“Военная история мира” – photo evidence there are Cossacks in the world who wear distinctive dress and routinely associate to commit dirty deeds, done dirt cheap…
The place: Waco, McLennan County Courthouse 54th Criminal District Court in the case of State v. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, Bandido.
The time: Monday morning, November 6, 2017, about “9-ish,” in the presence of the jury, going on 11 hundred hours.
Associate defense counsel is arguing a motion for a directed verdict on the grounds that the State is alleging the defendant took part in the overt act of murdering all 9 victims by shooting them with a gun.
“We contend that…there is no overt act that Mr Carrizal committed murder. We have received no notice that he participated in the act of murder.”
Counsel is explaining to the Court that “by not claiming an overt act they are claiming Mr Carrizal by conspiring committed murder.” A case decided previously defined such a prosecution fatally flawed and reversed the verdict.
State’s attorney is claiming the allegation of directing a criminal street gang is in itself an overt act.
Said Judge Johnson, “I think the indictment speaks for itself…The motion for a directed verdict is denied.” Many criminal defense attorneys agree with the judge’s opinion. It’s the truth, it’s natural, everything is satisfactual, etc., when it comes to this law.
When our legal consultant, a well-known on-air personality, called this a writ of hocus pocus, it set off widespread panic and the pitter patter of little feet racing to the law library at Jerusalem-On-The-Brazos.
Jurors are just now making their first appearance in court for the day, having been in recess since the middle of the previous week in a proceeding which began on October 9.
Defense counsel is addressing the jurors. She is saying “I’ll be honest with you, it’s been hard to defend this case.”
Jurors have been instructed to disregard a comment that there were 258 persons present on the grounds that Ms Gotro is testifying as to a fact.
She asked, “Would you like to hear from one of the police officers who has not testified?”
Defense counsel called Waco police detective Jeff Rogers, the department’s sole gang intelligence officer. He just testified that Boozefighters are a large motorcycle club, but he does not know any of them. He also said he is familiar with the Ghost Riders.
Casie Gotro asked why he did not apply the same principles to the Boozefighters as he applied to Bandidos.
He testified there is to his knowledge no criminal activity by Boozefighters.
Cossack Mark White, upon his booking at McLennan County Jail, May 17, 2015, for engaging in organized criminal activity at Twin Peaks
“I don’t really know what their point was,” he said of the Cossacks. He is now testifying about a conversation he had with Cossack Mark White.
He is unable to give the specific date he spoke with Mark White because his notes are in the possession of the Waco City Legal Department.
Oh, that’s straight forward enough. You see, two Assistant United States Attorneys participated in a lengthy hearing in chambers to explain the FBI’s redaction of a report about the conversation, along with an Assistant Attorney General of the State of Texas who uttered the cryptic remark, “The Department (of Public Safety) will not waive the privilege (to keep the identities of confidential informants off the record).
Lawyers are under a “verbal order” not to disclose the information, all of which was uttered in open court out of the presence of the jury.
Defense counsel questioned the detective if looking over his notes would help him refresh his memory.
He mumbled something that sounded like it was uttered over a speaker in a speeding Chicago Transit Authority passenger compartment in The Loop. Phonetically, it sounded like “Gabba-wampus-do-wazzat-choca-boola…”
The recording was made the “end of April, first of May,” he volunteered.
There is extensive colloquy between the lawyers and judge over he detective’s handwritten notes.
Said Judge Johnson, “Do you mean to tell me that all the lawyers have no copy of his handwritten notes?”
Defense counsel requested a continuance to study the matter more fully, since the “intelligence had only a few days previously been received when the judge ruled it has evidentiary value of guilt or innocence in the case against Bandido Jake Carrizal, once the president of the Dallas Chapter of Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
Exasperated, Johnson said, “We’re not going to take a break!”
Rogers says Mark White was arrested on a night in March, 2015, at a location near Twin Peaks Restaurant in the Central Texas Marketplace shopping center on a “bike night” at the restaurant for unlawful carry of a weapon and a bandana with a lock tied to it. This is what led to the interview.
Rogers said he has received “many phone calls” from officers about “altercations” between Bandidos and Cossacks.
Asked by defense counsel under direct examination why he thinks he was not called by the State of Texas to testify against Bandido Jake Carrizal, Detective Rogers uttered an unintelligible mumble reminiscent of the garbled diction of William Casey, famed World War II OSS operative who went on to fame and glory as the Director of Central Intelligence during the administration of “The Gipper,” who once asked in a fabled piece of Grade B movie dialog from a hospital bed where he was recovering from a vindictive and unnecessary amputation of his legs by a psychotic doctor, “Where’s the rest of me?”
All of these events in Hollywood occurred during the previous century.
Casey, it should be mentioned, was an intelligence professional who often wore three hats, so to speak. Nice work, if you can get it.
During that month, they beat on each others’ heads with hammers at locations in Gordon, Texas, on I-20, and at Lorena, Texas, near the 322 mile marker on I-35.
The judge ruled the mention of these happenings by defense counsel not relevant upon the objection of state’s counsel.
Jurors are at rapt attention as Rogers reluctantly recalls the details of interviews “I did not personally set up.” He is unable to recall just who attended the interviews.
“That was not my interview.”
Rogers said “I know my own weaknesses, and my weakness is taking notes. I don’t take good notes.”
Defense counsel is having trouble phrasing questions about conflict over wearing a bottom rocker that says Texas.
He is now speaking of an interview with Mark Robbins, a mechanic for Waco Cossacks President John Wilson, proprietor of Legend Cycles.
Rogers contacted DPS agents about conflict over the bottom rockers.
He determined that Mark White would attend the COC meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2015. He took the facts about a case in which White is the defendant to DA Abel Reyna he following Monday, but denied he made any recommendations about how the case would be handled.
The judge ruled hat Rogers will be allowed to testify about intelligence he developed in his duties. One item Rogers testified about is that “to the best of my knowledge,” Bandidos were allegedly “extorting” money from Cossacks and others if they were to be allowed to ride on the streets of Waco.
Photos of alleged gang activity entered into evidence were transmitted through Rogers’ personal e-mail account, a practice he uses “occasionally,” though he “tries not to.”
Jurors appear very skeptical of Detective Rogers’ performance as a defense witness. – Legendary – the ubiquitous “buried lead” so typical of the journalistic style of The Legendary Jim Parks, scribbler
The Backside of Bill Casey, posing in cruciform attitude for the television cameras upon his debut as the Reagan Administration’s nominee to fill the post of Director of Central Intelligence.