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  • Attorney seeks speedy trials for two Twin Peaks bikers

    04/25/2017 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/24/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas lawyer representing two bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout said his clients are innocent and he doesn’t need to wait until McLennan County prosecutors receive additional evidence from federal authorities before taking his clients to trial. Clint Broden, who represents Matthew Clendennen and George Bergman, filed motions Monday renewing his demands for speedy trials for his clients. Broden’s motions come on the heels of a statement from 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, who told the Tribune-Herald on Friday that he doesn’t think the Twin Peaks cases can move forward until some kind of “resolution or...
  • With no trials in sight, Twin Peaks expenses mounting for McLennan County

    04/23/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 152 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/22/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history. The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee has gone to trial. Since the shootout, top national leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle group were indicted in federal court in San Antonio, which has further complicated matters in McLennan County. Federal prosecutors have informed McLennan County officials...
  • Federal cases delay Twin Peaks trial

    04/22/2017 5:37:35 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 57 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/21/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge on Friday effectively postponed the start of any Twin Peaks biker trials in McLennan County until after the federal trial of Bandidos national leaders in San Antonio or until federal prosecutors agree to share evidence with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. Judge Matt Johnson of Wacos 54th State District Court granted a motion to delay the June 5 trial of Kyle Smith, 50, an air-conditioning technician from Kilgore and member of the Cossacks motorcycle group. Johnsons ruling comes in the wake of Reyna filing a letter he got last month from U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, of San...
  • On this date in 1775, 1993, 1995

    04/19/2017 6:02:15 AM PDT · by FNU LNU · 10 replies
    Self | April 19th, 2027 | FNU LNU
    On this date in: 1775 - American Revolution Begins 1993 - FBI at Waco 1995 - OKC Bombing 1925 - Hugh O'Brian Born 1937 - Elinor Donahue Born
  • Broden Keeps Throwing Rocks

    04/19/2017 5:34:36 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 4/18/2017
    Clint Broden, the Dallas defense attorney who has done most of the heavy lifting for the last two years in the infuriatingly bogus and misreported Twin Peaks biker brawl case, filed another four motions this morning in the 54th District Court in McLennan County, Texas. The motions were specifically made on behalf of Brodens client Matthew Clendennen, but the points they raise are relevant to the cases of virtually every other defendant. At present, 154 men have been indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity that resulted in nine homicides. Prosecutor Abelino Reyna is threatening to indict 38 more. The...
  • Judges Mano A Mano Brewing In Waco Courts

    04/02/2017 8:28:40 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 53 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 3/25/2017
    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 Crisss 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...
  • All Waco Trials Delayed

    03/30/2017 4:38:52 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 119 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/29/2017
    As recently as this morning it seemed impossible, but the Twin Peaks legal fiasco got even more ridiculous this afternoon. McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna, who is gratuitously prosecuting 192 people who were at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, filed a ridiculous disclosure in the 19th Judicial District today, in the spirit of Brady, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 39.14 (the Michael Morton Act), our ethical obligations under Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and our duty to see that justice is done. The document is titled States Disclosure of the Existence...
  • 1st Twin Peaks shootout trial again delayed

    03/25/2017 7:21:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 46 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/24/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge postponed the first Twin Peaks shootout biker trial Friday for the second time after a new attorney was brought onto the case and said she could not be prepared by the May 22 trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Wacos 19th State District Court released a panel of 186 potential jurors Friday who had reported to fill out questionnaires for the trial. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group, was set to be the first biker tried in the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout that left nine bikers dead and dozens wounded. Strother initially...
  • More bikers sue over Twin Peaks arrests

    03/14/2017 5:35:14 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/14/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Eleven more bikers arrested but not indicted after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging they were arrested without cause and their "constitutional rights have been trampled on." Daryle Walker, of Franklin County, Ohio; Michael Woods, of Bell County; Don Fowler, of Ellis County; David Cepeda, of Bexar County; Kevin Rash, of McLennan County; Richard Kreder, of Navarro County; Greg Corrales, of Bexar County; Bobby Joe Samford, of Milam County; Jimmy Spencer Jr., of Montgomery County; Craig Rodahl, of McLennan County; and Arley Harris III, of Bosque County, are the latest bikers to allege in a...
  • Trial date set for first Twin Peaks shootout case

    03/10/2017 5:35:03 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/10/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A week after postponing the first trial of a biker indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout, a judge has set another trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court set May 22 for Christopher Jacob Carrizal's trial to start on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge. If the trial starts that day, it will come a week after the two-year anniversary of the deadly shootout in which nine bikers were killed and more than 20 were injured. Strother granted a request from Stephenville attorney Landon Northcutt last week to postpone an April...
  • $350M lawsuit claims investigators lied in court about Waco Twin Peaks biker shootout

    03/08/2017 7:43:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies ^ | 3/8/2017 | Keri Blakinger
    A Brenham woman who says she was wrongfully charged in the 2015 biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 177 people arrested has filed a $350 million federal lawsuit against the City of Waco, McLennan County, the district attorney, police chief and other investigators. Morgan English, 32, filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Austin, contending officials violated her constitutional rights and lied to authorities in wrongly claiming that she was a known member of a criminal motorcycle gang who participated in ongoing criminal activities. "This is especially outrageous because a perjured arrest affidavit was issued for a...
  • Waco Day 660

    03/06/2017 6:24:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Hold onto your hats. Theres no way anybody could have seen this coming. The first trial in the Twin Peaks bloodbath case has been delayed indefinitely. In November, Judge Matt Johnson said a member of the Valerosos Motorcycle Club named James Rosas would stand trial beginning January 23 for engaging in organized criminal activity. Rosas would be the first of 154 defendants to stand trial for wearing the wrong clothes to a meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents on May 17, 2015. Just a month before, there had been 155 defendants but one of them, a Cossack...
  • A Man's Dying Wish: 'To Hear the Roar of a Harley, One Last Time'

    03/06/2017 2:31:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KBOI ^ | Jeff Platt | Jeff Platt
    A Boise hospice patient had one last wish of hearing the roar of a Harley Davidson, one last time. That wish came true Wednesday. Hearing just one Harley would've been enough for Bill Conklin, but it wasn't enough for the 50 bikers who gathered at High Desert Harley to help make Conklin's wish come true. Conklin told his nurse a while back about his wish, who helped get the ball rolling. "Guess what?" asked Teri Jordan, Conklin's nurse. "Your wish has come true." Surrounding his home were about 50 Harleys and bikers ready to unleash the sound Conklin was waiting...
  • Deputies to receive pay instead of time off during Twin Peaks trials

    02/27/2017 3:53:44 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies ^ | 2/24/2017 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO, Texas (KWTX) McLennan County officials have agreed to pay overtime to Sheriffs Office employees who provide extra security when the Twin Peaks shooting trials start in April. County commissioners made the decision this week knowing much of the costs could eventually be recovered by the state. Following the deadly May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs which left nine dead and more than 20 more injured, more than $268,000 in grants was provided by the state for associated costs. Currently, deputies, jailers, and other MCSO employees are given compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay, forcing them to...
  • Waco corn stand robbed (TX)

    02/21/2017 9:12:45 AM PST · by bgill · 12 replies ^ | Feb. 20, 2017 | Tommy Witherspoon
    Police say two women wearing stockings over their faces pulled a pistol at Elotes Mignelito, 801 N. 25th St., pointed it at stand operators and demanded cash. The women left in a silver Dodge Charger after getting cash from the stand. A witness followed the women to North 18th Street and Colcord Avenue, where one of the suspects started firing a paintball gun at the witness.
  • Federal Agents Recall Branch Davidian Shootout 24 Years Ago

    02/19/2017 2:51:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 2/19
    Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later. "I've decided I'm never going to forget, and I owe it to the guys who were killed to tell their story," ATF Agent Gary Orchowski told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Sunday. Four agents were killed Feb. 28, 1993, when more than 130 ATF...
  • Waco Day 639

    02/13/2017 5:53:01 PM PST · by Elderberry · 86 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 2/13/2017
    The various criminal and civil cases associated with the Waco Twin Peaks bloodbath 639 days ago remain fossilized and nobody certainly not the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas gives a damn. It has been a year, eight months and 28 days since the illegal, mass arrests. The ACLUs stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. But the disillusioning truth is that the ACLU is just another meetup group for sanctimonious law school grads. And, for the...
  • Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

    02/06/2017 5:55:19 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 181 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/06/17
    The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed. "We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would...
  • Biker-Defendant Looks to Remove Waco DA Abel Reyna From the Case

    02/02/2017 8:08:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    Texas Lawyer ^ | 2/1/2017 | Miriam Rozen, Texas Lawyer
    BEFORE he was elected in 2011 to serve as the McLennanCounty district attorney, Abel Reyna represented criminal defense clients for 13 years. So Reyna, not surprisingly, offers an opinionor twoabout the strategies of a criminal defense lawyer who represents one of the 155 bikers who was indicted based on charges stemming from a May 17, 2015, shootout in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. "There is no way in hell I would be a part of those shenanigans," Reyna said about criminal defense lawyer Clint Broden of Broden & Mickelsen in Dallas. So what are...
  • ATF Elimination Act Re-introduced in the House

    01/22/2017 6:17:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 January 2017 | Bob Adelmann
    In re-introducing the ATF Elimination Act on Thursday, January 12, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) explained one of the primary reasons why: The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that has been branded by failure and lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges, and a lack of leadership.Not once did he explain the real reason the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF for short) should be eliminated: There is no provision anywhere in the Constitution that grants the federal government the powers the ATF exercises.Sensenbrenners original bill was introduced on March 4,...