Somewhere In Cyberspace – Two men who have stood tall for the core values of the outlaw motorcycle creed said it, and they didn’t stutter.
The cops are to blame for the bloody events at Twin Peaks as gunfire erupted an inter-regional Confederation of Clubs meeting scheduled to begin within a half hour at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015.
Going into a seventh wave rally on the Courthouse Square at Waco on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 pm, we intend to interview Big Pete James, former regional vice president of Outlaws MC out of Chicago at 11 pm on Saturday, Feb. 24.
You don’t buck the G for long, just keeping breaking the law, and expect you are buying yourself anything other than a one-way ticket to the federal pen.
Top law enforcement officials created the conditions in which the gunfight would logically occur – and then did nothing to intervene. They stood with rifles at the ready, waiting to cut the shooters down.
Handguns are effective weapons, but only in certain conditions. Rifles are the only guns capable of defending your people, or controlling a violent situation spun madly out of control.
When the time came, the cops fired into the crowd with surgical precision, then within minutes following the gunfire took complete control of everyone on the scene.
In the Republican Primary of March 6, Abel Reyna is opposed by hometown lawyer Barry Johnson. That will be the decisive contest in the question of just how the 155 charged and indicted in the deadly fracas will fare in court.
Reyna is vowing he will follow the prosecutions to the bitter end; Johnson has declared that if elected, he will evaluate the cases on an individual basis and drop all those in which there is little probable cause to sustain the indictment, and even less proof to obtain a conviction on the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity that led to capital murder and/or aggravated assault.
Massey held that the issue that led to the massive eruption of violence has noting to do with turf, rockers, patches, money, marbles, or chalk.
It’s all about respect.
Agents of law enforcement, be they undercover, confidential informants, uniformed, satellite observers, or remote commanders of multiple agency task forces placed the red and gold patch holders in a position where they had no choice but to respond to the provocation for the very simple core respect issue all outlaw bikers stand for.
If you jack with one, you jack with them all.
Cut one, everybody bleeds. Element one in a complicated code worked out from the hills of toe of the boot to the sands of Iwo Jima.
When fists flew, the hoglegs came out, and bullets blasted through the air, everyone on the lot so challenged got with the program. Those who were not so committed went into the low crawl, lost their knives, guns, vest extenders, brass knuckles, asps, whips, and – yes – handguns.
Duck and cover city lasted only a few minutes as the cops streamed into the place and took over immediately.
Massey’s conclusion: It’s something you don’t do, this thing of jacking guys up at a COC meeting..
The truth is, someone did.
Why by whom marks a question that will affect the future of Americans’ civil rights for many years to come.
Who stumbled into the gunplay?
Some guys who had no idea what was in store because a COC meeting is all about love, loyalty and respect. At least, it always has been in previous events. That’s the purpose.
In the first and only criminal trial of the events that occurred, Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal received a mistrial verdict after the State of Texas fiddled around for 5 weeks and never once offered any testimony or evidence that he, personally, ever attacked anyone, assaulted anyone, or did anything other than stand his ground and defend himself and his family – before he got a chance to get off his scoot.
A READER WRITES:In all honesty, no telling how deep these roots go, way up the federal lines for sure and maybe up to the Clinton drug ring. That’s not a big stretch. It’s convoluted and intricate. But I’m sticking with my bone that the Cossacks were and maybe still are contracting out for border security for ranchers on the border and that messes with the drug trade money being paid to the feds by the cartels.
The Occupied Nation of Texas, Tamaulipas, S.A. – One wonders if the troubles didn’t come on full bore with the threat to blow up the busiest bridge in the most lucrative inland port in the NAFTA trade – Laredo.
it all came in the midst of a national backlash at the lackadaisical federal enforcement of border security measures that began to outrage an increasingly inflamed population of taxpayers weary of footing the bill for what is clearly a function outlined in the duties of Congress – Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. DON’T TREAD ON ME!
Long before the announcement of JADE HELM 15, a Department of Homeland Security training program for Special Operations commandos and on-scene commanders cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security, the die was cast when Gov. Richard Perry, a presidential aspirant, arranged to take $4.5 million from a special motorcycle safety fund of $13.5 million in order to buy speed boats and machine guns for the state troopers to use patrolling the Rio Grande. The fund had accumulated from $5 fees collected on motorcycle registrations, a program of the Texas Confederation of Clubs.
Onwards. How can one ignore the very fact that a south side Windy City ghetto “community organizer” occupying the White House had flung to the four winds one of strongest federal mandates of all time – that Congress would be responsible for the security of national borders and the collection of all tariffs and import duties. It’s called the new city of Power Vacuum, and it stretches from Brownsville to San Diego, over here. Oh, yeah.
Naturally, the resulting fallout was as predictable as the afternoon seasonal subtropical rains. Black and gold crews guarding private property began to have a profound effect on a trans-border trade that rivaled the dollar value of that which was legitimate on all counts.
The confrontation came when a high-ranking Border Patrolman confronted Massey and the rest of Rusty’s Raiders on the banks of the river and repeatedly asked him if he wanted hin to “guide you out” of the cotton patch, to safety, to their camp, and Massey refused with all due respect. Both men used the word appreciate repeatedly, and the result was a non-starter. It wasn’t long before the federal hammer came down – heavy.
While his fall partner, “Jesus,” plead out to the federal charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, Massey risked a judge trial to test previous rulings and possibly make case law.
In the lead-up to Sons of Liberty Riders’ “Wave 7” rally on the Courthouse Square at Waco, one can only be mindful that the last time America experienced Civil War, the disaster resulting was preceded by a border war in the same area of the nation. the Texas-Mexican border. The cassus belli: import duties and tariffs levied on sundries and durable goods at southern seaports on the east coast; the military objective of the border war, to repel any possibility of foreign intervention in the coming war between the states.
Laissez les bon temps roulet! Everybody got to be somewhere, no?
Hewitt – Yeah, Brad Wilson got popped for soliciting prostitution online. True story. Doesn’t mean he’s guilty. Only he or a jury can determine that.
Is he a friend of incumbent Abel Reyna? Indubitably. They participate in the Goodfellas program that makes sure kids get Christmas gifts.
So far, so good.
Is Brad Wilson the the owner of Limousines, Ltd.?
No way. The Better Business Bureau and Yelp have got it all wrong.
James Sill was a driver there until 2015, when he wrote Mr. Wilson a check and purchased the outfit lock, stock and, uh – stretch.
With a few key personnel changes in the driver staff, he is happily providing services to his customers. You can look those guys up on the local jail list and court dockets.
Said he had some issues with some of the other drivers, and he fixed that.
I like the attitude. James Sill just went to the top of my list of favorite limo operators. My kind of guy.
Unlike Abel Reyna, he returns phone calls.
Unfortunately, we would have to follow other reporters around to bring you the goods on the complete list of 47 unfortunate souls who got into online chats with young ladies seeking friendship.
It must be that time of year for Sheriff’s Office Detective Scaramucci, the Department of Homeland Security-funded police officer who operates the federal program aimed at outing Johns who patronize on-line prostitutes.
Under the law, they’re as guilty as the pimps and prostitutes who ply their trade online – or anywhere else.
Personally, I have received hundreds of entreaties for my friendship from young women who display a lot more than their faces on Facebook, but have no other content on their pages. I’m asking them to pull the other one; it has bells on it, and to say hello to Scaramucci. Good cop, but, hey, Joe, come on.
Another cop I know, Chief Danny Krumnow of the Riesel force, told me I should do a public information act request t learn where Scaramucci gets all these pictures. We’ll give that a miss.
COSSACK CODY LEDBETTER (L) WILL FACE A JURY ON MONDAY, APRIL 2, AFTER PAUL LOONEY’S (C) NUMEROUS APPEALS
Waco – The first Cossack to face a trial jury in the Twin Peaks cases got his day in court by default when the new attorney representing the first defendant to stand trial in a second go-round due to mistrial declared he’s not ready for trial.
At that point, 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson shifted gears and scheduled the trial of Cossack Cody Ledbetter as a result of vigorous pre-trial maneuvers by Ledbetter’s attorney, Paul Looney of Hempstead, who has an extensive criminal practice in Houston and the counties surrounding the Bayou City.
The case of Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal ended in a mistrial in which numerous defense objections over concealed or withheld evidence that would tend to exculpate him led to many delays. Jurors were clearly not convinced he had anything to do with the murder of 9 men and the wounding of an additional 20 simply because he was wearing a 1%er patch on his jacket as he arrived at the head of a column of a dozen fellow Bandits.
A high court appeal for a speedy trial by Looney got a short shrift from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, resulting his motion to the trial court declaring that since he sees no inculpatory evidence that would tend to incriminate the Cossack, he sees no need for further delay to discover exculpatory evidence.
Looney has had great success in other cases, including the examining trial of a Brenham couple whom Waco Police arrested as they arrived at the scene of the violent debacle originally planned as a Confederation of Clubs meeting to rag chew events in the Legislative session in progress on that fateful day of Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Said Distorted member William English, an ex-Marine fresh from the fight with combat tours to his credit, “Do you think I’d take my WIFE to a gunfight?” Though the examining judge passed the case, the Grand Jurors declined to indict English and his wife. Because the charge still exists, Mrs. English is unable to regain employment in her chosen trade of bank teller. A federal lawsuit is pending in an Austin U.S. District Court seeking redress for deprivation of her civil rights.
A half hour before the event was scheduled to begin with a speech by Texas National Coalition of Motorcyclists delegate Paul Landers, an Escondido from Austin, gunfire erupted as a group of armed men struggle with the Bandits who were still astride their motor scooters; autopsy reports and video of the melee reveals the fact that police snipers cut the attackers down with assault rifles.
Fourteen officers were present and armed with assault rifles on that day.
Only three of the rifles have been tested by ballistics experts, leaving an additional 11 rifles untested, it was learned in the Carrizal trial.
As in all the other cases, Ledbetter is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity that led to the capital murder of the deceased and the aggravated assault of those who were wounded.
Asked at a political rally held a year after the events that led to Ledbetter’s arrest about the sniper tactics employed by the police, his attorney Paul Looney made these remarks in May, 2016.
Waco – If the DA takes the witness stand in additional disqualification hearings, he will no doubt find himself answering questions about his utterance of a falsehood on the witness stand, something the law defines as aggravated perjury, a felony crime.
The defense bar representing clients in the Twin Peaks cases is eagerly awaiting two hearings scheduled in the cases of at least 10 defendants who seek to disqualify the elected Criminal District Attorney, Abel Reyna, on grounds of multiple acts of criminal misconduct.
Look-see pidgin: They sho’ nuff want to see what happens next.
According to Gary D. Smart, an Arlington attorney, 19th Criminal District Judge Ralph T. Strother has scheduled hearings for Thursday, March 1 at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm in the cases of Jeremy King, Daniel Johnson, Robert Nichols, Raymond Hawes III, Seth Andrew Smith, Brian Logan, Ricky Wycough, Victor Pizana, Gregory Salazar, and Clayton Reed.
Witnesses who have given statements to an FBI agent in which they accused Reyna of dismissing cases for money, drug use, and demanding the cooperation in disposing of cases by special prosecutors, are expected to testify under subpoenas issued by the defense, said Smart in a press release issued on Thursday, February 15.
He said that other defendants may join the hearings by making similar motions for disqualification and that other witnesses who have given statements in the federal probe conducted by the FBI may be summoned to testify.
He mentioned the names of former First Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis, retired Waco Police Detective Sherry Kingrey, former administrative assistant Julissa West, former assistant prosecutor an special prosecutor Brittany Scaramucci, “and others.”
The press statement came in reaction to a release by Reyna in which he told media outlets he is “looking forward” to giving his testimony.
Reyna has withstood two disqualification hearings, maneuvered out of a third by dismissing one case, and recusing himself in another; he also received a favorable ruling in a Court Of Inquiry when a San Antonio District Judge determined there was not enough evidence that he committed an act of aggravated perjury on the witness stand during a disqualification hearing held in August of 2016.
In that hearing, Reyna testified that he had enjoined Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez to take all available measures to assure himself he was thoroughly familiar with the allegations of an affidavit of probable cause prepared for him to sign by Reyna and members of his staff.
The only allegation of complaint was identical in each of 177 separate cases, that members of the Bandidos and Cossacks and their support clubs engaged in organized criminal activity that led to capital murder and aggravated assault as members of “outlaw motorcycle gangs” so designated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
In each charging instrument, the detective filled in the blank with the name of the accused.
Earlier, Chavez had previously testified that he had no personal knowledge of the statement he signed as a sworn affidavit of a peace officer, allegedly an act of perjury by a peace officer.
When recalled to the witness stand following Reyna’s testimony, he stated he never saw or spoke to Reyna on the night in question, May 17, 2015, the day gunfire erupted at Twin Peaks Restaurant in the half-hour before a scheduled joint meeting of Region 1 and 2 of the Confederation of Clubs to hear a presentation by Paul Landers, the Texas delegate to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, a national lobbying organization.
According to Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden, who elicited his testimony and later filed complaints following the hearing, Reyna committed an act of aggravated perjury. That is defined by the Texas Penal Code as the utterance of a falsehood in a legal proceeding by one who does so knowingly and willingly as a public official. The offense carries a possible penalty of not less than 2 years in the state penitentiary and not more than 20.
In court papers, Broden has included the certified record of Reyna’s testimony as transcribed by the Court Reporter.
Waco – An attorney who is having a heap of trouble getting his client a day in court accused the elected District Attorney of the kind of irresponsible ambition that could bankrupt the taxpayers.
Said Billy McRee’s attorney David Beyer in a press release:
It is unprecedented for an Attorney General to decline a request from a judge to appoint an attorney pro tem. The State of Texas has stated that it is unable to take the case because it frankly doesn’t have the resources. Which validly leaves the casual observer to wonder and question how did Abel Reyna expect the hardworking taxpayers of McLennan County to pay for the prosecution of one hundred and fifty five of these cases when the State of Texas doesn’t have the resources for even one Twin Peaks case.
A special prosecutor will charge legal fees by the hour, and there is no limit on the amount that may be charged, Beyer pointed out.
“…an inevitable blowback on a betrayed population…”
Six Shooter Junction – When the tribal structure of the organizations of men at war with the wolf at the door morphed into the corporate channels of profit centers and revenue streams, motorcycle clubs suddenly occupied a place in the “fantasies of law enforcement.”
They became valuable exhibits in show trials coast to coast, the subject of Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) prosecutions.
They key difference is this. Instead of being a clique bent on obtaining the maximum profits over costs of doing business, the men and women of the community of motorcycle enthusiasts set their caps for streams of activism, centers of political power – in order to amass political capital.
To be sure, they kept the colors, patches, tattoos, slogans and handshakes of the tribal statesmen who spawned their organizations in the years following their return from the hell of World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. They were young men and their women, suddenly freed from the nightmare of certain death and dismemberment if the conflict went on long enough, seeking the freedom of the road, a bottle of beer, a dance around a bonfire, the bonhomie of good times, and the sheer, snarling pleasure of territorial dominance. Adult play. Ritual conflict. The gestalt of freedom, exercised in tribal drama.
But the activism that emerged later was different, a pattern of national coalition, with a presence in every statehouse. New channels of influence opened up in a world not so sure it was ready for the cybernetic revolution at hand.
At one point, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) promulgated an on-line communications policy that could have come from the board room of any Fortune 500 corporation. In a presentation to a hundred lawyers, a hundred patch holders, and a hundred members of the public, they received a half million “hits” on a website within a half hour. Within the hour, the page had been viewed by more than a million people with access to the World Wide Web.
In any society, the institutions of power and control seek to keep their components divided, fighting each other. It just wouldn’t do for the police department and the firemen to get on the same wavelength and start moving in the same direction. Next thing you know, the suits would be losing control.
So the city dads invent ways to keep them at odds. The same goes for the sales and marketing divisions in any major corporate culture, in an endless battle with production, finance and accounting, and the executive suite.
IT WAS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT BEGAN TO TRICKLE OUT OF THE CORPORATE PRISON, the Jack Harwell Detention Center, erected at taxpayer expense, operated by the LaSalle Corrections Corporation, that told such an alarming tale. The central fact of mass incarceration and a criminal charge straight out of a Kafka novel was immutable, beyond anyone’s control. But the tiny details clearly observable began to emerge in alarming patterns as family and friends reported what they were learning.
The first 177 jailed for the blanket offense of “engaging in organized criminal activity” at a political meeting where a very small number of men chose to fire pistols at their perceived enemies in a crowded bar learned very quickly that the administration of the hell hole had for months been preparing for their arrival.
The slave labor trustees, mostly non-violent offenders who were in essence debtors held for their inability to pay for insurance and child support, and minimum wage “corrections officers” let the newly arrived inmates know all about it. In many cases, they were sympathetic, and they showed it by talking freely about conditions.
The walls of the felony tanks where the red and gold nation, their support club members, and the black and gold tribe were to be held were freshly painted so detectives could study any graffiti they left behind. Authorities laid in supplies of freshly laundered uniforms and shower shoes, stashes of groceries and medical supplies; a beefed up classification system was ordered. Inmates were kept strictly separate, both for security and for purposes of surveillance.
Corporate totalitarianism had showed its true face on May 17, 2015, at an overpriced beer and burgers franchise in a shopping mall named for a weird movie involving the ritual murder of a young woman – “Twin Peaks.”
“Twin Peaks,” the made-for-satellite-tv soap opera, chronicled the fact that the raging west of a golden nation had slipped from its salad days in post-war pax americana to second place in a world economy passing it by – a place no longer head and shoulders above the rest due to its tremendous natural resources. Hence, the seemingly senseless and inexplicable murder of a small town goddess in full bloom found wrapped in a sheet plastic on a pebbly beach, like a macabre exhibit in a museum of horrors. A melodrama about a return to the ancient, tribal ways of appeasement of the gods through ritual sacrifice.
The operation at hand was simultaneous with the announced roll-out of a “training exercise” for the Joint Special Operations Command, JADE Helm 15 – a hands on clambake for spooks, special operators, on-scene commanders at remote “fusion centers,” commo specialists, and media representatives with the story pre-packaged and ready for the 5:30 feed – and it turned out to be a doozy at Waco, Texas – a modified knock-off of the venerable Phoenix Program fine-tuned in Vietnam.
The ensuing 34 months since the gunfight at Twin Peaks have seen a hardened commitment by a national community of motorcycle enthusiasts galvanized by their experience and hell bent to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The true enemies of the Constitution started their onslaught in the days following the “attack” on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by jetliners hijacked and chock-full of fuel for transcontinental flights, a nightmare sprung at 9 am out of the bluest skies ever on a day described by pilots as “severe clear.”
First, there was the near unanimous passage of the Patriot Act on October 26, 2001. This sweeping measure brought on an increased security function that the legislators who fought the Constitution of 1790 argued against and fought tooth and nail. Surveillance, suspicion, and unconfirmed rumor became the news of the day, the lead story on every network, repeated with mind-numbing precision until it became meaningless – a given.
The key element in getting the assent of the western states to ratify the Constitution was the inclusion of a Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments, guaranteeing freedoms unheard of in the rest of the world or any known in recorded history. None of it is any good unless a man can enforce his political will against the authorities. It’s all meaningless.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The reality of that provision with its vigilance for security in a “free State” is all too clear when one views the surveillance video shot by automatic cameras during the “melee.”
Though the hundreds of persons detained and arrested were heavily armed with firearms, none had rifles because there is no way to conceal them in an establishment where alcoholic beverages are “sold, served, and consumed.”
Little more than a dozen armed policemen – 14 of them – laid back in sniper positions, and when the time came, they fired with surgical precision, cutting down the key pistoleros, and in most cases delivering a coup de grace to the head to assure the assailants were indeed dead, dead, dead.
It was all over in an estimated 45 seconds. Within minutes, the people who had cowered and hidden from the violence emerged, docile and unwilling to show any further resistance to authority.
In the single trial that has been held, a five-week affair ending in the mistrial of Bandido Jake Carrizal, the single impression to be gleaned from the rambling, ridiculous case presented by the State is that authorities had been in preparation for many months to make their move against what they perceive as a despised, feared minority of “outlaw gangs” systematically precluded from the protections of the law.
That is a medieval concept prohibited by the Texas Constitution since 1836, the notion of declaring a person “out law,” that is beyond the protection of the law. Similarly, the practice of “transportation” to a foreign state as punishment for any offense has been returned to the real of the possible by the amendment of Article 1, Section 20 of the Texas Constitution in 1985.
So the emergency passage of the “patriot” act merely signaled what was to come in 2012, the conversion of a republic to a totalitarian, occupied nation dominated by a standing army operating within its borders – something completely prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.
The increased militarization of police and the melding of the Army and elements of the special ops community followed close behind.
The National Defense Authorization Act has been in place in each biennial since 1961, but its modification to “increased surveillance and the militarization of police” resulted in indefinite imprisonment of Americans without charges and without trial.
.To learn more about how the seemingly innocent act of funding the Armed Forces every two years to comply with the constitutional requirement that the nation have no standing army, one may watch this YouTube presentation:
In the ensuing 34 months since the alarming event at Twin Peaks, the single message delivered by the authorities is a simple one, unrelenting, and on-message.
The goal of obtaining convictions is not anywhere near as important as the ability to completely control the accused offenders in rigid lock step.
Over a varying period of a fortnight to a month, the accused were held in lieu of a million dollar bail bond.
When bond reductions were obtained, the conditions required excessive fees for electronic monitoring, drug testing, and a stricture enjoining the accused to not return to McLennan County unless summoned by the Court, a remarkable requirement. In most cases, persons who have demonstrated they are not a flight risk are prohibited from leaving the jurisdiction where they were arrested.
When on February 8, the Court “dismissed” the cases against 13, the reality is that the so-called dismissal actually binds the accused offender to the Court for a period of natural life because the prosecution elected to tick off a stipulation that probable cause does exist to pursue the charge, but at a later date.
There is no statute of limitations on the crime of capital murder, something the indictments hold is the direct result of the criminal conspiracy of acting in combination with others to cause the deaths of 9 and the aggravated assault of an additional 20.
To learn more about the battle still raging against the NDAA and its assault on Constitutional principles, one may view this YouTube presentation:
Six Shooter – Barry Johnson wants the job. It shows. He sneers when he mentions the name, the one he wants to defeat in the DA’s primary race.
A hundred black leather-clad, patched bikers listen intently, men who once served the nation in military regalia, in war.
Johnson, a seasoned courtroom trial litigator, back from the wars at Dallas and elsewhere can’t keep the sneer from his face when he points in the general direction of downtown, somewhere down the freeway from Elm Mott, and says, “That law office down there belongs to you.”
For a moment, the room is in shocked silence, and then there is applause. These men and women are in trouble deep. The state is after them – has been for nearly three years since a pistol riot at a local restaurant on May 17, 2015, ended in rifle fire that left 9 dead, 20 wounded. The relentless legal attack is led by a lawyer named Abel Reyna, who was elected to prosecute criminals. Instead he has taken on the role of a secret police commissar, someone who commands the investigators just how to charge, what facts to use, how to word them in an affidavit, and then how to conduct the investigation. That makes him a witness, the lawyers say, but the courts do not acknowledge their words.
Johnson wants the job. He is willing to call the spots on the leopard for what they are. The worm has turned. The jig is up, The game is on.
As the meeting started, Sandra Lynch announced the beginning. She is the wife of Mike Lynch, and as the COC&I representative in the area, she reserved the patio at the Twin Peaks Restaurant. When she tried to explain to Cossacks who took up the parking places and occupied all the seating, she recalls she was cursed, spit on, her foot run over by a motorcycle, and called a “cunt.” She is surprisingly reasonable today. All things considered.
When it’s time for questions, a member of one of America’s most venerable motorcycle clubs, Boozefighters, est. 1946, steps into the middle of the room and asks what can be done about police infiltrators who come into their ranks and advocate actions that will put them in courts and prisons for the rest of their lives.
The candidate responds, saying he will not take a charge to court unless he is sure it is based on fact, the complaint secure as one grounded in reality.
When all is said and done, a co-founder of the sponsoring club, Sons Of Liberty Riders MC out of the DFW Metro area takes the stage.
Mel Robins is Vice President, and he has something to say based on his personal experience. He speaks of people who have been convicted of other offenses, sprung from their cages and let loose in the community to be handled by detectives who demand to know what’s going on, and if there is not enough action, they demand their charges make something happen.
“That’s what happened here,” he intones after a meaningful silence. The room erupts in agreement. Many respond with remarks, some applaud, few disagree.
Boozefighter Jedi, George Horsley, is a huge man dressed in black, his goatee massive and spear-pointed like Mingus’, head shaved clean.
He explains how they are being ripped off by a good old boy system that controls the real estate game and the assessed valuation of real property by formula designed to line their pockets, and not to create an equitable and systematic way of administering the tax rolls.
When the assessment district lost many lawsuits over complaints as to their shoddy work, he recalls, the County Commissioners Court, led by ex-banker Scott Felton, bestowed $650,000 upon the appointed authority – for purposes unexplained, but defined by common sense as means to make up the shortfall.
An ex-employee, a professional assessor by training, he moved his employment to Travis County, and commutes daily from Waco. If elected, he promises to take up his duties as County Judge on a full-time basis.
George “Scooter” Bergman is a beat character from the great American road, a truck-driving man out of Big D who got popped for being at Twin Peaks. He gives The Legendary that way out look reserved for situations beyond explication, says, “I can finally come back to Waco – McLennan County – for something besides Court.” He is at long last freed from his bond restrictions. His crime? He drove into the parking lot at the Twin Peaks “melee” and surrendered to cops who wanted to be sure of his safety. When the DA changed his mind and ordered everyone arrested who was wearing a patch, he spent three weeks in the jail for the fact he was wearing the colors of Los Desgraciados. He has been under indictment for the first degree felony of engaging in organized criminal activity since then, an offense that carries a penalty of 15 to 99 years in the penitentiary.
The brothers and sisters of the road stand with caps doffed, heads bowed, as their chaplain prays for the beneficence of a merciful God, and they adjourn.
TWIN PEAKS DISMISSAL ORDER SIGNED IN DISTRICT COURT
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Six Shooter Junction – The motions for dismissal approved by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson offer defendants no possible avenue for expunction of their record, nor does the language of the order hold any hope to recover damages in a civil rights case.
Notice that the reason ticked off in the form is “other,” and adds the missive,
and for cause would show the Court the following:
While probable cause for the Defendant’s arrest and prosecution remains, based on continued investigation, the State is exercising its prosecutorial discretion in dismissing this matter in order to focus its efforts and resources on co-defendants with a higher level of culpability.
“People are entitled to an expunction (expungement) of their arrest record if the DA dismissed a case stating that there was no probable cause. Here, the language on the dismissals prevents expunction. The probable cause language on the dismissals is also aimed at the civil rights lawsuits. If there was probable cause for arrest, they can’t recover damages in a civil rights lawsuit for false arrest,” said Millie Thompson, an Austin attorney who is representing defendants arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015, who were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity that led to capital murder, and/or aggravated assault.
Obviously, the industrialists, merchants, and developers who actually grease the wheels and stoke the economic engines of the City of Waco and the County of McLennan have stepped in with some heavy handed demands to protect the treasuries of their municipal corporations from the fall-out of a catastrophic series of decisions and their related events following the debacle of a government operation gone completely berserk and out of control.
You would expect more rational behavior from a Mardi Gras parade or a gaggle of revelers in bikinis and baggies at a Spring Break bash on South Padre.
I have spoken.
“The lawyers clean up all details since daddy had to lie,” said Don Hensley. And so, as the players throw the swag in the bag, make their break for the bank, and the cut or the hut, let it be remembered that when we inquired of the District Clerk John Gimble when we would be able to access the record and what if anything would be done about future access to his office while trials are in session, he had a secretary return the message that he would “get back with” me on Thursday, February 8. He was right, and I haven’t had to chance to talk to him. In fact, I’ve had warmer receptions in meat lockers.
And I sure as hell didn’t get any facts or documentation from his office. That was reserved for the news organizations that drank the Kool-Aid on May 17, 2015, before the blood on the pavement had dried and the arrestees were still sitting sans boots, belts, and billfolds on the parking stripes while they waited to catch the chain.
Billy McRee (2nd left) and Jorge Salinas in news conference at the same place chosen by DA Reyna to announce indictments of Twin Peaks defendants nearly three years ago as lawyers explain
Waco – To keep from having to testify in a hearing as a witness in cases he sought by indictment as a complaining witness, Abel Reyna dismissed one case and recused himself in another.
The symbolism of the moment came to light when Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden stepped up to the microphones and explained the irony of the situation.
The climactic moment of the affair came when Brian Bouffard, the attorney for a Marine who did two combat tours in Afghanistan before his arrest at Twin Peaks, explained that he took the same oath as a Navy legal officer as his client – to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution ‘against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
When the question period came, Salinas when asked if he considers the DA an enemy of the Constitution, say, simply, “Yes.”
That was the flavor of the unusual occurrence.
We bring you the entire news conference, unedited, beginning to end. It is an interesting experience, to say the least.