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  • Reese family challenges appeals panel overturning of new trial order

    04/14/2014 6:41:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2014 | David Codrea
    Attorneys for the Reese family filed a petition for rehearing en banc Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. This latest move by the defense challenges a March 19 decision by a three judge panel overturning a District Court decision that the family of former gun dealers merited a new trial based on the prosecution withholding evidence that a witness had been the subject of a criminal investigation. The panel’s ruling last month was another in a series of setbacks for a family that has endured an ordeal approaching three years. Arrested in...
  • NM:Reese family challenges appeals panel overturning of new trial order

    04/04/2014 5:13:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2014 | David Codrea
    Attorneys for the Reese family filed a petition for rehearing en banc Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. This latest move by the defense challenges a March 19 decision by a three judge panel overturning a District Court decision that the family of former gun dealers merited a new trial based on the prosecution withholding evidence that a witness had been the subject of a criminal investigation. The panel’s ruling last month was another in a series of setbacks for a family that has endured an ordeal approaching three years. Arrested in...
  • Pacifica Radio Executive Director Stages Sit-In...

    03/27/2014 8:26:49 PM PDT · by golux · 48 replies
    Summer Reese, the fired executive director of Pacifica Radio, says she’s still not leaving the left-leaning organization’s California HQ in Berkeley, and is now sporting an inflatable air mattress at her office.... Reese, 40, was fired by the non-profit foundation’s board in an 11-7 vote on 3/13 and was locked out of the headquarters. However, after cutting the padlock to get into the building, Reese has hunkered down for nine days (as of 3/27) with a team of supporters. Reese and 12 of her compatriots — including Reese’s mother, a longtime anti-war and civil rights activist — refused to let...
  • NM:Reese family attorneys may withdraw over compensation issues(BATFE Persecution)

    09/05/2013 9:10:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 September,2013 | David Codrea
    Adding to an ordeal that’s dragged on for two years, the embattled Reese family is now facing the withdrawal of their attorneys due to compensation issues, a source close to the case told Gun Rights Examiner yesterday. Such a move, which may have already happened by this writing, will leave the defendants with no choice but to file affidavits claiming indigence so that they can obtain a public defender or a court-appointed lawyer. Arrested in 2011 for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on...
  • NM:Judge denies Reese family dismissal and access to seized assets for defense(BATFE persecution)

    07/29/2013 6:52:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    In a series of mixed but mostly negative legal messages for embattled defendants Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico issued rulings last Tuesday on multiple motions related to the case. Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges against them were dismissed. Husband Rick, wife Terri and son Ryin were convicted on...
  • NM:Reese brief highlights government evidence suppression, misconduct(BATFE persecution)

    07/14/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    Requesting that the United States Court of Appeals affirm the district court’s decision to grant a new trial and permit oral arguments, attorneys for the Reese family filed an Apellees’ Brief Thursday claiming “suppressed impeachment evidence was both favorable and material and … the decision to grant a new trial was within the sound discretion of the trial court.” Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges...
  • Reese lawyers reply to prosecutor move to deny assets for defense

    06/19/2013 5:23:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | David Codrea
    Attorneys Robert J. Gorence and Jason Bowles filed a Defendants’ Reply in Support of Motion for Partial Release of Assets on behalf of clients Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese in the District Court of the United States for the District of New Mexico last Thursday. “Contrary to the government’s assertion in its Response … the Defendants have met the standard required to qualify for a hearing … that “a defendant must demonstrate to the court's satisfaction that [he] has no assets, other than those restrained, with which to retain private counsel and provide for [himself] and [his] family,” the reply...
  • Retired Orlando Sentinel columnist Charley Reese dies at 76

    05/22/2013 7:06:39 AM PDT · by FReepaholic · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/22/13 | Susan Jacobson
    Charley Reese, a retired Orlando Sentinel columnist known for his conservative voice, has died, according to a Facebook post by his daughter. Reese, who was 76, died Tuesday after a long illness, according to the post. He was admitted to a hospital in February and later was transferred to a rehabilitation facility.
  • Reese lawyers respond to government motion against joint representation

    05/17/2013 5:35:05 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 May, 2013 | David Codrea
    The court must be wary of “manufactured” government arguments masking its own “impropriety,” as well as mindful of attempts to “drive a wedge” between defendants and “impos[e] unnecessary financial burdens,” lawyers for the Reese family of gun dealers cautioned in a joint response in opposition to the government’s opposed motion for ruling on joint representation filed Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, all family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy, and money laundering charges against them were dismissed. Husband...
  • Reese family requests partial asset release for legal, living expenses

    05/15/2013 8:21:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 May, 2013 | David Codrea
    A Defendant’s Motion for Partial Release of Assets was filed Monday by attorneys in the District Court of the United States for the District Of New Mexico on behalf of the Reese family of gun dealers to substantiate reasons why doing so is not only critical to the family’s defense, but also why legal precedent requires it. “Defendants, Rick Reese and Terri Reese … move this Court to enter an order authorizing the release of a portion of their seized assets to pay for upcoming legal expenses as well as to provide life subsistence,” the motion begins. Assets listed which...
  • NM:Judge relaxes release conditions for Reese father and son(Gun persecution case)

    04/18/2013 9:09:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 April, 2013 | David Codrea
    In an order granting a motion "supported by good cause" to amend conditions of release filed yesterday, Judge Robert C. Brack of the District Court of the United States for the District of New Mexico in Las Cruces ordered that “ankle monitoring devices worn by Rick Reese and Ryin Reese are to be removed.” “It is further ordered,” the judge mandated, “that the Defendants … shall be allowed to travel freely within the boundaries of the State of New Mexico [and] that the curfew imposed upon the Defendants … shall be modified to be from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m....
  • U.S. Attorney steps up case against Reese family by going over judge’s head

    03/06/2013 4:20:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    Stung by reversals in his office’s prosecution of the Reese family and mindful that scrutiny for his role in that case could derail his elevation to the federal bench, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Kenneth J. Gonzales filed three documents yesterday with the intent of denying a defense motion to dismiss outstanding counts and compel prosecutors to testify at an evidentiary hearing, and also to go over the head of U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Brack. “Notice is hereby given that the United States of America, plaintiff in this case, appeals to the United States Court...
  • Judicial nomination held over for U.S. Attorney in Reese case

    03/03/2013 4:58:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    The Senate Judiciary Committee “held over” the nomination of United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico district yesterday. Nominated by President Barack Obama last November, Gonzales’s suitability for the post may be under scrutiny due to the way his office has handled the prosecution of the Reese family on gun and money laundering charges. These former Deming gun dealers have undergone a nightmare ordeal for the past year-and-a-half on charges they were ultimately acquitted of or had dismissed, except for a handful of remaining counts, where they were held...
  • Defense moves to drop remaining counts against N.M. gun dealers(Reese Family)

    02/27/2013 5:54:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Lawyers for embattled former Deming gun dealers Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese filed a motion last Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico “to dismiss with prejudice the four remaining counts of the indictment.” The filing, co-signed by defense attorneys Robert J. Gorence, Jason Bowles, Brad D. Hall, and Peter V. Domenici Jr. moved for dismissal on counts “the Indictment pending against [the defendants] on the grounds that the Government has willfully or was recklessly negligent in not disclosing Giglio [“material tending to impeach the character or testimony of the prosecution witness in a...
  • Government fought bail release claiming gun dealers a ‘danger to community’(Reese, NM)

    02/06/2013 7:51:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Government prosecutors argued against granting bond to Deming, N.M., gun dealer Rick Reese and his son Ryin, painting them as dangerous risks for release, court documents received this evening by Gun Rights Examiner reveal. United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, nominated by President Obama last November to serve on the U.S. District Court in the District of New Mexico, filed a supplement to the defendant’s motion for release in that court last Tuesday, citing an affidavit he claimed contained “statements relevant to the motion. “[T]hey highlight the Defendants release still pose a danger to the community,” Gonzales wrote in the...
  • Reese family FINALLY reunited

    02/06/2013 10:15:13 AM PST · by Steve0123 · 7 replies
    Rick and Ryin Reese were released on bond yesterday afternoon, a source close to the case confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner last night. The father and son are part of a family of gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents were lying. Wife Terri was released on bond last...
  • Reese Case: Who Had Incentive to Lie Under Oath?

    02/06/2013 6:45:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Tea Party Patriots of Luna County ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tea Party Patriots of Luna County
    This week the Reese family continues to wait for Rick and Ryin to be released from jail pursuant to Judge Brack’s Memorandum Opinion and Order last week granting a new trial. Underscoring the decision are allegations that Luna County Sheriff Deputy Alan Batts may have had incentive to lie under oath. Rick and Terri Reese and their two sons, Ryin and Remington Reese were arrested in August 2011. They were charged with 30 counts of criminal activity related to making false statements in connection with the sale of firearms, international weapons trafficking related to smuggling weapons to the Mexican cartel,...
  • Reese father, son, still jailed as probation fails to deliver ankle monitors

    02/04/2013 7:40:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 2/4/13 | David Codrea
    Rick and Ryin Reese, gun dealers ordered to be released on bond by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on Friday, have still not been allowed to go home, a source close to the case informed Gun Rights Examiner this evening. The father and son had to spend the weekend behind bars because the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office has still not delivered the ankle monitors required by the bond release order. Rick and Ryin Reese are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to...
  • Court grants new trial to New Mexico gun dealer family

    02/03/2013 2:04:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    In addition to granting conditional release to Rick and Ryin Reese, the two remaining members of a New Mexico gun dealer family still behind bars after 18 months incarceration, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico has also granted a motion for a new trial, a Memorandum and Opinion Order filed today mandates. “This matter came before the Court on Defendants’ Motion for a New Trial … and Motion for Release on Conditions Pending Sentencing,” the order states. “On January 28, 2013, the Court held a hearing on these motions. Having...
  • Snafu keeps gun dealers in jail as attorney urges investigation of prosecutors(Reese, NM)

    02/03/2013 1:31:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Despite two orders from an obviously irked New Mexico U.S. District Court judge that the Reese family will be given a new trial and that father Rick and son Reese are to be released on bond, the pair remain behind bars this weekend because monitoring devices required by the order are not on hand, sources close to the case have confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner. “Yes, bail money is good for now,” the source reveled, explaining “relatives, good friends and well-wishers have donated to the defense fund. “They are waiting for the ankle monitors to get in for the release....
  • Remaining jailed New Mexico gun dealer family members granted bond

    01/31/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 30 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    After 18 months behind bars, Rick and Ryin Reese have been granted bond today, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled. They are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents...
  • Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case

    01/29/2013 5:38:49 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 49 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Codrea
    A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense...
  • Judge rejects prosecution motion to bar public from Reese hearing

    01/27/2013 10:14:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    A court order filed yesterday and obtained by Gun Rights Examiner in the case of U.S. vs. Reese has denied a motion by the prosecution to seal a hearing from the public. Defendants Rick and Terri Reese and son Ryin, New Mexico gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed, have filed a motion for a new trial after being convicted of, as Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition described it, “the comparatively minor charge of lying on gun sales forms -- even though...
  • ‘Stunning developments’ in Reese case as father, son are led shackled in court

    12/19/2012 12:48:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    What started as a motion to release a former New Mexico gun dealer and his son from jail until their sentencing date for federal gun form convictions will turn into a request for a new trial, a source close to the case and courtroom observer of yesterday’s hearing in the United States District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., has informed Gun Rights Examiner. Another report, filed today by consistently informed and reliable chroniclers of the case, documents due process violations via information withheld from the defense, and reveals a key government witness against the family is himself under investigation. Rick...
  • Reese emergency release motion to be heard next week (NM)

    12/12/2012 5:05:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Lawyers for Rick and Ryin Reese, New Mexico gun dealers imprisoned without bail for well over a year, “filed a motion to release them until their sentencing date,” a source close to the case informed supporters this morning. “The motion is set for [a hearing on] Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Judge Brack's courtroom,” the source announced. “Anyone who can attend would be WONDERFUL,” the source continued. “If you can't be there, please keep us in your prayers for release of the guys after 477 days in jail.” “The Reese family, facing up...
  • Unnoticed pieces in Reese case form puzzling picture(NM)

    12/07/2012 4:33:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    Additional information investigated this afternoon by Gun Rights Examiner provided by a source close to the Reese case in Las Cruces, N.M., points to further questions about testimony given in that case, as well as further circumstantial tie-ins to two other high-profile gun trafficking cases. The Reese family were Deming gun dealers who were alleged to have knowingly sold guns to straw purchasers acting on behalf of Mexican cartels, arrested, imprisoned, had their assets seized, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed. Sentencing for their August convictions for “making false statements” still has not...
  • Timeline appears to conflict with agent’s testimony in Reese case

    12/04/2012 4:38:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    Revelations by the Albuquerque Journal that ties existed between a Columbus, N.M., gun trafficking conspiracy and the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation highlight a disconnect with pretrial testimony given by an ATF agent in yet a third case, that of the Reese family, a tip received this morning by Gun Rights Examiner from a source close to the case suggests. “Federal prosecutors have sought to distance the Columbus gun smuggling case,” reporter Mike Gallagher revealed in a story filed last Thursday. “But reports obtained by the Journal show that in April 2010, federal agents were aware that the leader of...
  • Timeline appears to conflict with agent’s testimony in Reese case

    12/02/2012 7:23:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/2.12 | David Codrea
    Revelations by the Albuquerque Journal that ties existed between a Columbus, N.M., gun trafficking conspiracy and the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation highlight a disconnect with pretrial testimony given by an ATF agent in yet a third case, that of the Reese family, a tip received this morning by Gun Rights Examiner from a source close to the case suggests. “Federal prosecutors have sought to distance the Columbus gun smuggling case,” reporter Mike Gallagher revealed in a story filed last Thursday. “But reports obtained by the Journal show that in April 2010, federal agents were aware that the leader of...
  • Being thankful for less pain(Reese Family Update)(ATF abuse)

    11/23/2012 5:06:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 22 November, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney for New Mexico Ken Gonzales to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. This nomination is particularly significant because Gonzales was the U.S. attorney who oversaw the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the Reese family. At the time of the Reese’s arrest, Gonzales had the audacity to release a statement saying, “Those who sell firearms knowing that they will be illegally smuggled into Mexico to arm Mexican cartels share responsibility for the violence that has been devastating Mexico.” So far, he has not called for the prosecution of any of the federal agents or...
  • Reese family ‘not guilty’ of gun smuggling but legal troubles far from over(NM ATF)

    08/03/2012 8:44:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    With money laundering conspiracy charges dismissed by the judge beforehand, verdicts were returned yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., on remaining charges against members of the Reese family, Deming gun dealers who have, for the past year, been fighting charges of knowingly selling to straw purchasers providing guns to Mexican cartels. Pronounced “not guilty” on the most damning charges, three family members still face a daunting legal threat. “All four family members, Remington, Terri, Rick Reese and Ryin Reese, were acquitted of one count of conspiracy and 17 counts of gun smuggling,” KVIA ABC7 reported, noting...
  • Updated: Three of four members of family convicted in gun sales case

    08/01/2012 5:17:56 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 1, 2012 | Journal Staff and Wire
    4:34 p.m. – LAS CRUCES – Jurors in the trial of a Deming-area family accused of selling weapons to buyers who shipped them to Mexico convicted three of four members of the Reese family of making false statements on federal forms related to gun sales. A fourth member of the family, Remington Reese, 20, was acquitted on six smuggling charges and a conspiracy charge as the jury voted not guilty on 24 of 28 charges against the family.
  • Federal gun case against Reese family goes to jury (NM)

    08/01/2012 1:30:08 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    Las Cruces Sun News | August 1, 2012 | Brian Fraga
    Due to an Gannett/Media News Services copyright complaint, FR can not print or even excerpt stories from the Las Cruces newspaper. However, it can publish the title and link. http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_21203302/federal-gun-case-against-reese-family-goes-jury
  • REESE TRIAL – Judge throws out Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges (ATF NM)

    08/01/2012 5:47:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    After hearing motions to dismiss all counts against the Reeses on a previous day, the Judge made it clear during a hearing and other times when the jury was not in the courtroom that he was having trouble with Counts 29 & 30, Monday Laundering Conspiracy against all four defendants. This morning, prior to the Jury coming in, Judge Brack granted a Rule 29 Motion to Dismiss the Money Laundering Charges. The Judge stated there was INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE, NO AGREEMENT, and NO EVIDENCE. The charges against each individual separately that have gone to the Jury this afternoon are: COUNT 1...
  • Reese Trial Underway (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 8:06:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 24 July, 20112 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Monday, cross-examination of the government’s star witness, Mexican cartel Jose Roman, who functioned in an organizational capacity. Roman started his career in crime at the age of 17 running illegal aliens from the border up towards Deming. He moved up to drug smuggling and later moved further up into gun & ammo running. Although he is now 31 years old, he claims he wasn’t paid any money for his years of criminal activity. Roman testified on the contrary, the cartel stole his money — money he was paid by the government to take care of his father in Deming (some...
  • Prosecution scores points – Defense exposes the flaws (Reese trial NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 26 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    The prosecution has continued presenting their case for the past two days and an enormous amount of evidence was put forth against the Reeses and scored points along the way. However, the defense was relentless in exposing a number of flaws in the case. The below is just a sample of the types of things learned . Cross-examination of the cooperating defendant, Jose Roman continued. The main points learned: * He didn’t remember stealing a 42″ screen TV from Walmart, and didn’t inform the agents about this, contrary to his plea agreement to admit to every crime and to testify...
  • Tense Moment in Courtroom (Reese trial NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:58:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 27 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    On Tuesday during trial there were some tense and uneasy moments when the prosecution brought a number of weapons and ammo into the court room. Weapons themselves aren’t a problem, and the ammo wasn’t either. The problem occured when the prosecution started picking up AK-47s and AR-15s and swinging them around the room pointed randomly at people – unintentionally. The careless handling of the weapons caught the eye of the Judge who stopped the prosecution and made sure the weapons were unloaded and secured. The prosecution stopped in place and showed him whatever methods they had used to secure the...
  • Update Reese Trial cont. Mrs. Roman & Penny Torres testify (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:55:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 27 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Additional information from testimony of Mrs. Roman. Roman’s wife has been with Roman for approximately 13 years – nearly the entire time spanning Roman’s criminal career from his teen years. Although she testified about her role in helping him with the gun smuggling and marijuana cases, she denies any knowledge that Roman was also transporting illegal aliens. She was unable to recall telling agents that her husband smuggled marijuana for 8 years. She claims she was not paid for her work smuggling marijuana, but her husband was. She claimed after expenses they had very little profit left. She testified they...
  • More Agents Testify in the Reese Trial (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:49:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 27 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    ATF Special Agent Byrd is assigned to the US Consulate in Juarez, Mexico. S/A Byrd explained the processes involved in matching guns recovered in Mexico to guns sold/purchased in the United States. He explained how out of some 50-75 weapons recovered per year, only about 10% have had their serial numbers scratched off. He testified that so far, 5 guns originally purchased at New Deal have turned up in Mexico, the most recent one in October 2011, several months after the Reeses were arrested. (Note: Cartel organizer Jose Roman and his wife have admitted they illegally smuggled these weapons out...
  • REESE TRIAL – Penny Torres case begins S/A Martinez testifies (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:46:25 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 26 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Special Agent Jose Martinez, working for DHS-HSI for the past 6 years, was referred the Penny Torres case by his group supervisor after Allen Bass obtained infrom from Terri Reese to check her out. ATF received the same information. HSI used a variety of techniques to investigate Penny Torres including surveillance.. He worked with ATF S/A Valles and opened an investigation on 09/07/2010. Agent Martinez stated he and ATF S/A Valles went to New Deal to talk to Terri about Penny Torres’ purchases. He stated that Terri was very busy in the store, however seemed nice and personable. She was...
  • REESE TRIAL – Roger Morris testifies once

    07/31/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    At the end of a long day of testimony, Roger Morris of Luna County, Customs and Border Patrol 24.5 years and 3 years on the Border Task Force, was sworn in and testified under oath. Under direct examination: Roger Morris testified he has been at New Deal a number of times since they opened the store some 15-18 years ago. He testified he went there 7-8 times a year and found all of the Reeses friendly. Roger Morris testified in August of 2011, he ran into Rick and Terri Reese at the John Deere Parts House in Deming, when he...
  • REESE TRIAL – Roger Morris testifies twice (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:40:03 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Roger Morris returned on July 26, to continue testifying against the Reese family. The Prosecutor resumed questioning Mr. Morris under redirect and asked Roger Morris if the meeting at the John Deere store was set up. Roger Morris testified no, that he was in the store on personal business and was off duty The Prosecutor asked if he had social invitations from the Reeses before and he stated no. Then Roger Morris testified that Rick invited him to __ __ _ _______ __ ______ ____ ___ _____ ______ ___ ____ ____. The defense objected and all attorneys approached the bench....
  • REESE TRIAL – The Search Warrant and Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:32:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 29 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    [Note: often the prosecutors have not been asking witnesses to spell their names, and the exact names of witnesses are not clear to the public. That is the case with this agent. He is called Frye in this update, however, his real name could be something phonetically similar. Some of the charges against the Reeses include two counts of Money Laundering Conspiracy.] Special Agent Joshua Frye (phonetic), testified he was been with HSI since 2004. He is currently assigned in El Paso in asset forfeiture from criminal cases involving money laundering, and other criminal activity. S/A Pride has a Bachelor...
  • REESE TRIAL – The government’s expert witness (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:28:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 29 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Bruce Charles Schwindler (sp?), works with the Department of State, and is the Director of Treaty Control (or something close to that). The US President has the right to regulate the exportation of certain items. The Department of State enforces the Arms Export Control Act. Mr. Schwindler (sp?) testified at length about his long history in the military and various government agencies. He is an expert on proper licensing of firearms exportation to other countries, including “Mejico”. His department issues over 18,000 applications to export annually. 95% of the applications submitted to export weapons are granted, including exports to “Mejico”....
  • REESE TRIAL – Another Agent Testifies (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:25:39 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 29 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    DHS – HSI S/A Hector Fuerta (spelling not clear) has been with HSI for 3 years in Deming. He was involved in the New Deal sting operation on June 15, 2011. His task was to provide back-up cover inside the store for Cooperating Defendant (“C/D”) Jose Roman and the Undercover (“U/C”) agent for their safety. He stated he entered the store around 1:25 – 1:30 and stated he was inside the store 10-15 minutes. He observed the C/D and U/C talking to Ryin. Terri approached him to see if he needed any assistance, but stated her attention was not on...
  • REESE TRIAL – ATF S/A Valles testifies (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:19:35 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 30 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Carlos Valles (sp?), a Special Agent with the BATFE (“ATF”) out of Las Cruces was the lead investigator in the ATF portion of the case, but not the overall case agent for the entire case. (HSI Special Agent Eddie Pacheco was the lead case agent.) S/A Valles has a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and is fluent in Spanish. His duties are to enforce violations of federal firearms laws. S/A Valles explained that ATF is divided into two sections, the criminal enforcement side (the side he works for), and the regulations compliance section. The two sides work together at times. Carlos...
  • REESE TRIAL – S/A Valles cross examination continues (NM ATF)

    07/31/2012 7:16:42 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 30 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    After Agent Valles reviewed his case file, Valles stated that a tape of the phone call was in his file, however, he had made a report, not a transcript. Defense Attorney Brad Hall stood up and announce his office had made the transcript. Attorney Bowles continued with his cross-examination and asked him again if he recalled that Penny Torres did not want to be arrested. He stated it wasn’t in his report, however, he recalls the conversation, and claimed that if they had wanted to arrest her, they would have already. She wasn’t arrested. During questioning, it was learned that...
  • REESE TRIAL – Testimony of S/A Valles wraps up

    07/31/2012 7:07:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    ATF S/A Valles was questioned again by the prosecutor. He was shows a booklet of the Federal Firearms Reference Guide for FFLs, and called it the Bible for FFLs, since it includes al the laws and regulations on firearms. A series of questions followed which were objected to and sustained. It was a bit confusing, but it seemed the line of questions that could be answered resulted in learning from Valles that the FFRG lists specific requirements for FFLs to follow, the compliance time, and ramnifications of non-compliance, including filling out and voiding a 4473. Under cross, Defense Attorney Hall...
  • REESE TRIAL – Oops – A bit more from S/A Valles

    07/31/2012 7:03:41 AM PDT · by marktwain
    lunatpp.org ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    OOPS! S/A Valles came back the next morning (Friday 7/29) and continued to testify. S/A Valles agreed the 2005 edition for the FFRG was the book in force during 2010, and there is a section about the firearms transaction record (4473). The requirements include some guidance on due diligence by the seller, verification of the buyer’s ID, examination of the ID of the buyer, must be legally in the US. On questioning Valles admitted Reeses reviewed a valid ID (Penny Torres) and even the false indentification (provided by the agents), and examined same. The book also explains the difference between...
  • The FFL Guide on Straw Purchasers & Gifts

    07/31/2012 7:00:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    This is from the current guide for FFL’s regarding straw purchases and gifts. NOTE: It is not the exact evidence discussed in trial, but should give you an idea of the fine line differences between straw purchaser and gift under current guidelines. http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-4.pdf 15. STRAW PURCHASES Questions have arisen concerning the lawfulness of firearms purchases from licensees by persons who use a “straw purchaser” (another person) to acquire the firearms. Specifically, the actual buyer uses the straw purchaser to execute the Form 4473 purporting to show that the straw purchaser is the actual purchaser of the firearm. In some instances,...
  • REESE TRIAL – US DOJ – BATFE Expert Haggerty testifies

    07/31/2012 6:35:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    lunatpp.org ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Paul Haggerty, Senior Special Agent with US Department of Justice BATFE, works in strategic intelligence. He has 37 years of law enforcement under his belt, in various agencies including 3-4 years in strategic intelligence. He has trained many persons, from Judges & Prosecutors, to Mexican Officials, from the Attorney General on down and back up to the US Ambassador. He is a court certified expert in weapons in Mexico. Mr. Haggerty explain a lot of things about Mexican Cartels. Mexico doesn’t have Posse Comitatus. Haggerty has contacts with the Mexican government daily. “Our” (I’m not sure who the “our” was...