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  • Hearing to disqualify district attorney from Twin Peaks shootout cases recessed

    08/09/2016 5:03:34 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | 8/9/2016 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - On Monday afternoon, McLennan County 54th District judge Matt Johnson recessed a hearing that would determine whether to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney and some members of his office from prosecuting the Twin Peaks shootout cases. The hearing happened after defense attorneys filed a motion for disqualification on behalf of Ray Nelson and Matthew Clendennen, two of the 177 bikers arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity after the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured on May 17, 2015. The motion Clint Broden filed on behalf of Clendennen alleges District...
  • Judge: Prosecutor has 'substantial' stake in Waco biker case

    08/08/2016 7:22:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/7/2016
    WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has questioned whether the Texas district attorney prosecuting bikers arrested in a deadly melee outside a Waco restaurant has a conflict of interest because he's also being sued for his handling of the shootout that left nine people dead. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks also said it "makes one wonder" why 154 bikers were indicted following the May 2015 shootout outside the now-closed Twin Peaks restaurant, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2b5iQ4D ). Sparks did not ask attorneys to respond to that comment during a June hearing in Austin, according to a transcript...
  • Federal judge suggests DA Reyna has conflict in Twin Peaks cases

    08/07/2016 8:04:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal judge hearing civil rights lawsuits filed against McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and others by bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout suggested the bikers’ criminal cases can’t proceed until Reyna is replaced because of a conflict of interest. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks made several references during a pretrial conference in Austin that seemed to question whether Reyna, as a defendant in the civil cases, has a financial interest at stake and should be disqualified from prosecuting criminal cases against the bikers. Fifteen bikers arrested along with more than 160 others after the deadly May 17,...
  • Got Sonar

    08/05/2016 3:46:07 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The multiple, parallel cases and investigations associated with the now nearly forgotten Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are all underway in caves deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The “Battle of Twin Peaks,” as its self-dramatizing chief prosecutor likes to call it, has so far resulted in: Fifteen federal civil rights lawsuits for false arrest; the indictment of 154 people who are mostly, provably, obviously innocent; ongoing criminal investigations against 38 people who were arrested following the brawl but whom the district attorney has not yet had time to indict; five lawsuits that argue...
  • Lawyers in Twin Peaks case say DA should be disqualified

    07/19/2016 5:01:31 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 43 replies
    kwtx.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Paul J. Gately
    Two Dallas-area lawyers who represent bikers in the pending Twin Peaks shootout trial are asking two judges to disqualify the district attorney and appoint a special prosecutor. Nine bikers died and 20 more were injured in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant. Attorneys Clinton F. Broden and Mick Mickelsen both says District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from hearing the cases because he has a financial interest in the case, Broden said in a news release Monday. Reyna wasn’t immediately available for comment. Broden is representing Matthew...
  • Two more bikers file suit over Twin Peaks arrests

    07/15/2016 7:14:22 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 42 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 7/15/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested with no evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process. Christopher Eaton and Owen Bartlett, both members of the Los Pirados Motorcycle Club, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 15. The lawsuit lists Eaton as a Dallas County resident and says Bartlett is from McLennan County and names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants....
  • The War on Cops-An interview with Heather Mac Donald

    07/15/2016 5:17:55 AM PDT · by SJackson
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | July 15, 2016 | Mark Tapson
    The War on Cops An interview with Heather Mac Donald. July 15, 2016 Mark Tapson    Heather Mac Donald will be discussing her book The War on Cops at the Horowitz Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills next Wednesday, July 20th. For more information, click here. There is no more important book to read right now than Heather Mac Donald’s clear-eyed, riveting new work The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. You cannot fully get to the core of the truth about the...
  • Bikers for Trump to Patrol Cleveland During RNC Convention; ‘Vets Are Our Backbone’

    07/13/2016 6:05:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 60 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 07/13/16 | Dustin Stockton
    A large group of patriotic motorcycle enthusiasts will be among the visitors to Cleveland Ohio next week for the Republican National Committee meeting that will nominate business mogul Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Bikers for Trump aren’t going to Cleveland looking to cause trouble but will be on hand to counter thousands of professional leftwing agitators planning to disrupt the Republican nominating convention. “We will be there to make sure that the delegates are allowed to exercise their right to peacefully assemble,” Bikers for Trump organizer Chris Cox told Breitbart News...
  • Suing City Hall

    06/22/2016 8:27:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 6/21/2016
    Last week, the two corrupt Waco cops currently being sued for false arrest in 13 civil rights cases in federal court in Austin begged District Court Judge Sam Sparks to freeze the case until all the state criminal cases associated with the Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are completed. The two corrupt Waco cops are retiring Police Chief Brent Stroman and Detective Manuel Chavez. They, along with McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and “John Doe, an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety,” are being sued for false arrest. And last week their lawyers, Charlie...
  • Biker Groups Will Protect Supporters at Trump’s Phoenix Rally

    06/18/2016 3:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 18, 2016 | Jack Davis
    In the wake of violence waged against supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at past rallies, two biker groups will be on hand at Saturday’s Trump rally in Phoenix to allow citizens to exercise their rights in peace. “We’re going to stand between them and any protesters that come onto the property and hopefully protect them from any bodily harm, should it get to that point,” said Cindy Perrin of Lions Guard Arizona. She said the group is made up of veterans, retired police officers and others. They were joined by Riders USA, said Kirtis Baxter, president of the...
  • Hearing to disqualify DA from Twin Peaks shootout case postponed

    06/17/2016 7:21:57 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two Waco police officers who are unavailable to testify Monday have forced the postponement of a hearing at which a biker arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna from prosecuting the cases. The hearing, originally set for Monday in Waco’s 54th State District Court, was rescheduled Friday for Aug. 8. Houston attorney Abigail Anastasio, who represents biker Ray Nelson, filed the motion in March, saying Reyna and two of his top assistants, Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker, should be disqualified because they could be potential witnesses in the case. Anastasio charges...
  • Texas' top criminal court blocks Waco biker case gag order

    06/16/2016 7:17:42 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2016
    WACO, Texas – Texas' highest criminal court reversed a gag order Wednesday in the case of one of the nearly 200 bikers arrested after a police-involved shooting last year outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals released the decision a year after a lawsuit was filed by Matthew Clendennen against the city of Waco, the local district attorney and the Waco police officer who drafted a warrant for his arrest. Clendennen, a landscape-lighting designer from nearby Hewitt, argued that the warrant lacked probable cause. The gag order, which was requested by prosecutors, barred...
  • Three more bikers file civil lawsuits over arrests after Twin Peaks shootout

    06/06/2016 6:33:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/5/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested and denied due process. Thereon Rhoten, Jonathan Lopez and Ryan William Craft, all members of the Vice Grip Motorcycle Club from Travis County, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 13. All 13 filed suit in federal court in Austin and all are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle, who successfully represented nine sheriff’s deputies who sued McLennan County and Sheriff Parnell McNamara on claims they were retaliated against for backing McNamara’s political opponent....
  • Officers involved in Twin Peaks shootings still on administrative duty

    06/05/2016 7:44:46 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/28/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The three Waco police officers who fired shots during the Twin Peaks shootout remain on administrative duties more than a year after the incident that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. Waco police who are involved in shootings historically are placed on administrative leave with pay until they are cleared by department internal reviews and a grand jury inquiry. In cases not promptly presented to a grand jury, officers have been taken off administrative leave, where they don’t come to work at all, and assigned to administrative duties, where they are put behind a desk or in...
  • 3 more bikers file federal civil suits over Twin Peaks arrests

    05/23/2016 7:12:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | May 20, 2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco have joined the ranks of seven others who are suing McLennan County, Waco and state officials, alleging civil rights violations. Bradley Terwilliger, of Bastrop County, and Benjamin Matcek and Jimmy Dan Smith, both of Burleson County, are seeking unspecified damages in their lawsuit, filed Friday in a Travis County federal court. Like others before it, the lawsuit names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants. Reyna did not return phone messages...
  • One Year After Shootout, Waco’s Bikers Struggle to Move On

    05/21/2016 4:08:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 17, 2016 | MANNY FERNANDEZ and DAVID MONTGOMERY
    WACO, Tex. — One year ago Tuesday, law enforcement officials here broke up one of the biggest and deadliest clashes of motorcycle gangs in the country. Gunfire erupted outside a Twin Peaks restaurant at a meeting of a regional coalition of motorcycle clubs after an altercation between two rival groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. So many bikers were arrested — nearly 200 — that officials used the Waco Convention Center for initial processing. Police have said that the bikers, who attacked one another and fired on police officers, were part of “a gang-oriented criminal element” that had brought a...
  • Lawyer seeks to remove DA from Twin Peaks cases

    05/20/2016 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/17/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting cases arising from the Twin Peaks biker shootout because he overstepped his authority by “commandeering” the investigation, a Houston attorney said Tuesday. “There is a big difference between advising and commandeering,” attorney Abigail Anastasio said. Anastasio represents Ray Nelson, 42, president of the Hill County Cossacks and one of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. She filed a motion Tuesday in Waco’s 54th State District Court seeking to disqualify Reyna and...
  • 12 key unanswered questions Waco biker case

    05/18/2016 7:48:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 5/16/2016 | Dane Schiller
    1. Who started this? It is unclear what exactly set off the mayhem at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, and what escalated an apparent argument into a gunfight. All told, nine people were killed in the gunfire and about two dozen were wounded. 2. Why did the Cossacks Motorcycle Club go to Twin Peaks that day? The organization that was meeting was run by the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. The Cossacks, a rival club, had not been invited to the regional meeting. 3. If the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs wanted to settle a score, why...
  • 'Outlaw bikers' open up about clubs, culture and deadly Waco shootout

    05/16/2016 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2016 | Ann O'Neill, Ed Lavandera
    >snip How this story was reported Bikers who might never have considered talking to outsiders before Waco recently spoke with CNN. Some were in the thick of the violence, others were hundreds of miles away. Most face serious prison time. CNN also obtained voluminous documentation, including witness statements, and hours of video evidence from Waco police dash cams, as well as a cameras police set up in the restaurant parking lot. CNN also obtained and reviewed videos from the Twin Peaks surveillance cameras. That evidence, along with interviews with experts and bikers from both clubs, form the basis of the...
  • CNN to air special about Waco biker shootout

    05/14/2016 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 5/13/2016 | Robert Philpot
    It hardly seems like nearly a year has gone by since a biker shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks made national news, but the first anniversary of the deadly event is this Tuesday. On Monday, CNN will commemorate this with a CNN Special Report, Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout.” Maybe it’s just us, but isn’t “brawl” too weak a word for a Sunday-afternoon gunfight in which nine men were killed, more than a dozen were wounded and 177 were arrested? Ed Lavandera of CNN’s Dallas bureau, who has been reporting on this for the past year, will anchor the...
  • "Extremely Dangerous" IED Found Under Bridge In Texas

    05/04/2016 9:08:04 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 45 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 5.4 | zerohedge
    According to KCEN TV, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blasted water on the container found just outside Rosebud off Farm to Market Road 1963. Rosebud, about 40 miles southeast of Waco, is home to about 1,400 people. Flammable liquid and shotgun shells were found inside the container, according to Sheriff Parnell McNamara. He said the IED was designed to blow shrapnel and would have been "extremely dangerous" had it gone off. "Someone had made this to create lots of damage and harm," McNamara said.
  • County’s attorney wants limit on access to public information without compensation [Waco]

    04/25/2016 7:50:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | April 23, 2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    In October, the Texas Attorney General’s Office notified the county that District Attorney Abel Reyna had violated the Texas Public Information Act after failing to provide text messages related to the DA’s response to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Gates had filed the request and at the time said the DA’s office finally gave him a portion of the information, but not until after two attorney general’s opinions, a complaint and a ruling that the office violated the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/21/2016 3:34:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 2:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 19, 2016 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    Tuesday morning, people across the state and country will take time to remember the 168 lives that were lost 21 years ago. On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying much of the nine-story structure. While the scars have healed since that day, the memories are still fresh in the minds of so many. Today, we honor those 168 lives lost, but not forgotten. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosts the 21st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. During the program, 168 seconds of silence will be observed...
  • Reyna Is Blameless (Waco Twin Peaks Prosecutor)

    04/15/2016 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | April 12, 2016 | Aging Rebel
    McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna finally responded to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Waco defendant Matt Clendennen yesterday. The suit was filed on November 17, 2015 and is one of nine similar suits filed that day or the next by defendants charged with “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the Intent to Commit or Conspire to Commit Murder, Capital Murder, or Aggravated Assault” in the aftermath of what Clendennen is calling the “Twin Peaks Incident” and Reyna is calling “The Battle at Twin Peaks.” The plaintiffs are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle or Dallas attorney Clint...
  • The Troubling Prosecution of Waco Bikers

    04/12/2016 11:21:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 12, 2016 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In Waco, Texas, authorities are still using a gag order to suppress evidence of what happened during the May 15, 2015, melee where 9 bikers were killed, some by the same caliber bullets used by police officers who fired their weapons that day. And newly available video underscores the likelihood that injustices are being perpetrated. The carnage began after a fight broke out at a regional gathering of motorcycle clubs, including the Cossacks and the Bandidos, who started brawling in the parking lot. There is no doubt that some bikers bear much blame. The violence escalated quickly, but the parties...
  • Truth and Evidence- Twin Peaks Waco, May 17, 2015

    04/09/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/2/2016 | Stephen Stubbs
    The evidence in the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks incident is voluminous. So, I put together some important video clips that tell the story in the clearest manner. I then attached the audio from the ONLY recorded police interview of a COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT WITNESS. He describes what he saw, including the fact that a Cossack pulled a gun first, Cossacks fired first, and the police fired on all of the bikers in what he describes as “automatic gun fire”. Here are some additional facts from the evidence: 1) In August 2014, 3 Cossacks went to police complaining that they were...
  • The Waco Biker Gang Shooting Investigation Is a Complete Mess

    04/06/2016 3:01:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 44 replies
    Houston Press ^ | April 4, 2016 | Leif Reigstad
    It's been nearly a year since nine bikers were killed in a chaotic shootout between the Cossacks and Bandidos gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, and we still don't know much about what happened or who did what. And while 177 bikers were arrested at the scene, we still don' t even totally know which ones will be charged with a crime. A Waco grand jury handed out 106 indictments in November — a full six months after the shooting — and announced 48 more indictments last month. The indicted bikers were all charged with engaging in organized...
  • WARNING GRAPHIC: New video released of Twin Peaks biker gang shooting

    04/06/2016 1:52:18 PM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | April 58, 2016 | Taylor Corbett
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - WARNING DISTURBING VIDEO New video released by a Nevada attorney shows the Twin Peaks shooting from a new angle that includes disturbing images of people taking cover as the shooting starts, and an apparently wounded man running to get away. Stephen Stubbs who is not representing any of the bikers in the case released dash cam videos on his Youtube page. Stubbs said he obtained videos and evidence in the case when numerous news organization contacted him to review them and provide his opinion on the evidence months ago. He said he agreed with the news...
  • Bikers for Trump roll into Wisconsin to keep George Soros-paid shills away from the Trump rallies

    04/02/2016 7:35:11 AM PDT · by GilGil · 186 replies
    BareNakedIslam ^ | 4/1/2016 | Staff
    Marshall Report (h/t Emma) Bikers for Trump announced on their Facebook page that “Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak. “Or interfere with the rights of Trump supporters to safely attend. WE SHALL NOT BE SILENCED!” Fear not all good Americans, for they come in peace with just a roar of thunder to remind protestors that if they want to bring it on- it came and it’s here. That seems to be all...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Couple Says Charges Dropped, But Not Dismissed

    04/01/2016 10:19:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 4/1/2016 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- The attorney for a biker couple arrested in connection to the Twin Peaks shooting says his clients cases have been dismissed, but the McLennan County District Attorney says that’s “not accurate.” While they’ve been released from their bonds and have no charges pending, their cases have not technically been dismissed, but William and Morgan English believe they’re a step closer. Houston-based defense attorney Paul Looney represents the biker couple from Brenham who were the first ones at Twin Peaks released from the McLennan County Jail. The Englishes are members of “The Distorted” motorcycle club, an alleged support group...
  • Lawyer: Charges dismissed against dozens of Waco bikers

    04/01/2016 12:11:46 PM PDT · by don-o · 32 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2016
    A Houston lawyer contends that all criminal charges have been automatically dropped against a Brenham couple and nearly 40 other bikers who were arrested following the deadly May melee at the Twin Peaks in Waco. They were not indicted as of midnight Thursday, the deadline for grand jury to have completed its work, he said. "It timed out," said Paul Looney, who represents Morgan and William English, who were arrested for allegedly engaging in organized criminal activity and originally were held on $1 million bail each, as were all others in the case. "Pop the champagne." Looney, who was speaking...
  • BREAKING: Bikers for Trump riding into Wisconsin to stop Anti-Trump protests in Janesville

    03/28/2016 6:47:13 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 161 replies
    Prntly ^ | 3/28/2016
    Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak. Or interfere with the rights of Trump supporters to safely attend. WE SHALL NOT BE SILENCED! Nichole Mittness thought about 100 people would respond to a Facebook page inviting a protest of Donald Trump’s Janesville appearance. As of midday Saturday, 1,200 had pledged to be there, and Mittness figured that meant 1,000 or so would show up on Tuesday. “It’s really overwhelming. I was not anticipating...
  • 48 more bikers indicted in Waco Twin Peaks case

    03/23/2016 2:35:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    WFAA ^ | 3/23/16
    WACO -- A grand jury indicted 48 additional bikers Wednesday afternoon in connection with the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootout. Six of the indictments were sealed, which means they are names that have not previously been released. More than 100 bikers were indicted in November, bringing the new total number of indicted bikers to 154. They are all charged with engaging in organized crime with the underlying offense of aggravated assault and murder. An additional 38 bikers have yet to go before a grand jury. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna would not comment on those remaining cases. Nine...
  • Did FBI Agents Dispose of Bullet Casings from Shots that were Fired at LaVoy Finicum’s Truck?

    03/19/2016 7:04:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | March 18, 2016 | Tim Brown
    Bullet casings from rounds allegedly fired from an FBI agent at LaVoy Finicum’s truck back on January 26, 2016 have conveniently vanished into thin air following a FBI investigation of itself... at least one FBI agent was alleged to have been under investigation by the FBI for firing two shots in the direction of the truck at the time it averted a road block and slammed into a snow bank, although the FBI special agent in charge claimed he didn’t know who he was investigating because he didn’t know who fired. Yes, he actually said that! ... The reason they...
  • Why is this Anti-Gun, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Candidate still Running for President?

    03/18/2016 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 18, 2016 | Guest Columnist
    Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America, wrote an open letter to Second Amendment supporters exposing Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s real anti-gun agenda.Labeling Kasich the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” still in the presidential race, Macy points to Kasich’s close relationship with Leftist, Communist, billionaire George Soros. In fact, the Soros Fund Management is one of John Kasich’s top financial contributors.“This can hardly be a surprise,” Macy writes. His full letter can be read here. An abbreviated version is below.Kasich and Soros share two important traits: (1) their desire to mess up the Republican selection process for devious motives,...
  • Did Valerie Jarrett Order the Hit on LaVoy Finicum?

    03/18/2016 7:36:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 18, 2016 | Tim Brown
    As we are digging further into the murder of LaVoy Finicum and the ambush of the protestors from the Oregon refuge and their subsequent arrest, we are finding very disturbing information. ... that the White House orchestrated the entire thing and that when it comes to calling the shots, we don't look to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, but rather to Obama's mama, Valerie Jarrett. First, let me remind you that there are over 600 emails and texts that indicate the Governor Brown was in the loop on everything that was going on in Oregon during the protest at the...
  • Mo’ Waco

    03/15/2016 10:50:41 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/14/2016
    The best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. The best place to hide the truth about what happened in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco is in a confusion of noise. The noise about what happened last May 17 has been coming from three distinct dispute that have been talking over each other for ten months. First, Waco, McLennan County and Texas have brought criminal charges against 186 people so far. Officials argue that going to the Twin Peaks for brunch wearing the wrong article of clothing was a terrorist act. Apparently –...
  • Appeals court denies speedy trial in Twin Peaks case

    03/15/2016 10:48:06 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/11/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An intermediate appellate court in Waco has denied a petition from a biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout to order a state district judge to set a speedy trial in his case. The 10th Court of Appeals opinion, written by Justice Rex D. Davis, rejected a petition for writ of mandamus filed by Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group. The petition asked the higher court to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a quick trial date for Ledbetter, which Strother previously had denied. Chief Justice Tom Gray and Justice Al Scoggins joined Davis...
  • Elena's Inbox - A project of the Sunlight Foundation (when she was in Clinton Admin)

    07/03/2010 11:44:41 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1+ views
    This # site parses the emails sent and received by Elena Kagan during her time in the Clinton administration and presents them in a more familiar interface. # You may find that some records are garbled or incomplete, or that conversations are fractured. Please bear with us: the source documents are extremely messy. We're working to improve the quality of the documents hosted here. # Due to the programmatic nature of the tools used to build this site, we recommend checking any research effort against the source files released by the Clinton Library. ELENA'S INBOX
  • ATF completes trace of guns from Twin Peaks shootout

    03/11/2016 8:23:28 AM PST · by Elderberry · 25 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    At least one federal agency called upon to assist Waco and McLennan County law enforcement officials after the Twin Peaks shootout has completed its task. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced the histories of 151 firearms recovered from the restaurant grounds and seized from bikers’ vehicles May 17 after nine people were killed, two dozen wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong, an ATF spokeswoman, said Thursday that the ATF was asked to perform firearms traces but is leaving any investigative decisions up to the Waco Police...
  • Authorities still unsure of who started Waco shootout: cops or bikers

    03/11/2016 6:19:39 AM PST · by don-o · 44 replies
    guns.com ^ | 3/11/16 | Jennifer Cruz
    As part of the ongoing investigation surrounding the shootout at a Waco, Texas, Twin Peaks restaurant last May that left nine dead and 20 wounded after two rival biker clubs and multiple law enforcement agencies clashed, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have wrapped up its portion of the investigation, which focused on firearms. Altogether, federal authorities gathered information from 151 firearms confiscated from members of both biker clubs, in addition to casings and bullet fragments. Among the information collected by the ATF was whether any of the guns could be traced back to previous crimes, as well...
  • Waco Justice Shell Game

    03/09/2016 6:49:31 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    The Waco Tribune-Herald reported yesterday that the McLennan County grand jury that indicted 106 defendants in nine hours last November for engaging in organized crime will reconvene March 23. The previous indictees were all men who had been detained after or wounded during the Twin Peaks Massacre last May 17. Eighty men and women who have not yet been indicted were also arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime during a biker riot that left nine people dead and 19 wounded. Presumably, the grand jury will reconvene to indict at least some of those men and women. All parties...
  • ATF finishes probe of guns in Waco biker clash

    03/08/2016 2:25:56 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 3/8/2016 | Dane Schiller
    Federal authorities have finished their testing and review of 151 firearms, as well as bullet fragments and cartridge cases, recovered from the deadly biker clash last year at the Twin Peaks in Waco. The work was done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the request of Waco Police, who are leading the investigation of the incident, "We are just processing it for them; we are not making investigation decisions," said Special Agent Nicole Strong, of the ATF's Houston Division. "Now it is up to the police department to determine what they do with that information." McLennan...
  • Twin Peaks biker grand jury to return March 23

    03/03/2016 12:55:22 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/3/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County grand jury that returned indictments against 106 bikers in November will be called back into service on March 23, a judge said Thursday. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court extended the term of the grand jury by 90 days in December so it could continue its investigation into the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks that left nine bikers dead and dozens injured. The grand jury’s extended term is set to expire at the end of March. Johnson said Thursday that he was notified that the grand jury will be summoned to meet again...
  • Twin Peaks biker wants appeals court to order speedy trial

    02/28/2016 5:11:09 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/26/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout who was denied an early trial setting last month because prosecutors said they were not ready for trial is asking a Waco appeals court to order a judge to set a speedy trial date in his case. Houston attorney Paul Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group, filed a petition asking Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a trial date for Ledbetter. Ledbetter, of Waco, is one of 106 bikers indicted in November on first-degree felony engaging in...
  • Judicial commission clears JP after Twin Peaks complaints

    02/22/2016 5:19:51 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/22/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson has been cleared by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after three complaints from attorneys and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association over the manner in which he set bonds for 177 bikers arrested after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Peterson, who set identical $1 million bonds for each of the bikers and said he did so, in part, to "send a message," declined comment Monday about the dismissal of the complaints. Peterson's attorney, David Deaconson, said he and Peterson went to Austin to meet with the commission on Feb....
  • Waco Judge Orders Feds To Fess Up

    02/13/2016 5:28:25 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 2/12/2016
    The Twin Peaks Massacre case just got a lot more focused. Ruling from the bench, District Judge Matt Johnson ordered the state of Texas "to reveal the identity of confidential informants and undercover law enforcement officials who were either present at Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015 or who were material witnesses related to the incident that took place." The order includes the discovery of the identities "of confidential informants used in connection with 'Operation Texas Rocker' that were present at or who had material information regarding the Twin Peaks incident." The information should be turned...
  • Twin Peaks biker trial postponed because of discovery, other pretrial issues

    02/12/2016 6:34:48 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/12/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The trial of a biker arrested in the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout was postponed Friday as evidence in the complex case continues to be analyzed and other pretrial matters unfold. Judge Matt Johnson set an April 1 hearing date to consider a change of venue motion filed by the attorney for Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, whose trial had been set for Feb. 29. The judge considered other pretrial motions Friday during a brief hearing in Clendennen's case. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna assured Clendennen's attorney, Clint Broden, of Dallas, that...
  • Moving The Waco Trials

    02/08/2016 2:24:59 PM PST · by don-o · 22 replies
    Citing "pervasive, prejudicial, and inflammatory" publicity Waco defendant Matt Clendennen and his lawyer, Clint Broden, filed a change of venue motion in the 54th District Court in Waco today. Clendennen is currently scheduled to stand trial later this month. He is charged with being part of a criminal conspiracy to commit murder and assault. In a most amusing, 19 page motion, Broden singled out McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna, Waco Police spokesman Patrick Swanton, Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. and the Waco Tribune-Herald for prejudicial statements and coverage that...