LAWYER DECRIES FURTHER DELAY IN TWIN PEAKS CASES
William S. Morian, Atorney for Bandidos U.S.A. with bad news for Twin Peaks defendants and their lawyers about the first case
Galveston – The news hit members of the the defense bar who are defending accused offenders in the Twin Peaks cases like a pealing thunderclap portending chain lightning on a hot summer night.
The first of the 152 indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015 was to go to trial next week, but that is not to be.
The attorney who has represented the Bandido, whose defense is that he was merely defending himself when he rode his bike into the parking lot and faced a belligerent crowd of Cossacks, said he now needs to hire another attorney to work first chair in the case, an estimated expense of at least $150,000, according to Wm S. Morian, who represents Bandidos, U.S.A.
“Either be a lawyer, or a bondsman; if you take a case, try the case!” he fairly shouted at a beachside beer and wine bar called The Spot, 32nd at Seawall, Bandidos headquarters for the Galveston Rally.
Morian objects to the ethics of lawyers taking on cases for the lucrative prospect of collecting a hefty 10 percent bond fee. “They don’t have to do anything for it,” he explained. There are numerous reasons to go off the bond at any of dozens of court hearings during the long, drawn-out process of docket calls.
The Jasper attorney has guided the process of arranging an interview with Bandidos U.S.A. President Bill Sartelle for Wednesday afternoon, March 22 in this island city.
It is a first of its kind, the interview of a sitting Bandidos national president by a social media outlet. Expected topics include the difference between what an outlaw motorcycle organization member sees in the direct denotation of the word outlaw and what the Department of Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety see when they define members of such clubs as members of “outlaw motorcycle gangs.”
“I’ve got clients who gave permission to search their vehicle because the officer saw a 1% diamond patch on the sleeve,” said Morian. When the cop found a gun, he found nothing illegal – unless the person has identifying “gang” insignia on his clothing.
Asked what happens to a judge with a Masonic ring, should the cops decide that’s a gang outlawed by the government, or an attorney for gas and oil interests if an official of law enforcement takes objection to Phi Beta Kappa keys on their watch chains, Morian merely shrugged.
Asked what implications that has for someone wearing a Star of David or a Crucifix on a necklace, he displayed an array of emotions that flowed over his features like scudding clouds over a sandy Gulf beach – from frown to smirk to smile to a troubled expression of despair.
And then he got happy again. He said, “We are going to find out!”