Six Shooter – No one knows exactly who she is, but the players in the courthouse/jailhouse clique are breaking out in a sweat trying to confirm the identity of a mysterious lady lawyer who broke a legal logjam over bond reduction for the 170 Twin Peaks defendants caught in the legal riptide following 9 deaths and 18 wounded in gunfire that erupted May 17 at high noon between cops and bikers.
In fact, The Legendary endured four hours of on-line harassment from a young lady who works at the McLennan County lockup as a corrections officer. She swore up and down she was conducting a personal quest to satisfy her journalistic curiosity about the matter.
Tiffany Walters finally explained her skepticism over a press release issued by the Houston criminal defense firm of Looney & Conrad, P.C., by saying “I read it, I’m just interested in seeing the actual document so I can confirm if I saw what I saw.”
At one point in our 4-hour on-line chat, she asked if I would give her the name of the lady lawyer. My reply, was simply that I had not the foggiest idea who she is. No one is saying. Naturally, it was my first question.
The corrections officer continued to badger The Legendary, repeatedly, over a period of four hours asking for the “actual release,” even though it is prominently displayed on-line.
Tiffany Walters, corrections officer at McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, in a candid portrait from her Facebook page
Here’s what she saw:
BOND REDUCTIONS OFFERED ONLY IN EXCHANGE FOR WAIVING POTENTIAL LAWSUITS IN WACO SHOOTOUT
Waco, Texas – Earlier today, detainees in the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco were told that in exchange for bond reductions, they must sign a document stating the Waco police “had the right to arrest the inmate and that he/she will not file a lawsuit against McLennan County and-or the City of Waco.”
On the two-week anniversary of the “shootout at high noon” at the Twin Peaks restaurant between mortorcyclists and law enforcement officers, at least 170 people remain detained on $1 million bonds.
This latest information was reported to an attorney representing at least one of the detainees. “It appears the public defenders officer in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity,” said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. “I’ve never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond. I will be in the reception area of the McLennan County D.A.’s office tomorrow morning at 8:30 with the intention of not leaving until we have the issue of bond resolved.”
“They know these people aren’t dangerous or they wouldn’t be offering the bond reductions and they know the police and the D.A.’s office have violated the law and now they are trying to hold people hostage until they agree to waive their rights. It’s unconscionable, said Clay S. Conrad, Looney’s law partner. Tell us what you think.:
The notice originally appeared as a link from the firm’s website, but when the URL exceeded its bandwidth, the notice appeared on the Facebook page maintained by the firm.
No one is really sure if all this amounts to disinformation, misinformation, or just plain old civil skullduggery in a quest for a hold harmless statement in exchange for bond reduction to a rumored $50,000 – a steep decrease from the universal $1 million set by Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson, who said he wanted to “send a message” to the “criminal gangs” who attended a confederation of clubs meeting at a Hooters knockoff franchise, Twin Peaks, located in the Central Marketplace shopping center at I-35 and State Hwy 6.
The legal duo later penned a notice that termed the rumored offer “what may be among the greatest abuses of police authority inflicted upon American citizens in modern times…”
In a telephone interview, Looney trumpeted the information that the lady lawyer in question is “a young lady engaged to a man in law enforcement who was on the scene…I think she’s trying to cover everything in one fell swoop.” He added that “I’ve forgotten the chick’s name,” but asserted she’s “a former prosecutor who is now a defense lawyer.”
Looney got happy, then, and said, “The DA called me and offered me reasonable bond – twenty-five grand – without the conditions, the ankle bracelet and all that…I will be in the reception area of the McLennan County DA’s office tomorrow morning (Monday, June 1) at 8:30 with the intention of not leaving until we have the issue of bond resolved.”
Finally, after four hours between 8 p.m. and shortly after midnight, Tiffany Walters admitted she was shown a copy of the media release by an associate counsel of the law firm of Looney & Conrad.
She said she would have to “check her policy manual” in order to reveal anything further. Nice lady.
Looney revealed that his clients, a couple named English, William and his Morgan, were arrested as they arrived late at the Twin Peaks meeting following their ride from Brenham. A disturbance broke out, and hearing gunfire, they took cover. They were looking forward to a day of fun with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts when they unwittingly ran afoul of the law, local police, deputies and federal officers hell bent on rounding up “thugs.”
English is a Marine veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq. A nine-year veteran worker at Valmont, he and 160 fellow employees were recently laid off. His severance pay has been terminated because he hasn’t been able to check in since his arrest, according to his attorney.
Looney recalled that English said, “I heard two pops that sounded like small caliber gunfire, “Following that, I heard several bursts of assault weapon shots. I recognized the sound because I carried one of those weapons for six years as a marine. That’s all the gunfire I heard. Then the police started screaming ‘Get down!’”