your fall football season.

Posted by on August 11, 2014

“…alongside the BBQs, pool parties, outdoor adventures, and other awesome summer activities comes something a little less pleasant: the risk of getting cited for DUI. A DUI arrest won’t just ruin your night (or day, depending on how early that pool party got started…). In many cases, it could also put a serious damper on… Continue Reading

Mo Wiltshire nominated for a “10 Best” Attorney Award for 2014 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Posted by on August 4, 2014

PDW is pleased to announced that partner Mo Wiltshire has been nominated by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys for a 2014 “10 Best” Award in the area of Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is an impartial third-party attorney rating service recognizing excellence of practitioners in the field. We compile… Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted by on August 1, 2014

On July 13th, Tim McGraw sang Truck Yeah in Atlanta as a fan, Jesslyn Taylor, latched onto his leg. The fan did not release her grip, so McGraw made a swat at her. Security removed the woman, but McGraw’s pants were ripped from the incident. Billboard magazine said the fan wants to start a personal… Continue Reading

Film Producers Charged With Manslaughter

Posted by on July 25, 2014

Aside from the personal injury lawsuits, Randall Miller, director of Midnight Rider, and Jody Savin, producer of Midnight Rider, surrendered to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office on involuntary manslaughter charges associated with the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones. Authorities charged those responsible for her death after it was discovered that the filmmakers had not acquired… Continue Reading

Former Pierce County Deputy Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Posted by on July 18, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Randy Strickland, a former Pierce County Deputy Sheriff, to 7 years, nine months in a federal prison for protecting drug traffickers. Randy Strickland, 55, plead guilty and gave a testimonial that he agreed to provide security for individuals dealing meth. Strickland’s illicit activities occurred in police uniform and while driving… Continue Reading

Georgia Father Faces Murder Charges

Posted by on July 11, 2014

On June 18, 2014, Justin Ross Harris parked his car at an Atlanta suburban office for work to discover seven hours later that he had left his 22-month-old son in the car. The temperature in Atlanta soared to 92 degrees that day, meaning the inside of the car reached approximately 140 degrees. Harris faces both… Continue Reading

Melton Family Lawsuit Causes Continued Trouble for GM

Posted by on July 5, 2014

Brooke Melton’s family filed a lawsuit that has caused continued difficulty for GM. The case over the 29-year-old nurse’s death had reached a $5 million settlement last October, but the situation did not stop there. When the settlement finished, it revealed that the company let millions of cars drive on the road a decade after… Continue Reading