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  • Unwieldy charges, evidence problems and a likable defendant complicated Twin Peaks trial

    11/19/2017 6:26:59 PM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/18/2017 | BILL WHITAKER
    For months, District Attorney Abel Reyna and his staff made clear they were champing at the bit to try strapping, 35-year-old Dallas Bandidos chieftain and locomotive engineer Jake Carrizal before any of the other bikers rounded up after the deadly 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant and watering hole. Consequently, many of us in the peanut gallery leaned closer to better understand, perchance appreciate, Reyna’s strategy of legally pursuing 154 bikers on identical organized crime charges, as opposed to the more discriminating capital murder charges Waco police originally contemplated. So much for that idea. The Nov. 10 mistrial only...
  • Pennsylvania Couple Arrested After Hibiscus Plants Mistaken For Cannabis

    11/19/2017 11:48:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    civilized ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Neil Bonner
    Take a look at the picture at the start of this article. The one on the left is good ol' cannabis, the plant we know and love. The one on the right is kenaf hibiscus, a plant which is not marijuana. Could you tell the difference? Well, a Nationwide Insurance agent couldn't - or didn't want to. What followed was an arrest and a lawsuit. On Oct. 5, the agent spotted the hibiscus plants while investigating a fallen tree on the property of Buffalo Township, PA couple Edward and Audrey Cramer. He then told police they had marijuana on their...
  • Reyna’s Motion And Jarrett’s Book(Waco)

    11/18/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/18/2017
    At eight minutes after four yesterday afternoon, McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna filed a motion to quash a hearing Monday at which he and three other members of his office – Michael Jarrett, Amanda Dillon and Heather Nering – have been subpoenaed to appear. The hearing was scheduled because Dallas Attorney Clint Broden intends to call Reyna as a witness in the trial of his client, former Scimitar Motorcycle Club member Matthew Clendennen. Broden thinks Reyna’s testimony may be impeachable. The Scimitars are a support club for the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. On May 17, 2015 Cossacks crashed a...
  • Police mistook hibiscus plants for marijuana, arrested Buffalo Township couple, suit claims

    11/17/2017 11:56:53 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 58 replies
    Tribune Review (Suburban Pittburgh) ^ | Last night 16 Nov 2017 | Matthew Medsger
    A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In a lawsuit, Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey Cramer, 66, claim that Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours last month as police ransacked their house looking for marijuana. But rather than running a pot-growing operation, the Cramers say they grow flowering hibiscus in their backyard. The Cramers were not charged. They filed a civil lawsuit Thursday...
  • Detroit Officers Posing As Drug Dealers Get Into Brawl With Detroit Officers Posing As Drug Buyers

    11/17/2017 7:04:16 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 29 replies
    JonathanTurley.org ^ | Nov. 17, 2017
    It appears that crime is so low in Detroit that police are left trying to arrest each other. On the East side of Detroit, the 12th Precinct sent in a team of special ops officers to pretend to be drug dealers. At the same time, the 11th Precinct sent in officers pretending to a drug buyers. The rest will long be the subject of law enforcement legend. Sources say that both undercover teams pulled their guns in attempting to arrest the other and ordered the other team to drop to the ground. That is when the rest of the special...
  • Police mistook hibiscus plants for marijuana, arrested Buffalo Township couple, suit claims

    11/17/2017 4:18:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 67 replies
    Trib Live ^ | November 16, 2017 | MATTHEW MEDSGER
    A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In a lawsuit, Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey Cramer, 66, claim that Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours last month as police ransacked their house looking for marijuana. But rather than running a pot-growing operation, the Cramers say they grow flowering hibiscus in their backyard. The Cramers were not charged. They filed a civil lawsuit Thursday...
  • Innocent man jailed for 29 years freed, cops beat confession out of him

    11/16/2017 5:41:08 PM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-15-2017 | Tariq Tahir
    A man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for a double murder has been released a month after his conviction was quashed. Arthur Brown, 66, was sentenced to life in prison after he convicted of murder and arson after a video store was burnt down, killing two people who lived next door. Brown was 37 and had no criminal record when he was called to the store on Chicago South Side to fix a lock. He says he was choked and beaten by police until he confessed and maintained his innocence through two trials, multiple appeals and lengthy post-conviction...
  • Do It Again(Waco)

    11/15/2017 4:48:03 AM PST · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/14/2017
    Abelino Reyna, the McLennan County Texas District Attorney with the courtroom manner of an infomercial salesman, announced today that his strategy for winning the Twin Peaks case is to do the same thing over and over until he gets s different result. Reyna, just spent 30 months prosecuting Dallas Bandido Christopher Jacob Carrizal for conspiring to murder nine people, conspiring to wound 18 more and leading a criminal street gang “exactly like the Bloods and the Crips.” The prosecution sort of culminated in a five-week-long trial that ended with a hung jury. Multiple reports after the jury was dismissed said...
  • Cellphone at Gunpoint: Salinas Police Incident Stirs Debate

    11/14/2017 3:15:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KSBW ^ | http://www.ksbw.com/article/cellphone-at-gunpoint-salinas-police-incident-stirs-debate/13533997 | Amy Larson
    A cellphone video showing a Salinas Police Department officer pointing his gun at a motorist who has no criminal record spurred a debate on KSBW's Facebook page last week. It's a tense situation as driver Alfonso Vargas, 21, of Salinas, holds up his cellphone to record an officer who is giving commands. Advertisement "Let me see your hands. Drop the phone, put your hands up," the officer orders. Two Salinas police officers had their guns pointed at Vargas. He was suspected of a vehicle code violation, Vargas said. Vargas uploaded the video on KSBW's Facebook page and wrote, " I...
  • Bodycam video shows LAPD cop planting drugs on black suspect: lawyer

    11/11/2017 8:28:17 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 10, 2017 | Chris Perez
    Bodycam video allegedly shows an LAPD officer planting drugs inside a black suspect’s wallet. *snip* The suspect, Ronald Shields, 52, was arrested at the time and charged with felony hit-and-run and possession of cocaine. Officers claimed in the police report that they found a small bag of coke in the front left pocket of Shields’ shirt. But bodycam video apparently tells a different story.
  • Jury was leaning toward a not guilty verdict in Twin Peaks, juror says

    11/10/2017 6:01:57 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    KcenTV ^ | 11/10/2017 | Stephen Adams
    The jury in the first Twin Peaks trial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal was leaning toward a not guilty decision on all three charges before the judge declared a mistrial on Friday. A member of the jury, who spoke to Channel 6 on the condition of anonymity, would not provide the exact split on any of the three charges. But, the juror said the final split on all three charges was in favor of a not guilty decision. The juror said during the course of nearly 16 hours of deliberations, there were points where the jurors were leaning toward Carrizal...
  • County's Twin Peaks price tag nears $1 million, still rising

    11/10/2017 5:11:47 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/7/2017 | Cassie L. Smith
    One month of increased security at the McLennan County Courthouse cost more than $400,000 in overtime pay for the first Twin Peaks shootout trial, bringing the county’s total costs to date related to the deadly melee to nearly $1 million. McLennan County commissioners Tuesday approved several line-item budget requests to fund expenses as testimony in the trial of Bandidos Dallas chapter president Jacob Carrizal entered its fourth week Monday. The overtime cost came in at about $365,000, County Auditor Stan Chambers said. With taxes and benefits, that amount reaches about $440,000, said Frances Bartlett, first assistant county auditor. County Judge...
  • Charleston (West Virginia) Officer Accepts Plea Deal in Fatal Crash Case

    11/10/2017 8:10:36 AM PST · by Morgana
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Nov. 10, 2017 | Alyssa Meisner, Digital Journalist/Anchor
    UPDATE 11/9/17 Stephen Doss pleads guilty to a misdemeanor offense of Authorized Emergency Vehicle Violation during his pretrial. On January 4th, 2017, Patrolman Doss was responding to a call when he was involved in an accident with his cruiser, in which his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by an elderly woman. The woman passed away as a result of the accident. Doss pleaded guilty to operating an emergency motor vehicle without the use of the lights and sirens. The charge carries a maximum of a $100 fine, and a sentence to jail for up to 10 days. Doss' negligent...
  • Slapped cop throws devastating punch at female football fan

    11/05/2017 10:18:05 AM PST · by conservative98 · 178 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 5, 2017 | 12:44pm
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where an apparently intoxicated University of Miami football fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head. [snip] She flails at one officer and misses, then slaps him in the face. He hits her in the head with his right fist, causing her to crumble in the officers’ arms as she is carried out of camera range.
  • Connecticut State Troopers Exonerated Following Controversial Videotaped Arrest (CYA defense)

    11/05/2017 4:59:21 AM PST · by raybbr · 27 replies
    Courant.com ^ | 10/2/2017 | Mikaela Porter; Matthew Kaufman
    A state police internal affairs investigator concluded there was “no evidence” to support an activist’s claim that three troopers conspired to concoct charges against him during a contentious interaction at a DUI checkpoint in 2015. Michael Picard, who supports the open carrying of firearms and opposes random DUI checkpoints, was charged with two infractions while protesting at an I-84 ramp in West Hartford. Police seized Picard’s camcorder during the confrontation, which, unbeknownst to the troopers involved, captured them discussing whether to file charges. In the audio, one trooper is heard stating that the officers “gotta cover our ass,” while another...
  • Addled in the saddle? Woman charged with DUI on horseback

    11/03/2017 12:10:14 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies
    https://apnews.com ^ | November 3, 2017 | AP
    <p>LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.</p> <p>Polk County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.</p>
  • Utah nurse settles over rough arrest caught on video

    11/01/2017 6:36:40 AM PDT · by WeWaWes · 16 replies
    yahoo(ap) ^ | 11/01/2017 | LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to let a police officer draw blood from an unconscious patient settled Tuesday with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $500,000.
  • Nurse forcibly arrested for doing her job gets $500K settlement

    10/31/2017 7:49:27 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | 10:08pm
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to let a police officer draw blood from an unconscious patient settled Tuesday with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $500,000. SEE ALSO Nurse dragged out of hospital, arrested for doing her job Nurse dragged out of hospital, arrested for doing her job Nurse Alex Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter, announced the move nearly two months after they released police body-camera video showing Detective Jeff Payne handcuffing Wubbels. The footage drew widespread attention online amid the national debate about police use of...
  • Two NYPD cops charged with raping an 18-year-old in police custody

    10/31/2017 4:05:18 PM PDT · by Ken H · 112 replies
    Wahington Examiner ^ | Oct 28, 2017 | Gabby Morrongiello |
    Two New York City Police Department cops were indicted on Friday for first-degree rape after being accused of forcing an 18-year-old woman into having sex while she was in their custody. The incident occurred inside a police van following the woman's arrest for possession of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug at Bath Beach in Brooklyn. According to the young woman, Officers Eddie Martins and Richard Hall drove her to the parking lot of a Chipotle on Sept. 15 where they raped her and forced her to perform oral sex. Both officers, who currently work as narcotics officers and maintain that...
  • Waco’s Whimpering Prosecution

    10/31/2017 6:39:07 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/30/2017
    It is starting to seem possible that the trial of Dallas Bandido Christopher Jacob Carrizal may end not with a dramatic bang but a whimper: Which is to say not with a verdict but with a dismissal after the prosecution fails to make its case even before the defense offers a word of rebuttal. Monday started with a whimper. Dallas attorney Clint Broden wanted to hold a pretrial hearing on behalf of his client Matthew Clendennen. Broden plans to call District Attorney Abelino Reyna to testify at Clendennen’s trial because Reyna is the man who ordered Clendennen’s arrest. So Broden...