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AG’S Embarrassing words

Jeff Sessions, the ignoramus from Alabama who believes he’s the AG

Washington – The unfortunate statement by former Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions that he’s shocked that a judge on an island in the Pacific can block an executive order by Donald Trump is a total embarrassment to experienced Americans of even minimal education.

Obviously, this fool has no idea how the federal court system is organized, or even its function. Nevertheless, as a white-headed, tooth-sucking Sun Belt Republican of the New South, a wise man of the U.S. Senate, he voted on numerous judicial appointments to federal benches without the basic savvy that would enable a high school student to pass a routine quiz about a civics lesson.

He proved it when he blurted out his ridiculous opinion to a CNN reporter, and the pitiful thing is, the only thing that makes it remarkable is the Attorney General of the United States of America said it, not some senile old gramps at the Diary Queen nursing a second cup of coffee.

Had he bothered to read the 120 day Court order to stay the Executive Order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick R. Watson of the District of Hawaii, he would have learned that there are valid constitutional principles to consider in the lawsuit brought by the Plaintiffs, the State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, an adherent of the Muslim religion.

Both claim that Donald Trump and the rest of his government are engaging in a “Muslim ban” in contravention to what is known as the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which plainly states, in bluff terms, “Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

They hold that not only has Trump said in no uncertain terms that the purpose of the travel restrictions for people seeking refugee status or travel on visas issued in six predominantly Muslim states is not only to ban from the U.S. people who worship under the tenets of the Muslim faith, but that to do so will cause the people of Hawaii and her institutions irreparable harm.

Judge Watson indicated that he agrees with the Plaintiffs, who allege “by singling out nationals from the six predominantly Muslim countries, the Executive Order causes harm by stigmatizing not only immigrants and refugees, but also Muslim citizens of the United States.”

He furthermore makes extensive citations of “public statements by the President and his advisors regarding the implementation of a Muslim ban, which Plaintiffs contend is the tacit and illegitimate motivation underlying the Executive Order.”

One may read the Judge’s Order of which Mr. Sessions complains so bitterly by clicking on this highlighted area.

Other than that, as we all know, the Legislature is now in session, contemplating constitutional carry of handguns. This would not be alarming if not for the past track record of the Know Nothings who brought us the Branch Davidian raid and the Twin Peaks massacre under similar circumstances, during earlier sessions of other Legislatures with smaller numbers.

News is a matter of trust

Behold, the price of decreased government regulation and supervision…

Six Shooter Junction – Recently, a woman of limited means provoked her own arrest at a legislative committee hearing where the leadership refuses to allow electronic recordings of the proceedings.

After repeated warnings, she was forcibly removed, and when she resisted, officers pulled her hair, knocked her down, dragged her and at the jail placed her in a restraining chair where they strapped her in. Then they placed a hood over her head.

True, the hearing was covered by live streaming video, archived and indexed for the public, but she wanted her own copy. It was not to be.

She has no media credential.

So I determined to jump through the hoops required to get this jewel from the Texas House of Representatives Business Office, Manager of Payroll and Personnel, james.freeman@house.texas.gov

Freeman’s conclusion, after providing beaucoup information about just who I am and what I do, was, “based on that information, we are unable to establish your eligibility for a media credential.”

It comes as no surprise.

Freeman meets the payroll that regulates the golden handcuffs of corporate sensibility binding a bunch of good old boys and girls to benches and machines that drive one of the most ruthless corporate economies in the history of the world. The driving mantra of this consortium is “Decreased government regulation.”

One of the tools in the box with the most leverage to achieve that goal is an embargo on any truly useful information as it relates to corporations who do business in the Lone Star State.

These organizations are nearly human. They can do anything a human being can do, except die. The closest thing to that is to run out of money, and then a government trustee settles their debts and reorganizes them.

The payroll Freeman meets is $600 per member per month, most of whom take that pay day once a year and pay their rent on condos, from which they organize their activities in each biennial session of the Legislature. Why would anyone want to do all that, to keep meticulous campaign records, meet entertainment and appearance obligations and travel to the capital often for certain obligations for the pittance of $7,200 per year gross?

RETIREMENT!

The Texas Legislature has one of the most lucrative, benefit-laden systems available. Makes it all worth-while, to chill with family and friends during the golden years and reflect back on the true story.

“I did all this with a part- time job.” It’s almost as good as, and then I married the boss’s daughter, but nowhere as socially confining.

But the statewide embargo on information that is imposed by the corporate sponsors who make all this possible is nearly sociopathic.

Let’s take a look at a certain central Texas community of hard-working farming families and the agricultural workers who service their needs in the employ of multinational agribusiness conglomerates.

The Bohemian enclave of West has suffered a couple of criminal incidents over the past few years, each of which I, The Legendary Jim Parks, covered as news events. I guess Brother Freeman was far too busy counting the sheaves and paying out the shekels to take notice.

In one, a fertilizer storage plant exploded under entirely mysterious circumstances. After laborious investigation, a federal agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives eliminated all possibilities for the cause other than a fire in an ammonium nitrate mixing room that was set as an act of arson. By whom?

They don’t know.

The bullshit.

The true facts of what happened were suppressed by the media, systematically, with precision, and no inconsiderable alacrity.

After all, corporate America is always looking for team players.

The simpler, the better, and this story was fairly straightforward. Some total idiot completely disregarded the well-known fact that rapid charging of storage batteries creates highly volatile gases, causing them to explode. The fool plugged in a golf cart to recharge within reach of open bins of a compound that once burning, emits highly explosive gases of its own.

During the afternoon of the day of the explosion, a fire ensued in the electrical system and an electrician assessed the damage, secured the circuit, and promised to prepare a repair estimate.

Someone knows who plugged the battery charger back in.

She’s not alone, but she has a motive to speak out.

A member of the law enforcement community killed her baby sister with a gun she borrowed from her father in an attempt to protect herself from him.

He forced an ambulance off the road, beat up the driver, whipped her with a cane, and made two trips to her house where he beat her senseless before he returned to take the gun away from her and killed her with it.

Why?

Her sister, a former Emergency Medical Service technician says, “Someone else could have her and he couldn’t. He couldn’t stand it.”

He’s in the penitentiary now. Finally.

Law enforcement had paperwork on him that would have put him behind bars all along. They just didn’t serve it.

In fact, he broke into the ambulance driving sister’s house to menace her sister and she, herself, put the gun to his head, cocked and locked, and just didn’t pull the trigger. He retreated, but it wasn’t the end of the story.

I wrote extensively about the crimes directly from the written records. At a community gathering in a rural beer joint, one of the drunks pointed out an insurance adjuster who told me the story of the golf cart and the fire.

Our first aid lady has something to say about government regulations. She says there was no burglar alarm, fire alarm, fire prevention system, video surveillance, fence or any other way to keep unauthorized people off of the property of West Fertilizer.

There weren’t even any material safety data sheets to describe the hazards of the fertilizer that exploded and cost so many families their homes, more than a dozen firefighters their lives, and robbed the State of Texas of its peace and dignity.

To a man, the campaigners for public office, including Governor and Lt. Governor with their legislative roles, voiced repugnance for the need for government oversight and expressed their adamant refusal to let any such disaster as happened to the people of West to impede the wheels of corporate commerce.

Ta-da!

The EMS lady is unemployed now. Her partner lost his job over substance abuse impairment, was the subject of a federal probe over explosives, and wound up in rehab.

She tried tending bar in downtown West until her boss got caught drinking while working at his own bar and made a scene because Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission staffers were standing on the corner outside the door with local cops.

He raved at them for driving business away from his door.

“I don’t want to lose my certification as an EMS tech over something like that,” she said.

Sometimes, it’s good to not have the approval of the government to write news.

After all, I wrote every evolution of these stories with no credential whatsoever. Plenty of people read the stories.

I’m satisfied. I hope the neoconservative business schmucks with the button-down checkbook minds are.

But, seriously, sometimes the bottom line really IS the bottom line.

After all, what is a Grand Jury, if not a form of government regulation?

Last $1 Million Club Member In Waco ICU After Seizure Meds Witheld

CORRECTION: MARCUS PILKINGTON REJECTED A PLEA OFFER AND ACCEPTED A JUDGE’S SENTENCING OF TWO 5-YEAR Concurrent sentences for narcotics possession and a 2-year sentence for tampering with physical evidence. No charge of domestic violence was involved. We apologize for the inacuracy. – RadioLegendary

Jail Commission complaint pending for mistreatment of ailing inmate

Bandido Marcus Pilkington sustained a 1/4-inch bullet wound at Twin Peaks. He suffered a seizure at the Limestone County Jail when corrections officers failed to give him his medication 

Waco – The family of Marcus Pilkington filed a complaint with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards after he suffered a seizure at the Limestone County Jail. He is in an induced coma at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center today because corrections officers reportedly witheld his seizure medication.

Pilkington’s mother and grandmother were said have been ordered by hospital security officers to clear off the premises when they met the ambulance as it arrived from Groesbeck.

Authorities finally allowed his mother to visit his bedside late Wednesday afternoon after a police official from the Groesbeck area arranged for the visit.

A Limestone County District Court sentenced Pilkington to two concurrent 5-year terms for domestic a domestic dispute involving stalking and a 2-year stretch for a marijuana charge on Tuesday. After he checked into the County Jail, corection officers allegedly neglected to give him his medication.

Pilkington, who has served as a sergeant at arms in the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, has gained some notoriety as the last member of the “$1 Million Club” to be released on a bond reduction after his arrest as the last of 177 defendants taken into custody on the identical charge of engaging in organized crime at the Twin Peaks massacre on May 17, 2015.

During the fracas, Pilkington suffered a 1/4-inch bullet wound in his leg, then served an extended period of days in the Jack Harwell Detention Center after receiving initial medical care. According to his mother, he received no further medical attention during his stay at the privately operated lockup at Waco, which is leased to LaSalle Corrections, an out of state operator.

 

Meth use hard on women

Crystal meth kills – in a time signature difficult to perceive…

Bosqueville – It’s been five years.

Five years have passed since a N. 19th St. Bosqueville trailer exploded in flames on Feb. 16, 2012, the sudden conflagration killing a mother and two of her children within minutes.

Five years have passed and all the people involved who kept using crystal meth in total acceptance of its ill consequences on the mind and body are either dead, or in the penitentiary.

Those who stopped using and sought help, the solace of a rehabilitation clinic, the faith in an almighty God, the healing agency of time, are now living somewhat normal lives.

Speaks to the logic centers of the mind. Take away the speed, life returns to normal conditions. Keep using, you die, or you lose all your freedom and all your time to the People of the State of Texas.

The authorities have moved in mysterious ways and exercised ham-fisted  control in order to keep the world from finding out just how the blaze erupted – and why.

The record left behind is filled with hearsay, rumor, and innuendo, but there is one common theme, one common word that runs through it all.

B-I-T-C-H

The gangsters who control use the word constantly. That which is considered less than honorable behavior is “that bitch-ass shit.” Women are low-life, their presence to be tolerated, ruled by men who have consigned their freedom to serial episodes of getting by between stretches behind bars.

Such a deal.

Why do the women put up with it? Drugs? A sense of belonging?

Feminists don’t hestitate to answer for them.

They say they have a distorted sense of self-worth, that they seek such degrading treatment to satisfy a perception compelled by a low sense of self esteem.

It all brings to mind what we were told at our mother’s knees. Drugs are used in the underworld to control women – women they call ho’s – to keep them in a constant state of dependence on their handlers, men who use them for purposes that are unspeakable, their vile description of their uses cascading in a filthy tirade from their distorted mouths.

Women who are deemed out of control are made examples. Those who survived the events of winter of 2012 and its following year tremble in fear; they speak of what happened in low tones, their memories hazy, the names tumbling off their tongues with no accuracy, no assured memory.

In a case file compiled in a series of seven indictments for engaging in organized criminal activity, the suspects all told a detective that while transporting a car earlier sold to a dealer on LaSalle Ave., to a rural location after stealing it back, the conspirators were obliged to swing by another location to help a woman who had injected herself in the neck with crystal meth. She was overamping, suffering the effects of an overdose.

The women who will talk off the record, for deep background, say the truth is way different, the truth is, a team of inflamed jicksters seeking revenge for some transgression kicked her door in and stabbed her in the neck with a hot shot of meth, leaving her fate to happenstance and the grace of God before she was revived and brought back to normal respiratory functioning.

A chief suspect in the killing of Ashley Dawn Rogers had a rider who was seen with him the morning of the day the deaths occurred.

Her presence during the time the actual fire happened is hazy, its time-line unproven, but the women who fear reprisal are all sure of certain things.

To “save her life,” her gangster companion held her hostage in a motel, disciplining her by injecting her skin in the odd location to a shallow depth, then pushing the plunger to dispense the syringe’s contents just below her skin.

The dope, which is synthesized from battery acid, drain cleaner, match heads, ether starter fluid, cold tablets, and the lithium from dry cell batteries, caused the tissue to abscess, made inflamed islands of pus-filled sores in her body, rendered painful infections, unsightly sores, indelible scars.

When her docket call day came for a court appearance, he wouldn’t let her to go the courthouse, held her hostage there at the motel.

Somehow, the detective who worked the case for the Waco Police knew her exact location, and as soon as the Court issued a capias warrant, came to the precise location to serve it – in a room filled with tattooed members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

The young woman named in the warrant for a failure to appear went away to a women’s penal colony for a year.

It saved her life.

Say it again. To save her life, she had to give up a year of living in freedom.

That’s what they say.

But listen to the story.

Make up your own mind.

Meth usage involves facial disfigurement, scars, tattoos, tooth decay

Judges’ Mano A Mano Brewing In Waco Courts

Former District Judge Susan Criss on the bench at Galveston

If the search warrant is not good, then evidence gained pursuant gets suppressed. – Judge Susan Criss

Waco – To get a conviction for engaging in organized criminal activity, the DA is going to have to put in the hands of the accused the weapons specified in the indictments of the defendants arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015. 

That will be a difficult task if former District Judge Susan Criss’s challenge to the search warrants is successful. She objects to the method used by 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph Strother and a colleague, District Judge Gary Coley to issue the search warrants seeking DNA specimen from the defendants.

The dispute centers around a zealous attempt to match DNA found upon weapons confiscated as evidence at the scene of the mass killings with that of the accused.

The ex-Judge is holding in her defense of her client that the warrants of search to obtain tissue swabs for the purpose are invalid because the Courts did not ensure their execution in a way befitting the due process guaranteed by the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

In this classic clash of constitutional conflict, hand to hand among the lions and lionesses of the courts, what could be more dramatic? For a courthouse resembles nothing so much in our American republic than a temple – a temple of justice – and who dares teach the law there?

The Judges, known in polite and professional parlance as the Courts, are the learned rabbis of the law. Who would argue that their instruction does anything less than guide and direct the very character of a community?

The Courts teach the law. All others who appear there in advocacy practice the law.

Selah!

Judge Susan Criss represents Rolando Reyes, a member of Los Caballeros Motorcycle Club of Killeen, a support club associated with Los Bandidos U.S.A. He is one of 177 persons arrested and 155 later indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity, activity that led to either capital murder, attempted capital murder, or aggravated assault on that fateful day.

As a District Judge in Galveston, she once presided over civil cases involving thousands of litigants and hundreds of lawyers, as well as one of the most complex murder cases in American history the dismemberment murder case that resulted in the acquittal of Robert Durst, a man she later described to a journalist as “very dangerous,” a “person (who) knew what they were doing and that it was not the first time.”

In this case, she has invoked the dreaded Michael Morton law regarding withholding exclupatory evidence that would tend to lead to a finding of the innocence of the accused.

Her motion before 19th Criminal District Ralph T. Strother alleges that all communications between the District Attorney, his staff, and the Judge and his staff are required by “the authority of Tex. Code. Crim. Proc. Ann. Art. 39.14, otherwise known as The Michael Morton Act.”

The invocation of that law led to a Georgetown District Judge’s felony conviction over his conduct as a prosecutor in State v. Michael Morton. District Judge Ken Anderson resigned his bench, lost his license to practice law, and served time for the crime for which he was accused and convicted, the failure to include in discovery the recollection of Mr. Morton’s little boy, who told an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office that a “monster with red hands” killed his mother with a two-by-four and “broke the bed,” then covered her body with an open suitcase, details only an eye witness would have known.

The monster was not his father, Michael Morton.

No one knew. Anderson did not allow it to be discovered as exculpatory evidence, something that could have led to his acquittal for the charge of murdering his wife and his subsequent sentence to serve out his life behind bars.

The Waco court system is extremely hostile to discovery of evidence. Most criminal defendants sign a “agreed order for discovery” promulgated by the Courts, and that’s as far as the matter goes. Court-appointed lawyers never even file a motion for discovery, much less a motion for a pre-indictment examining trial. Those who do are allowed to make an inspection of the materials at the DA’s offices under what is known as the “open file” policy; they are allowed to make no copies, and must rely upon their notes lest any of the material wind up in the hands of defendants or their associates.

In the Twin Peaks cases, there is an overkill of release of dicovery items on a serial basis that is preventing the defense bar from being prepared for trial due to their inability to absorb and catalogue all the myriad items spilling upon their desks at the odd moment.

In a letter to Strother, Judge Criss expands upon her complaint of ex parte communication between the Court and the DA’s staff, something which she deems “troublesome.”

One of those troublesome details is “The State took the position of refusing to sign the agreed reset form unless our client submitted to their demand and your purported order for our client to go the D.A.’s office. Much discovery is yet to be had without the added delay the processing of this DNA will add. The attorneys are already put in a precarious position of trying to preserve our clients’ rights to a Speedy Trial while ensuring we are adequately prepared by having examined all of the evidence in the discovery process.”

Issues of malpractice may arise should a counselor assert his readiness for trial and not be aware of another thousand pages of discovery material yet to be released.

Getting notice of the existence of a court order as a mention in an email from a staff member of the D.A.’s office is troublesome. If an order is issued by this Honorable Court then the lawyers and parties are entitled to have the written order or at least be told how to acquire it. If the order is verbal then it is not going to be enforceable without some verifiable record of exactly what is ordered. And then there is the whole isue of due process in the securing of an order without prior notice to the other side.

We have been put in a position of not really knowing if an order was issued by the Court, what the exact order was, what the circumstance of the order being rendered were and how to acquire any more information about the supposed order. This makes it impossible to advise our clients and render effective representation. This makes it impossible to make an effective record. Our adversary cannot serve as our intermediary with the Court. Furthermore our not being able to provide input to the Court prior to court orders being rendered causes multiple problems.”

Quite simply, she states in her letter to Judge Strother, “more than one employee” of the DA’s office told her that he, Strother, ordered her client to appear at the DA’s office on February 16, 2017 to help the prosecutors execute a search warrant signed by a judge other than yourself. To this day I do not know if that is true.

Though Judge Criss makes no objection to a judge ordering defendants on bond to make appearances in court in pereson, “I do strenuously object to ‘court’ being held in the prosecutor’s offices. I object to a status conference being parlayed into a mechanism for the Court to assist the prosecution in executing a search warrant issued by another judge.”

Had Strother signed the warrant it would still not be appropriate “for the Court to participate in any way shape or form in the execution of said warrant. Again I have only the word of the prosecutor that the Court was ordering our appearance at the D.A.’s office. And I am not at all confident that the Court rendered any such order.”

One acidic comment in Judge Criss’s letter to Judge Strother recalls the adage that most of what we know we learned before we were five years of age:

To add the indignity of having the prosecution demand we play in their sandbox to avoid further waiving our clients’s Constitutional rights is problematic on many ethical, constitutional and appellate levels.

Asked about the ramifications of her filings, Judge Criss responded, If the search warrant is not good, then evidence gained pursuant gets suppressed.

We the People may well witness law at is it being made, here, in this city, Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos.

One may read the Original DNA Search Warrant by clicking here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xwlok2p2pp41dy9/Original%20DNA%20Search%20Warrant%20-%20Reyes.pdf?dl=0

To read the Second Search Warrant, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ev602j2lirgz8lo/2nd%20DNA%20search%20warrant%20-%20Reyes.pdf?dl=0

In an open records request to the District Attorney’s Office, Judge Criss made certain to “request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the issues involved here.”

“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a sustainable education be provided for in all its citizens.”
~~~Thomas Jefferson

 

Warrants Expired In Twin Peaks Biker DNA Probe?

Robert G. Callahan and Christopher L. King respond to questions

Waco – When and why Judge Ralph Strother issued the warrants used to seize DNA samples from bikers accused of engaging in organized criminal activity will be a key element in a battle to suppress evidence.

Lawyers who intend to challenge the validity of the search warrants used to obtain the samples in the Twin Peaks cases are playing their objection “close to my vest (pun intended)…”

Suppression of any evidence will hinge on the wording of the affidavits as to the purpose of the search because they may have been expired at the time officers of the court served them at a pre-trial hearing, it was learned.

According to a missive from the law firm of Callahan & King, “I’ll get you a copy of the search warrant. In short, they had expired. They’re only valid, I believe, for 3 days. 

“While this has been brought to the DA’s attention, I don’t think they understand that yet. So, I’m trying to keep that card close to my vest (pun intended) for now. I’ll use it to our advantage later.”

The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provides for three time periods for the warrant to run under three specific purposes, as amended by recent acts of the Legislature.

According to Section 18.07 (1), the time limit is “15 whole days if the warrant is issued solely to search for and seize specimen from a specific person for DNA analysis and comparison…”

In two subsequent subdivisions, there are provisions for 10 whole days if the purpose of the warrant is to seize electronic evidence from computers, cell phones or telephone pen registers, and three days if the warrant is issued for other purposes.

In all cases, the Code requires that affidavits of probable cause must specify the person and place to be searched; the items to be searched for; and the specific complaint for which they are sought.

Warrants of search must be time stamped as to the time and date a Court issued them.

According to a previous story that appeared in these columns, lawyers involved in the litigation objected to the method by which the search warrants were obtained from 19th Criminal District Judge Ralph T. Strother. They allege it was done through ex parte communications between he and the staff of District Attorney Abel Reyna.

Hit Error By DA, Judge In Biker Trials DNA Probe

“Are you going to tell them we don’t have to prove they are innocent? Are you just going to stand there with your hands in your mouths and…” – defense lawyer in a press conference of Nov. 2015

Defense Bar in the Twin Peaks cases at an angry 2015 press conference

Waco – Fourth Amendment issues between the defense and the Judge emerged rampant an hour after the Courthouse closed on Friday.

The lawyers defending Twin Peaks cases are ready for a procedural fight. They demand that prosecutors and judges have actual search warrants before they order their clients into court for search and seizure of their body tissues.

Defense Attorneys are concerned that 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph T. Strother engaged in flawed communications with the DA’s office about allegedly invalid search warrants to obtain DNA from Twin Peaks defendants.

The communications between the Judge and prosecutors led to a pre-trial appearance by defendants and their attorneys resulting in a dramatic collection of tissue evidence from the accused on February 16, 2017.

Members of a law firm representing some of the defendants sent an e-mail to media outlets at 5:54 pm, an hour after quitting time, on Friday, March 24 to reveal that Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon responded to an open records request to reveal e-mails from Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Dillon to members of the defense bar that they claim show evidence of ex parte conversations between Judge Strother and the DA’s staff.

According to the e-mail, the material released by the DA’s office concerns “trial scheduling and scheduling defendants to appear for invalid search warrants,” especially in e-mails displayed on pages 5 and 6 of the public information response, as well as text messages at the end of Harmon’s reply.

In the e-mail, Assistant DA Amanda Dillion wrote:

Per Michael (Jarrett) and Abel (Reyna) please send the following email ASAP to the defense attorneys that have clients that need to be here this Thursday for DA collection:

Judge Ralph Strother has requested the District Attorney’s office to forward information about the upcoming Status Docket as our office have been in contact with Twin Peaks defense attorneys on a regular basis and would have th ebest means of sending out information.

Judge Strother is ordering that you and your client appear for the Status Docket on Thursday, February 16th, 2017. The client must appear and the Announcement Form must be signed and turned into the Court by 1 p.m. 

In a return e-mail of Wednesday, February 15, 2017, former District Judge Susan Criss of Galveston, who now practices criminal law from an office in Harker Heights, wrote:

I understand that your office has to give the defense bar notice of hearings you set. And we must do the same for you and your prosecutors.

I am extremely uncomfortable though with your office serving as the conduit of information from either Court. It encourages and invites redress of both your office and Courts. Litigation at this level is stressful enough for all involved without adding these concerns… 

Judge Criss prefaced her remark by writing:

Much speculation exists that this is about your office’s attempts to collect DNA. If you have a court order or warrant, then please provide. Some may object and seek redress with the Court. No harm in that for you if your warrant is good. No one’s DNA will change or disappear if we get the chance to read and think about it before Court. 

According to a text message from Ms. Dillon to a Court Coordinator, there was a great deal of confusion about the legal instrument by which this search and seizure would be accomplished.

She wrote:

Hey I think we’re going to need an order to appear from Judge Strother if we are the ones sending the email- can you get him to sign something real quick for both dates?

‘I don’t think the police are against us’-Bandidos

BANDIDOS PRESIDENT: There was no rumble over a Texas rocker

Bandidos U.S.A. President Bill Sartelle updates public in an exclusive interview with The Legendary Jim Parks and Texas Biker Radio 

Galveston – When Bill Sartelle and the board of officers of the National Chapter of Bandidos, U.S.A. take to the board room, the image is what you would expect of any national corporate entity.

There is a methodical agenda, quiet and respectful discussion, and a pause to assure the chairman that there is consensus among his officers, the sergeants at arms, secretaries, and national vice presidents – not necessarily a script, but definitely an organized approach to taking care of business.

Asked what is on his mind, and how he can best be heard in this first voluntary, requested interview with a social media outlet, Bill Sartell, President of Bandidos, U.S.A. said without equivocation, “We like to stay away from the term outlaw.”

He and one of the tallest men you’ve ever seen, a man with the road name of Dozer, who actually bumped his head on the lintel of the meeting room door as he strode into the room, agreed that outlaw is the term the government uses to describe a criminal organization, a street gang. Consequently, the media gravitates to that description in their coverage.

Where does it come from?

The media hasn’t helped much; movies are exploitive, playing up the violent image of men and women who never were, doing things that sprouted from the head of a B-grade script writer, only to be later described in criminal narratives by law men writing dubious probable cause affidavits.

If I was to change anything in the media today,” said Sartelle, I would say update your information.” Most law enforcement manuals are written for the last quarter of the previous century.

It’s not 1975 anymore.”

And then he dropped the bomb shell.

I don’t think the police are against us.” He let that sink in. “It’s the federal officers.”

State indictments refer to Bandidos chapters as “criminal street gangs;” federal charges refer to them as outlaw motorcycle organizations, outfits that engage in an ongoing racketeering enterprise.

That’s not really true, according to the board of this 501 3C non-profit corporation.

Both descriptions are far astray of the ancient legal meaning, that of a person declared out-law – that is, beyond the protection of the law, to be killed on sight by law-abiding folks, for the protection of their own lives.

Going around the table, most of the men report they are retired from outfits such as Amoco, BP, and other petroleum refining outfits.

Though they aren’t “BOI” – born on island – most are members of the local Galveston Bandidos Chapter.

The meeting room at the Doubletree Hilton grows quiet; men gaze into the mid-distance above their heads.

There are six questions agreed upon going into the interview.

  1. What are the Bandidos?
  2. Talk to me about the issue of “club territories.”
  3. There is an elephant in the room, the “new” club in town.
  4. Waco. What about the lawyer bailing out on a member scheduled to go on trial as the first defendant to face justice for the vague charge of engaging in Organized Criminal Activity?
  5. What about a rumored recent exodus of members from your club?
  6. How about membership now? Are there new trends to discuss?

The answers to those questions may be heard in Bill Sartelle’s own words by listening to the audio interview.

There are two issues to correct in previous coverage.

First, Wesley Dale Mason, 39, of Abilene, who is charged with the shotgun murder of Kinfolk MC member Dusty Childress, is neither an ex-Bandido, nor a current member of the Bandidos, he is merely inactive, according to a National Secretary. Said Bill Sartelle, “He has not participated in any club business for quite some time.

Mason pled out to assisting in the disposal of the body of a man murdered in a dispute, Carey Rod Tate, for which he received 8 years deferred adjudication and a thousand dollar fine. In return, he enjoyed dismissed charges for stabbing a member of the Cossacks Motorycycle Club outside a Logan’s Steakhouse in Abilene, part of the rumored war.

Second, an earlier announcement that all four men indicted with the 2006 murder of an Austin man in a rumored dispute over recruitment by Hells Angels is not correct.

One is still a Bandido. He is behind bars.

We still support our brothers, whether they are behind bars, or not,” said Sartelle.

And then he fixed The Legendary with a very serious expression and an intent stare from behind the lenses of his horn-rimmed glasses.

We will not support a brother who has been arrested for dealing in narcotics…That is an offense from which there is no appeal to any court.”

One makes a mental remark of his earlier words: “We are a bunch of guys who like to ride motorcycles.”

It’s a straightforward answer to a forthright question, answered in the clearest of terms.

‘Either be a lawyer, or be a bondsman – If you take a case, try the case’ – Atty

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.

Why?

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!”

‘We’re Not Going Away…’

John Xavier Portillo, accused of ordering a war on the Cossacks MC

Galveston – As acting President of the Bandidos U.S.A., and Vice President of the mother club, John Portillo declared war on the Cossacks to “protect the Texas rocker,” according to the racketeering indictment he faces in federal court.

The indictment that alleges this may be read by clicking here. Bear in mind, these are allegations the government intends to prove, not a presentment of guilt.

Amid a plethora of other charges, murder to avenge the death of Javier Negrete is prominent. The government alleges that the club used fear to intimidate other patch holders from other clubs not to encroach on their territory.

That proof is far from a done deal.

The next time my readers see anything in these columns will be a report on an interview with Bandidos U.S.A. President Bill Sartelle in this city. His spokesman says he has something to say to the world, and it will be a first for a Bandidos President while occupying his office to give an interview to any form of the media, including social media.

True, Jeffrey Pike gave Ed Lavandera of CNN an interview following the Twin Peaks Massacre, but not as president. He had stepped aside in the aftermath of his arrest and indictment for racketeering.

My intention is to visit with Mr. Sartelle, learn of his expectations and what he wants to accomplish in this historic meeting, and then allow him to say what is on his mind before asking any questions.

It should be well known to one and all that “No comment” is considered a comment when the chips are down – and they’re always down when it comes to the subject at hand.

This sound byte of John Xavier Portillo speaking of a new atmosphere for “outlaw motorcycle organizations” comes from a Belgian television documentary.

Listen carefully.