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  • Twin Peaks bikers' attorney seeks 'special master' to oversee property return (Waco)

    06/05/2019 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/5/2019 | Tommy Witherspoon
    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 Waco’s 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...
  • 4 years after Twin Peaks shooting, only 1 biker stood trial (Waco)

    05/18/2019 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 30 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 5/17/2019 | Jasmin Caldwell
    Officers arrested 177 people at the Twin Peaks shooting in 2015. Four years later, only one person has stood trial. All of the other cases have been dismissed. Four years ago terrified diners were forced to take cover after shots rang out at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. What is now known as the deadliest biker shootout in U.S. history left nine people dead and 20 wounded. Waco will not soon forget photos from the scene, showing bikers, some with guns blazing, crowding the restaurant. “A great majority of them had guns, hatchets, knives and other deadly weapons with...
  • The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

    04/17/2019 6:36:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 34 replies
    Waco Biker Dismissals an Attempt to Avoid Millions in Lawsuits. In the interests of justice, on April 2, 2019 all remaining charges related to the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootings in Waco, Texas have been dismissed by the newly elected McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson. These dismissals are a significant victory in the history of motorcycle club culture and the fight against motorcycle profiling and discrimination. Although this concludes the criminal chapter of Twin Peaks, the legal battles are far from over. There are currently over 100 civil rights claims pending and the official press release announcing the...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Pleas for the return of personal property after his case was refused (Waco)

    04/13/2019 6:49:03 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 4/4/2019 | Jasmin Caldwell
    Defense Attorneys in Dallas said some of their clients had their guns, motorcycles, vehicles and other property returned to them once their case was refused, Harris said for some reason he's still left without answers. One of the Twin Peaks bikers arrested said even though it's been three years since the deadly shooting, police still have not given him back his personal belongings that were seized. Patrick Harris case was thrown out by District Attorney Abel Reyna, but he said he's having a hard time putting this all behind him without having what he said is legally his. Defense Attorneys...
  • DA dismisses remaining 24 Twin Peaks biker cases (Waco)

    04/02/2019 3:01:33 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 52 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/2/2019 | Tommy Witherspoon
    Almost four years after nine bikers were killed and 20 were injured during a shootout at the former Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson said Tuesday he will dismiss all criminal cases against the remaining 24 defendants charged in the midday brawl. Johnson inherited the Twin Peaks cases when he took office in January, and said he has spent 75 percent of his time since then with a team of prosecutors and investigators trying to determine how to resolve the remaining cases. Johnson's decision Tuesday means that no one will be held accountable for the...

    03/17/2019 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies ^ | 2/26/2019 | Harry Storm
    While you sit and read about intellectual property in a boutique law firm where Abelino is now, you feel all warm and cuddly, well, that’s what the Trib thinks, or, hell, “Lala” land is in the water downtown. The “favors” are in their third or fourth generation now and everyone owes everyone something from back during the Davidian thing, or TWIN PEAKS, or something that happened in 1958, who the hell knows. The truth is that Abel did what he did and soon the County will file a motion that says Abel acted on his own outside the scope of...
  • Waco Uncovered.The story of an American Tragedy almost four years later. Bandidos side of Twin Peaks

    03/03/2019 5:59:00 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    Second episode of Waco Uncovered. The Bandidos Side of the Tragedy. We had the Cossacks side on episode one and now we dive into the lead up to Waco. The only trial which has been held connected to Twin Peaks and blatant Prosecutor Misconduct. We will explore the Cossack Side, Bandidos Side as well as the aftermath.
  • Waco Biker Prosecutions Continue to Fall Apart as Last Set of Original Indictments Dismissed

    02/26/2019 3:52:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 47 replies
    Reason ^ | 2/26/2019 | Brian Doherty
    Nearly four years ago, over 170 people were arrested after a violent altercation outside a meeting of motorcycle club members at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, was swarmed by police, who had already surrounded the meeting before anything untoward occurred. Nine people were killed and 18 wounded in the melee. This week, the last of the initial set of charges was dropped after a special prosecutorial team didn't like what it saw. From the start, lawyers and others pointed out that it was very unlikely indeed that all the arrested had committed any crimes at all, and that...
  • More Twin Peaks cases dismissed by special prosecutors (Waco)

    02/25/2019 6:15:40 PM PST · by Elderberry · 32 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/25/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    One of four Houston attorneys assigned to handle four Twin Peaks biker cases as special prosecutors dismissed the remaining three cases Monday and called the way the McLennan County District Attorney's Office handled the 2015 deadly shootout a "harebrained scheme" that was "patently offensive" to him. Special prosecutors Brian Roberts, Brian Benken, Feroz Merchant and Mandy Miller filed motions Monday to dismiss the first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges against bikers William Chance Aikin, Billy McCree and Ray Nelson. The motions to dismiss said, "Upon reviewing all the facts, circumstances and evidence, it is the state's position that...
  • Ex-DA Reyna joins Houston-based law firm in new Waco office

    01/14/2019 5:10:14 PM PST · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/14/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Abel Reyna, fresh off his post as McLennan County district attorney, has accepted a job in Waco with a Houston-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property. Reyna's future has been the subject of wide speculation since Barry Johnson defeated the two-term district attorney in the March Republican primary. Johnson took over the DA's office from Reyna earlier this month. In a news release announcing Reyna's association, the Patterson + Sheridan firm, which calls itself an "IP law boutique," said Reyna joining the firm as of counsel will continue the firm’s growth in intellectual property litigation, business litigation, criminal defense...
  • Major shakeup on horizon for local judiciary roster (Waco)

    01/06/2019 11:00:15 AM PST · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/5/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    As the dust settles from the 2018 midterm elections, a potential shake-up of unprecedented proportions is brewing quietly around the historically stable McLennan County judiciary. Traditionally, once McLennan County judges get into office, many remain for decades and rarely are challenged for re-election. But a number of domino-effect changes to that equation in coming years could project the current slate of local judges onto a turnover carousel and result in a dramatically different roster. Aside from possible changes at the McLennan County Courthouse, U.S. District Judge Alan Albright started the process of replacing a longstanding judge when he was sworn...
  • Waco PD Possibly Caught in a Lie – The Truth behind Twin Peaks Shootout is coming to a head.

    01/04/2019 8:06:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | January 4, 2019
    Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer F. Clinton Broden of the Dallas based criminal defense firm Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP obtained a copy of the search warrants issued on July 12, 2015 to search the mobile phones of the Waco bikers, including the mobile phone of his client (Matthew Clendennen), which were seized during their arrests on May 17, 2015. The Waco police department’s affidavits requesting these search warrants, like the criminal complaints used to arrest the 177 bikers in this case, were simply “fill in the name” documents without any individual probable cause. Broden noted that the search warrant...
  • Victim's outrage as former Baylor fraternity president accused of violently raping..gets NO [tr]

    12/11/2018 5:29:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Decmber 10, 2018 | Snejana Farberov
    A Texas judge on Monday accepted a controversial plea deal sparing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape any jail time, prompting outrage from the victim and her parents. Judge Ralph Strother signed off on the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense.
  • Twin Peaks trials postponed until new DA takes office (Waco)

    10/28/2018 7:09:05 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/27/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    There will be no trials in 2018 involving Twin Peaks biker defendants after a state district judge granted a defense motion to postpone what would have been the second Twin Peaks trial. Timothy Shayne Satterwhite, of Gordon, a member of the Cossacks biker group, was set to stand trial Nov. 5 in Waco’s 54th State District Court. However, Satterwhite’s attorney, Bob Gill, of Fort Worth, filed a motion this week seeking to postpone the trial because he is involved in other trials in late October and early November. Judge Matt Johnson approved his motion and reset Satterwhite’s trial for Jan....
  • Justice of the peace challenger focuses campaign on Twin Peaks shootout bonds(Waco)

    10/23/2018 7:08:49 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    W.H. "Pete" Peterson had just left church on May 17, 2015, and was on his way to his granddaughter's high school baccalaureate ceremony when he got the call of mass casualties during a biker brawl that shattered the otherwise calm of the Sunday afternoon. Like many others that day, Peterson, a Vietnam veteran and a 38-year law enforcement officer, was not prepared for what he saw at the Twin Peaks crime scene after rival biker groups and police officers were involved in the deadly shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured. As McLennan County Justice of the Peace for...
  • Twin Peaks shootout cost has run into seven figures and state, has little to show for it’s effort.

    09/23/2018 5:53:09 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 9/23/2018 | Insane Throttle
    The total cost of the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout has run into the solid seven figures and the state, at least so far, has little to show for its effort, all the while realizing the final cost is not yet calculated for the defendants and in some cases may never be. McLennan County reports $1,317,835.96 in total identifiable costs related to Twin Peaks. Francis Bartlett, CPA, first assistant county auditor in McLennan County, said the county has received $914,058.07 in the form of grant reimbursements from various sources, leaving a net cost to date of $403,777.89. That figure does...
  • Casie Gotro say it’s not true! (Waco)

    09/19/2018 5:36:32 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 9/19/2018 | Insane Throttle
    Law license of former Twin Peaks attorney temporarily suspended Attorney Casie L. Gotro, of Houston, who was honored in June by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for her representation of a biker charged in the deadly May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout hasn’t been eligible to practice law in the state since Sept, 1, the State Bar of Texas confirmed Tuesday. Gotro’s dues, which were due on June 1, have not been paid, a State Bar spokesperson said Tuesday. She was given a three-month grace period in which to pay and was sent several notices, but the State Bar did...
  • Abel Reyna Is Watching You (Waco)

    09/18/2018 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Lame duck District Attorney Abel Reyna continues his personal war against members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who attended the Confederation of Club’s and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015. Approximately 70 members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and two Cossacks support clubs attended the meeting with the intention of intimidating members of the Bandidos, members of clubs that were friendly with the Bandidos and motorcycle enthusiasts who were not affiliated with any club. Multiple Cossacks in attendance at the event and Cossacks who were not at the event explained to police and the press...
  • Appeal: Judge Is Picking Law That Is ‘Convenient' (Waco)

    09/15/2018 12:28:50 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 9/14/2018
    Waco – A criminal district court judge is accused of picking and choosing what part of the law is convenient over that which is not in a murder case stemming from a biker shootout that occurred in this city more than three years ago. Lawyers for a Twin Peaks defendant alleged in court papers that 54thCriminal District Judge Matt Johnson failed to perform his ministerial duty to ensure due process when he refused to quash a superseding indictment for rioting returned by a Grand Jury under the same cause number as the original charge of engaging in organized criminal activity....
  • Judge: No Twin Peaks shootout cases to be held in his court under DA Reyna

    08/31/2018 5:42:06 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/31/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge, who said Friday he has been "troubled by the whole Twin Peaks matter from its inception," put off the trials of bikers in his court until after the first of the year because he wants the new McLennan County district attorney to review how the remaining Twin Peaks cases will be handled. Judge Ralph Strother, the morning after conducing a daylong pretrial hearing in Twin Peaks defendant Tom Modesto Mendez's first-degree felony riot case, decided on his own to postpone Mendez's trial, which was set to start Sept. 10. Strother denied a motion Thursday by Mendez's attorney to...