PDW In The News

FIFA Rocked as U.S. Charges 14 in Corruption Investigation

Posted by on May 29, 2015

ZURICH—Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials here early Wednesday, as Swiss and U.S. authorities unveiled separate, sweeping probes of alleged corruption over more than two decades at the world’s top governing body for soccer. The U.S. Justice Department said it charged nine current and former FIFA officials and five others on broad corruption charges, accusing… Continue Reading

Lawsuit stunt? Car Dealer’s Association sues TrueCar to “protect consumers”

Posted by on May 28, 2015

The California New Car Dealers Assn. filed a lawsuit against the fast-growing TrueCar auto sales service, claiming the Santa Monica company violates various laws that govern car sales in the state. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, claimed that TrueCar acts as a dealer and broker in car sales transactions… Continue Reading

Another 5 star review of Mo Wiltshire on Avvo.com….we love our clients!

Posted by on May 27, 2015

“Mr. Wiltshire has definitely stepped up for me. I decided to hire his service 7 days after being stopped by the police in Athens Clarke County and having consulted with other 3 lawyers. My knowledge about DUI laws and regulations was 0 and I needed someone experienced and trustworthy to take care of my case…. Continue Reading

Atlanta Woman Receives a Six-Year Sentence for Overdose Death of Google Executive

Posted by on May 26, 2015

Charged in the drug overdose death of a Google executive, Alix Tichelman, 28, an Atlanta prostitute, has been sentenced to six years in prison. According to NBC affiliate KSBW, Tichelman pleaded guilty to administering drugs and involuntary manslaughter. Had she been convicted of felony manslaughter and the seven other drug-related charges, Tichelman would have faced… Continue Reading

Large Miami law firms looking to expand into Cuba.

Posted by on May 26, 2015

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are… Continue Reading

2nd Amendment in Action: Georgia man stops would be carjacker at gunpoint holds him until police arrive

Posted by on May 25, 2015

ATLANTA — An East Point man held a would-be carjacker at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested the suspect, according to Atlanta police. Hashim Fannin, the car owner, says the attempted carjacking occurred just after he had pulled into a parking spot at the Family Dollar on Marietta Boulevard in northwest Atlanta earlier this month…. Continue Reading

Five major banks to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay more than $5.5 billion in fines

Posted by on May 24, 2015

Five major banks Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay more than $5.5 billion in collective penalties to settle charges their traders routinely manipulated the world’s foreign-exchange market for their own profit. The Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve and other U.S. and European authorities and regulators said corporate units of Citicorp(C),… Continue Reading

Newly married WNBA stars arrested and suspended for domestic violence against each other.

Posted by on May 23, 2015

NEW YORK — The WNBA has suspended Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson seven games each because of their domestic violence arrest last month. The two All-Stars were arrested April 22 on suspicion of assault after they fought in a home they recently bought. Griner and Johnson got married last week in Phoenix. The league on… Continue Reading

When Open Government Slams Shut

Posted by on May 22, 2015

On March 2, The New York Times revealed that Democratic Party presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton had used a private email account to conduct official business for her entire four-year tenure as secretary of state. Clinton emailed President Barack Obama on an insecure server hosted in her own home. She destroyed many of her own messages,… Continue Reading

One state’s new standard for stoned driving can make innocent people guilty.

Posted by on May 21, 2015

Today a Vancouver, Washington, pot smoker received a six-month jail sentence, followed by five years of probation, in a case that seems to illustrate the injustice caused by his state’s new definition of stoned driving. Scotty Rowles was driving his 1995 Ford pickup truck on East Mill Plain Boulevard around 6 p.m. on December 17,… Continue Reading

“Best Lawyer in Athens for Underage Drinking or DUI” -Mom of a 2015 student client

Posted by on May 20, 2015

“My daughter was arrested for underage drinking, a fake ID and DUI. I think we made a great decision when we hired Mo Wiltshire. From the first phone consultation, both my daughter and I had a good feeling about him. He helped us through all of the steps from the initial license hearing to the… Continue Reading

Nine Georgia Deputies Fired After College Student Died in Restraint Chair

Posted by on May 19, 2015

In connection with the death of a restrained 21-year-old man, the Chatham County St. Lawrence Sheriff Department has fired nine deputies. In the report, the sheriff said that they were fired based on evidence suggesting an abuse of power, but the results have not been released because prosecutors are still weighing the potential charges. Shortly… Continue Reading

“Sons of Anarchy” scene comes to life in Waco, TX as rival biker gangs shoot it out.

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Gunfire erupted Sunday among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, leaving at least nine people dead, according to police. Authorities had anticipated trouble and pre-positioned officers. “There were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues,” said Sgt. W…. Continue Reading

DUI drivers forced to buy ‘Scarlet Letter’ license plates

Posted by on May 18, 2015

In Ohio, drivers convicted of DUI are issued “Scarlet Letter” license plates. The tags are bright yellow with red letters, just like a jaundiced adulterer’s forehead. My initial thought was that it is unfair to keep punishing those who have paid their fine and/or done the time, but then I wondered if this public shaming… Continue Reading

Man accused of firing at George Zimmerman arrested

Posted by on May 17, 2015

LAKE MARY, Fla. — The man accused of firing a gun at George Zimmerman was arrested Friday evening, WFTV reported. Lake Mary police arrested Matthew Apperson on one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with one count of firing a deadly missile into… Continue Reading

Lessons to learn: The Strategy of Counter-Zombie Warfare

Posted by on May 16, 2015

A very entertaining piece by my friend and former neighbor Jim Holmes, Professor of Strategy at the United States Naval War College. -Mo Wiltshire I confess to being a latecomer to the World War Z craze—and indeed to the zombie craze, full stop. The Walking Dead, Professor Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies,… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Steve Jones Holds City of Atlanta in Contempt

Posted by on May 15, 2015

A federal judge has held the city of Atlanta in contempt and imposed sanctions for its failure to meet the terms of a three-year-old settlement with a woman who had been arrested by Atlanta police while she filmed them arresting her neighbor. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones gave the city 45 days to revise police… Continue Reading

Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students … call the whaaaaambulance.

Posted by on May 14, 2015

In Columbia University’s student newspaper, four members of the school’s student Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board call on professors to be more sensitive when teaching provocative or controversial material… such as the Roman classical poet Ovid. Ovid is best known for The Metamorphoses, a 15-book narrative poem that covers more than 250 mythological stories. Written entirely… Continue Reading

Wiltshire to defend decorated Athens Senior Police Officer accused of abuse

Posted by on May 13, 2015

An Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile several years ago. The alleged victim came forward with his allegations against Senior Police Officer Kristin Matthew “Kris” Ward last month, at which time the 26-year-old officer was suspended with pay. Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Carter Greene said an internal affairs… Continue Reading

Police Discover $8.1 Million in Heroin and Meth Disguised as Mexican Candy

Posted by on May 12, 2015

Packaged in boxes of De La Rosa Mexican candy, Federal authorities seized more than $8.1 million worth of heroin and methamphetamine. DEA Special Agent in Charge Dan Salter stated that they arrested one suspect, and they believe the heroin and meth are linked to a Mexican drug operation. Police have not released the identity of… Continue Reading

NFL teams were paid tax money to honor military ‘Hometown Heroes’

Posted by on May 12, 2015

Piping in crowd noise…faking fan enthusiasm…seeking an advantage and willing to cheat, the Atlanta Falcons don’t draw the line there. Just like the Patriots, the Falcons and the rest of the NFL and their unsavory and unseemly exploits are not limited to attempting to gain a competitive advantage on the field of play. Publically financed… Continue Reading

Two slain police officers mourned in Mississippi town

Posted by on May 11, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — One was a decorated “Officer of the Year.” The other was a proud recent graduate of the academy who had wanted to be a policeman since he was a boy. A routine traffic stop led to their shooting deaths Saturday night – the first Hattiesburg police officers to die in the… Continue Reading

Regulation Run Amok—Too many government regulations today are pointless

Posted by on May 10, 2015

America is no longer the land of the free. We are still free in the sense that Norwegians, Germans and Italians are free. But that’s not what Americans used to mean by freedom. It was our boast that in America, unlike in any other country, you could live your life as you saw fit as… Continue Reading

DOJ announces probe of entire Baltimore PD

Posted by on May 9, 2015

The Justice Department is launching a federal civil rights probe of the entire police department in Baltimore, where recent events have “given rise to a serious erosion of public trust, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today. “This investigation will begin immediately, and will focus on allegations that Baltimore Police Department officers use excessive force, including… Continue Reading

NSA Phone Program Ruled Illegal by Federal Appeals Court

Posted by on May 8, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled a National Security Agency program that collects phone records on millions of Americans is illegal, intensifying a fight in Congress over extending the soon-to-expire surveillance effort. A three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York eviscerated many of the legal theories under which the U.S…. Continue Reading

Know your rights: Drivers hand over cell phone even though warrants are required

Posted by on May 7, 2015

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found drivers handing over evidence without a warrant over and over again, even though the U.S. Supreme Court says you don’t have to. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police may not search the cell phones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant — a… Continue Reading

Sheriff Victor Hill of Clayton County, GA shoots friend, claims “accident”

Posted by on May 6, 2015

Victor Hill says “accident” after he allegedly shot and critically injured an acquaintance in a Gwinnett County model home and “refused to … give any statement”. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill addressed the shooting for the first time Tuesday afternoon. “As reported, on May 3, 2015, I was involved in a tragic and heartbreaking accident,”… Continue Reading

Arrests of 50 Aryan Brotherhood Gang Members for Meth Trafficking

Posted by on May 5, 2015

January 2015, authorities executed search warrants for three residencies. Those involved in the drug bust included DeKalb County, Henry County, Newton County and the DEA. What did they find? After the arrests, agents seized more than $100,000 in crystal methamphetamine and 38 firearms, most coming from convicted felons. In addition, police seized more than $24,000…. Continue Reading

The Walking Dead’s Father Gabriel gets Georgia DUI

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Seth Gilliam, who plays the tortured soul Father Gabriel Stokes on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” was arrested Sunday for DUI, pot possession, reckless driving and speeding. According to the Peachtree City police report, Gilliam was pulled over at Highway 74 and Senoia Highway, going 107 miles per hour in a 55 zone at about 2:12… Continue Reading

Honor Killings in America: There should be Zero Tolerance

Posted by on May 4, 2015

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, gets it. “I don’t see,” he told me this week, “how anyone who believes in the rule of law and the rights of women could do anything other than support efforts to end female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor killings–practices that have no place in the 21st… Continue Reading