PDW In The News

15 years in federal prison for Georgia man who tried to join Islamic State

Posted by on July 30, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Georgia man who wrote he was “ready for jihad” before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, “I am an American.” Leon Nathan Davis III of Augusta was sentenced to 15 years, the maximum… Continue Reading

How an Influential Campus Rape Study Skewed the Debate

Posted by on July 29, 2015

The public debate over the extent and causes of the campus sexual assault crisis is fraught with misleading information. The previously acclaimed work of psychologist David Lisak deserves that distinction as well. The federal government, universities, and members of Congress have all used Lisak’s theories to justify rape adjudication policies that are biased against accused… Continue Reading

Georgia Man Found Guilty in Acid Attack

Posted by on July 28, 2015

A jury recently found Andrew Fordham guilty of deliberately pouring acid on his former girlfriend’s face and leaving her permanently disfigured. Nevertheless, he did not break her spirit. In fact, the incident ignited a passion in Christy Sims, 44, for talking to others about domestic abuse violence. Since surviving the attack, Christy Sims founded the… Continue Reading

TSA supervisor calls police on kid filming father with cellphone camera

Posted by on July 28, 2015

New Orleans, LA. Video of a heated exchange between a 16-year-old boy and a TSA supervisor is making its way around the internet. In the video, the boy pulls out his cellphone camera to record the TSA worker patting down his father at a security checkpoint inside Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The boy… Continue Reading

Gym mat death investigators seize phones, computers of FBI agent & sons

Posted by on July 27, 2015

Federal agents on Tuesday seized computers and cell phones belonging to an FBI agent, his wife and their two sons as part of an ongoing investigation into the 2013 death of a Valdosta teen whose body was discovered in a rolled-up gym mat. Last November, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported exclusively that Brian and Branden Bell… Continue Reading

Ex-deputy charged in Habersham raid that injured toddler

Posted by on July 25, 2015

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. – FOX 5 News has learned a former Habersham County deputy has been charged in connection with a flash bang grenade incident in May of 2014 that left a toddler seriously injured. Nikki Autry, a special agent of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team (NCIS), has been indicted by… Continue Reading

Rapper Young Thug charged with drug, weapons violations

Posted by on July 24, 2015

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Rapper Young Thug is facing more charges a day after federal agents raided his Sandy Springs home. Sandy Springs police and U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force serving an arrest warrant searched Jeffery Williams’, AKA Young Thug, house in relation to a terroristic threat charge. Investigators say he threatened to… Continue Reading

Governor Deal Is Leading the Country’s Most Successful Prison Reform

Posted by on July 23, 2015

During his second inaugural address this past January, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal shared the story of Sean Walker. After serving 12 years of a life sentence for murder, Walker was paroled in 2005 and began working in the governor’s mansion while in a state transitional center. At the time of Deal’s address, Walker was working… Continue Reading

Anti-GMO Activist Campaign is “Full of Errors, Fallacies, Misconceptions, Misrepresentations, and Lies.” -Slate.com

Posted by on July 22, 2015

Better late than never, Slate is running a terrific article, “Unhealthy Fixation,” denouncing the massive campaign of pseudoscientific disinformation and lies perpetrated by environmental and organic activists against genetically enhanced crops. Astute Reason readers will be well aware of the data and arguments made in the Slate article, such as, the lies activists tell about… Continue Reading

Toddler May Have Witnessed Pregnant Mother’s Death

Posted by on July 21, 2015

In the following days of a pregnant woman being found dead in her Georgia home, police arrested Tyrail Arrenzo Wynn, 25, and charged him with burglary, aggravated assault, feticide, murder and child cruelty. At the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Jeff Richards responded that Wynn will appear in court on Friday. Authorities of criminal law… Continue Reading

Colorado theater murderer Guilty on All Counts: Insanity defense, as it often does, fails

Posted by on July 20, 2015

Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing 12 people and injuring 70 more in a 2012 spree. Holmes had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Reports the Denver Post: The attack followed months of planning and preparation. In a notebook he later… Continue Reading

‘Zero tolerance’ of underage drinking on St. Simons beach for this year’s Georgia-Florida game

Posted by on July 19, 2015

Officials in coastal Georgia’s Glynn County will look at the cost of increasing law-enforcement presence on St. Simons Island on the eve of the annual University of Georgia football game with the University of Florida, when the island’s beach hosts a problematic party fueled by alcohol — much of it consumed by underage drinkers —… Continue Reading

Drop That Snack! The long war against working-class people eating tamales, tacos, and other tasty food

Posted by on July 18, 2015

In 1985, legendary food critic Ruth Reichl wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times that sounded ludicrous then and just pathetic today. She was reviewing Border Grill, a nouveau Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles’ ever-hip Melrose district run by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger—nowadays food royalty, but back then two hotshot Midwestern chefs…. Continue Reading

Ex-NFL player facing SEC security fraud charges

Posted by on July 17, 2015

BOSTON – Former NFL cornerback Will Allen and his business partner are facing criminal charges for an alleged multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme involving loans to professional athletes. Prosecutors and FBI officials in Boston say 36-year-old Allen, of Davie, Florida, and 55-year-old Susan Daub of Coral Springs, Florida, were arrested Friday morning on security fraud charges… Continue Reading

Coroner finds no evidence that B.B. King was poisoned

Posted by on July 16, 2015

The legal situation following the death of blues legend B.B. King took a messy turn on Monday. Two of his daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, said in affidavits provided to the Associated Press by the daughters’ lawyer that in addition to limiting family contact with the late guitarist, King’s business manager LaVerne Toney and… Continue Reading

Pres. Obama commutes sentence of the mother of former Georgia Tech standout

Posted by on July 15, 2015

The mother of former Georgia Tech standout and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was among 46 nonviolent drug offenders to get their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama on Monday. Katina Smith was sent to prison for narcotics trafficking in 2000, a crime for which she was supposed to serve 24 years. However, in… Continue Reading

Press Release: Mo Wiltshire inducted as Life Member of Trial Masters

Posted by on July 14, 2015

Morris “Mo” Wiltshire of Prior, Daniel and Wiltshire has been inducted as a Life Member of Trial Masters™. The Trial Masters™ organization was born from an observation that attorneys with significant trial experience were not easily distinguishable from their colleagues. The old guard lawyer rating services have always had subjective criteria that are not easily… Continue Reading

“Contempt for the Screening Process” and Other Reasons TSA Thinks You’re a Terrorist

Posted by on July 13, 2015

It’s true that TSA’s physical screeners are embarrassingly bad at their jobs, failing to notice 95% of threats in tests by Homeland Security. But always never fear! TSA also has Behavior Detection Officers. These super agents can spot terrorists just by looking at them. Now, thanks to a leaked TSA checklist (and scorecard) of suspicious… Continue Reading

Police use Spotify & Netflix to locate fugitive couple

Posted by on July 12, 2015

If you want to drop off the grid, don’t forget to cancel your streaming services. That’s the lesson from a new case reported in The Coloradoan, which saw one couple’s Spotify and Netflix accounts used to track them after they fled to Mexico. The fugitives were Brittany Nunn and her husband Peter Barr, who fled… Continue Reading

Several big U.S. cities see homicide rates surge

Posted by on July 11, 2015

After seeing years of decline in violent crime, several major American cities experienced a dramatic surge in homicides during the first half of this year. Milwaukee, which had one of its lowest annual homicide totals in city history last year, has recorded 80 murders so far this year, more than double the 39 it tallied… Continue Reading

Atlanta firm Greenberg Traurig litigator arrested for “road rage”

Posted by on July 10, 2015

A lawyer from a prominent Atlanta law firm was arrested following an incident in which another woman accused her of hitting her car with coffee mug at a Buckhead intersection. Greenberg Traurig litigator Victoria Davis Lockard, 42, was arrested July 1 at her Buckhead home after the woman told police her car window was shattered… Continue Reading

DEA Steals $44,000 From Nail Salon Owner at JFK

Posted by on July 9, 2015

On February 19, armed robbers who work for the U.S. government stole $44,000 in cash from Vu Do as he was about to board a flight at JFK Airport. Do, who owns two nail salons in New York City, planned to loan the money, which he had saved over the course of 20 years, to… Continue Reading

Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

Posted by on July 8, 2015

Police investigators arrived at the home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle early Tuesday. A handful of officers gathered outside while an evidence truck was parked in his driveway. It could not be immediately confirmed why police were at the home, but it comes nearly two months after the executive director of of Fogle’s foundation was… Continue Reading

40-50 Teens Storm Walmart

Posted by on July 7, 2015

The criminal law report says 40 to 50 teens trashed a Macon Walmart early Sunday. According to the police report, a large crowd of teens entered the Walmart on Zebulon Road and ran down the main aisle to pull merchandise off the shelves. From front to back, items had been shattered, destroyed and turned over…. Continue Reading

FBI Director Claims Government-Proof Encryption Threatens National Security

Posted by on July 7, 2015

On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey penned an op-ed in the national security blog Lawfare which claimed that data encryption techniques that are effective enough to challenge the government’s ability to crack them are a threat to national security. “The logic of encryption will bring us, in the not-to-distant future, to a… Continue Reading

Government Snooping That Puts the NSA To Shame

Posted by on July 6, 2015

Since Edward Snowden leaked details of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance program two years ago, the controversy over privacy and domestic spying has crossed party lines, embarrassed senior officials and launched presidential campaigns. The political furor led to passage of the USA Freedom Act in early June. It will stop the NSA from collecting… Continue Reading

DUI suspect leaps from highway overpass attempting to escape arrest

Posted by on July 5, 2015

ATLANTA — A man who jumped 30 feet from an overpass onto the highway below is being treated for his injuries. Georgia State Patrol says a trooper pulled the man over as part of a DUI investigation on the Downtown Connector. Gerado Alejos, 37, was spotted weaving on the interstate about 2 a.m. and was… Continue Reading

Hypocritical gun control proponent and former Sen. Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering in corruption case.

Posted by on July 4, 2015

Former California state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court Wednesday, admitting that he “knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person” to take part in a criminal enterprise and commit at least two offenses and affect state commerce. Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, told U.S. District Judge Charles… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Terrorized By Your Government This Fourth of July…terror only works if we let it.

Posted by on July 3, 2015

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, officials in the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are warning us that there’s a heightened threat of Islamist terrorist attacks. CNN is reporting that law enforcement officials believe that the Islamist threat is “the highest in years.” CIA deputy director turned CBS security analyst Michael Morrell… Continue Reading

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million

Posted by on July 2, 2015

(NEW YORK) — New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday. Comptroller Scott Stringer said settling Jonathan Fleming’s claim… Continue Reading