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  • The Reason You Haven’t Heard More About The 177 Bikers Arrested In Waco

    08/27/2015 5:43:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 143 replies
    Above the Law ^ | August 17, 2015 | Tamara Tabo
    Whatever happened to all those Waco bikers? You know, the 177 people arrested at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas after a motorcycle rally on May 17 ended with nine people shot dead? Immediately following the shooting, I wrote about just how badly Waco authorities screwed up the arrests. Rather than trifle with technicalities like the rules for bail under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson set bail at a staggering $1 million for each of the arrestees in order to “send a message.” Then I described how prosecuting nearly 200 bikers was...
  • The Bikers’ Point of View [Waco]

    08/27/2015 4:47:09 AM PDT · by don-o · 161 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jeff Winkler
    “Somebody planted the sonuvabitch.” That was one organizer’s immediate assessment after a bomb threat forced about 75 bikers and supporters to disperse from in front of the McLennan County courthouse Saturday morning. The bikers had organized a memorial for the nine people killed at the Twin Peaks shooting in Waco three months ago, but the gathering was also supposed to serve as something of a rally for the 177 bikers arrested that day. But now, thanks to a suspicious cooler and a suitcase, the group dissolved. Clint Broden, the lawyer most publicly associated with the case, was scheduled to speak....
  • Twin Peaks Biker to Media: No Intent to Engage in Organized Crime [Waco]

    08/26/2015 5:31:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 25, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The national administrator for the 2 Million Bikers to DC Facebook page issued a press release saying that the meeting on May 17th at the Twin Peaks restaurant gathered with no intent to engage in organized crime. He includes in the letter what he calls the agenda for the meeting that day. snip Cara Danette Johnston told Breitbart Texas that the “biggest lie” is that the bikers all went to a regularly-scheduled regional bikers meeting with criminal intent, and/or to discuss anything related to a “turf war.” Johnson describes herself as a biker “[w]ho loves and believes in the good...
  • Two Grand Juries Likely to Investigate Biker Shootings in Waco

    08/25/2015 4:56:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Texas Lawyer ^ | August 19, 2015 | Miriam Rozen
    Two separate grand juries will conduct investigations into the shootings that occurred outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco in May, according to McLennan County District Attorney Abelino "Abel" Reyna. The shootings led to nine deaths and arrests of 170 bikers, charged with engaging in organized crime. One grand jury will investigate the cases against the bikers, and another will investigate police officer use of deadly force, Reyna said. Reyna commented about grand jury plans after Sam Bassett, the president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), raised concerns about the composition of any grand jury scheduled to investigate...
  • Memorial Service for Twin Peaks Bikers Halted by Bomb Scare [Waco]

    08/24/2015 3:55:42 PM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    A memorial service for Twin Peaks bikers who were slain in the May 17th shootings was abruptly halted by a bomb scare on Saturday. One of the leaders of the group told Breitbart Texas, “A lot of the bikers are not buying it.” The memorial began at the Old Six Flags Mall on Division Street in Arlington, Texas. The sixty riders in the processional were joined by approximately forty additional riders on their way to the McLennan County courthouse in Waco, Texas. They were greeted by about one hundred more bikers and other supporters when they arrived in Waco. The...
  • Appeals court rules two bikers were jailed with sufficient probable cause.

    08/21/2015 4:42:00 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 208 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | 8/21/2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    In an opinion released Thursday, Justice Rex Davis of the 10th Court of Appeals declared that officials had sufficient probable cause to arrest two bikers after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco. The melee killed nine men and injured another 20, resulting in the arrest of 177 bikers, each initially held on controversial $1 million bonds on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. Final autopsy reports were released last week on the nine killed in the melee, but ballistics evidence remains publicly unavailable, pending the completion of an investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...
  • CLEAT lawyers and staffers were on the scene shortly after reports of the shooting surfaced

    08/20/2015 7:09:08 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 60 replies
    Aging Rebel ^ | 8/20/15 | Aging Rebel
    “CLEAT lawyers and staffers were on the scene shortly after reports of the shooting surfaced,” the web story explained. “Organizer Tracy Chance was allowed access to officers at fixed positions to make sure they had access to water and sports drinks to keep them hydrated. Tracy was able to get the photos posted here.”
  • Delaying Justice In Waco

    08/20/2015 7:09:04 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 15 replies
    Aging Rebel ^ | 8.20.15 | Aging Rebel
    Texas Lawyer reported today that all 177 persons arrested after the Twin Peaks Massacre in Waco, Texas last May 17 are likely to either be indicted or cleared by a grand jury that might not meet for another two months.
  • Houston lawyer cuts losses in biker pre-trial [Waco]

    08/19/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | August 17, 2015
    Waco – When Cossack Motorcyle Club member Cody Ledbetter appeared a half-hour early for his examining trial before retired Visiting Judge James Morgan Monday afternoon, August 17, he was surprised to learn the issue of enough probable cause to bind him over for a Grand Jury appearance was already settled. Paul Looney, a seasoned defense attorney with offices in Houston and Hempstead, told him, “You lose the ankle bracelet, you lose the curfew, and you lose the travel restrictions.” That’s when Ledbetter and members of his family burst into tears. During the lunch hour, Looney and lead prosecutor Michael Jarrett...
  • Prosecuting Ozzie And Harriet [Waco]

    08/19/2015 6:02:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 112 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | August 19, 2015
    Yesterday in Waco, a judge named James Morgan, ruled that there was probable cause to arrest William and Morgan English, a nice, young couple from Brenham, Texas, for engaging in organized criminal activity. The charge carries a penalty of five to 99 years in prison. The Englishes had attended a brunch sponsored by the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents on May 17 at the Twin Peaks restaurant. Multiple, informed sources said Judge Morgan did not appear to be drunk. Morgan based his ruling on the testimony of a Texas Department of Public Safety Lieutenant named Steven Schwartz who indentified...
  • Twin Peaks surveillance video may be released Friday

    08/19/2015 5:38:21 AM PDT · by eastexsteve · 15 replies
    WACO, Texas – An attorney for one of the men charged in the Twin Peaks shootings in May has filed a subpoena to get surveillance video from the Waco restaurant during the shootings, but the city has moved to quash the subpoena.
  • EDITORIAL: Grand jury process, trial jurors must look beyond mere symbols... [Waco]

    08/19/2015 5:02:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 77 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 19, 2015
    At the moment, more than a dozen examining trials are scheduled for some of the bikers arrested in the wake of the May 17 shooting melee at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and some 20 people injured. But if Monday’s hearing for a biker and his wife is any indication, we may not learn much more than many of us concluded three months ago, such as the perils of wearing colors or biker insignia when gunfire breaks out among some questionable company. This bit of wisdom remains true: It might be your right to wear whatever biker colors you...
  • Waco Biker Shootout Autopsies Released, Questions Remain [Audio at source]

    08/18/2015 8:31:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 105 replies
    Texas Public Radio ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rhonda Fanning
    Just yesterday, one of our listeners wrote in to ask the latest updates following the biker shootout in Waco that left nine dead and 177 arrested. Given those high numbers, you'd think there might be a video of the incident somewhere — surveillance cameras or cell phone footage. We hear that there are videos, but the public hasn't been able to view them or learn anything about what's in those videos because of a gag order in place. After three months, trials are finally being scheduled, and autopsy reports were finally released this past Thursday. But aside from showing that...
  • Judge rules biker, wife jailed with sufficient probable cause in Twin Peaks case

    08/17/2015 11:12:47 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 48 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | August 17, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A visiting judge ruled Monday that Waco police had sufficient probable cause to jail a biker and his wife in the wake of the deadly May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks. Retired State District Judge James Morgan denied a motion from attorney Paul Looney, who represents Brenham residents William and Morgan J. English, to clear them of engaging in organized criminal activity charges after a brief examining trial Monday morning. In denying the motion, Morgan ruled that there was sufficient evideince to bind them over to a grand jury for indictment and that authorities had sufficient probable cause to arrest...
  • Proof to be probed in Twin Peaks cases on 8/17 [Waco]

    08/17/2015 9:48:49 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | August 16, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction – Court observers and members of the community of motorcycle enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating a series of show-downs between prosecutors and defense lawyers over the evidence to be presented in the Twin Peaks shoot-em-up of May 17. One of the most cited legal scholars of our time, Professor Karl Llewellyn of Columbia and the University of Chicago, wrote in his seminal work, “The Bramble Bush,” that the legal realist takes a view that what judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officers “do about disputes is, to my mind, the law itself.” The 17 Twin Peaks cases set for...
  • Reading The Autopsies Again [Waco]

    08/15/2015 4:45:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 108 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | August 14, 2015
    The autopsy reports for the nine men killed in the Twin Peaks Massacre in Waco on May 17 are a thicket of words that don’t seem to answer many questions. The reports may be as important for what they don’t disprove as for what they do or don’t prove. They do not for example, disprove the notion that all, or at least most of the dead men were killed by police using M-16s and FN P90 machine guns. Thirteen of sixteen entrance wounds were .25 inches in diameter or smaller. FN P90s fire a round with a diameter of .224409...
  • Texas Court Halts Ruling to Vacate Gag Order in Biker Case [Waco]

    08/14/2015 2:06:12 PM PDT · by don-o · 89 replies
    5nbcdfw ^ | August 14, 2015
    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted proceedings involving a gag order issued by a district judge in the case of a biker arrested following a May shootout in Waco that left nine dead and 177 arrested. The ruling late Thursday by the state's highest criminal court stays an order issued last week by Waco's 10th Court of Appeals while it considers an appeal by McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.
  • Autopsies Released for Bikers Killed in Twin Peaks Shooting [Waco - with links to reportsd]

    08/13/2015 1:22:25 PM PDT · by don-o · 161 replies
    KWTX TV ^ | August 13, 2015
    WACO (August 13, 2015) Judge Walter H. "Pete" Peterson on Thursday released final autopsy reports in connection with the nine motorcycle riders who died on May 17 in the Twin Peaks biker gang shootout. The preliminary autopsy reports released months ago confirmed all nine died of gunshot wounds and the final reports supported those conclusions but provided much more detail about those wounds and other issues discovered in the autopsies. Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, died of gunshot wounds from a medium-caliber weapon that fired a copper-jacketed bullet, the final autopsy report says. One of the bullets entered the left side...
  • Autopsies released in Twin Peaks biker deaths [Waco]

    08/13/2015 10:08:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 89 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Autopsy reports on the nine bikers killed in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout were released Thursday morning by McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson’s office. The nine died as a result of one or more bullet wounds but ballistics reports are not included with the autopsy reports. The reports do not indicate who killed the men and most references to bullets refer to projectiles ranging in size from small to large. Those listed in the autopsy reports include: Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, Allen, one gunshot wound in the head and one in the back. Matthew Mark...
  • DA appeals 10th Court’s ruling on Twin Peaks biker’s case gag order [Waco]

    08/12/2015 11:32:13 AM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn a ruling by Waco’s intermediate appellate court that lifted a gag order in the case of a Hewitt man arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout. Reyna filed a petition for writ of mandamus and a motion for stay of writ of mandamus with the state’s highest criminal court Tuesday. Reyna is asking the court to rule that the 10th Court of Appeals was wrong last week when it ordered 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to vacate a gag order he imposed in the...
  • Visiting judge sets examining trials in biker cases [Waco]

    08/12/2015 6:00:55 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 11, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    After three months of complaints, accusations, recusals and resets, a visiting judge Tuesday approved a revised examining trial schedule for 17 bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. With only two of 177 bikers who were arrested on engaging in organized criminal activity charges remaining in the McLennan County Jail, and the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office releasing some of its evidence to defense attorneys, the scheduled examining trials don’t have the sense of urgency they once did. Retired State District Judge James Morgan has been given the authority to hear the cases. McLennan County Justice of the...
  • Examining trial: Rare court spectacle set for Monday afternoon [Waco]

    08/09/2015 1:25:12 PM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | August 9, 2015
    Waco – Court observers will see a rare occurrence on Monday, August 10, at 2 p.m. in Precinct One Justice Court, Place Two – the examining trial of one of the Twin Peaks defendants on the first degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity, a capitol offense that led to the murder and/or aggravated assault of numerous victims. According to a veteran prosecutor who oversees Grand Jury scheduling and criminal filings, the scheduling of trials and such, only two have been held in his past 27 years of experience serving in the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s Office....
  • Biker objects to postponement of trial, says DA has no case [Waco]

    08/08/2015 3:02:42 PM PDT · by don-o · 170 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 7, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for a biker arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout complained that the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office keeps postponing an examining trial because it has no case against his client and charged that a prosecutor lied to him. Conrad Beyer, a San Antonio attorney representing Bill Jason McRee, twice has scheduled examining trials in Waco’s 19th State District Court and both hearings have been postponed, including one set for Friday. While a prosecutor and judge say Beyer agreed to the second postponement, Beyer filed an objection Friday alleging Assistant District Attorney Amanda Dillon misled him about...
  • This Morning In Waco

    08/08/2015 8:09:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 95 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | August 7, 2015
    Waco might not get away with it. So far it has been impossible to know exactly what all it is that Waco has spent the last 83 days hiding because that’s the nature of official secrecy in an institutionally corrupt Dogpatch run by Jack S. Phogbound. For the last 83 days Waco has been hiding something, maybe many things, about the Twin Peaks Massacre last May 17. For the last 83 days the case has been a black barrel full of question marks. Right out of the gate, it certainly seems obvious as sunrise that the Waco Police, the McLennan...
  • JP Peterson will hand over examining trials to visiting judge [Waco]

    08/07/2015 5:32:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 6, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson, who has been a lightning rod for criticism in the wake of the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, said Thursday he has changed his mind about presiding over examining trials for 16 bikers and will allow a retired judge to hear them. Senior State District Judge James Morgan, who formerly presided over the 220th Judicial District of Bosque, Comanche and Hamilton counties, was appointed earlier this week to hear the examining trial of Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen because another judge recused Peterson last month. Peterson, a former state trooper, said earlier...
  • McLennan County grand jury indictments: Aug. 5, 2015 [Waco]

    08/06/2015 4:49:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 5, 2015
    The following people were indicted Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 by a McLennan County grand jury. The District Attorney’s Office no longer furnishes the age or city of residence of the people on this list.
  • Rohnert park police ["Are you some kind of Constitutionalists?' Rohnert Park Cop pulls gun on guy]

    08/04/2015 12:22:26 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 279 replies ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | RRryan 71187
    Citizen seems to notice a police officer driving around and around his neighborhood while he is working on his boat in his driveway. Police officer doesn't like being filmed by someone in his own yard and decides to stop and pull gun on him.
  • Retired Bosque County judge to hear bikers’ examining trials [Waco]

    08/03/2015 5:11:31 PM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 3, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A retired state district judge from Bosque County was appointed Monday to preside over the examining trial of a Hewitt biker — and potentially 19 others — arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, administrative judge of the 26-county 3rd Judicial Region, confirmed Monday that he appointed Judge James Morgan to preside over the examining trial of Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, which is set for Aug. 10. Stubblefield said his order also gives Morgan authority to hear any of the 19 other cases involving bikers seeking examining trials to challenge whether there was sufficient probable...
  • Biker Authority Arrested [Waco]

    08/03/2015 7:22:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 33 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | August 1, 2015
    Widely quoted “outlaw biker authority” James F. Quinn has been charged with nine felony counts of possession of child pornography. Quinn is a former professor of criminology at the University of North Texas in Denton and the author of numerous works about bikers including: “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider;” “The Tools, Tactics, and Mentality of Outlaw Biker Wars;” “Leathers and Rolexes: The Symbolism and Values of the Motorcycle Club;” “The Nature of Criminality Within One-Percent Motorcycle Clubs; “Angels, Bandidos, Outlaws, and Pagans: The Evolution of Organized Crime Among the Big Four...
  • No sign Waco violence spilling into Sturgis biker rally

    08/03/2015 4:13:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    AP via Seattle Times ^ | August 2, 2015 | JAMES NORD
    snip “There’s a lot of information out about Waco, (but) not a lot of information that any of it’s going to spill over into Sturgis,” said Dan Satterlee, an assistant director at the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
  • Official Waco’s war on the First Amendment in the terse, turgid prose of the briefs filed so far

    08/02/2015 2:17:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 71 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | August 1, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction – Once upon a time, some bikers decided to drink a beer at a bar by the freeway and catch up on the politics of handgun law as contemplated by the Texas Legislature. Seemed like the thing to do, since both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions guarantee a freedom to freely express one’s ideas in speech and writing, and to peacefully assemble with others with whome one may choose. Now comes The State of Texas, by and through its Office of the Criminal District Attorney of McLennan County, and would humbly show unto WE THE PEOPLE that...
  • Twin Peaks: Recused judge’s lawyer offends client and attorney gagged by order [Waco]

    07/30/2015 8:13:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 32 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 30, 2015
    Dallas – McLennan County’s criminal justice community is not trying to “scheme against” defendants in the Twin Peaks shooting, said a lawyer appointed to represent a judge recused in the case. A supplemental pleading to the 10th District Court of Appeals cites those remarks as evidence a gag order is unconstitutional and unworkable, according to the lawyer who filed the court papers. “Mr. (Matthew) Clendennen and his counsel are subject to the gag order entered by the Judge of the 54th District Court, Matt Johnson, and cannot publicly speak to this matter of grave public concern to our justice system....
  • Hunt for Impartial Judge for 20 Twin Peaks Biker Examining Trials Continues [Waco]

    07/29/2015 10:01:20 AM PDT · by don-o · 158 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 29, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The hunt is on for an impartial judge to hear 20 Twin Peaks biker examining trials. The administrative judge for the Waco region has asked a Travis County judge to hear the trials. This comes after one of the judges was found to be biased by a fellow judge after a hearing on a motion to remove him. The other justice of the peace is accused of saying she is biased. The Waco Tribune-Herald has reported that the administrative judge of the Third Judicial Region, Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, said he is waiting to hear from the Travis County judge....
  • Retired judge sought to hear Twin Peaks bikers’ examining trials [Waco]

    07/29/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 28, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A retired state district judge from Travis County has been asked to preside over the examining trials of 20 bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout after reports that a local judge questioned whether she could be impartial and declined to hear the cases. Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, administrative judge of the 26-county 3rd Judicial Region, said Friday evening that he is waiting to hear back from the judge to see if he will agree to hear the examining trials. The judicial appointment becomes necessary after senior Judge Joe Carroll, of Bell County, recused McLennan County Justice of...
  • Waco PD’s Swanton to run for McLennan County sheriff

    07/27/2015 7:21:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 27, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton will run against incumbent McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the 2016 election, documents show. Swanton filed a report on July 17 designating a campaign treasurer, identified as Kneeley D. Lawdermilk, for the election. As the face of the Waco Police Department, Swanton’s public profile increased significantly during the national media influx surrounding the May 17 Twin Peaks shooting, during which he gave dozens of television interviews reaching national audiences. “I am excited about giving McLennan County voters an option for a candidate with trusted leadership skills, tested experience and a true commitment to...
  • Defense lawyer takes a base on balls in Twin Peaks pitchers’ duel [Waco]

    07/25/2015 9:20:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 23, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction – A Big D barrister assured his client will get a chance to have the probable cause of the charges against him examined at trial prior to a Grand Jury’s scrutiny. In a favorable ruling on a motion to remove the magistrate who charged Matt Clendennen with the capital conspiracy charge of engaging in organized criminal activity that lead to murder, F. Clinton Broden furthermore assured his client that a new assignment of his case to a court of record for the purpose of an examining trial will be under the control of the Third Judicial Region...
  • JP Peterson removed from Hewitt biker’s case [Waco]

    07/25/2015 7:41:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 79 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | June 23, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A local justice of the peace was removed Thursday from an examining trial in the case of a Hewitt biker accused of engaging in organized crime in relation to the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the case involving Matthew Clendennen after Clendennen’s attorney, Clinton Broden, filed a complaint against Peterson. Peterson set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 bikers arrested in the aftermath of the May 17 shootout, and he was on the scene that...
  • 16 Media Groups Fight Gag Order in Waco Biker Shooting

    07/24/2015 4:33:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | July 24, 2015 | EMILY SCHMALL
    A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the "friend of the court" brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.
  • Texas releases the dashcam video of the Sandra Bland arrest [Trooper doesn't come off too well]

    07/22/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2015 | Taylor Millard
    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the dashcam video of the arrest of Sandra Bland. The almost hour long video features the first interaction between Bland and Trooper Brian Encinia after she’s pulled over for not using her turn signal. It seems to be going all right until Encinia tells Bland she seems irritated and Bland confirms it. He then tells Bland to put out her cigarette, but she refuses to because she’s in her own car. Encinia orders her to get out, opens her door, and reaches in. It’s tough to see if he’s trying to...
  • JP Peterson removed from Twin Peaks case [Waco]

    07/23/2015 9:13:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2015
    Court officials would not let a Tribune-Herald reporter type or Tweet the hearing as it happened. Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the Matthew Clendennen case.
  • Hearing set to address JP’s potential recusal from biker case [Waco]

    07/22/2015 1:48:55 PM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 22, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A recusal hearing to address a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson related to the May 17 biker shooting at Twin Peaks will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday and be presided over by a Bell County judge, legal documents show. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Dallas attorney Clinton Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons when he set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 jailed bikers. Broden has said his complaint is based on comments Peterson made to the Tribune-Herald after the shooting. “I think...
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 9:06:18 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    The city is fighting to keep videos of the May shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant out of the press, and still hasn’t confirmed how many victims were shot by police. Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns?
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 7:49:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2015
    Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns? snip Here are two theories. One is the official explanation. Authorities say that this is a complex investigation that takes lots of time and that suppressing video evidence and issuing gag orders is necessary to prevent prospective jurors from being influenced by...
  • VANITY: Who is attending Sturgis 2015?

    07/21/2015 5:28:35 AM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 29 replies
    Robert Teesdale ^ | 7/21/2015 | Robert Teesdale
    Vanity post here, which I rarely do... Who is going to Sturgis this year? With well over a million attendees expected in Sturgis this year for the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally, I can only imagine there will be a number of Freepers present. I'd like to commence a thread for this, and facilitate some in person meetings. It would be a pleasure.
  • Discovering Waco

    07/20/2015 5:46:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 20, 2015
    ast Friday, 62 days after the worst incidence of biker violence in history, McLennan County District Judge Ralph Strother gave prosecutors another 30 days to disclose their evidence in the case to defense attorneys. A week before, Strother had named a Waco police detective involved in the investigation foreman of the grand jury that will determine whether the accused should be indicted with a crime or not. One hundred seventy-seven people have been accused of engaging in organized criminal activity. If indicted and convicted they all face a minimum of 15 years in prison. All of the accused were originally...
  • Young and the Vestless… The Waco Cop Love Triangle Unfolds

    07/20/2015 10:46:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | Amy Irene White
    It’s no secret that Waco Police infiltrated the Cossacks MC with cops, including undercover DTF agent Sgt. Jason Matthew Barnum… This is especially troubling, and his violent participation all too believable when you know he has supposedly been put on ‘adminstrative leave’.. Again.. This time for an assault on June 29th. I have speculated in jest that his wife may have been cheating.. Turns out, he did indeed beat the snot out of a doctor, identified as Eric P. Walker, for canoodling with his current spouse Karen Waltrip Barnum of Hewitt, Texas. snip This article in epic, epitomized karmic justice...
  • Bikers Descend on Waco: No Scales of Justice at Waco Courthouse

    07/19/2015 4:54:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/19/2015 | Lana Shadwick
    WACO, Texas — Bikers and supporters of riders and the Constitution came from all over Texas to gather on the steps of the McLennan County courthouse in Waco, Texas. They were there to protest the injustices that have occurred on, and continued after, the May 17th shootings at the Twin Peaks restaurant. The armless goddess of divine law and justice stands atop the courthouse, her scales of justice removed by a bolt of lightning. This missing icon of justice says it all.Over one hundred bikers, supporters, and patriots, arrived at the “All for 1 Rally and Protest” to protest what the...
  • The Story That Tells Everyone Who the Cop-Sack Really Is… You’ll Be Shocked! [ Waco ]

    07/18/2015 6:17:59 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 133 replies
    Wicked Bitch Blog ^ | Undated, Recent | Amy Irene White
    ...When they headed to Twin Peaks that day, there was never a peaceful meeting planned. The Bandidos had no idea anything was going down, which is why they had a rather sad showing of attendance in comparison to the people brought in by the Cossacks. Several of the men in that club claim that they had other plans that day and were called in to Twin Peaks that very morning. They arrived in a forceful showing of numbers and soon flooded the patio and parking lot with Cossacks. Many witnesses say that the Cossacks posted themselves like sentries all around...
  • Largest State Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc: Waco PD Detective Should not Decide Biker Cases

    07/17/2015 5:12:00 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies ^ | 17 Jul 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The largest state association for the criminal defense bar in the nation has said that it would be “shocking” for a Waco Police Department detective to sit on a grand jury in the Twin Peaks biker cases. Breitbart Texas reported that one of the two McLennan County criminal district court judges named a Waco police detective foreman over a newly-selected grand jury. This grand jury could end up determining the fate of some, or all, of the 177 bikers arrested at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17. The shoot-out killed nine bikers and wounded twenty others. Law enforcement officials...
  • 1 of 4 jailed bikers likely to be released after hearing [Waco]

    07/17/2015 11:54:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 17, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Bandido from San Antonio who remains jailed after his arrest in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout likely will be released soon after an agreement Friday morning between his lawyer and prosecutors. Joseph Ortiz, 35, a former Marine, should be free by Saturday after an agreement with prosecutors and 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to reduce his bond from $100,000 to $20,000, according to Ortiz’s lawyer Jay Norton. Like the other 177 arrested bikers, Ortiz’s original bond was $1 million. He is one of four who remain jailed two months after the deadly shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant...