Skip to comments.Twin Peaks bikers' attorney seeks 'special master' to oversee property return (Waco)
Posted on 06/05/2019 3:55:20 PM PDT by Elderberry
An attorney for six bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco is asking a judge to appoint a special master to oversee the return of items seized from almost 200 bikers who went to jail.
Houston attorney Paul Looney filed a civil petition Wednesday morning in Wacos 414th State District Court asking Judge Vicki Menard to appoint someone to help make order out of all this chaos, as Looney put it.
Looney, representing Ray Nelson, Phillip Ray White, Cody Ledbetter, Marcus Ryan Pilkington, William English and Morgan English, said he is trying to help them and others get items returned to them that were seized by police and prosecutors after the shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured.
Items being sought include wallets, cellular phones, vehicles, clothing, identification and other papers, firearms, knives, tools, chains, belt buckles, shoes, boots and money, according to Looneys petition.
There is no reason any of this property should not be returned without delay, Looney said. In fact, there is good cause to appoint a special master due to the volume of individual items of property involved, believed to be over 1,000 individual items.
Looney said it does not matter to him who is appointed to oversee the project, but said someone with auditing skills would be helpful.
This is in the nature of accumulating a valid inventory, Looney said. I dont care who does it. I would just like to see someone start to get after it and start to make order out of all this chaos and start putting closure to this.
Only one case out of 154 indicted went to trial, and that ended in mistrial.
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There is no reason any of this property should not be returned without delay,
There is, and it’s this:
The property has been destroyed, sold, kept by corrupt police, taken home, given out as gifts, damaged, or otherwise rendered such that financial compensation would need to be made upon return of the property.
They are probably all in a huge metal bin, unlabeled.
As Arnold the Terminator said, "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."
If this property doesn’t exist anymore...it’ll just trigger another court battle and the county itself gets stuck with the bill for the incompetence of the law enforcement. I’d go to each cop involved and do an audit of their possessions and cash flow since this mess started.
Sick, yep anything of value is gone
It should trigger a crapstorm, but considering how corrupt that area is this might not happen without lots of pain and anguish.
Yes, I would guess that most things of value have disappeared. The County Sheriff should be held personally responsible.
I’d still like to see a millisecond by millisecond timeline of just who shot whom.
We’d all like to see that.
Want your stuff back from the government? Rotsa Ruck.
The varied government forces didnt see how they could possibly lose at trial and anyway they had civil asset forfeiture laws (later enhanced by the Evil Keebler Elf) that would cover for them.
This is yet another example of why pre-trial asset forfeiture needs to be banned and burned at the stake.
Bankrupt Waco, Bikers!
Betting most of that never made it to the evidence locker.
Thats what used to happen. In the era of asset forfeiture laws, quite often the items are disposed of and even if the charges were unfounded, the police get to shrug and walk away untouched instead of having to make restitution.
And even today, despite all the cameras on scene, witnesses and police recording devices, the City of Waco has somehow been unable to produce a single timeline of events.
Even if this had been a perfectly valid, 100 percent justified bust the day before this all happened, subsequent *proven* or admitted law enforcement actions during and after the bust indicate something was horribly, horribly wrong with the case and raid that law enforcement has and continues to desperately cover up. Up to and including imprisoning people that were on video as doing nothing other than running away from the gunfight or even just passing by - which they did.
Yeah, the “There is corruption in the system, but not heeeeeere” claim and its lack of correlation to reality in many places is why red light cameras got banned in Texas last week. The same thing needs to happen to civil asset forfeiture.
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