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Johnson Wins 60-40% With 100% Of Votes Counted

Since you must wager, wager upon the occurrence whereby you lose the least if you are wrong. – Blaise Pascal, Of The Necessity of the Wager, Pensees

Waco – A walk-on home town candidate who returned from the bright lights and big city of Big D to care for his elderly mother whipped the two-term sitting District Attorney with a suggestion.

Barry Johnson announced his candidacy by saying what would to any pragmatic legal manager in any large law office be readily apparent.

From where he sat, Johnson said, speaking from a background of 30 years experience managing thousands of cases and many lawyers who reported directly to him, it looked like the Twin Peaks cases were a no show.

Why not go through them, discover which ones had little or no probable cause and thus no chance of conviction, and concentrate on the ones in which there is abundant evidence of murder and assault?

As the weeks wore on, his opponent, sitting DA Abel Reyna, did exactly that because he didn’t want to face questions about a federal probe in which members of his staff gave an FBI agent the goods on his crooked and unethical dealings, including selling case dismissals for cash contributions, evidence tampering,  and collusion with racketeers.

The reason that was possible was simple enough. It was because of the antics of the “elected Criminal District Attorney of McLennan County,” as Abelino Reyna so often refers to himself.

Reyna made himself a witness when he stepped over the line as a prosecutor the day of the debacle in which 9 died of gunshot wounds in a pool of blood and an additional 20 suffered serious wounds.

Reyna became the “necessary witness,” as lawyer F. Clinton Broden termed his participation by directing his staff to prepare an affidavit of warrantless arrest in a complaint that specified only the fact that those to be arrested were wearing certain “gang” colors held to be those of “outlaw motorcycle gangs” by state police or the Department of Justice.

That single act is prohibited by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which dictates in black and white statutes that it is illegal for a prosecutor to investigate a case, then supervise its prosecution in court. One cannot legally serve both as a police officer – a necessary witness – and a trial lawyer in the prosecution of an accused offender.

In pre-trial hearings in case after case, lawyers followed Broden’s lead by issuing subpoenas for Reyna’s appearance as a witness.

To avoid his appearance, Reyna would then dismiss the cases, and thereby proved Johnson’s legal argument without Johnson having to file a writ or step into the well of a courtroom and argue the point before a judge.

Johnson is a Waco native whose father started as a Justice of the Peace, obtained a law degree, and served as a District Judge for many years.

He campaigned on the twin issues of Reyna’s misapprehension of legal procedure in the Twin Peaks prosecutions and his father’s wisdom, in which he taught him that once a judge or prosecutor crosses the line and gives one defendant special treatment, he must then give all the same treatment.

Quite simply, Reyna proved what Johnson had said on the campaign trail to be quite true, both in a legal and practical sense, and the rest is history.

In a record turnout, 17,277 voters cast ballots with 10,347 choosing Johnson’s brand of legal logic over 6,930  – 60% for Johnson, 40% for Reyna. Thosewho traveled the more frothy and dubious path laid by Reyna, that evil men and women wearing loud colors on black sleeveless jackets arrived in their town astride chrome-wheeled beasts bent on a murderous rampage over – what issue it was never quite clear – found themselves in the minority.

The motive for hundreds of persons who arrived at what they expected would be a political meeting to commit murder and mayhem as part of an organized criminal conspiracy was never very clear, even when it took five weeks to try Dallas Bandidos Chapter Jake Carrizal after a month-long wrangle over the recusal of the judge and the selection of the jury at a cost of $1.5 million.

That debacle resulted in a mistrial, and more than 100 federal civil rights cases are pending in an Austin U.S. District Court alleging false arrest and punitive bail, speedy trial violation, and an impossibility in the concept of the ability to face one’s accusers when even after three years of waiting, the requested discovery items promised by the prosecution are by and large still to be delivered.

One suspects that voters kept a weather eye on the phenomenal costs associated with Reyna’s brand of justice.

The only ballistics evidence presented came from testing three of 14 rifles wielded by police officers on the fateful day, leaving 11 rifles unaccounted for, and the remainder of the evidence of the ballistics firearms tested by an ATF tool mark specialist ruled inadmissible because the technicians who actually prepared the reports were not summoned to testify.

The inept display of legal maneuvering before a jury of confused and frankly bored and inattentive persons who were forced to constantly parade in and out of the courtroom while legal arguments stormed through their days out of their presence led to a humiliating defeat.

Quite simply, Barry Johnson outlawyered Abel Reyna without ever stepping into the courtroom in 155 cases out of more than 190 alleged by We The People Of The State Of Texas because our prosecutor, the man chosen in 2010 to head our law office at Waco, McLennan County, Texas, made a fatal legal error in judgment on the evening of May 17, 2015.

The only way he could be persuaded to admit his error was to threaten him with self incrimination in his testimony, something he has already done by committing aggravated perjury in a disqualification hearing held in August, 2016.

Who needs it?

Even if you can afford it, what do you get out of it? More of the same?

Such a deal.

I am sincere.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

 

 

‘Gag Order’ Applies To All But Reyna, Says Lawyer

Waco – The apparently charmed actions of incumbent elected District Attorney Abel Reyna continue to draw chain lightning in the black and gold case of Matthew Clendennen, who was arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015, wearing a Scimitars cut.

Though he no longer owns a hog or is a member of a club affiliated with the Cossacks, he’s still facing indictment for engaging in organized criminal behavior and a superseding charge of conspiring to commit capital murder.

In a filing for the immdidate order to show cause why Reyna “should not be held in contempt of court of court,” defense attorney F. Clinton Broden hammered on the fact that though Visiting Judge Doug Shaver ordered Reyna to immediately take down ads on his Facebook page and on the air that depict the arrest of Clendennen on the fateful day, Reyna continues to “thumb his nose” at the directions of the Court.

In a hearing Monday morning – primary election eve – Judge Shaver said he was not sure if a gag order issued prior to Reyna’s self recusal by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson would still apply, the Judge said were he sure, he would order him taken into custody.He told Reyna he “should be ashamed of yourself.”

As of 3:30 pm the same day, Reyna had not complied with his order, an action Broden said would take only a “few mouse clicks” for anyone with even “rudimentary” computer skills.

As to the applicability of the gag order to Reyna, Broden noted in his motion that,

The Court was worried that, because Reyna’s office recused itself from the case, that the ‘gag order’ might not cover Reyna. Mr. Clendennen notes that the ‘gag order’ covers ‘witnesses…who have testified in investigative or adjudicative proceedings’ in the case. In fact, Reyna’s purported reason for recsing himself in this case was that he has testified in an adjudicative proceeding in the case.

So, the famous “gag order” so often cited by cops and robbers, lawyers and defendants throughout the Twin Peaks saga seems to apply to everyone but the “elected Criminal District Attorney,” Abelino Reyna, who faces a “coin flip,” do-or-die decision today at the polls in a primary election with his single challenger, home town lawyer Barry Johnson, recently returned from a 30-year career as manager of a Dallas law office.

In denying a motion for a speedy trial on Monday, Judge Shaver ordered a trial date of October 5, according to Broden, who had sought dismissal of the case due to repeated delays imposed by Reyna’s stalling tactics over discovery.

Judge Shames Reyna Over Video Depicting Accused

Twin Peaks defendant Matthew Clendennen in campaign video

Waco –  It was as strong an admonishment as District Judges ever give elected Criminal District Attorneys.

Visiting Judge Doug Shaver reacted to a motion from defense counsel complaining of the use of the video image of the defendant Matthew Clendennen in a campaign video, saying, “Mr. Reyna, you should be ashamed of yourself.”.

He told the district attorney that his use of the images and the narrative of the campaign video violates a gag order in the Clendennen case that was imposed by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson.

Admonishments of practicing attorneys are rarely public – even more rarely delivered in open court.

Though Judge Shaver corrected Reyna in strong terms, he stopped short of granting a motion for a speedy trial, one of many such in the nearly three years since the commercial lawn care provider experienced arrest as a member of a Cossacks support club, the Scimitars, on May 17, 2015, at the Twin Peaks Restaurant.

He was there to attend a Confederation of Clubs meeting regarding legislative items, including a multimillion dollar motorcycle safety fund, handgun open carry legislation still pending, anti-profiling laws, and asset forfeiture repeal.

The judge set a trial date of October 5 in the case following a lengthy conference between the special prosecutors appointed to take the place of the elected DA and his staff following his recusal.

The issues included determining if the numerous delays and postponed court dates constitute a clear cut pattern of malice, the arguments presented behind a closed door. Judge Shaver also overruled a motion to quash a superseding indictment for conspiracy to commit capital murder.

When the attorneys and the judge emerged, he stalked from the courtroom, leaving media wondering what the decision was on a court date.

“October fifth, I guess,” said attorney F. Clinton Broden, when quizzed.

On the witness stand, Clendennen tearfully revealed that he temporarily lost custody of his children during a divorce case that occurred following his arrest, and  that he is unable to pass certain background checks corporate clients perform to determine if his organization is trustworthy to take care of their lawn care, and for credit checks.

“It’s like starting over at square one,” he said.

Abel Reyna stood in the well of courtroom and told the judge he wold take the videos down from his web site and cancel further airing of the material in paid political advertisements.

He did not take the stand, though he was summoned as a witness.

Key Witness Served In 11th Hour Lawyers’ Showdown

CAN’T ALWAYS HIT LONG BALL OVER CENTER FIELD FENCE; SOMETIMES HAVE TO HIT BALL ON GROUND, BOUNCING… – ERNEST HEMINGWAY, TALKING INDIAN TALK

Waco – When District Attorney Abel Reyna alighted from his car at the early voting center, the private investigator who served him with a witness subpoena had the rare distinction of a rooting section.

The rooting section took cell phone in hand to report the news.

As quickly as the gumshoe executed the return of service acknowledging that Abel Reyna is summoned to appear as a witness in the status conference hearing in the case of State V. Matthew Clendennen at 9 a.m. on Monday in the 54th Criminal District Court, the news hit the internet like a small pebble making wide waves in a little pond.

The attorney representing Clendennen, a former member of the Scimitars black and gold motorcycle club who was arrested for having a seat on the patio and ordering a bottle of water at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015, is the guy who called Reyna’s bluff nearly three years ago.

F. Clinton Broden filed a motion to disqualify the DA and his staff that has resulted in the blowback of dozens upon dozens of case dismissals in order to avoid having to appear as a witness or allowing members of his staff to appear as such in other cases.

Why?

Quite simply, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure prohibits a prosecutor who has been involved in the investigation of a case from serving also as the prosecutor.

The matter before the court – front and center – is whether Reyna and his staff became a “necessary witness” – that is, the complaining witness, or police officer, when he took command of the investigation the evening of the day 9 died and 20 suffered gunshot wounds at a Confederation of Clubs meeting for motorcycle enthusiasts.

In a previous disqualification hearing held in August, 2016, Reyna testified under oath all about how he and his lead prosecutor, Michael Jarrett, directed Mark Parker, and Assistant DA, to draft a complaint, an affidavit of warrantless arrest, for a magistrate’s signature. In the document, he alleged that people with the colors of clubs designated by the Department of Justice or the Department of Public Safety as outlaw motorcycle gangs or their support clubs should be arrested.

For what?

Engaging in organized criminal activity that led to the capital murder and/or aggravated assault of other motorcycle enthusiasts.

Tell me what I say. It means the DA turned himself into a cop and ordered the arrest of folks, and then he took the witness stand and uttered a false hood on the court record.

He said he told the cop who signed the affidavit to make sure he familiarized himself with every detail of the events described. When recalled to the witness stand, Manuel Chavez, a Waco Detective who didn’t know anything about it because he had been just called away from another investigation, said he never talked to him.

That allegation involves aggravated perjury, a felony that’s good for no less than 2 years or more than 20 behind bars.

If Reyna dismisses the Clendennen case to avoid testimony, he will have dragged the ultimate sacrifice bunt to put yet another runner on third, while hitting into a twin killing to retire the side. The net net, no runs, no hits, muchas errors.

Ho hum. It might as well be spring.

Like a round of golf, the story ends up in the same place it began, the 19th hole and the parking lot.

Put it on your calendar. Monday in the 54th Criminal District Courtroom at 9 a.m.  on primary election eve, March 5.

So far, it is alleged, Reyna has gone so far as to dismiss the charges against defendants prosecutors could have plausibly proven were the gun-bearing assailants who actually shot victims in the 45 seconds of carnage that left the concrete of the restaurant parking lot slick with blood.

That is, if the ballistics evidence had been preserved in an orderly fashion, and the documentation had been presented in a legal way.

You see, when it came time for the expert witness to testify about which bullet was fired from what gun and where it wound up, there was a terrible mistake made. Defense counsel in the case against Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal objected to an ATF expert witness testifying about reports made by Waco Police officers, reports about which he had no personal knowledge, as required by the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The agent looked rather sheepish as he stepped down from the witness stand after the court sustained the objection and the judge told the lead prosecutor, “Call your next witness.”

The same motion can be argued at every status conference in rotation – or the voters can put a stop to the ridiculous charade and vote for the opposition Republican candidate – Barry Johnson.

I have spoken.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

 

 

 

Popeye’s Call To Action

‘RELEASE THE INNOCENT FROM TWIN PEAKS CHARGES’ – MOSS

Butch “Popeye” Moss hurls invective at Reyna – for political action 

Arlington – Popeye Moss is adamant. He wants no state intervention funded by taxpayers to bail out Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna or the officials of McLennan County in civil rights judgments.

Moss is President of Sons of LIberty Riders Motorcycle Club.

The DA is sued in more than 100 cases in U.S. District Court at Austin, both as a public official and individually. Knowledgeable sources have confirmed that the insurance carrier that handles errors and omissions indemnification for McLennan County does not cover individual claims filed against the DA. The coverage is for the County of McLennan and the City of Waco only.

He’s calling in his markers statewide from associates and elected state representatives who control the purse strings.

The message is a simple one. Do not fund with taxpayers’ money any bailout for a DA who ordered the arrests of hundreds of persons on an illegal warrant.

Said Moss in a prepared statement:

We will be using all our political connections statewide, contacting state representatives in an effort to block any type of bailouts by the taxpayers of Texas. McLennan County should own their mistakes. McLennan County should own their mistakes. Abel Reyna should take swift action and release the innocent, to lessen the financial burden of the taxpayers of McLennan County. We have thousands of members statewide with political connections. We will use them. And we want everybody to know it.

As a member of the Confederation of Clubs, the National Council of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Strike Force, U.S. Defenders, and a person of long experience in the halls of the Legislature, Popeye is ready to back his words with political action, calling on club members throughout the Lone Star State to prevent state-funded bailout for officials who violated the civil rights of persons who are no more guilty of a crime than he would have been had he attended the political meeting of the Confederation of Clubs Region 1 and Region 2 on May 17, 2015.

The release from prosecution of 13 indicted accused offenders yesterday, March 2, and an additional two dozen unindicted suspects who were arrested and charged, their bail set at $1 million to “send a message underscores his message.  An additional 13 were released previously when a similar hearing in which members of the DA’s staff were called to testify about their participation in a federal probe led by an FBI agent.

Their allegations are that the DA operated “two-tier” justice system in which he dismissed charges or allowed guilty  pleas for greatly reduced charges for campaign contributors, his association with gamblers who operate games of chance in commercial properties throughout his jurisdiction, and his misplacement of controlled substances seized in cases in which he dismissed the indictment “in the interest of justice.”

Popeye served as a Boatswain’s Mate and an Assault Coxswain in the U.S. Navy during the 1960’s, a period of history during which Reyna would definitely not been allowed to perform his antics on board any naval vessel, much less a man of war.

I have spoken.

  • The Legendary

Reyna’s Dismissal Of Cases

DA Abel Reyna (seated in boat, L)  casts his bait in the swimming pool

DEFENSE BAR JEERS AT LAST MINUTE REFUSAL TO PROSECUTE TWIN PEAKS CASES ON EVE OF HEARING INTO FED PROBE

WACO – Lawyers representing clients released from prosecution for engaging in organized criminal behavior in the Twin Peaks cases called BS when DA Abel Reyna made his announcement on Wednesday.

To a man and woman, the barristers all said the same thing.

Reyna is facing extensive civil litigation in federal court in which defendants are seeking multimillions in money damages.

He cannot afford the addition to the court record of the testimony of members of his own staff acknowledging they gave statements against him to FBI Special Agent Dan Brust regarding criminal misconduct.

Former First Assistant District Attorney Gary Davis, Lead Prosecutor Michael Jarrett, and Assistant DA Amanda Dillon were scheduled to testify at a hearing on Thursday morning regarding the cases of defendants facing prosecution.

Their allegations include the dismissal of cases for campaign contributors on a quid pro quo basis, involvement with illegal gambling, misplacement of drug evidence, and the intimidation of a special prosecutor assigned to the DWI trial of a prominent couple employed at Baylor University.

It is the second time Reyna has made the same maneuver to avoid that testimony being placed on the record. He previously dismissed 13 cases, allegedly for the same reason.

In a joint press release by attorneys representing the 13 defendants whose cases were either dismissed, or the 24 whose cases are refused for prosecution, Pia Lederman, Gary Smart and John Stickels of Arlington, and Reed Prospere of Dallas said:

He is afraid to have a hearing into his actions and  he will go to any lengths, no matter how embarrassingly transparent, to avoid such a hearing.  Meanwhile, even though Reyna waits until the eve of hearings to file dismissals for cases that should never have been indicted, he insults the intelligence of McLennan County citizens by claiming that the dismissals are the result of a further investigation of the cases.  Mr. Reyna again needs to be reminded that, in America, prosecutors investigate before they indict and do not wait for hearings into their political opportunism to evaluate cases for dismissal.

Reed Prospere said of the strategy, “He couldn’t have more of an ass of himself…Of 177 arrests and 155 indictments, there are probably between 15 to 20 cases they could file a charge on and obtain a conviction.”

He represents Brian Logan, whose case was dismissed. “There is no chance that they are going to re-file these cases,” he said. “If you have an IQ higher than a grapefruit, you’re not voting for Abel Reyna on March 6.”

In a poignant Facebook entry, Casie Gotro, defense counsel from Houston who battled Reyna, Jarrett, and Dillon to a mistrial in the case against Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal, the only case to be presented to a trial jury so far, said:

Manuel Rodriguez aka Candyman was killed in the parking lot of Twin Peaks. Shot in the face with a 9mm handgun before he could even turn his bike off. The spot where he fell has been defiled with graffitti. “FL”. Fucking Loser. The gun that fired the death shot was recovered from a saddle bag on a motorcycle parked in front of TP. Able Reyna just dismissed the charges against the man who parked it there.

She stopped short of naming the alleged assailant, adding, “I am sick to my stomach.” She is in a position to know. Ms. Gotro is one of the few persons on the planet who has examined and catalogued the estimated 2 million documents and items in evidence in the prosecution’s trial brief turned over on discovery.

Cases against the following have been dismissed:

Raymond Hawes, Daniel Johnson, Edward Keller Jr., Jeremy King, Brian Logan, Robert Nichols, Anthony Shane Palmer, Victor Pizana, Clayton Reed, Sergio Reyes, Gregory Salazar, Seth A. Smith and Ricky Wycough

Prosecutors have refused the charges against the following defendants:

Steven Walker, Jimmy Spencer, Bobby Samford, Julie Perkins, Morgan English, William English, Benjamin Matcek, Jimmy Smith, Bradley Terwilliger, Justin Waddington, Daryle Walker, Royce Vanvleck, Christopher Eaton, Brian Eickenhorst, Arley Harris, James Venable, Jeremy Ojeda, Kevin Rash, Richard Kreder, Owen Bartlett, Richard Dauley, Craig Rodahl, Walter Weaver and Michael Woods.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

Why Reyna Should Not Be Your DA Or Prosecutor

ABELINO ‘ABEL’ REYNA, ELECTED CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Waco – Next Tuesday, March 6, voters in this Texas county will have the opportunity to strike a blow for freedom by voting against the sitting DA, Abel Reyna.

His opponent Barry Johnson has vowed to drop the cases in which there is no real probable cause that the defendant participated in acts of criminal violence as alleged in the 155 indictments returned for the offense of engaging in organized criminal activity on May 17, 2015 at a political meeting at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

He says the charges are not only bogus, but that there is no way the State can prove that the acts of the vast majority of defendants had anything to do with capital murder and/or aggravated assault as alleged in the charges.

Knowledgeable observers have repeatedly said that there are offenders among the list of those charged, but they are not being prosecuted by Abel Reyna. Why?

One wonders.

This document alleges the crime of aggravated perjury by the elected Criminal District Attorney.

Aggravated perjury is a serious crime because it involves the circumstance of a public official uttering a falsehood in testimony against a person in a legal proceeding.

According to this legal memo filed with the Court on behalf of a defendant seeking the disqualification of Abel Reyna, this is exactly how the decision to charge 177 persons with engaging in organized criminal activity and set their bail at $1 million on an affidavit of probable cause that actually alleged no probable cause other than the wearing of certain colors.

It is not a criminal act to wear certain colors, associate with persons of your choosing, speak and publish freely the truth. Both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions guarantee that right. For three years, the defendants indicted for the bogus offenses of Twin Peaks have not had those rights, under pain of a return to jail.

It is a felony crime for an elected public official to utter falsehoods from the witness stand in a legal proceeding, and if proven on trial, it can result in a sentence of not less than two or more than twenty years confinement in the state penitentiary.

If Reyna is allowed to continue as the Elected Criminal District Attorney, he will be able to exert pressures on people who have for three years suffered under the terms and conditions of bond, the restrictions of court appearances, and the constant pressure of being confronted with the notion that a guilty plea to something they did not in fact do can stop the music – at the expense of freedom, of liberty.

Collectively, they have refused to do so, now, for three years at great personal expense and the loss of their liberty.

In the memo, one may read the actual testimony of high ranking Waco Police officials, the Criminal District Attorney, and the Detective who signed the ridiculously bogus charging instrument that had been prepared for him to sign – when he admittedly had no personal knowledge of the events alleged in the document.

Quite simply, this memo documents from the transcript made by the Court Reporter in the 54th Criminal District Court the verbatim testimony of the cops, the DA and the Detective. From there it is easy to figure out where the Twin Peaks cases went totally off the tracks – and why the Elected Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna has a financial interest in the continued prosecution of cases that are very shaky. In fact, the cases as indicted are very unlikely to result in any guilty verdicts.

Each defendant is due a fair civil trial in Federal District Court for the deprivation of their civil rights under the U.S. Constitution and Texas Constitution. More than 100 have filed suit both against Abel Reyna as a public servant and individually as a citizen and legal practitioner admitted to the State Bar. Their claims for money damages extend to many millions of dollars – more than McLennan County’s indemnification insurance can provide.

To read the memo, one need only download it from the hyperlink below:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/8o9cvxcgvcoqcz2/Bergman+law+memo.pdf

 

Porkpie Hat At The Mic – Running For Sheriff

Six Shooter Junction – Guy I was talking to said he’s waiting 180 days for his day in court.

What happens then?

“I can’t tell you,” he said. Scared to death. It’s the first time he’s been allowed to return to Waco outside of a court date. His eyes look haunted, like a deer in the headlights living its final moments – but every day, all day long – forever.

They were all scared to death, as they came up to the microphone to speak their peace, record their memory, tell their story.

Something remarkable about the gathering was the apparent lack of security. There was not one uniformed police officer in sight – anywhere.

The only sign of official cooperation was a portable toilet.

As the people spoke, the line at the mic grew longer and a man in a brown porkpie resembling the black one Sons of Liberty Riders MC President Butch “Popeye” Moss wears stepped up to say a few words.

That’s the Heisenberg hat worn by your carwash professional in the hit series, “Breaking Bad.” Jazz musicians like Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie wore them in the forties and fifties, as well as Eddie “Popeye” Egan of the New York Police Department narcotics squad, Mr. French Connection.

The mystery speaker said he’s running for McLennan County Sheriff, an event that won’t happen until the next election cycle rolls around in 2020.

In an interesting aside, Moss revealed that the night before the Wave 7 rally, the editorial page director of the local daily phoned to tell him the Sheriff’s Office would have no officers on the scene.

Moss found out he was right when he arrived and saw not one cop.

“He said it was because they’re broke,” said Popeye. And he laughed.

Mr. Heisenberg proceeded to make his speech, said Moss, sprinkling it liberally with what Popeye called “F-bombs,” the kind you really don’t want the kids hearing.

So, there were no cops present. Interesting.

And then I took a picture of the guest keynote speaker, Jim Harris, the behavioral counselor, and when I got back home, when I downloaded the snapshot, the action triggered something that wiped my phone of numbers and pictures.

No one had to get me on the ground and demand the phone with the muzzle of a gun pointed at my head.

They just hacked me.

Life goes on.  I was a journalist when all I had was a roll of quarters and an intimate knowledge of the quietest public phones in every building I knew. And then a taxi driver ran over an enclosed booth on a corner in New York, and Ma Bell started placing them all in the open, so you could run if matters became hectic. Sayonara to the quiet phones.

But you can still get the job done. Phone or no phone.

It’s a long, lonely road.

So mote it be.

  • Legendary

Prosecuting The Patch

Jim Harris, a behaviorist who has worked with Patch Adams, electioneered against DA Abel Reyna on Sunday Afternoon

WACO – When behaviorist Jim Harris stepped to the lectern to address enthusiasts who had biked in under the first warm and sunny skies in weeks from a 100 mile radius, he was careful to say that the prosecutor – not the police – was in the middle of a campaign of dehumanizing and demonizing their ranks.

A volunteer with the world famous Patch Adams, an innovative medical practitioner who has caught flack for his progressive methods, he was stopped at the Mexican border when he tried to fulfill a commitment to serve at a clinic in that nation’s interior.

He had arrived at the scene of the Twin Peaks debacle on May 17, 2015, and when police detained him for questioning, the DA made a decision he should be charged with – you guessed it – engaging in organized criminal activity. Nearly three years later, he has yet to see a courtroom or had a chance to defend himself against the charge. The truth? Harris is an activist. He rides a motorcycle.

There is no evidence he murdered anyone or participated in assaultive behavior on that fateful day. In fact, the charge and the indictment don’t state that. He is charged with something quite different, and that’s acting in combination with others in an ongoing criminal enterprise that led to those acts.

Sons of Liberty Riders MC President Popeye Moss introduced him by saying there are plenty of people who are guilty as charged, but the sitting DA, who is opposed by Barry Johnson, a seasoned litigator whose career took him to Dallas for 30 years in practice as a managing partner in a firm in that city, is concentrating on people who are wearing a patch of specific colors while others languish in legal limbo.

One may hear their remarks here: