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  • Truth Coming To Waco

    08/17/2017 5:55:23 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/15/2017
    The truth is coming to Waco. A man named Christopher Jacob Carrizal will go on trial next month in McLennan County’s 19th State District Court. The Waco Tribune-Herald describes Carrizal as “the 35-year-old president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.” That is a lie. The Tribune-Herald has been lying about the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl for the last 27 months. So has CNN, ABC and The Washington Post to name but a few liars. Carrizal was most recently indicted of three grievous felonies at exactly 12:42 p.m. last June 28. The indictment is an extraordinary document that...
  • In bid for recusal, Twin Peaks bikers argue judge favored prosecutors

    08/16/2017 7:22:54 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/16/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A retired judge assigned to determine if 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother should be recused from hearing three Twin Peaks cases said attorneys for the bikers gave him a lot to think about during a daylong hearing Wednesday. Judge James Morgan of Bosque County, who continually urged attorneys for bikers Thomas Paul Landers, George Bergman and Rolando Reyes to keep the hearing moving, said he had intended to rule on the motion at the conclusion of the hearing. Instead, he invited attorneys to submit written briefs and arguments to him by Aug. 25, which he will consider before making...
  • First Twin Peaks biker trial on track for Sept. 11

    08/05/2017 6:32:52 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/4/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal met behind closed doors Friday with a judge, who said he remains hopeful that the first trial of a Twin Peaks shootout defendant is on track to begin Sept. 11. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court met for about 20 minutes with prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon and Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, to discuss ongoing issues that must be resolved before Carrizal’s trial. Carrizal, a 35-year-old Bandido from Dallas, was not required to be at the status conference because the judge said it was just an informal meeting to...
  • More video emerges of suspected drug planting by Baltimore police

    08/03/2017 5:58:33 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 2, 2017 | Jonathan Allen
    The Baltimore Police Department suspended seven officers after body camera video emerged that the city's public defender said appeared to show them planting drugs in a car during a traffic stop, the second such episode in the city in two weeks.
  • Courthouse security, ballistics discussed at Twin Peaks pretrial hearing

    07/22/2017 4:29:06 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 7/21/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for Twin Peaks biker Christopher Jacob Carrizal said Friday she will “object strenuously” if courthouse security measures during Carrizal’s trial feature a “display of force” similar to one in Fort Worth during the trial of a Bandido leader. The topic of courthouse security and other miscellaneous pretrial matters came up Friday as officials prepare for Carrizal’s trial. Carrizal, 35, a Bandido from Dallas, is scheduled to be the first of 155 bikers indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks incident to stand trial. His trial is set to start Sept. 11 in Waco’s 19th State District Court. Judge...
  • Midnight In Waco

    07/07/2017 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    Yesterday, after six months, the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco, Texas ruled that McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna is the law in this part of the Southwest. Whether you like it or not. He won the election. Not you. The appeals court thinks that what Reyna has done so far – ordering police to arrest 177 mostly innocent people on the basis of their attire, ordering a cop to create an arrest affidavit out of cow pies, ordering a nitwit justice of the peace to hold all these innocents on million dollar, or more, bonds, and ordering Waco’s...
  • Waco Still Burning Constitution

    07/01/2017 6:27:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 53 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | June 30, 2017
    This morning, two defense attorneys in the Waco Twin Peaks biker brawl case moved that Waco Judge Ralph Strother be removed from their clients’ cases. The attorneys are Clint Broden, acting on behalf of defendant George Bergman, and Susan Criss who represents defendant Rolando Reyes. According to Broden, Millie Thompson who represents Thomas Landers will file a similar motion soon. Strother is an elected Republican judge who presides over Texas’ 19th District Court. If Strother refuses to remove himself from the case the motion will be referred to Billy Ray Stubblefield who is the presiding judge of Texas’ 26-county Third...
  • Twin Peaks biker named in three-count superseding indictment

    06/30/2017 4:46:44 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/28/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The biker scheduled to be tried first for his alleged role in the Twin Peaks shootout was named Wednesday in a three-count superseding indictment. A McLennan County grand jury charged Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, with one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, a count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and his first assistant, Michael Jarrett, have made it clear that they want Carrizal, a...
  • Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

    04/11/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2014 | Adam Goldman and Julie Tate
    When U.S. Special Operations forces raided several houses in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in March 2006, two Army Rangers were killed when gunfire erupted on the ground floor of one home. A third member of the team was knocked unconscious and shredded by ball bearings when a teenage insurgent detonated a suicide vest. Who, the relative asked, was this man — the one represented by a blue dot and nearly killed by the suicide bomber? After some hesi­ta­tion, the military briefers answered with three letters: FBI. The wounded agent in Iraq was Jay Tabb, a longtime member of the...
  • Judge sets trial date for biker arrested at Twin Peaks

    06/26/2017 6:03:13 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 188 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/23/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Persistence paid off for Cody Ledbetter, a biker arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout who has tried to battle his way into the courtroom for a trial. Ledbetter, of Waco, who has been passed over on two previous trial settings, was in court again Friday to seek a trial date as soon as possible. He didn’t get the date he wanted, but he got a trial date, nonetheless. Ledbetter, a former member of the Cossacks group who saw his stepfather, Daniel Boyett, shot and killed at Twin Peaks, has had trial settings in May 2016 and September 2017. Those...
  • Twin Peaks biker pushes for day in court, gets November trial setting

    06/02/2017 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 41 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/2/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Georgetown biker, who was frustrated after his trial date was passed over last month in favor of another Twin Peaks defendant, got a new trial date Friday, but it's four months later than he wanted. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court denied a request Friday from Millie Thompson, an attorney for Thomas Paul Landers, to reinstate his trial date in July. Landers, 60, a founding member of the Escondido motorcycle group and an active motorcyclists’ rights advocate, is among 155 bikers indicted on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, with underlying offenses of...
  • Two years after shootout, Twin Peaks resolutions remain elusive

    05/22/2017 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 41 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 16, 2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the two years since James “Patrick” Harris was arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, he lost the lease on his apartment, was rejected for a job with a state health and human services agency and was kicked out of Mexico while on the way to work with sick children and Dr. Patch Adams. All because he rode to Waco with a few friends as members of the Grim Guardian motorcycle group on May 17, 2015, he said. Judy Bergman said her husband, George, hardly rides his motorcycle anymore. It used to be his passion. Now he rides...
  • Judge sets September trial date in Twin Peaks case

    05/19/2017 5:38:17 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/19/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Saying it is time to get the ball rolling on what seems like a perpetual stream of criminal and civil cases arising from the Twin Peaks shootout, a judge set a Sept. 11 trial date Friday for what could be the first of the 155 indicted bikers to go to trial. Over objections from the McLennan County District Attorney's Office, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother set the trial date at the urging of an attorney for Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas. "I wish it had been sooner, July or mid-summer. But I appreciate the judge's diligence. I...
  • 47 more bikers sue over Twin Peaks arrests

    05/14/2017 6:12:43 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/13/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Forty-seven bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout, including a retired 32-year police veteran, have added their names to a growing list of those claiming in lawsuits that they were jailed without cause under excessive bonds in the May 2015 melee. The bikers claim their civil rights were violated when city and county officials decided to arrest 177 bikers on identical charges and place them under $1 million bonds after the May 17, 2015, shootout in which nine bikers died and dozens were injured. The latest two lawsuits were filed Friday evening in an Austin federal court on the bikersÂ’...
  • Cops And Street Gangs

    05/11/2017 6:14:40 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 5/11/2017
    There is a law in Texas, Section 46.02 of the state penal code, that declares: “A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is…a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.” And that section of the Lone Star State’s big book of dos and many don’ts defines a criminal street gang as “three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or an identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission...
  • 4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting

    05/08/2017 2:24:41 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting May 8, 2017, 11:56 pm What does Patch Adams have to do with the Waco Biker shooting? A lot. The overzealous Waco Police Department clearly stumbled and bumbled through the debacle of the Waco motorcycle tragedy of May 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in what is likely the worst police operation initiated by law enforcement in the history of Texas, including the fiasco of the Branch Davidian storming that killed dozens of innocent women and children outside of Waco over 20 years ago (which resulted in far more civilian casualties...
  • Biker shot at Twin Peaks sues restaurant, police, sheriff

    05/02/2017 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 92 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/2/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A biker who was shot during the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout but not arrested filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to recover his medical expenses. William Richardson, of Lexington, was shot in the lower torso during the melee at Twin Peaks and is listed in the criminal indictments as one of about 20 victims of the 155 indicted bikers. Richardson's attorney, Matthew Wright, of Rosebud, said Richardson, an employee of the Texas A&M University transportation division, underwent surgery and was hospitalized. “Mr. Richardson had medical expenses from being shot," Wright said. "The lawsuit was filed to protect his...
  • 'Fixer Upper's' Chip Gaines sued by former business partners for fraud

    04/28/2017 8:32:55 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/28/2017 | Sasha Savitsky
    "Fixer Upper" star Chip Gaines is being sued by two former business partners in a million-dollar fraud lawsuit. According to court documents obtained by KWTX, John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, former co-owners of Magnolia Realty, claim Gaines bought them out of the company two days before HGTV picked up "Fixer Upper" which "prominently featured the 'Magnolia' brand name." Lewis and Clark filed their 24-page lawsuit Wednesday in state district court in Waco, Texas, and are seeking more than $1 million in damages and non-monetary relief, KWTX reports. The scorned business partners say Gaines bought their shares of Magnolia...
  • Attorney seeks speedy trials for two Twin Peaks bikers

    04/25/2017 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/24/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas lawyer representing two bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout said his clients are innocent and he doesn’t need to wait until McLennan County prosecutors receive additional evidence from federal authorities before taking his clients to trial. Clint Broden, who represents Matthew Clendennen and George Bergman, filed motions Monday renewing his demands for speedy trials for his clients. Broden’s motions come on the heels of a statement from 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, who told the Tribune-Herald on Friday that he doesn’t think the Twin Peaks cases can move forward until some kind of “resolution or...
  • With no trials in sight, Twin Peaks expenses mounting for McLennan County

    04/23/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 152 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/22/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history. The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee has gone to trial. Since the shootout, top national leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle group were indicted in federal court in San Antonio, which has further complicated matters in McLennan County. Federal prosecutors have informed McLennan County officials...