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    01/18/2018 2:36:04 PM PST · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 1/18/2018
    Embattled DA Abel Reyna drew first blood in the Republican primary race – by attacking the local daily newspaper’s coverage of his career in office. More than 700 party and elected officials crowded the assembly hall at the Texas Ranger Museum to hear the elected DA and his challenger Barry Johnson go at each other, hammer and tongs. DA Abel Reyna emphasized his money saving innovations of pre-trial intervention, a streamlined docket that encourages defendants to enter guilty pleas, and his promised courtroom presence over his two-term tenure. He concluded his remarks by referring to clubs of motorcycle enthusiasts who...
  • It’s Called A Grand Jury(Waco)

    01/17/2018 3:06:35 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 1/17/2018
    Six Shooter Junction – Paula has questions; she can’t get the answers. They’re all about who shot who – with what weapon – at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015, and thereby prevented a political meeting by activist bikers because of the colors of the patches on their jackets. The cops protected the public. This way, the public might never had had to learn that the State of Texas collected $13.5 million for motorcycle safety, and then refused to release the funds for the Texas Department of Public Safety to use for the stated purpose they had been collected...
  • County to ask state for $600,000 in Twin Peaks trial reimbursements(Waco)

    01/16/2018 7:28:20 PM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/16/2018 | Cassie L. Smith
    McLennan County will ask the state to reimburse $600,000 in costs associated with the first trial stemming from the deadly shootout in 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The county received about $270,000 in October 2016 from the state’s County Essential Services Program, primarily for costs incurred the day of the incident and shortly thereafter, including housing people at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. At the same time, the city of Waco received almost $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. County commissioners agreed Tuesday to reapply for the state program. County Administrator Dustin Chapman said the reimbursement...
  • Jury panel reports Friday for next Twin Peaks trial; here are dates to watch

    01/13/2018 7:43:37 AM PST · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    KCEN TV ^ | 1/11/2018 | Jasmin Caldwell and Stephen Adams
    The jury panel will report Friday to the McLennan County Courthouse to fill out questionnaires ahead of the Jan. 23 jury selection in the next Twin Peaks trial. The next case on the docket is George Bergman's trial. Bergman is a Dallas trucker and member of the Desgraciados. Other cases to watch include the trial for Chance Aiken -- a Cossack from East Texas. He has a hearing scheduled Jan. 19. No trial date has been set. Another case to keep an eye on will be that of Matthew Clendennen, a former member of the Scimitar Motorcycle Club, who has...
  • Waco - 25 Years Later: ABC News Claims To Have The Truth, or Cover For A Heavy-Handed Government?

    01/12/2018 2:29:05 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 57 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 01-12-2018 | Tim Brown
    February 28 of this year will mark 25 years since the 51-day standoff and deadly siege on David Koresh and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.  While ABC News has put together a new documentary with new details and survivor revelations, it still seems that they are somehow providing cover for the heavy-handed manner in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms handled the entire situation. Keep in mind that the infamous Ruby Ridge incident had just occurred several months before in August 1992, in which Randy Weaver's wife and son were gunned down by federal agents.  Weaver...
  • Second Twin Peaks trial delayed(Waco)

    01/11/2018 6:42:13 PM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/11/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A week after Twin Peaks defendant George Bergman rejected a plea offer for misdemeanor deferred probation and demanded his day in court, his attorney and the McLennan County District Attorney's Office agreed to postpone the trial. In a joint motion filed late Thursday afternoon, prosecutor Michael Jarrett and Dallas attorney Clint Broden asked 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to postpone Bergman's trial at least 180 days. The judge granted the motion. The motion states only that the postponement is not sought for purposes of delay but so that "justice is done." However, Johnson said the attorneys told him they...
  • Go Go Gotro – Done Gone(Waco)

    01/08/2018 6:50:42 PM PST · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    Barrister Casie Gotro, who battled the powers that be in Waco to a take nothing judgment in the case against Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal, got her report card. She “doesn’t play well” with some men who think they are very important. Had she fared better with them, her client could have been found not guilty, rather than receiving a mistrial due to a hung jury. The amazing thing is, the powers that be never really presented any evidence that Jake Carrizal participated in a conspiracy to engage in organized crime that led to capital murder and/or aggravated assault on...
  • ‘We Thought We Were In An Empty Parking Lot’(Waco)

    01/06/2018 5:13:25 AM PST · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Bryan – Ben Matcek is the only biker arrested far from Twin Peaks, a little more than two miles, while wearing no colors, but because he had a Harley bar and shield decal in the back window of his pickup, officers noted their suspicion. That was after Waco cops made a brother Line Rider, a mom and pop club with a small membership in Burleson and Brazos Counties, walk into the emergency room at Hillcrest Baptist Memorial Hospital with his finger stuck in hole in his gut, a bleeding gunshot wound, because he could obtain no medical assistance at the...

    01/05/2018 2:55:02 PM PST · by Elderberry · 48 replies
    Prosecutors, defense counsel and the defendant had just emerged from the judge’s chambers in 54th Criminal District Court when F. Clinton Broden told the judge he wanted to put it on the record his client Scooter Bergman had rejected a plea offer proffered by the DA. All ears were on the dialog. At one point, when Broden brought up discovery problems in the previous Twin Peaks jury trial of Bandido Jake Carrizal, lead prosecutor Michael Jarret began saying, “You Honor, I must object,” when Judge Matt Johnson said in a sarcastic tone, “You are saying there were no problems with...
  • Judge grants motion to recuse Johnson in Twin Peaks case(Waco)

    01/04/2018 4:34:56 AM PST · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/3/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A senior judge granted a motion Wednesday to remove 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson from presiding over the case of a biker indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco. Senior Judge Jeff Walker, a former state district judge from Tarrant County, approved a request from William Chance Aikin to recuse Johnson, saying there is a possibility that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Johnson’s former law partner, could be called as a witness in Aikin’s case. Broden, Callahan and other Twin Peaks attorneys have alleged Reyna hijacked the investigation, usurping the authority of seasoned police officials...
  • Survivors of 1993 Waco siege describe

    01/03/2018 12:10:11 PM PST · by Aliska · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2018 | Pearson Wilking Effron
    When the sun rose on April 19, 1993, it marked the 51st day of a standoff between dozens of federal agents and members of an apocalyptic religious sect called the Branch Davidians, who had barricaded themselves in their compound outside Waco, Texas.
  • 83 percent funding cut by United Way strains Salvation Army partnership

    01/03/2018 7:43:41 AM PST · by Elderberry · 57 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/2/2018 | Shelly Conlon
    The United Way of Waco-McLennan County’s decision to cut 83 percent of its funding to The Salvation Army of Waco has left Salvation Army officials scratching their heads and questioning the partnership with the nonprofit going into the new year. The Salvation Army received the largest cut among the 21 local nonprofits the United Way funds. The cuts are part of an ongoing effort to transition from an allocation-based funding model to a grant-based model this year, and a result of a decline in donations in the past five years, United Way Executive Director Barbara Mosacchio said. Mosacchio, who started...
  • Scooter In Court Friday – Indicted As Ham Sandwich(Waco)

    01/01/2018 10:48:46 AM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Because it’s not all small stuff, as he has learned since his adventure on May 17, 2015, at a political meeting about legislative matters held at Twin Peaks Restaurant. Bergman has learned that his visits to the court require subpoenas to be issued and served upon witnesses – at $85 the copy. And then they postpone or cancel the hearing, which requires the same rigamarole – all over again – at the same price, no discounts available. The rules are the same as those in a knife fight. You just stand there and cut until the other guy runs out...

    12/22/2017 4:14:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 12/21/2017
    Johnson vows to weed out loser cases, prosecute the assaultive Waco – Which lever do you pull, which button to push when it comes to ridding a jurisdiction of a DA bent on criminally negligent practice? Barry Johnson, a hometown barrister Texas “Monthly” labeled one of the state’s “super lawyers,” says he’s willing to answer the question, but it will take time, thought, intensive study. After all, the situation is very rare. But he’s got news for the motorcycle enthusiasts targeted by the Twin Peaks prosecutors and their boss, elected DA Abel Reyna. “If elected, job one will be to...
  • Court of inquiry on Twin Peaks perjury allegations dismissed(Waco)

    12/21/2017 7:10:05 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    KWTX ^ | `2/21/2017 | John Carroll
    The judge named for a court of inquiry sought by an attorney for a biker charged in the Twin Peaks shootout on the merits of an accusation of perjury involving police and prosecutors has dismissed the inquiry without ever holding a hearing. “My decision (to dismiss the court of inquiry) rests on two separate and independent bases,” Judge David Peeples said in an email obtained Thursday by KWTX. “First, I conclude that the evidence of perjury is insufficient and does not justify continuing the court of inquiry. Second, I continue to have serious prudential concerns about procedure, as was suggested...
  • Waco: McLennan Co. DA named to head state board

    12/15/2017 5:07:08 AM PST · by Elderberry · 15 replies ^ | 12/14/2017 | John Carroll
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has been selected as chairman of the executive board of the Special Prosecution Unit for the State of Texas. Special Prosecution Unit was founded in 1984 to combat the growing gang violence in Texas prisons. Since then, SPU has expanded to include not just the prosecution of felony criminal offenses that occur inside our prisons and juvenile justice facilities, but also the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. "I am proud of the great work we are doing for the citizens of McLennan County. I am honored to receive, and am humbled by, the...
  • Affidavit alleges FBI probe into DA Reyna's activities 'ongoing'

    12/13/2017 7:17:05 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 12/12/2013 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal public corruption investigation of McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna that reportedly involves his dismissing criminal cases for friends and donors remains ongoing, according to a sworn affidavit from a former veteran police detective filed Tuesday in two Twin Peaks shootout cases. Retired Waco police Detective Sherry Kingrey said in the sworn statement, dated Dec. 11, that she provided information about Reyna and his “close friends,” who Kingrey said were organizers of an “illegal gambling operation in Waco,” to FBI agent Fred Rhea. Rhea, in turn, put Kingrey in touch with FBI agent Dan Brust, Kingrey’s affidavit said....
  • District attorney accused of withholding evidence in Twin Peaks' trials after recording surfaces

    12/08/2017 4:52:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    KXXV ^ | 12/8/2017 | Mayra Monroy
    A new motion filed in McLennan County claims that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna withheld evidence during the Twin Peaks' trial for Christopher Jacob Carrizal. During a criminal trial, both the prosecution and the defense are required to release all evidence, and interviews – this process is called discovery. The motion asks that during the next trial with Burton George Bergman, that the court determine if the prosecution withheld evidence and, if so, how much it withheld. The claim said that Burton George Bergman, a biker accused in the Twin Peaks shootout, had recordings with the Texas Attorney General's...
  • Affidavit alleges man delivered cocaine to DA Reyna(Waco)

    12/07/2017 5:06:08 PM PST · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 12/7/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco attorney said in a sworn affidavit that one of her clients in 2014 told an FBI agent investigating McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna that "he personally delivered cocaine for Reyna's use." The affidavit from former McLennan County prosecutor Brittany Scaramucci was filed Thursday to support motions from Twin Peaks shootout bikers Jorge Daniel Salinas and Billy Jason McCree, who are asking judges to compel Reyna's office to provide evidence in the Twin Peaks cases. Scaramucci's affidavit also alleges that Reyna arranged to have an attorney appointed special prosecutor in cases in which he recused his office "for...
  • Digging Up Bones(Waco)

    12/06/2017 6:22:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 12/6/2017
    The stonewall in Waco is starting to crumble. Lawyers keep throwing pieces of paper at it. The papers are heavy with words. Four defense lawyers in the Waco Twin Peaks Mass Murder case threw motions at McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna yesterday. David Conrad Beyer who represents Billy Jason McRee; Brian Bouffard who works for Jorge Daniel Salinas; Robert G. Callahan, II acting on behalf of William Aikin; and Clint Broden for Matthew Clendennen all filed motions that make it incontrovertible that the District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have...