Death spurs plans for new Bosque County Jail

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Beverly Ann Fox

Meridian, TX – The suspected suicide by hanging of a disabled widow charged with felony theft has prompted a plan to fix a problem that has been festering for years, said County Judge Dewey Ratliff.

When corrections officers found 55-year-old Beverly Ann Fox of Clifton hanging in her jail cell on Wednesday, September 16, it was the second such death in recent years involving an unfortunate woman struggling to cope with her circumstances.

In an incident nearly identical to the suicide of April Troyn Richardson that took place two years previously, detention officers found her at 9:15 a.m. when they conducted a regular morning cell inspection. Attempts to revive her through CPR failed and emergency medical service workers were unable to help.

“At this time, it appears that the death was a suicide, but is still under investigation at this time. There were no incidents from staff or other inmates involving Fox, and no signs were observed showing her to be depressed or suicidal. Fox was not considered a suicide risk and was not on suicide watch during the time she was incarcerated,” according to a press released issued by the Sheriff’s Office.

Texas Rangers have been asked to conduct an investigation pending the findings of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Bosque County Jail, which has been sanctioned by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards as inadequate since at least 2009, is overcrowded, prompting prisoners to be housed in “four or five other places,” said Judge Ratliff. Expenses of housing overflow prisoners in other counties at the price of nearly $40 per day is nearly matched by transportation costs and the salaries paid certified peace officers to haul them back and forth to court and medical appointments.

If there was just some way to monitor all the prisoners from one central location, it would solve the problem, but there’s not,” he remarked. That’s because of a jail standards requirement that male and female prisoners be separated by sight and sound from one another.

The County Commissioners’ Court rejected a revenue bond scheme to build a 90-plus bed lockup and Law Enforcement Center in 2010 due to a taxpayers’ revolt. Three of the four commissioners voted not to issue revenue bonds without public approval.

But following an impromptu Thursday afternoon meeting with the County Auditor, Judge Ratliff told The Legendary he has found a way to construct a 60-bed jail that would handle the number of prisoners – fully expandable to more than 90 beds in the future – without having to raise taxes.

I’ve found a way in the current budget to pay a $500,000 bond payment each year without raising taxes or increasing expenses,” he declared. Ratliff envisions a less elaborate plan. “We need a jail. We don’t need a law enforcement center. We don’t need a court building. We have courts. We need a jail.”

The Commissioners’ Court will hold a weekly meeting to explore the issue – a regular called meeting for the specific purpose of hearing from vendors, architects, and builders, as well as the public, starting on Tuesday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m.

The visit just like the one before – the other one that never was allowed

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“The Family Center allows you and your children to stay together, as a family, so you do not have to be separated…” – Angela Walker, Executive Program Director in a video about FLP Visitation Center

Dallas, TX – The day of a long-anticipated visit with his children came and went for Stephen Warren with the tragic development that what had been scheduled for a two-hour supervised reunion with his daughters turned out to last only four minutes – minutes that were constantly interrupted by a functionary with a high-flown title who constantly interrupted him while she coaxed a written statement out of the youngest daughter.

According to Warren, the girl read a statement that allowed they did not wish to see him, that he had been mean to them when they were pre-schoolers, and – that was that.

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Christina Coultas, Sr. Director of Community Collaboration at FLP Visitation Center in Dallas, has not returned phone calls 

It is unclear if Christina Coultas, senior director of community collaboration, is a Licensed Social worker or certified Master of the discipline as required by Court orders specifying such for supervised visits. She did not return phone calls and officials of her organization refused to either confirm or deny the information, one way or the other.

FLP Visitation Center is not a friendly venue to visit your kids. All visits are supervised, video-monitored, and observed. No gifts may change hands; no inappropriate touching, and no promises or conversation deemed inappropriate by the referee, the social worker, is allowed.

This is a place where people in trouble with the law are allowed to visit their offspring – and yet, the truth is, this guy has no criminal charges pending against him, and there is no record of his conviction for any serious offenses. The cruelly aborted visit resulted from months of intense litigation that has resulted in a contempt citation containing eleven separate complaints of non-compliance with court orders.

There is a spin-off perjury case against the corporation that operates the visitation center in which Warren and his attorneys stand ready to prove staff lied when they repeatedly alleged they had received no intake information packet, or that the information they received was incomplete.

He immediately huddled with his legal team, a group of lawyers with subject matter expertise in family, criminal, federal, and corporate law that is working as a trial task force to come up with the best way to manage what has turned into a very awkward situation for a man who has twice been accused of heinous sex crimes – only to see the charges dismissed after years-long sojourns under conditions of bond that were as stringent as a judge could make them.

It was not the first such experience with disappointment he has had when it comes to seeing his kids.

On a day in the past, more than seven and half years ago, Warren went to pick up his daughters at his ex-wife’s residence in Rockwall, only to find there would be no visit, that the children and his ex-wife were nowhere to be found.

As a matter of routine – it wasn’t the first time it had happened – he went to the Rockwall Police Department to report the no-show, and when he returned to a house he had rented at nearby Royse City, he found a SWAT team waiting for him, guys in black ninja suits, wearing Darth Vader helmets and insect-eyes dark glasses.

From his spot lying face down on the ground, the muzzle of an assault rifle pressed to his back, he fished out his cell phone and called Houston criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who advised him to find out if they had a warrant for his arrest. The answer was no, only a search warrant for his home. On DeGuerin’s advice, upon learning he was free to go, granted permission to leave his home after a long and disappointing day, he drove to Houston to consult with the attorney.

It wasn’t his first go-round with criminal complaints from his ex-wife. She had previously filed a charge of aggravated sexual assault, claiming he had forced her to have sex. A prosecutor determined he could not obtain a conviction based solely on her affidavit, that corroborative evidence was not forthcoming. The charge was dismissed after DeGuerin and his investigator were able to show the District Attorney’s staff there was just no evidence with which to proceed to trial.

When Warren returned from Houston, police were waiting with a warrant for his arrest, this time on the charge of the aggravated sexual assault of his oldest daughter. Like the first charge, that one was eventually dropped for the same reasons after famed Houston defense lawyer Racehorse Haynes obtained a pre-trial, post-indictment, take nothing judgment of dismissal in the interest of justice – the kind based on a prosecutor’s recommendation.

It is ironic that these periods of extreme crisis coincide with developments in the case that could have led to a settlement of disputes over the standard possession agreement ordered in the original 2005 divorce decree between he and his ex-wife, Leslie Cavanaugh Bird of Rockwall.

Another visit is scheduled for Sunday, September 27, at FLP Visitation Center in this city, where he hopes to be allowed to visit with his daughters.

If Mrs. Bird continues to defy the court’s orders, his legal team intends to explore ways to add counts to the contempt motion they are currently litigating in family court. At present, she faces five and a half years in the county jail if found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

In an audio interview, he said he does not believe his kids’ statement of not wanting to see him. He thinks they were rehearsed, coached to say the things they put in writing.

In earlier stories, we revisited the circumstances of an exceptionally lengthy passage of litigation stretching back 12 years, to 2003, a monumental legal struggle that has cost him an estimated aggregate of $1 million dollars, all in.

Silenced lawyer asks high court to lift gag order

F. Clinton Broden


Austin – In a brief challenging a stay order by the Court of Criminal Appeals to keep in place a gag order imposed by the 54th Criminal District in Waco, a Dallas attorney boldly stated that the gag order, in fact, applies only to his client, Matthew Clendennen, one of 177 arrestees following a brutal police shoot-out that felled 9 dead and wounded 20 on May 17.

All defendants are identically charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a capital crime because the allegation of probable cause holds their actions led to the capital murder of human beings at the time of the shooting melee – without specifying any particular behavior other than gathering at a restaurant to attend a political meeting while wearing clothing decorated with patches indicating various motorcycle club alliances.

When the 10th District Court Appeals at Waco ordered the gag removed, said F. Clinton Broden in his brief, the high court acted on the request of Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna to preserve “the paramount importance of the trial rights” of his client.

Paradoxically, he explained to the Court, once they had stayed the District Court of Appeals’ order, he found that 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph T. Strother “gave media interviews in which he “basically lauded (Waco Police) Detective James Head’s selection” as foreman of the Grand Jury.

Said Strother in response to reporters’ questions, “Who is better qualified in criminal law than somebody who practices it all the time?”

He and his client, on the other hand, as well as Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th District Court were silenced by the gag order.

He furthermore labeled certain statements made by Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, and Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson as highly prejudicial, a situation that was “designed to scare the public with horror stories of roving ‘biker gangs.'”

He concluded by saying that “It is only through the strong protection of free speech rights and the ‘sunlight’ provided by the media that Waco and McLennan County citizens can fully evaluate what occurred at Twin Peaks, the tax dollars it cost, and the actions of their elected officials. Likewise, it is only through robust debate that these citizens can determine whether, in light of the across the board $1,000,000 bonds set in this case by a non-lawyer justice of the peace in order to ‘send a message,’ the citizens are satisfied with the law providing that justices of the peace need not have any formal legal training or whether they believe the legislature should be lobbied to require justices of the peace to have law degrees. Only the strong protection of free speech and a strong media will provide citizens with the background to make these types of evaluations that are imperative do democracy.”

Info dispute behind bullet-proof glass


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Waco – According to non-responsive replies trumpeted from within the bullet-proof confines of the McLennan County DA’s Office, Abel Reyna and staff have no intentions of complying with a ruling by the Attorney General to turn over text messages regarding bail reduction offers for Twin Peaks defendants.

Said public information activist Randall Scott Gates, “Apparently the DA is unable to read and comprehend the English language. What does the autopsy orders have to do with bond reductions? Do you think anyone believes that is the only responsive text message?”

According to responses to renewed requests he pressed with the DA’s Office, autopsy records on the nine who died in the hail of rifle fire laid down by police on May 17 is the answer to his inquiries.

When he pointed out that he was seeking the content of text messages acknowledged to exist by defense counsel seeking to arrange reduction of $1 million bonds in an informal meeting with prosecutors and the jurisdiction’s two criminal district judges, he received further documentation that the remains of the deceased had been transferred to the Waco Mortuary Service for transfer to the medical examiner’s office in Dallas.

In an earlier confrontation, Administrative Assistant DA Sterling Harmon threatened to have a criminal trespass warrant sworn on Gates if he continues to “harass” the receptionist at the office’s bullet-proof window.

So mote it be.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over, saith Yogi Berra, a Brooklyn native with a professional sports habit.

Father awaits a moment of truth in Sunday visit

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Rockwall, TX – Women wore black and flags flew at half-staff in the brisk breezes of the first cool change of cotton season on Friday, 9/11, in this fashionable lakeside community a short drive east of Dallas.

Inside the ornate courthouse, a massive edifice built of twenty-first century prefabbed concrete columns and cross-beams around a circular floor plan radiating courts and offices around its hub, in an auxiliary courtroom decorated in subdued shades of Baylor green and gold that resembles nothing so much as the ornate décor of the lobby of the Adolphus in downtown Dallas, all was hushed circumspection.

The overall effect of the building is that of the set of a Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza with a cast of thousands, massive columns under a chiseled lentil proclaiming “In God We Trust,” and a security scheme rivaling the arrivals and departures lounges of DFW International. One is reminded of Frank Lloyd Wright’s rather catty remark about his impression of Glenn McCarthy’s Shamrock Hilton when newly built on Houston’s South Main before there was a medical center or a domed city forging into the “space age,” and the times resounded with Frank Baum’s tales of the Emerald City and the blockbuster “Giant” – something the great man said about finding out what it’s like to live “inside a jukebox.”

Stephen Warren

Stephen Warren, whose track record spans the oil patch, east to west

Stephen Warren, a transplanted Tennessee builder with a track record that spans the oil fields of east Texas through the Dallas-Ft. Worth enclave of Highland Park, and thence to the Permian Basin, whispers his oft-repeated lament, his eyes darting to the door each time its loudly clattering emergency egress strikers and locks announced the clamor of a new arrival. “I came down here and met the girl, married the girl; that’s true, but I never had any idea I’d run into all this trouble.”

All this trouble” is a massive series of civil and criminal cases stemming from his divorce from Leslie Cavanaugh Bird, an impeccably tanned woman with a layered head of highlighted big hair who arrived with husband in tow, dressed in a black pedal pusher pants suit, her left profile peering from underneath a Veronica Lake fall of luxuriant hair at the respondent’s side of the courtroom, as she stood to announce her plea of “Not Guilty.” When the judge gave a sudden admonition, she made a harried and awkward lateral move to her left in platform wedgie sandals, stepping around her civil lawyer and dodging swivel chairs to stand at her criminal defense attorney’s side.

It’s a saga in which at least five law firms have struggled to cope with the difficulty of enforcing the divorce decree as to an original standard possession order of his children. During its fitful progress, the likes of famed criminal defense trial lawyers “Racehorse” Haynes and Dick DeGuerin have wandered on and off-stage, both obtaining take nothing default judgments through the outright dismissal of very serious indictments for criminal complaints against Warren of a disgusting nature.

In a moment of truth inside a moment of truth, her ex-husband, Stephen Warren, awaits her decision at high noon on Sunday, 9/13, to see if she produces his daughters for a totally supervised, video-monitored visit in the highly impersonal setting of FLP, a “visitation center” located in Brook Hollow, the aging Trammel Crow Trinity River bottoms industrial district with a Harry Hines Boulevard address at Regal Row.

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Under the horns, Leslie Cavanaugh Bird, and her husband

Why? He is still living under the onus of having been accused in sworn affidavits leveled by his ex-wife of aggravated sexual assault of herself and of her oldest daughter. Both cases were dismissed by the prosecutors in “the interest of justice” when cooler heads prevailed. There was little or no proof to support the allegations “beyond a reasonable doubt” to jurors, according to memoranda filed in court papers.

If found guilty in a civil proceeding of a contempt of court citation involving numerous allegations of interference with one of the stormiest child custody arrangements in recent memory, she faces five and one-half years of quality time in the County Jail. Unlike the state’s penitentiaries, this is hard time, the kind that doesn’t involve probation or parole, two for one good time, or credit for time served.

The truth is, Stephen Warren has not seen or heard of his children, two girls he last saw in their pre-school years, because his ex-wife absolutely refuses to make them available.

Make no mistake, this drama is a carefully orchestrated mano a mano – woman to woman – as intense as anything that ever occurred in showdowns at Madrid’s Plaza de Toros, the Speedway of Indianapolis, or on the House of Pain’s gridiron. It’s conflict that is played not for sport, but for blood, a man’s good name, and the fate of the flesh of his flesh, two daughters who survive a third who passed away in a tragic death from a childhood disease.

Cynthia Clack

Cynthia Clack, family law troubleshooter, Stephen Warren’s attorney

There was a moment, as there is in any battle of wits, when Leslie Bird regarded the encroachment on her territory by her rival, a petite lady lawyer with a reputation as a troubleshooter in the arcana of Texas Family Law, Cynthia Clack, whose buff-colored card reads in cursive script, simply, “Attorney at Law.” There is an Odessa phone number – and that’s it. No cell, no e-mail, no website – nothing further. Mojo.

As Ms. Clack stepped across the invisible line, into the part of the courtroom’s well that is reserved for the respondent, Ms. Bird suddenly sat erect in the swivel captain’s chair, her back arched, nostrils flared, peering warily from under her helmet of impeccably layered, shoulder-length hair, her sandaled feet placed directly under hips, fingers curved and ending in manicured talons, her hands resting on the polished surface of a green granite table big enough to play ping pong.

Her rival Cynthia Clack was busy orchestrating a full-frontal assault on an argumentative contention by the seasoned veteran Chuck Miller, an associate of David Rohlf, lead counsel for Ms. Bird, that the respondent had no time to prepare to furnish subpoenaed items supporting eleven allegations of contempt, a subpoena which he insisted lacked “specificity” as to the time and date of each of the allegations of the complaint.

The truth is, all the violations alleging contempt are of outright refusal to honor the terms of the divorce decree granted by a judge more than a decade in the past. It’s all a matter of record.

Ms. Clack met Miller’s repeated question, “Is that what we were served with at 4:30 p.m. yesterday?” by stepping across the invisible dividing line and motioning to Rohlf as her associate, Lane Haygood, replied to the Judge that the subpoena had been filed with the court on September 8, and that, in any case, as to the dates, they are all specified in the decree of 2005.

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Lane Haygood, former Houston prosecutor associated with Ms. Clack

As Haygood strode forward to the bench to publish his document to the Court, there was a sudden flurry of activity from two very worried barristers, visibly agitated, as they pawed through their trial briefs and banker boxes stuffed with documents. Mr. Dickens would have been proud to describe the set, scene and setting as their fingers flew through files nearly as voluminous as his celebrated Pickwick Papers. Neither was able to find a hard copy of the document, and gratefully accepted copies furnished by Haygood at the Court’s order, duly certified by the Court’s Notary thus summoned from the Coordinator’s office.

Neither Ms. Clack, nor Mr. Haygood was able to conceal little half-smiles from their faces when they faced away from the bench to return to their places at the plaintiff’s table. As the Daughters of the American Revolution docents at Williamsburg say of General George Washington’s full length portrait treading on the British Union Jack in the House of Burgesses, they both looked a little “like a kitty cat with cream on its whiskers.”

But here is a good place to describe the L-shaped show trial-sized courtroom buried unobtrusively behind an obscure passage that appears to lead to the ladies’ room off the fourth-floor rotunda of this massive suburban temple of justice.

There are electronic monitors mounted in the jury box, stage right, twin large-screen monitors mounted on the walls of the gallery, left and right, and the counsel tables are situated between two massive support pillars dressed in darkly fruitwood-stained hardwood trim contrasting with a pale pastel shade of cool mint green. These serve as proscenium to the spectacle of what occurs in that hotly contested territory. A hint, inside the barre, the emerald carpet is festooned with ranks of bright gold stars.

On the support pillars are twin thermostats facing one another – his and hers temperature controls resembling those in certain upscale luxury sedans of both foreign and domestic manufacture engineered for the comfort of cruising couples. It’s a nice touch. Hot, cold, no problem – no sweat, no sweater needed. It’s not until the spell is broken that one suddenly realizes it’s cold enough in this mausoleum to wear a fur coat or a gray flannel suit in comfort.

Miller made several remarks about how he did not believe the return of service on the subpoena was valid, that the process server left off his registration number and various other lawyerly objections, but the truth is, the documentation had been on electronic file for days.

Tut, tut. Someone did not check the tickler file, review the electronic filing system. As the ace barrister, James Baker, III, often said, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”

The judge had heard enough. He allowed the legal team from Odessa thirty days to revise their pleadings to be more reflective of the precise dates of contempt – items such as not allowing holiday or summer vacation visitations, requiring the use of Warren’s last name in the children’s’ school records, or sharing their medical histories and report cards, exchanges of gifts – the minutiae of family life that makes up the story of that great Texas phrase coined by the Cowtown sportswriter, Dan Jenkins – “life its own self.”

The truth is simple enough. Leslie Cavanaugh Bird has kept Stephen Warren’s kids from him, and what with a massive influx of information from the Rockwall Independent School District, the swearing in of witnesses from their staff and the staff of FLP Visitation Center to give depositions at Dallas within a month, there is little doubt that his lawyers may very well firm up their criminal allegations against her.

She’s facing some serious jail time, and if the judge rules there is reason to move forward, it is likely her lawyers will plead on her behalf for a jury trial.

So mote it be.

Watch these columns on Sunday, 9/13, to learn if Ms. Bird in fact allows her daughters to see their father at the supervised visitation center on Harry Hines Boulevard in Big D. If not, according to his attorney Cynthia Clack, there will be additional complaints added to the already bulging basket in the contempt case pending against her.

In God

Interference with a writ that was not to be seen



Carol Gustin, attorney for Deanna Jo Robinson and Levi, explains why an indictment for interference with child custody is a no go in court 

Greenville, TX – On March 4 of this year, more than one and a half million YouTube viewers worldwide watched in shocked disbelief as a Hunt County Deputy beat a woman in the thirty-eighth week of her pregnancy with a closed fist because she asked to see the legal instrument by which he, another deputy and a Quinlan city police officer seized her 18-month old son.

Though Grand Jurors were confronted with the evidence that the officer used a closed fist to repeatedly punch Deanna Jo Robinson in the area of her kidneys as they bent her over a kitchen counter at her mother and father’s house, they declined to indict him for the assault more than a million persons viewed on their computers and smartphones.

An equally amazed worldwide audience reacted with disbelief when the mother of the child seized became the subject of a felony indictment for “intentionally or knowingly” seeking to retain her son Landry against a writ of attachment she asked to see, but was denied by a Texas Child Protective Services worker.

There is considerable evidence that no such order existed at the time of the seizure on March 4.

During a jail stay, she was given only a blanket to cover her nudity, denied medication and medical treatment, and subjected to suicide watch; her son was spirited away to a foster care home the whereabouts of which, or the identity of the foster parent she has no clue.. When she gave birth to a second son just days later, her boy Levi was similarly seized at the hospital.

She now has both boys in her custody.

Her attorney says it will be her defense strategy to hold the state accountable for the accusation, since it’s pretty much impossible to interfere with an order for which one has no personal knowledge and the persons in authority refused to produce.

It’s emblematic of the kind of treatment combat veterans receive on a daily basis from state officials and police officers of all types, says Ms. Gustin. She is interested in founding a veterans’ court in Hunt County, where Sheriff Randy Meeks told newspaper subscribers in a recent letter to the editor that he receives his authority to do what he does from God, himself.

Following her arraignment for the offense in 354th State District Court before Judge Richard Beacom, Ms. Robinson and her attorney Carol Gustin gave an exclusive interview about the facts of the case and why they will call on prosecutors to prove each and every allegation of the complaint to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt – something they insist cannot be done.

A pre-trial hearing is ordered for December 22, jury trial on January 11, 2016.

Behold, God’s handiwork, in the opinion of Sheriff Meeks…Had there been no video depiction, there would never have been an opportunity to share it.

What is truly important about what we saw?

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Why is Twin Peaks important? Because it’s the opening shot in a civil war against freedom, the kind of guarantees that say you can attend meetings and talk about pending legislation, associate with whom you may choose, go armed, join an informal but well-regulated militia.

Charges must be supported by a sworn affidavit of probable cause before the power people can send the hounds to effect arrests, search premises – and then they have to state exactly what they’re looking for, and where they intend to search.

You have a right to a speedy trial, reasonable bail – and under Texas law, that bail can’t be used as a punitive measure.

Can’t be called to answer charges for the same offense twice, or to be compelled to testify against oneself; all accused have a right to know the charges, to have compulsory means of discovering the witnesses and evidence against one, and the right to confront those witnesses.

But this is something new. People are terror-stricken, afraid to talk to one another. Attorneys are smacked down and made to keep silent; people give up their right to learn the evidence to be used against them and opt for reduced or modified conditions of bond rather than go through with examining trials.

They have been isolated because they are part of a culture – a culture that reveres riding motorcycles of a certain design – American. They are reviled as gangsters, undesirable, bad people, criminals. Doesn’t that sound a lot like the Nazi party line, the things the Gestapo and SS said about all sorts of people, including the President of the U.S. and his Armed Forces?

Consider, then, the utter cruelty of the prosecution of 177 unindicted co-conspirators charged in the Twin Peaks cases with engaging in organized criminal activity resulting in capital murder.

Everyone who is charged is an unindicted co-conspirator in a capital crime carrying a possible sentence of from 5 to 99 years. The depressing truth is that there is almost no evidence of their guilt. All jurors need to do is find they were present and participated in a meeting. The fact that they are witnesses who didn’t even see events with which they are charged with complicity and participation doesn’t really seem to matter. The state need not prove they even knew one another, just that they were there.

Meanwhile, the state’s most credible representatives have spouted to millions of television viewers worldwide that the defendants are members of “criminal street gangs,” that by having a certain decoration on their vest, they are members of an “alter ego” for a criminal organization whose logo is trademarked internationally – the Bandidos Motorcycle Cllub, headquarters, San Antonio, Texas.

Much is made of a “gag order” under which the defendants live and breathe.

There is but one defendant who is subject to a “gag order.” He is Matthew Clendennen, a Baylor grad and lawn service operator who sought video to prove his innocence as charged in order to get a bond reduction and modification of the conditions of his release. His attorney, F. Clinton Broden is subject to the same order.

All the other 175 who have been released on bond are subject to some kind of bond conditions precluding their speaking to one another, if not about anything at all, then about the case, as is John Wilson, a motorcycle dealer. He and Clendennen are allowed to converse about the sale of the lawn man’s motorcycle. Wilson, who is the Chapter President of the Waco Cossacks, is a used motorcycle dealer.

Clendennen is a member of The Scimitars, a support club of the Cossacks.

There is but one person who is charged but has not been released on bond, and who is not subject to the order. He is Bandido Marcus Pilkington, locked up in Ellis County for the organized crime charge, as well as a narcotics charge, a weapons charge and a family violence assault charge levied in Limestone County, for which he was arrested in Ellis.

This is his third jail since May 17 following his treatment for two gunshot wounds to his leg; upon his release, he was immediately arrested. He has not reached day 90 in any location yet, precluding his application for release on a writ of Habeas Corpus due to an inability to raise bail, a provision of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

In addition, there are 62 other persons who were arrested, but not charged on May 17, then released. We may assume they are under no such strictures. So mote it be.

This sounds just like Argentina, Venezuela, Hungary, Kosovo, Egypt, Syria, Nazi Germany, The Soviet Union – and other garden spots world wide, including Metropolitan Chicagoland.

Welcome home. 

The burning question includes just how long will they be able to hold out with a plea of innocence when prosecutors beckon with bargains in return to a reduced charge to some other offense which they did not commit any more than the one for which they have been charged.

There are mouths to feed, rent, utilities, and grocery bills to pay, court fees for electronic monitoring, and attorney’s bills. How long can a family really expect to hold out?

Those same simple economics work in favor of the defendants. Think about it. It’s just as tough for a local government to hold up the progress of their day to day operations in favor of such mass prosecutions.

If nothing changes, there will be 177 juries chosen through voir dire. Expert witnesses will be paid to testify in 177 trials, their expenses paid, meals arranged, and lodgings accommodated.

If defendants seek and get changes of venue, the entire show has to move out of town; McLennan County will be obligated to provide its own security, which means the added expense of paying courthouse security officers per diem for out of town work, their meals and lodgings – the works.

And we’re just getting started. Court-appointed attorneys will be able to seek and receive enhanced reimbursement for their travels…and the list goes on – and on.

Consider the costs of appeals such as the challenge mounted to the gag order imposed by Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th Criminal District Court. None of this comes cheap.

And that’s a clear cut clue as to why it’s so important to the power people – the merchants and bankers, lawyers and cops, prosecutors and judges, politicians and pundits – the people whose word cooks, winds the clocks, walks the dog, writes the checks.

Think about it. And while you’re thinking, listen to the stories of women and men who are terrified to say anything much about their experience with being arrested following their arrest where hid from sniper fire that cut down nine men and wounded an additional twenty.

Listen to what they experienced. 

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BE IT REMEMBERED: ATF is the lead investigative agency on the case


As a now long term participant in this situation, I agree with Jim. There is a miscarriage of justice on the basic level of laws and courts, yes. There is indeed a new terror filled presence on display, as well.

The mainstream media refuses to run the handful of victim testimonies that have been secretly sent to me, under the strict agreement that I would die before I release their names. This is the level of fear that has been instilled in these people. The common viewpoint is ‘they deserved it.. They are criminals.’ This doesn’t hold water when you read the story from a girl who just went there for a Bloody Mary brunch… And wound up being guarded by fearless Boozefighters until cops in paramilitary regalia stormed the building and frightened her to death… 

It was a lazy Sunday morning. I wanted a Bloody Mary. we were just having lunch… Thats all.  

I can start from the beginning and even provide a picture after cops FINALLY had us come out with our hands up. They had my phone, but I had one of the waitresses email me a picture she took….

Her innocence rings through even the very first words of this story. She’s not a criminal, or a biker at all… As you delve deeper into her horrible nightmare, you earn a few of your own.

No, I didnt see any of how it began.. I was just happily beginning to have my lunch. when the shots rang out, We just hit the ground. We saw a bunch of them who had been shot after it was all over and we came outside… With our hands on our heads like we were involved. Surreal, primal fear etched on the faces of the bikers scattered across the war zone that used to be known as a parking lot.

They wouldn’t let me get my purse, wallet, keys, phone.. Nothing at all.. As we were marched single file out into the daylight that seemed overly bright over such a gruesome panorama. When we FINALLY dragged home like penniless vagabonds, we wound up having to break in like cat burglars to get in our own house that night. After we get home, and watch the news and realize how serious it really was, mind you I didn’t know anything about biker clubs at all, until that day….

So, once I realized how serious it was or could have been, I really seriously starting to get freaked out. My face was on the news that very Sunday, and then again at 10 p.m. that night. I am not sure if it was a chill or a cold sweat that threatened to overtake me. I felt raw, as if my skin were peeled away, exposed and vulnerable, and so undeniably angry that I was almost numb at the same time. My hand felt strange with no phone to offer its modern creature comfort… In a weird way, Waco effectively made me a prisoner too.. In my own skin. Then.. I get this phone call that sent a chill shivering down my back. It was message from a biker, asking if I could tell him what other clubs were there that day. 

I am not meaning to accuse the cops of anything here, but I find this strange for two reasons… 

First of all, that’s not really how bikers do things.

Secondly, in the early weeks after Waco, we got some strange reports in on Biker Lives Matter of phone calls being received from the biker’s phones that were supposedly being held as evidence. I can’t help wondering if this was a nefarious, terroristic fear tactic by someone who was  not a biker at all… 

One so powerful that even young, beautiful girls haven’t said a word about the fact that the WPD took and kept their phones. Losing their phones probably wasn’t as traumatic as losing their faith in America and protection by the police However. Read how it has affected this innocent girl.. 

My heart pounded at the ratcheting fear and initial paranoia. It’s better now. I’ve been pretty quiet since then, so if you could, please forgive me for this anonymous story, for the sake of my sanity. When you are quiet a lot, you have a lot of time to think and notice things. I have noticed that news is all full of shit. They don’t care about the people or the truth.. Only the ratings.

As I said, I cannot tell you how it started. I can’t really tell you anything that happened, we were inside. The cops said there were thousands of rounds shot… Then twelve.. I say maybe closer to a hundred? I don’t know, really, I wasn’t counting. It was absolutely carnage and hardcore chaos, terrifying. But..I honestly just don’t think it was that many shots fired?

Cops said they were there for a fight… But you know what? That’s not what I initially felt there.

When we pulled up and saw all the bikes we didn’t think anything of it. We thought it was a benefit, and we didn’t hesitate to walk right on in.

Cops said these are vicious criminals there to fight, dangerous men, villains, murderers. When my friend pulled me through that entire crowd of them to get inside, they were all so polite… In retrospect I don’t think I ever been that upclose to even one biker.. They were such gentlemen! They made nice comments, saying things like, ‘ Why excuse me Ma’am!’ Or ‘Happy Sunday!’ in my opinion very cordial, well mannered men. They all smile at you Ina way that makes you feel pretty..or safe.. Or free as a little girl running barefoot as fast as she can go. I absolutely, in no earthly way felt a moment’s discomfort, never felt threatened at all.. until the gunfire.

I really couldnt say one way or the other what th club stuff we about. I was completely oblivious to all of this, until that day. I DID see one vest that said Bandidos, but I never heard of them either, up until that day. And again, he was just this super nice person to me. He didn’t look angry or like a man spoiling for a fight.

There WAS some extremely intimidating, frightening people there, though. The cops came rushing in like foot soldiers, stomping and yelling ‘Get your fucking hands up, get down, then on the fucking ground..” And the line that maybe echoes through my fears the most, ‘put your phone down, i WILL shoot you.” They were so much more terrifying to me than the bikers.

It was this black cop, that had some kind of assault rifle, pointed at me. He kept screaming profanities and threats and he was just extremely frightening to me.

I am, of course, still yet trying to process it.. Analyze it as I replay it over and over. What they are all saying in the media? I just can t get it to add up in my head? I KNOW which ones made me feel safe and which ones made me cry and gives me nightmares. Like i told you earlier, the men who were really protecting us? They are bikers.

They had weapons, yes.. But they were SAFELY, legally carried and handled.. well.. this is Texas! Who doesnt? My mother carries! They behaved wisely… Like perfect gentlemen, even when facing corrupted chaos.

These men were the only ones on their feet in the entire restaurant, while all of us customers and staff were cowering on the ground. If they would release the damn video, you would see.. Nothing is like they are saying.

The bikers were the ones who were trying to herd us into the freezer, get us to a secure environment with no concern for their own well being.

The cops were the ones pointing the guns, from what i saw. Which doesn’t add up to their side of things. They also said it started in the bathroom.

False. I was in the middle booth on the left side of the restraunt. I was facing the bathroom the entire time.

Would i have missed a huge fight and gunshots? I wouldn’t think so.

I have spoken with several detectives in attempts to get my property and I get nowhere. They just transfer me, then transfer me to someone else, who then turns around and… well, you know. They aren’t helpful at all. Can’t tell me anything, and have no clue where our $800 a piece phones are. let me show you something…

WPD won’t help me out at all. I have two kids, i didn’t have $700 laying around to keep my damn phone on! I dont even know what to think. This seems more like marshall law than civil liberties and rights. I feel like they should be responsible for this. They took our phones, our autos, then wouldnt give them back! Am I supposed 3 weeks without a car, still phoneless, just for eating lunch… with 3 kids much less?

It’s hard to bring it up to my friend. He tries to be all strong for me, I guess. I know he’s having a hard time, too. There was blood everywhere outside and guns all over the ground. We watched four of them dying on the back side of the building. They WERE alive when we first came outside, but cops wouldn’t go near them. The just kept on pointing their guns…

It’s really hard for me to sleep, I’ve lost 20 lbs (which I don’t REALLY mind). Sometimes late at night, I hear the sounds again… I fear sometimes the sounds will begin and never go away. My life may never be the same.. Maybe nothing will.

She is the only one of several stories like this out there… I can’t even imagine what cops could say to innocent people to instill this level of intimidation. Read the commentary from a waitress, which backs up the story told by the Cossack who claims the police were instigating it all: I was a waitress there. The bikers are telling the truth. They saved our lives. The policemen in Waco really were pretending to be bikers. They have been trying to be setting up the bikers for months because one approached me trying to get me to help him. He was here as a biker and as a policeman that day. They scared us all to death and treated us like common crimimals. I still have nightmares of the black policeman screaming at me that he was going to shoot me. I may forget what it smelled like in the freezer. I may forget watching them scream at dying men and wouldn’t let them have ambulances or doctors. I may forget that biker cop and the way he smiled at me like he was having fun. I will never forget the fear I felt that day because I felt like I was in a war and the policemen were the bad guys.

Her story was confirmed by ‘Jennifer.’

I was there too. And on the news as well. They never contacted me. But guess what. Neither did the police. And they were the scary ones. That cop. I know exactly who you are talking about. He pointed that assault rifle at all of us. And shouted profanities. We were calmly walking out of that freezer with our hands on our heads. After protecting us those bikers distanced themselves from us to show we had no affiliation. They did what they could for us considering. And that was a whole lot more than the police did. We had just finished eating when the shots started. Two small bangs, and then it was all assault rifle. The news is really portraying this wrong. Completely wrong.

These people all lost their phones and as far as I know have not and will not get them back. Allegedly, many of them were told that the phones were ‘wiped clean’ and or ‘given to the FBI.’ 

For a couple months, we gathered used cell phones and had them sent to people who then gave the to the bikers who were incarcerated.

This served two purposes. First of all, they needed phones to try to get jobs and talk to lawyers and all the other stuff imposed on them by the unfortunate occurrence of being at a Waco Twin Peaks for a meeting. 

Secondly, they all say they were told they were being watched, their phones and social media monitored.. So, sending them phones used by bikers of various affiliation all over America served to scramble the phone grids.

All of this sets several deadly foundations to the loss of freedoms and civil rights, and it’s standard operating procedure for cops these days. It’s called ‘proactive policing.’ The scariest part of it is at least two of these proactive cops are running for the Offices of Sheriff.. Swanton in McClennan County and Clayton Williams in Coryell.

When you read what Waco Sniper Clayton Williams says about ‘proactive police work’ it sounds very positive. PROACTIVE… A very productive, working forward type of adjective with synonyms such as enterprising, take-charge, energetic, driven, bold, dynamic, motivated… When topped off with a boot stomping, flag waving GOD BLESS AMERICA, it sounds like EXACTLY what America is all about, JUST what Coryell county needs in a sheriff, right?


The word PROACTIVE is defined as creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. To make better sense of that, look at this word’s description compared to definitions of other less politically correct words…


In criminal law, entrapment is a practice whereby a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a criminal offense that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit. It is a conduct that is generally discouraged and thus, in many jurisdictions, it is a possible defense against criminal liability.

(How do we KNOW the bikers would have had a fight if the undercover cops hadn’t instigated one? We don’t.)

COERCION.. the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

The American people have blinders in place that prevent them from seeing how all of this adds up to a Nazi type control of our entire lives. The fact that the liberal media is now pushing ‘Support the Police’ should top them off that the police must be up to something. I only pray someone wakes up in time to see what’s going on… It’s a horrific tragedy that this type abortion of Justice has already occurred.. This country cannot support the repercussions of this type situations… If you wait until it happens to you to get involved, them you have closed the gate after all the pigs got out of the pen.

Bikers accuse cops of murder at Twin Peaks, petition for removal of cops and prosecutors

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Waco – Bikers demanding a recall and prosecution of officials they accuse of murdering nine bikers on May 17 have thrown down the gauntlet before official Waco in the city of Baylor University, Republican conservatism, and The Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A. M., as well as other powerful symbols of propriety and sanity vis a vis the rule of law.

An on-line social media outlet called American Bikers Community Rights has petitioned U.S. District 17 Representative Bill Flores (R-Bryan), Texas Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), and Texas House of Represetatives member Charles (Doc) Anderson to demand a recall election to remove the law enforcement officials who made the decisions as to how to proceed with prosecutions of 177 persons arrested following the massacre of 9 and wounding of 20 at Twin Peaks on May 17 in this city.

In the petition, the bikers demand the removal of state, city, and county law enforcement officials, including District Attorney Abel Reyna; County Judge Scott Felton; Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson, State Criminal District Judges Matt Johnson and Ralph Strother, as well as Waco Police Chief Brant Strohman; Officer W. Patrick Swanton, and Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez.

In an accompanying article, the organization accuses police officers of murder, and invites any officer with information regarding the allegation to come forward and provide information that will lead to the conviction of those so accused.

Failing this remedy, the bikers are calling for a change of venue.

There is a pattern of abuse that amounts to releasing only the information desired to create an impression of guilt in the minds of the national population, according to the article. Setting bond at $1 million to “send a message” is a violation of constitutional law, the bikers declared.

They presented an ultimatum:

Simply allowing the police to police themselves when there is the potential for unethical behavior, such as hiding officer misconduct, is not acceptable. By September 14, 2015, if there are no official Capital Murder charges brought forth against ANY law enforcement officer who fired a weapon on May 17, 2015, in a pre-planned ambush against participants at a political meeting, we demand a recall election…”

To contribute a signature to the petition, one may follow the link above, or contact

Anonymity and confidentiality will be guaranteed.”

Completed petitions signed and stamped for U.S. Mail will be collected at an Austin rally and one at Waco on September 26, then delivered to the Waco Post Office, according to the All For 1 Rally “Special Delivery” Facebook page.

The life left unexamined

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Mrs. Leslie Cavanaugh Bird – and husband


Rockwall, TX – A FASHIONABLE MATRON is at risk of serving jail time if found in contempt of court due to her ongoing defiance of court orders in family litigation extending through 12 years.

In the Matter of the Marriage of Stephen Warren and Leslie Cavanaugh Warren (Bird), the narrative came to grinding halt – one of many – during a hearing before the Court on April 15 – to determine if the father of two minor female children will be allowed a standard custody arrangement after seven years without seeing his kids.

As testimony drew down to the final arguments, the respondent, a mother of three who earlier lost one child to a rare disease, exposed her disingenuous behavior in letting a visiting judge sitting as a finder of fact think that her husband could not be found during the proceeding in which he was stripped of any right to see his two daughters without close, professional supervision.

She failed to disclose to the judge and court officers that the unfounded allegations of aggravated sexual assault on his own daughter in an indictment had been dismissed due to a Special Prosecutor’s decision that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, in the interest of justice. Furthermore, she and her legal representation failed to acknowledge that at the time of the hearing in which Mr. Warren was shackled by the charges and deprived of the company of his daughters, they claimed he could not be found to be served with process, he was actually flat on his broken back in an intensive care unit after an airplane crash.

So when the hearing slated for 9 a.m. September 11 in 382nd District Court in this city begins, there will be a potential for either explosive dialogue regarding the natural rights of man, or a desultory and inconclusive continuation of a monumental lawsuit that stretches from the year 2003 to the present with no discernible resolution as to just how or when Leslie Bird’s ex-husband and father of her children will be allowed to see his two daughters.

Stephen Warren has labored for many years under the impression that he will some day be allowed a reunion with them, but there have been innumerable delays caused by such accusations as the complaint of aggravated sexual assault of his daughter for which he was indicted on July 30, 2008. An outright dismissal of the charge came on December 30, 2010.

During that time Warren lived under the crippling curfew conditions of a $250,000 bond, ran a business, and was forced money intended for child support and other orders of the Court in deference to his obligation to pay the fees of “Racehorse” Haynes for the defense…

He no sooner gained his freedom from the allegation than his ex-wife filed a motion to modify his parental rights to require supervised visits of the type required when there has been a violent injury to a child, the behavior of the supervised parent monitored, the conversations regulated – no promises to be made, no mention of the future tolerated, no gifts given, unless previously approved – and all under the watchful eye of an unblinking video monitor.

In an April 15 hearing, his attorney argued that “…I think my client…is before a Court to be able to explain that the Special Prosecutor that was appointed for that very charge dismissed it in the interest of justice.”

The interest of justice required that he first satisfy his obligations in arrearage in excess of $70,000 in order to take his seat in the Courtroom.

When he got there, he was treated to constant objections to his lawyer’s questions in eliciting his ex-wife’s testimony, most of which the judge sustained.

A sampling:

Q: Would you state your name for the record, ma’am?

A: Leslie Cavanaugh Bird.

Q: Where do you live?

A: In Rockwall.

Q: Ma’am, do you know that your divorce decree requires that you give your residential address? What is your residential address?

A: ### E#### C#, Rockwall, Texas, 75032

Q: Do you work, ma’am?

A: Yes, ma’am.

Q: Where do you work?

A: Here in Rockwall.

Q: Where do you work, ma’am?

A: I don’t — I wish to not disclose that.

Q: Well, ma’am —

A: — for privacy,

Q: — the Court Order requires that you state where you work.

THE COURT: All right. This is a question you must answer.

THE WITNESS: I see, sir…

Q: …Now, do your children know anything about that their daddy has requested to begin a Standard Possession Order? Do they — do they have any concept of us being in court today?

A: Yes, they do.

Q: Okay. What do your children — based upon what you’ve told them, what do your children understand to be happening right now, today?

A: I don’t know that they really understand anything. I just call them to discuss, at the end — you know, at the end of the day, they don’t really know — 

Q: What have you told them?

A: What it means. Protect them, so I don’t really tell them anything…

Q: Do they know there’s a possibility that they will begin seeing their daddy as early as today if the Court decides?

A: No. No, ma’am…

Q: Okay. So do your children know their daddy was in a — have you told them that their daddy was in a plane crash four years ago?

A: I think we read — I think we read it, but it was — it said that he was — he walked away from it or something like that. I was very — if you Google it or whatever, it says it was a very minimal accident or something like that. It says some person that flew up into the wind going the wrong direction and that he walked away from it. 

And he was with another woman in the airplane and went the wrong direction or something like that, was admitted into the hospital and released with mild something. If you Google it, that what it says on the AA, whatever — something. I have those papers at home, so…

The reality is that Stephen Warren broke his back when the light single-engine Cessna he was piloting mysteriously lost cylinder pressure at 500 feet on climb-out.

He was alone, according to courtroom testimony elicited in another hearing. There was no other woman in the airplane.

After an 18-day stay in the hospital, he struggled through the pains of an extensive period of physical therapy in order to learn to walk all over again.

He wants to see his children. The judge ruled in the time of the Spring Equinox, 2015, by remarking that “…I have testimony the father never gives up. So I’ll try to clarify instead of granting his modification request.”

Warren’s attorney responded by saying, “…we’re asking for some end result here, not some forever supervised visitation…we’re asking the Court to consider a plan to where he will be able to take the children under some sort of visitation outside of FLP (the supervised visitation center).”

The Court’s final word: “Well, that sounds like a modification to me. I want a clarification.”

He directed counsel for both sides to prepare an “intake packet” for the social workers at the visitation center, something they claimed they had never received. This dispute came to a head when an official of the visitation center revealed that there was a copy of Warren’s intake packet on file, prompting a perjury suit against the management of the licensed Dallas facility.

A telling bit of testimony:

Q: So, ma’am, you now know — whether you knew on March 1st, 2011, you now know that the District Attorney, Special Prosecutor, had already dismissed the criminal allegations against my client; is that correct?

A: Correct. You’ve made your point, yes, ma’am.

Q: And so, when you came before the Court and you testified or it was presented to Judge Coker that my client had — was under indictment and terms of the bond were admitted as evidence, you and your attorney did not present to Judge Coker a copy of the dismissal of those charges, did you?

A: I do — I have no idea. I mean, I do not recall. But Mr. Coker, Judge Coker, is aware of the history as of all the attorneys and the history, itself.

As yet, Stephen Warren has not seen his children, a morbid fact he hopes will change on the auspicious date, 9/11.

Waco info policy dictates state to release info

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Waco –  Journalists, broadcasters, concerned family members and defense lawyers are poised to learn of an impending public information ruling by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

An apparent oversight or breach of protocol may lead to a monumental release of public information sought by media and the biker press,

In the wake of the Twin Peaks massacre, public information policy of the City of Waco has somehow stymied the role of Texas Attorney General’s Office as the arbiter of what is proper to be released.

On May 17, the day of the mass shooting, public information activist Randall Scott Gates placed a request with the City of Waco, the police department and the legal department, for all video camera footage from businesses, dashcam recordings , and mobile data terminal material in patrol vehicles at the time of the mass shooting that left 9 dead, 20 wounded, and resulted in the arrests of 177 people, many of whom have been described by legal counsel as “witnesses to an event they did not see.”

Waco Police public information specialist Christine McPeak responded by saying she would check to see what is available for release.

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According to Gates, “The AG has previously ruled the (Public Information) Act reserves determination what is public information to the AG. Government entities can not decide what is and isn’t public information. If they want to withhold it, they have to request a determination from the AG that the info they wish to withhold is excepted from release.

“The City of Waco did not request an AG ruling on the information related to the specific case.”

As stipulated in the statute, Section 552 of the Texas Government Code, local officials have 10 business days in which to reach a decision whether to request the Open Records Division of the AG’s office furnish a legal opinion on such requests.

Gates registered a complaint with Amanda Crawford of the AG’s Open Record Division:

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In a 2014 letter opinion, Assistant Attorney General Lance Kutnick ruled that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should have sought an opinion from the Open Records Division before deciding not to release requested information. That triggered a release of the material requested in that case.

When Gates received notice in July that the AG’s office had finally forwarded the requested, it was not in timely fashion, as specified by the law.

“It will probably be Tuesday at the earliest before we hear anything,” Gates said, when reached for comment.