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  • Judge says Twin Peaks civil lawsuits can proceed(Waco)

    12/04/2018 7:40:09 AM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/30/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal judge lifted a stay Friday in the civil rights lawsuits filed by more than 100 bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco and said the lawsuits can proceed. U.S. District Judge Alan Albright’s ruling during a 40-minute teleconference with attorneys in the cases does not include the two dozen bikers with pending criminal cases in McLennan County, only those with civil suits pending whose criminal cases have been dismissed or those who were never indicted. The lawsuits allege McLennan County, city of Waco and state officials violated the plaintiffs’ civil rights by wrongfully arresting the...
  • American Derringer Pistol

    11/02/2018 5:09:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 45 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 11/2/2018 | J Dickson
    Small hideout guns tend to be small caliber and that means ineffectual stoppers. The current crop of ultra-light polymer-framed .32s and .380s with double action only trigger mechanisms are also very hard to hit anything with. There is a more effective alternative available. American Derringer has beefed up the traditional Remington Double Derringer to .45 Colt caliber and it also will chamber the 2½-inch .410 shotgun shells. The .45 Colt is a one-shot stopper with a hit to the vitals, and you have two shots. It is a close range weapon, but then most gunfights are also close range and...
  • 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...
  • Texas K9 cop attacks handler, shot dead by officer in Waco

    10/08/2018 4:53:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | Oct 05, 2018 | Strm Gifford
    Police officers in Texas had a double dose of Friday drama when they arrived at a home to serve a search warrant and their accompanying K9 dog attacked a cop instead of the perp!
  • CDC investigating ‘brain eating amoeba’ at BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort

    09/30/2018 5:38:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    KWTX ^ | Sat 10:36 PM, Sep 29, 2018 | Christy Soto
    Craine said one person from out of state who visited the park has been infected by the amoeba, and the CDC is trying to find the source. The Baylor Wakeboarding club team is scheduled to host a tournament next weekend at the surf resort.
  • 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...
  • Waco Judge Does Right Thing

    08/31/2018 3:16:32 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/31/2018
    In a phone hearing this morning, before 7 a.m. Pacific Time, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother in McLennan County Texas indefinitely continued the trial of Bandidos Motorcycle Club San Antonio chapter president Tom Modesto Mendez. Mendez had been scheduled to stand trial September 10. He is accused of first degree felony riot for allegedly participating in the so-called “Biker Brawl” at the now defunct Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015. The brawl erupted after a pack of about 20 Bandidos and their supporters were ambushed by about 70 members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and their...
  • Lauren Daugherty opposes Pete Peterson for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2(Waco)

    08/31/2018 5:01:51 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 8/30/2018
    Lauren Daugherty opposes Pete Peterson for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2 in his first-ever contested election WACO – Ask the Libertarian candidate’s campaign manager, Stephen Carter. He’s going to say: “He’s not raising any money; he’s not campaigning; Twin Peaks is not popular, he isn’t, either…They got rid of the DA and they want to get rid of him.” Who he? Judge Pete “Smiley” Peterson, the guy who set bond on 177 politically active bikers at $1 million each on a cookie cutter affidavit signed by Manuel Chavez, a Waco Police detective who wasn’t there on May...
  • Reformers agree with Trump: Prosecutors really do abuse ‘flipping’

    08/30/2018 7:39:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 28, 2018 | Betsy McCaughey
    In the United States, people are supposed to be considered innocent until the government proves its case beyond a reasonable doubt in a courtroom. But with plea deals, there’s no standard of evidence, no proof. The Constitution’s guarantee of a fair trial is disappearing. “Federal criminal defendants are being coerced to plead guilty,” cautions the nonpartisan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “There is no more heart wrenching task than explaining” to an innocent person that “they must seriously consider pleading guilty or risk the utter devastation of the remainder of their life.” Yet flipping has plenty of supporters. Peter...
  • Judge denies motion to quash Twin Peaks indictment (Waco)

    08/17/2018 5:31:30 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/17/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County judge on Friday denied a motion from Twin Peaks defendant Marcus Pilkington to quash the May rioting indictment against him on procedural grounds. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court, who conducted a hearing July 27, issued his ruling in a brief order Friday, saying only that the motion is denied. Pilkington, 40, a Bandido from Mexia, was among 155 bikers initially indicted on engaging in organized criminal activity charges in the May 2015 shootout that left nine bikers dead and 20 injured. Prosecutors sought re-indictments May 9 against 24 bikers on new charges, including...
  • Biker indicted on charges from 2015 Twin Peaks shooting asks for new attorney (Waco)

    08/14/2018 7:42:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 32 replies
    KXXV ^ | 8/13/2018 | Kendall Green
    A biker who was indicted on murder charges over the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout asked for a new lawyer on Monday. Tom Mendez, a defendant, told court officials that he would like to change his lawyer in the Twin Peaks trial. The judge and the prosecuting lawyers were not happy about these developments, however, after they presented more evidence against Mendez he said it had to be done. The judge has authorized that another attorney is added to the defense, but will not withdraw the sitting attorney from the trial. Jaime Pena is the attorney Mendez requested after prosecutors develop...
  • MCAD faces lawsuits from large commercial and industrial properties (Waco)

    08/07/2018 3:53:49 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/6/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The owners of a dozen commercial or industrial properties have filed lawsuits against the McLennan County Appraisal District, challenging this year’s appraisals as unfair, excessive and not equal to similar properties. Mars Chocolate North America, formerly M&M Mars candy company; Wrigley Manufacturing, a Mars subsidiary; Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s; Hollywood Theaters; Walgreens; Harvest Lakeshore Estates Retirement Center; Brazos Village Apartments; and Grayhawkesdene L.P. are among companies that have filed lawsuits since the middle of June challenging their appraisals. “It is pretty much a common thing,” Drew Hahn, MCAD chief appraiser, said of the lawsuits. “We will have to look...
  • Evidence Fireworks, Dead Ahead, In Bandido’s Trial (Waco)

    08/06/2018 7:58:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    Exculpatory evidence only recently obtained – after 39 long months – indicates that the state will use DNA markers from a sweatshirt and a swab of Mr. Mendez’ mouth to place him on the scene of a murder during the “melee” that was triggered when Aryan Circle members of the Cossacks MC confronted the Bandits with guns drawn over their intentions to park their scooters at the Confederation of Clubs meeting--- ---Metzger’s motion alleges Mendez was not wearing the sweatshirt. Secondly, the DNA swab obtained during a court appearance was not legally provided, according to the arguments of a lineup...
  • Hollow Twin Peaks Cases Could End, Not With A Bang But A Whimper (Waco)

    08/05/2018 6:10:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    BOOK OF WACO – BY CHAPTER, VERSE, NUMBERS AND ACTSBelleville – Leaden rain clouds faked a threat to douse sun-drenched blades of coastal salt grass as a lazy Saturday world rolled by the front porch of Newman’s Bakery. Harleys in heat, customized pickups, volunteer fire trucks sporting Glass Packs, and flatulent diesels roared their way up the hill to make the obligatory two-lane blacktop circuit of the Courthouse Square while trial lawyer Paul Looney held his weekly free legal clinic. Situated on a trident fork on the way to everywhere at the corner of State Highways 36, 159 and FM...
  • Waco, Texas Justice Cabal

    08/05/2018 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The Waco, Texas justice cabal is a little farther from a conviction in the Waco Twin Peaks Mass Murder today than it was yesterday. The only defendant to be tried in the case so far is Christopher Jacob Carrizal. Carrizal is the president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s Dallas chapter. After very many delays Carrizal had to endure a six-week trial last fall. Mostly what the prosecutors in that case were able to prove was that Carrizal is a Bandido, he likes being a Bandido and in 2015 he did not self-censor every text message he sent or forwarded to...