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  • Smoking Gun Paperwork In DA’s Case Of Crooked Dealing To Drop Cases

    10/22/2017 6:48:58 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 10/21/2017
    Waco – Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden wants this guy Abel Reyna. He’s got the facts, and the facts say there is a federal investigation underway, looking into the legal ethics of the sitting elected Criminal District Attorney, who is accused of political opportunism in his quest to prosecute members of the biker community, namely Matt Clendennen, former Scimitar, who was busted on May 17, 2015. It’s true. We have the paperwork to prove it. In a protracted series of appeals to the Attorney General of Texas’ Open Records Division dating back to the summer of 2015, we of The...
  • Defense attorney alleges in motion that DA Reyna being investigated by FBI

    10/20/2017 9:00:30 AM PDT · by BlueDragon · 20 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | 12/20/17 | By KRISTIN HOPPA
    Dallas attorney Clint Broden alleges in a motion in the case of his client, Twin Peaks biker Matthew Clendennen, that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is under federal investigation for selective prosecution for political gain. Broden, who represents former member of the Scimitars group member Matthew Clendennen, filed motions Friday morning questioning Reyna's credibility as a prosecutor in the Twin Peaks shootout cases, saying the district attorney made decisions on which defendants to prosecute based on his political interests. "On Oct. 18, 2017, the defense received what appears to be very credible information indicating that Reyna has been, and...
  • Organizer of meeting at Twin Peaks tells jury Cossacks tried to intimidate his wife

    10/20/2017 6:34:02 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/20/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A founding member of a "mom and pop" motorcycle group testified Friday that before the Cossacks took over a biker coalition meeting at Twin Peaks and engaged in a deadly shootout with Bandidos, one ran over his wife's foot, they circled her and spit in her face. Mike Lynch, a self-employed plumbing contractor from Mart, said the Cossacks cause more trouble in the Waco area than the Bandidos ever have. Lynch, an original member of the Los Pirados motorcycle club, testified Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal. Carrizal, 35, the Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of 154...
  • The Horror

    10/20/2017 5:35:54 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/19/2017
    Nothing much happened today in the trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the Dallas Bandido that McLennan County prosecutors are trying to blame for the berserk bloodbath in the parking lot of the Waco Twin Peaks parking lot at about half past noon on May 17, 2015. Nothing much ever happens. The trial enters its eighth day tomorrow after two full days of jury selection. The District Attorney’s Office has slowed everything way down. Today Judge Matt Johnson, who may or may not be part of the unprecedented, criminal coverup that followed the bloodbath, slowed the trial down a little more...
  • The Blamed And The Blameless

    10/19/2017 8:52:17 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/18/2017
    The prosecution in the first Twin Peaks Biker Brawl Trial presented most of its case late yesterday and today.Typically, because the prosecution is not artful but clumsy, it interrupted its own narrative to try to vilify the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, a living, breathing artifact of the Vietnam era, as a “criminal street gang.” The concept of a “gang” has evolved since sociologist Frederic Thrasher published The Gang: A Study of 1313 Gangs in Chicago, in 1929. Contemporary sociologists are inclined to see what police call gangs as expressions of gender. One witness yesterday said the Bandidos “teach you how to...
  • Attorney requests court sanctions against DA's office before 2nd Twin Peaks trial

    10/18/2017 5:33:10 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/18/2017 | KRISTIN HOPPA
    The attorney for the second biker scheduled for trial in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout says prosecutors have not complied with discovery motions and should be assessed fines for disregarding court orders before his client's upcoming trial. Clint Broden, Dallas attorney for Matthew Clendennen, of Hewitt, filed the emergency motion, asking the state to show cause as to why the McLennnan County District Attorney's Office has not submitted a "realistic" exhibit and witness list before his client's Nov. 6 trial date. Broden stated that in a Sept. 15 pretrial hearing, the state agreed to provide the documents earlier this week,...
  • Waco Swat Speaks

    10/18/2017 5:00:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/17/2017
    Day five of the maddeningly slow Jake Carrizal trial in Waco ended with a cliff hanger, like the previous four days.The day began with testimony from a polite, professional, retired cop named James Owens who used to work in the Waco police computer forensics lab. He was a consummate government employee. He took meticulous notes and photographed everything, He recorded the contents of phones belonging to defendant Christopher Jacob Carrizal and Bandidos Marshall Mitchell and Ray Allen. The prosecution tried to enter the original downloads from those phones into evidence. Casie Gotro, who is defending Carrizal, never saw the original...
  • 2nd Twin Peaks biker set for trial objects to request for delay

    10/17/2017 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/17/2017 | KRISTIN HOPPA
    The Dallas attorney for the second defendant scheduled to go to trial in the Twin Peaks shootout is pushing back against prosecutors' request to delay his client's November trial date. The McLennan County District Attorney's Office filed a request for a continuance Tuesday, seeking to postpone the Nov. 6 trial of former biker Matthew Clendennen. A panel of more than 600 potential jurors has been summoned to report to court Oct. 27 to answer questionnaires to aide jury selection. Clendennen's attorney, Clint Broden, immediately filed an objection to the continuance, saying the delay would further infringe on his client's right...
  • Carrizal’s Defense Won Today

    10/17/2017 5:04:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 41 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/16/2017
    Carrizal’s Defense Won Today Houston lawyer Casie Gotro shook a lime tree last Friday. Today she made margaritas. She was late to court as she often is. Her client, Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal, sat at the lawyer’s table all alone. One of the prosecutors, Michael Jarrett, glanced at his watch and smirked. The judge, Matt Johnson, glared at an invisible spot over the courtroom door. When she arrived six minutes late she was admonished by Johnson. She promised not to do it again. Five prosecutors are trying the case. The other side is just Casie and her entourage. Throughout the...
  • Unsolved Mysteries Of Waco

    10/16/2017 4:51:02 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 30 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/15/2017
    The defense in the trial of Dallas Bandido Christopher Jacob “Jake” Carrizal may start its rebuttal of the accusations against him this week, When the defense finally gets its turn, three mysteries, one old and two new, might be solved. The old mystery is why the security guards the Twin Peaks restaurant hired never showed up on May 17, 2015. “If I owned a security guard business, and one of the largest, if not the largest restaurant and bar in town hired my company, I would definitely show up,” an attorney not associated with the criminal case said. I am...
  • Sprawling Twin Peaks Case

    10/15/2017 7:12:10 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 78 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/14/2017
    The litigation surrounding the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl in May 2017 continues to coalesce like a black hole. The big pieces are: The trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal in Waco; an additional 191 unresolved criminal cases; various motions and inquiries related to the criminal cases – like the recusal motions in and the recent inquiry into whether McLennan County District Attorney Abellino Reyna committed perjury; about 100 civil complaints filed against Reyna and others for false arrest and imprisonment; and finally, the five lawsuits filed against the owners of the Twin Peak. Four of the lawsuits against the restaurant were...
  • Judge appointed in court of inquiry for Reyna, Chavez

    10/13/2017 3:27:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/13/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the midst of the first Twin Peaks biker trial in Waco, a judge has been appointed to hear a court of inquiry to determine if McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna or Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez lied during a hearing last year in the Twin Peaks shootout cases. First Administrative Regional Judge Mary Murphy, of Dallas, on Friday appointed David Peeples, judge of the Fourth Administrative Region, to preside over the court of inquiry. According to court of inquiry procedure, Peeples will now appoint a special prosecutor to handle the matter. No hearing date had been set Friday...
  • Documents: Police did little to stop Waco biker showdown

    10/11/2017 6:35:13 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/11/2017 | Emily Schmall
    <p>FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement officers prepared for war in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015.</p> <p>In parking lots surrounding the Twin Peaks restaurant just off Interstate 35, 16 police officers, including a SWAT team of 11, were poised with assault rifles in five police cars and two unmarked SUVs. Seven state police, some undercover, were inside the restaurant or nearby.</p>
  • Live tweets from 1st Twin Peaks shootout trial

    10/11/2017 9:51:09 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 83 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/11/2017
    Tribune-Herald staff writer Tommy Witherspoon is live-tweeting from inside the courtroom in the trial of Jacob Carrizal, the first biker to be prosecuted for his alleged role in the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout. Jury selection is underway, and opening statements are expected to be given this afternoon. Nine people were killed and dozens injured in the melee between rival biker groups the Bandidos and Cossacks. The judge and attorneys are talking to prospective jurors individually now. These are the ones who asked not to speak publicly about issues. The judge is talking to the parties in chambers. They...
  • Jury selection for trial of first Twin Peaks biker underway

    10/10/2017 1:29:09 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Telemundo Amarillo ^ | 10/10/2017 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - 146 potential jurors for the first Twin Peaks trial were at the courthouse on Tuesday to start the jury selection process. Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 144 of them remained after two of them were excused. The 12 jurors and two alternates selected will be to serve in the trial for Christopher Jacob Carrizal. He was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity during the Twin Peaks shootout more than two years ago. Nine bikers died and dozens were injured after the shooting outside the Twin Peaks...
  • Jury selection to begin in first Twin Peaks case

    10/09/2017 6:14:56 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/9/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Jury selection in the trial of the first of the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout defendants is set to begin Tuesday morning. A panel of about 150 prospective jurors filled out five-page questionnaires Monday morning and were told to report again at 9 a.m. Tuesday for the beginning of jury selection. Jacob Carrizal, 36, Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of the 154 indicted Twin Peaks bikers to go to trial. Carrizal, an employee of a Dallas railway company, is charged with one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, one count of engaging in organized criminal...
  • Judge agrees to review Reyna, Chavez testimony

    10/09/2017 11:35:31 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/9/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas judge has found probable cause exists to request a court of inquiry to determine if McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna or Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez lied during an August 2016 hearing regarding the Twin Peaks shootout cases. Based on an affidavit from Dallas attorney Clint Broden, 203rd State District Judge Teresa Hawthorne found there is probable cause that an offense was committed and to request a regional administrative judge to convene a court of inquiry, Broden said Monday in a release. Broden's complaint stems from a hearing on Aug. 8, 2016, in which Reyna testified to...
  • Potential jurors for first Twin Peaks trial fill out questionnaires

    10/09/2017 10:31:20 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Telemundo Amarillo ^ | 10/9/2017 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - On Monday, 147 potential jurors in the first trial for a biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout filled out questionnaires regarding their knowledge about the incident and the defendant. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, will be the first biker to go on trial more than two years after the shooting outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that left nine bikers dead and dozens injured. The defense and prosecution will review the questionnaires to pick the jury for Carrizal’s trial.
  • Attorney: Twin Peaks trial begins Tuesday "come hell or high water."

    10/05/2017 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 29 replies ^ | 10/5/2017 | John Carroll
    In a pretrial hearing Thursday for a Twin Peaks biker, Dallas Bandidos leader Christopher Jacob Carrizal, prosecutors and defense attorney Casie Gotro worked out final discovery that the state must turn over to her Thursday. Judge Matt Johnson of 54th District Court announced the questionnaires will be handed out and filled out by 140 potential jurors on Monday, October 9th. Gotro has been alleging all along that District Attorney Abel Reyna's office was not providing her with documents she had requested. On Thursday some of those documents were approved by the judge to be handed over. Following the questionnaires Monday,...
  • Twin Peaks biker seeks recall of sexually explicit video, disqualification of DA's office

    10/04/2017 3:40:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 35 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/4/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Twin Peaks defendant is seeking to disqualify the McLennan County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting his case, claiming prosecutors engaged in "illegal and outrageous" conduct by releasing images of the biker and his wife having sex as part of the massive Twin Peaks discovery process. Houston attorney Paul Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, said Wednesday he intends to file a motion Thursday seeking to recall the Twin Peaks discovery because of photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife having consensual sexual relations that were on Ledbetter's confiscated cellphone. "The district attorney and his assistants have committed numerous crimes...