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  • Judges summon Twin Peaks bikers for case updates (Waco)

    04/19/2018 5:13:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/19/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    With the McLennan County District Attorney's Office in a state of flux, the county's two felony court judges have summoned about 50 Twin Peaks biker shootout defendants to court in coming weeks to try to determine how the 128 or so remaining cases will proceed. Judge Ralph Strother of 19th State District Court and Judge Matt Johnson of 54th State District Court have scheduled status conferences for many of the Twin Peaks defendants. Strother has summoned 27 defendants for April 27, while Johnson's conference with about 25 defendants is set for May 4. All of the defendants directed to be...
  • Branch Davidian tragedy sparked government suspicion that still haunts us 25 years later

    04/19/2018 10:00:35 AM PDT · by BBell · 62 replies ^ | 4/19/18 | Lee Hancock
    WACO — The fire rose above the Texas prairie like a portent, an inferno consuming David Koresh and more than 70 of his followers in the Branch Davidian compound. Koresh's personal apocalypse was televised live worldwide just after noon on April 19, 1993. Questions about what went wrong began to mount before the ashes were cool. How could a 33-year-old ninth-grade dropout convince so many people that he was the Lamb and God had willed this terrible end - nurses and teachers, a postman and a Harvard-educated lawyer, Australians and Brits, New Zealanders and an Argentinian-born Israeli Jew? Above all,...
  • Half of Twin Peaks trial team leaving Reyna's office (Waco)

    04/18/2018 4:57:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/17/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Half the trial team that prosecuted the first Twin Peaks defendant last year is leaving McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office. Michael Jarrett, Reyna’s first assistant, and Brody Burks, who also was part of the Jacob Carrizal trial team and who also has been involved in handling Twin Peaks biker shootout cases, have submitted notices that they will be leaving the office. Reyna did not return phone calls Tuesday. Jarrett, 41, came in as Reyna’s first assistant when Reyna took office in January 2011 and has prosecuted several capital murder cases and murder cases. He prosecuted Carrizal, Dallas chapter...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Pleas for the return of personal property after his case was refused (Waco)

    04/04/2018 7:29:23 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    KCEN TV ^ | 4/4/2018 | 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...
  • Time for delays is running out on Twin Peaks bikers’ civil rights lawsuits (Waco)

    04/04/2018 10:48:05 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/3/2018 | Bill Whitaker
    Individuals swept up in what has increasingly seemed a wildly indiscriminate Twin Peaks dragnet on May 17, 2015, are understandably disappointed by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ decision Monday further delaying action on their civil rights lawsuits. After all, many allege almost brutal disregard of their civil rights in the wake of deadly Twin Peaks violence between members of rival motorcycle groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. More than 170 bikers landed in jail on dubious charges. Many remained there for weeks on million-dollar bonds. Hardly justice’s finest hour. Yet Judge Sparks is probably right to err on the side...
  • (McLennan) County accepts $646,000 Twin Peaks reimbursement from state (Waco)

    04/03/2018 7:17:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/3/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County's financial hit from the first Twin Peaks shootout trial was softened a bit Monday as county commissioners accepted a $645,624 state grant to ease the financial burden in dealing with fallout from the once-in-a-lifetime incident. Commissioners approved the grant, which came from the County Essential Services program, part of the governor's criminal justice division. It marks the county's second grant from the program. McLennan County received $268,527 in October 2016, which also went to defray law enforcement expenses from the May 2015 shootout that left nine dead and more than 20 wounded. The second grant will help cover...
  • Wait Until He Dies(Waco)

    04/03/2018 4:48:56 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Senior Federal District Judge Sam Sparks told the 136 plaintiffs who are suing various government defendants, and in four cases the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, to patiently wait for justice while federal prosecutors in San Antonio try to stitch together a case against former Bandidos Motorcycle Club president Jeffrey Pike and former club vice-president John Portillo made out of old “reality” television episodes. Sparks’ reasoning is that evidence not yet revealed in the racketeering case against Pike and Portillo may somehow excuse the unconstitutional detention and imprisonment of scores of innocent citizens following the entirely avoidable violence at the restaurant...
  • Judge extends stay in Twin Peaks civil suits(Waco)

    04/03/2018 4:26:33 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/2/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Attorneys hoping to proceed with civil rights lawsuits on behalf of bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout left court disappointed Monday after a judge extended a stay on the proceedings. Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, of Austin, conducted a status conference Monday in a portion of the 133 Twin Peaks civil rights suits and extended by at least 90 days a stay that has been in place for almost two years. Sparks agreed with Thomas Brandt, an attorney who represents McLennan County and District Attorney Abel Reyna, that it would be prudent to defer the lawsuits until...
  • Cops Let Cossacks Fade Away In Toy Run Rumble(Waco)

    03/31/2018 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 3/25/2018
    There’s clear cut evidence available to show a pattern of behavior by motorcycle clubs who have targeted the Bandidos in a bid for dominance. What’s more, circumstances of record show that the police agencies involved, federal, state and local have exhibited a pattern of allowing Cossacks, Win”s Crew, and Ghost Riders to walk away form deadly and assaultive episodes without criminal charges. A cache a hundreds of photos snapped at a December 10, 2014, toy run reveals the intelligence that nearly a hundred Cossacks converged to rumble the Red and Gold Nation. According to an internet surfer who ran across...
  • Three Guns In A Saddlebag(Waco)

    03/28/2018 7:12:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 3/28/2018
    The dude whose saddlebags held the murder weapon that very likely killed Bandido Manuel Rodriguez walked away from a murder and aggravated assault charge for the gunplay at Twin Peaks. So did other suspects for whom police developed strong leads to arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but then neglected to do so in favor of the encouragement of a perfect – or that is, imperfect – storm at a crowded restaurant on a Sunday after church in an area shopping mall, the Central Texas Market Place, located at I-35 and Hwy 6. The elected Criminal District Attorney...
  • Government Agents ‘Directly Involved’ in Most High-Profile US Terror Plots

    03/24/2018 8:38:20 AM PDT · by davikkm · 29 replies
    IWB ^ | Thinker
    History is now who stood for Liberty, Freedom, and Justice, and who did their best to rob it from the people they swore an oath to protect. Why do Americans pay to protect millionaire past presidents for life? The past can be a scary thing to think about when it was spent only thinking of oneself, with other peoples money. Who would rob the poor for self gain? The same one that would do whatever it takes to keep it all going? Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement”...
  • Judge to determine if explicit personal videos should be recalled in Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    03/23/2018 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    Wacotrib ^ | 3/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for former Twin Peaks shootout defendant Cody Ledbetter asked a judge on Friday to order the McLennan County District Attorney's Office to recall sexually explicit photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife that the DA's office distributed to 177 Twin Peaks defendants as part of the discovery process. The DA's office dismissed the criminal case against Ledbetter, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic from Waco with no criminal record, last week, four days before a jury panel was to report to fill out questionnaires and ahead of his April 2 trial date. While Ledbetter said he was relieved to...
  • It’s Illegal and It’s Criminal! A Glimpse of the Criminals in the Waco Justice System

    03/22/2018 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Texas Bellend
    Roll up your selves because the truth is getting deep! When Able Reyna lost the primary election, a great sense of relief came down like a down pour of rain from heaven for those who are involved with the Twin Peaks atrocity. A sense of permission to take off the suit of armor of determination and fight for Justice against the incestuous justice system of Waco Texas. This sounds redundant but it is so true. Pacified that there is truly light at the end of this dark tunnel, many of us writers like myself are dumb founded with the silence...
  • Appeals court throws out gag order in Twin Peaks biker's case(Waco)

    03/22/2018 4:58:17 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/22/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Waco's 10th Court of Appeals has vacated a gag order issued five months ago by a visiting judge appointed to hear a Twin Peaks shootout biker's case. Judge Doug Shaver, of Houston, issued an order preventing prosecutors or defense attorneys from talking publicly about the Matthew Clendennen case. Clendennen was one of 154 bikers indicted after the May 2015 shootout between rival biker groups at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and dozens injured. Clendennen's attorney, Clint Broden, of Dallas, appealed Shaver's order by seeking a writ of mandamus from Waco's intermediate appellate court. The three-member court, in...
  • Commissioners enact 'lame-duck' spending limit on office of outgoing DA(Waco)

    03/21/2018 8:40:17 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/21/2018 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    McLennan County commissioners invoked a provision in state law to place a limit on how much outgoing District Attorney Abel Reyna can spend before the end of his term Dec. 31. County Auditor Stan Chambers said under the state local government code section 130.908, also known as the "lame-duck law," county leaders can put spending limits on an incumbent who is not re-elected to their office. The statute is directed at county or precinct officers and if enacted requires commissioners to approve any expenditures by the official over the amount set by the court. “Our budget starts Oct. 1,” Chambers...
  • DA Reyna fires felony court chief (Waco)

    03/20/2018 7:21:36 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/20/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two weeks after voters denied McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna a third term in office, Reyna has fired one of his felony court chiefs. Reyna fired Aubrey Robertson on Tuesday afternoon, and word of his dismissal spread quickly around the courthouse. Robertson, 34, has worked for Reyna since June 2014 and was promoted to felony chief in 19th State District Court about two years ago. Neither Reyna nor his first assistant, Michael Jarrett, returned phone calls Tuesday afternoon. Robertson declined comment on his termination. A source who spoke to Robertson after he was fired said Reyna and Jarrett told...
  • Rights Matter All The Time(Waco)

    03/15/2018 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 3/15/2018
    The bedrock, foundation stone, must do, can’t fail job when it comes to national security is to keep the kids alive and safe and well – no exceptions, says the young woman who is challenging Precinct 1, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Walter “Pete” Peterson. If that’s not a national security issue, the most important one of all, then, well, you know… Judge Peterson has an interesting judicial track record. He has never once faced an opponent in an election. The judicial delegation in the highly gerrymandered Constable and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 were both appointed to...
  • The Silence About Waco

    03/14/2018 11:20:45 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/13/2018
    There was a second dismissal of an entirely bogus case against a Twin Peaks defendant yesterday. After Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett (posturing above) dismissed the charge of participating in an organized criminal conspiracy against former Cossack Motorcycle Club member Cody Ledbetter he waited a few hours and then dismissed an identical case against former Desgraciados Motorcycle Club member George Bergman. Jarrett played out the string for as long as he could. He waited until local Judge Matt Johnson moved Bergman’s pending trial into the April 2 slot that had been set aside for Ledbetter and then he dismissed those...
  • Primaries over, independent DA candidate launches campaign in earnest(Waco)

    03/13/2018 8:14:31 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/13/2018 | Mike Copeland
    Daniel Hare, 39, met with volunteers Tuesday at the Waco Hippodrome, launching in earnest his campaign to become McLennan County's next district attorney. Hare is running as in independent in hopes of facing Republican nominee Barry Johnson, who defeated incumbent Abel Reyna last week. Reyna mistakenly made his approach to prosecuting Twin Peaks defendants too complicated, said Hare, director of employer relations and engagement at the Baylor University Law School. The May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks left nine bikers dead and dozens injured, and Reyna orchestrated the arrest of 177 people at the restaurant that day on charges of...

    03/12/2018 7:07:20 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    Sentinel Alert ^ | 3/12/2018
    One of the automatic weapons used by so called, "counter snipers" at the Waco Twin Peaks biker shooting incident is apparently a 'ghost gun'. The serial number used to identify the weapon in the forensic ballistic reports does NOT exist per Colt Firearms serial number search. Both of the two Remington sniper rifles were in the serial number data base of Remington Bushmaster firearms.