Police Release Video Footage of Shooting

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Clarke County Police recently released video footage of a traffic stop that escalated to an officer-involved shooting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Clarke County police chief told Channel 2 Action News his officer did nothing wrong while attempting to stop someone for a liquor violation early Saturday morning. “Athens officer David Kelley stopped at a Golden Pantry store on Barnett Shoals Road while on routine patrol at about 3 a.m., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. There, he encountered two men in a car, pouring liquor …

Athens Woman Arrested for Speeding Facing Federal Charges in Connection with Drug Case

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A 20-year-old Athens woman who was arrested for speeding last week is now being handed over to federal authorities on a pending drug case. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Toni Yolanda Riden was arrested last Tuesday for going 78 mph on Hull Road in Athens. A report filed by the officer indicates that Riden initially began to speed away when the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, but then she pulled into a driveway before a chase began. Riden reportedly admitted …

Athens Woman Faces Charges After Repeatedly Ramming Car into Parked Vehicle

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An Athens woman is facing charges after she allegedly got drunk and rammed her car into a parked car repeatedly and then tried to flee from police. The Athens Banner-Herald reports Erin Kathleen Jammoul has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and attempting to elude police in connection with the incident, which happened Thursday afternoon. Jammoul was arrested immediately following the ordeal. According to the ABH, the incident took place at the Green Acres Shopping Center on Barnett Shoals …

The Litigation Process and Legal Expenses

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Article by:  Attorney Michael C. Daniel / Partner at Prior, Daniel, & Wiltshire Having practiced in the litigation arena for 32 years, I have found the two most important aspects that clients desire in an attorney are value and access. At Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC, our attorneys and skilled legal staff strive to provide both.   This article is intended to provide a succinct analysis of the litigation process, so those seeking an attorney may better understand how litigation expenses are managed. An Attorney is …

Investigators Looking into Atlanta House Fire Where Body was Found

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A body was found severely burned at the bottom of a pool in southwest Atlanta on Saturday. According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, investigators returned to the scene on Monday to conduct their investigation into the incident. The house fire is being investigated as arson. The fire occurred at a ranch-style home in the 900 block of Oriole drive. Officials arrived on scene about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday and when they arrived the house was engulfed in fast-moving flames. According to the …

Teens Arrested in Daytime Burglary

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Three teenagers in Athens are facing charges after they were allegedly caught trying to burglarize a home in the middle of the day. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, a police report indicates a resident of Hidden Pines off Commerce Road called 911 about 1:15 p.m. Friday to say they witnessed two teens trying to enter the back of a duplex and then a third teen arrive on a bicycle and join them. Both a police officer and a Georgia State Patrol trooper were the first …

Man Who Shot, Killed Alleged Car Thief in Atlanta Faces Charges

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A man who allegedly shot a suspected car thief at an Atlanta gas station Saturday night is facing murder charges. According to the AJC, Atlanta police were securing murder warrants Sunday against the man, who is said to of shot the suspected car thief at least five times in Southwest Atlanta. Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they watched a man open fire on a man who climbed into a black sedan that was left running on the side of the store outside an Atlanta …

Athens Man Indicted for Attempted Murder

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An Athens man was recently indicted with attempted murder in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, a Clarke County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Travoine Demario Gary, who allegedly shot his 39-year-old friend in the stomach and chest on New Year’s Eve at an Athens home. ABH reporter Joe Johnson reports the two were at the home with numerous other people to ring in the New Year. According to the article, the victim admitted to consuming alcohol …

Baby Found Safe After Man Steals Vehicle in Atlanta

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Police in Atlanta are looking for a man who stole a vehicle parked outside a Burger King restaurant with a baby inside. The incident occurred Monday morning at the Burger King in the 300 block of North Avenue, according to the AJC. The vehicle was later found with the 1-year-old child still in the back seat at Durant Place and 4th Street, Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said in the article. Police were able to find the vehicle because the leasing company was tracking it. …

Former Athens Teacher Convicted of Sexual Exploitation Back Behind Bars

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A former teacher out of Athens, Ga. who was granted parole after serving two years of a 10-year prison sentence for sexually exploiting children is back behind bars, according to an article by Joe Johnson of the Athens Banner Herald. Ronald Malcus James, 65, is currently behind bars at Clarke County Jail for a possible parole violation and if convicted, he could be headed back to prison. According to the article, the details of the alleged violation are not known at this time. James is …

Midnight Rider: New Safety Initiatives After Sarah Jones Accident

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Two years have gone by since the train accident that killed Sarah Jones and injured several members of the crew for the Midnight Rider film. Because of the tragedy a campaign has been launched on social media to create safety initiatives for the film industry. We have seen two documentaries started as a result of the February 20, 2014, accident that claimed the life of Sarah Jones’s and led to multiple personal injury lawsuits. As a result of this tragedy, many of the crew members …

Georgia Mayor Charged with DUI and Impersonating Police Officer

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Police have arrested the mayor of Jacksonville, Georgia, on charges of dui and police impersonation. When a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for driving a police cruiser, John Dopson, the mayor of 140 residents, declined to submit to a urine or blood-alcohol test after his arrest. They charged him because he refused the test, and he indicated that he did not want to take the test because of the “weed” in his system. That is what he told the officer of criminal law. Sheriff Chris …

Bonnie and Clyde Couple Crime Spree Ends in Shootout with One Dead

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A crime spree across the south with a couple from Missouri, suspected in a series of abductions and robberies, ended in a shootout on the Florida Panhandle. According to investigators of criminal law, it left Blake Fitzgerald, 30, dead and Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, wounded with a bullet to the ankle and the leg. This multi-state crime spree included armed robbery charges and kidnappings. The media has compared them to a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde when they led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that …

51 Inmates and Officers Indicted in Georgia Cellphone Scam

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Dozens of past and current corrections officers and prisoners have been charged with smuggling cell phones into the prison to extort and rob civilians on the outside, who believed that they had been in trouble for not reporting to jury duty. In an NBC News Investigation, reporters looked at the soaring number of phones in prison and how they had the potential for uses in extortion and fraud. Between 2014 to 2015, Georgia prison authorities had seized over 23,500 cellphones. Many of the phones found …

Lottery Winner Shot and Killed During Home Invasion

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Police in Georgia are seeking three armed men who shot and killed a man during a home invasion. Friends and family have said that the criminals targeted Craigory Burch Jr., 20, a resident of Fitzgerald, Georgia, because of his recent winning of the lottery. Jasmine Hendricks, Craigory’s girlfriend, said that the suspects blew the door open with a shotgun blast. When the three masked men entered, Burch was heard saying, “Don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids.” When Burch handed …

Georgia Doctor Arrested After 36 Patients Die

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Arrested after 36 patients died, Narendra Nagareddy had been handcuffed and held at his office, following a raid from DEA agents. Around 12 of the 36 patients died from an overdose. Almost 40 federal and local agents raided his Jonesboro office as they seized even more assets at his home. As a psychiatrist of Jonesboro, Nagareddy has been over prescribing benzodiazepine and opiates for the last several years, which has led to multiple overdoses and deaths. People have come to Nagareddy for help, but instead …

11 Children Held Hostage at an Atlanta Hotel

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In a standoff that took place in a motel with 11 children, the incident ended when the perpetrator stabbed himself in the neck, but he did not injure anyone else. The police brought the suspect to the hospital, and everyone in the case was safe other than the perpetrator. Police Major Tonya Dedrick of DeKalb County said that two adults and 11 children were inside when the incident started at 2 am. The man carried a knife. He refused to allow the 11 children and …

Judge refuses to block Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America

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Should a mall be treated as public property or private property for free speech?  Recently a Minnesota Judge denied an injunction against a black lives matter rally at the Mall of America on jurisdictional grounds.  Georgia addressed this issue in 1999 holding that the Georgia Constitution does not create a constitutional right to access to private property.  Cahill v. Cobb Place. – Michael C. Daniel. POSTED DEC 23, 2015 07:28 AM CST  BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS A Minnesota judge has refused to block a Mall of America …

Atlanta Socialite Targeted for Third Time in Month in Home Invasion

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An Atlanta socialite has narrowly escaped yet another home invasion attempt. It occurred as the third incident in less than 30 days. A security guard scared off suspects who dropped bags containing pepper spray, duct tape, rubber gloves and a gun. Danielle Rollins, the heir of Rollins Inc., a $6 billion parent company to Orkin, is a popular lifestyle writer of magazines. She has been left terrified since the incident, but she says that she will not let robbers scare her from her home. Luckily, …

Taylor Swift to 1989: “You Belong With Me” (as a Trademark)

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Can a person trademark a year?  Taylor Swift is attempting to gain trademark protection on “1989.”  Though the mark would have protection in limited circumstances, Swift’s attempt at trademark protection raise questions about the government interfering with the public’s freedom of commercial communication.  – Michael C. Daniel By: Lisa Shuchman, Corporate Counsel December 21, 2015 Taylor Swift has made a mark on the world with her music, but she’s also making waves with her trademarks. The pop megastar has been on a trademarking tear, most recently applying for protection for …

Reverse Discrimination Suit Filed Against FAA, Hiring Fallout Continues

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    In Grutter v. Bollinger (University of Michigan Law School Case) the Supreme Court allowed the School to give greater weight to  factors other than testing. on an individual basis, to increase diversity.  This is yet another example of institutions moving away from testing and performance measurements.   – Michael C. Daniel. By Adam Shapiro Published December 30, 2015 A lawsuit filed this morning in Arizona federal district court seeks class action status to represent thousands of men and women who claim the Federal Aviation Administration …

On #OregonUnderAttack and #YallQaeda: Stop Calling Everyone a Terrorist

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Labelling everything as “terrorism” only serves to harm any meaningful effort to solve the terrorism problem. Nothing an overbearing government likes more than categorizing opposition as “other” and “extreme”. Demonizing the citizens trying to convert them to subjects is an a favorite page in the statist play book. -Mo Wiltshire A self-proclaimed militia group led by members of the Cliven Bundy family has occupied a federal outpost in the Melheur National Wildlife Refuge and vowed to stay put until their demands are met. As Ed …

Naked escorts chase gunmen through Buckhead hotel

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An unusual and entertaining New Year’s caper. We can only speculate about whether perhaps this was an effort further than mere theft of services from these ladies? -Mo Wiltshire ATLANTA — A bizarre turn of events ended with two naked escorts chasing gunmen through a Buckhead hotel Saturday. 11Alive has learned that the men posed as potential clients and one of the men talked prices with the women for about 10 minutes inside their hotel room. He was on his way out of the room …

Woman beats DUI charge after proving her body is a brewery

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I’ve been dealing with DUI issues and helping people face them for a long time and I have never seen a case like this. -Mo Wiltshire Somewhere driving around New York is a woman whose body is a brewery. A drunk-driving charge against the woman was dismissed by the courts after doctors proved she suffers from a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome,” The Guardian reports. The woman in question was pulled over in August, 2014, for erratic driving and showed to have a blood-alcohol level …

Athens musician David Lowery files $150 million lawsuit against Spotify

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People in the music industry tell me the landscape has change dramatically with the advent of streaming music.  Tracking play of songs and royalties has become very difficult.  It looks like Mr. Lowery is contending that Spotify has failed to properly account for the streaming of his music. – Michael C. Daniel   By HILARY BUTSCHEK published Tuesday, December 29, 2015 David Lowery, a University of Georgia lecturer and Athens musician, filed a $150 million class action lawsuit against the music streaming service Spotify on Monday. …

Oregon bakery owners pay more than $135G in damages over refusal to make cake for gay wedding

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Law involves a constant struggle between competing rights. Most discrimination laws define an employer as having a minimum number of employees to afford small businesses freedom to choose and manage their employees. However, the definition of public accommodation is very broad to include all business, except for private clubs. The Oregon law covers all employers. This is the classic conflict of a store owner’s freedom to run his store the way he wants versus the State’s efforts to provide the right of public accommodations, regardless …

Justin Ross Harris: What is Known About the Hot Car Death

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Justin Ross Harris, 33, a father who allegedly left his son in a hot car to die, has once more appeared in court. The prosecutors of the case have alleged that Harris purposely left his almost two-year-old son strapped into his car seat in June of 2014. Before this, he took him for breakfast to Chick-fil-A. Later, Harris told investigators of criminal law that he did not realize Cooper stayed locked inside the vehicle while he went to work. Cooper died as a result of …

Court Revives Former Metlife Executive’s Age Bias Claim

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The Eleventh Circuit ruled that a substantially younger replacement can be a member of the protected group.  The ADEA protects individuals over the age of 40.  In this case the Court ruled that when promoting a 42 year old to replace the 49 year old claimant, the company hired a substantially younger employee.  The Court held: “The fact that one person in the protected class has lost out to another person in the protected class is … irrelevant, so long as he has lost out …

England Seems to Think Snooping to Stop ‘Cyberbulling’ Is Actually a Selling Point

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Surely J.K. Rowling’s Ministry of Magic is at work here…Dolores Umbrage anyone? -Mo Wiltshire I suppose we should give the Brits points for honesty, maybe? In America, authorities have insisted that federal surveillance of Americans was solely for the purpose of stopping potential terror threats. It’s a complete lie, we’ve come to realize. Federal and local law enforcement officials have been using various tracking and surveillance tools for the purpose of domestic crime-fighting and have been keeping it a secret from courts and defendants to …

Do you Need to Register your Drone?

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Drones can be used for many legitimate purposes, such as an appraiser photography farms and other large tracks of land.  However, they have been used for illicit purposes such as peeping Tom activities.  The popularity of drones is growing, so anticipate a new body of law to arise addressing the conflict between the rights of drone owners and the rights of property owners – Michael C. Daniel. By the Federal Aviation Administration. Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a …