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  • 3 more bikers file federal civil suits over Twin Peaks arrests

    05/23/2016 7:12:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | May 20, 2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco have joined the ranks of seven others who are suing McLennan County, Waco and state officials, alleging civil rights violations. Bradley Terwilliger, of Bastrop County, and Benjamin Matcek and Jimmy Dan Smith, both of Burleson County, are seeking unspecified damages in their lawsuit, filed Friday in a Travis County federal court. Like others before it, the lawsuit names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants. Reyna did not return phone messages...
  • One Year After Shootout, Waco’s Bikers Struggle to Move On

    05/21/2016 4:08:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 17, 2016 | MANNY FERNANDEZ and DAVID MONTGOMERY
    WACO, Tex. — One year ago Tuesday, law enforcement officials here broke up one of the biggest and deadliest clashes of motorcycle gangs in the country. Gunfire erupted outside a Twin Peaks restaurant at a meeting of a regional coalition of motorcycle clubs after an altercation between two rival groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. So many bikers were arrested — nearly 200 — that officials used the Waco Convention Center for initial processing. Police have said that the bikers, who attacked one another and fired on police officers, were part of “a gang-oriented criminal element” that had brought a...
  • Lawyer seeks to remove DA from Twin Peaks cases

    05/20/2016 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/17/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting cases arising from the Twin Peaks biker shootout because he overstepped his authority by “commandeering” the investigation, a Houston attorney said Tuesday. “There is a big difference between advising and commandeering,” attorney Abigail Anastasio said. Anastasio represents Ray Nelson, 42, president of the Hill County Cossacks and one of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. She filed a motion Tuesday in Waco’s 54th State District Court seeking to disqualify Reyna and...
  • 12 key unanswered questions Waco biker case

    05/18/2016 7:48:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 5/16/2016 | Dane Schiller
    1. Who started this? It is unclear what exactly set off the mayhem at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, and what escalated an apparent argument into a gunfight. All told, nine people were killed in the gunfire and about two dozen were wounded. 2. Why did the Cossacks Motorcycle Club go to Twin Peaks that day? The organization that was meeting was run by the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. The Cossacks, a rival club, had not been invited to the regional meeting. 3. If the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs wanted to settle a score, why...
  • 'Outlaw bikers' open up about clubs, culture and deadly Waco shootout

    05/16/2016 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2016 | Ann O'Neill, Ed Lavandera
    >snip How this story was reported Bikers who might never have considered talking to outsiders before Waco recently spoke with CNN. Some were in the thick of the violence, others were hundreds of miles away. Most face serious prison time. CNN also obtained voluminous documentation, including witness statements, and hours of video evidence from Waco police dash cams, as well as a cameras police set up in the restaurant parking lot. CNN also obtained and reviewed videos from the Twin Peaks surveillance cameras. That evidence, along with interviews with experts and bikers from both clubs, form the basis of the...
  • CNN to air special about Waco biker shootout

    05/14/2016 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 5/13/2016 | Robert Philpot
    It hardly seems like nearly a year has gone by since a biker shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks made national news, but the first anniversary of the deadly event is this Tuesday. On Monday, CNN will commemorate this with a CNN Special Report, Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout.” Maybe it’s just us, but isn’t “brawl” too weak a word for a Sunday-afternoon gunfight in which nine men were killed, more than a dozen were wounded and 177 were arrested? Ed Lavandera of CNN’s Dallas bureau, who has been reporting on this for the past year, will anchor the...
  • "Extremely Dangerous" IED Found Under Bridge In Texas

    05/04/2016 9:08:04 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 45 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 5.4 | zerohedge
    According to KCEN TV, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blasted water on the container found just outside Rosebud off Farm to Market Road 1963. Rosebud, about 40 miles southeast of Waco, is home to about 1,400 people. Flammable liquid and shotgun shells were found inside the container, according to Sheriff Parnell McNamara. He said the IED was designed to blow shrapnel and would have been "extremely dangerous" had it gone off. "Someone had made this to create lots of damage and harm," McNamara said.
  • County’s attorney wants limit on access to public information without compensation [Waco]

    04/25/2016 7:50:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | April 23, 2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    In October, the Texas Attorney General’s Office notified the county that District Attorney Abel Reyna had violated the Texas Public Information Act after failing to provide text messages related to the DA’s response to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Gates had filed the request and at the time said the DA’s office finally gave him a portion of the information, but not until after two attorney general’s opinions, a complaint and a ruling that the office violated the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/21/2016 3:34:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 2:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 19, 2016 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    Tuesday morning, people across the state and country will take time to remember the 168 lives that were lost 21 years ago. On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying much of the nine-story structure. While the scars have healed since that day, the memories are still fresh in the minds of so many. Today, we honor those 168 lives lost, but not forgotten. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosts the 21st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. During the program, 168 seconds of silence will be observed...
  • Reyna Is Blameless (Waco Twin Peaks Prosecutor)

    04/15/2016 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | April 12, 2016 | Aging Rebel
    McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna finally responded to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Waco defendant Matt Clendennen yesterday. The suit was filed on November 17, 2015 and is one of nine similar suits filed that day or the next by defendants charged with “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the Intent to Commit or Conspire to Commit Murder, Capital Murder, or Aggravated Assault” in the aftermath of what Clendennen is calling the “Twin Peaks Incident” and Reyna is calling “The Battle at Twin Peaks.” The plaintiffs are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle or Dallas attorney Clint...
  • The Troubling Prosecution of Waco Bikers

    04/12/2016 11:21:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 12, 2016 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In Waco, Texas, authorities are still using a gag order to suppress evidence of what happened during the May 15, 2015, melee where 9 bikers were killed, some by the same caliber bullets used by police officers who fired their weapons that day. And newly available video underscores the likelihood that injustices are being perpetrated. The carnage began after a fight broke out at a regional gathering of motorcycle clubs, including the Cossacks and the Bandidos, who started brawling in the parking lot. There is no doubt that some bikers bear much blame. The violence escalated quickly, but the parties...
  • Truth and Evidence- Twin Peaks Waco, May 17, 2015

    04/09/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/2/2016 | Stephen Stubbs
    The evidence in the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks incident is voluminous. So, I put together some important video clips that tell the story in the clearest manner. I then attached the audio from the ONLY recorded police interview of a COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT WITNESS. He describes what he saw, including the fact that a Cossack pulled a gun first, Cossacks fired first, and the police fired on all of the bikers in what he describes as “automatic gun fire”. Here are some additional facts from the evidence: 1) In August 2014, 3 Cossacks went to police complaining that they were...
  • The Waco Biker Gang Shooting Investigation Is a Complete Mess

    04/06/2016 3:01:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 43 replies
    Houston Press ^ | April 4, 2016 | Leif Reigstad
    It's been nearly a year since nine bikers were killed in a chaotic shootout between the Cossacks and Bandidos gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, and we still don't know much about what happened or who did what. And while 177 bikers were arrested at the scene, we still don' t even totally know which ones will be charged with a crime. A Waco grand jury handed out 106 indictments in November — a full six months after the shooting — and announced 48 more indictments last month. The indicted bikers were all charged with engaging in organized...
  • WARNING GRAPHIC: New video released of Twin Peaks biker gang shooting

    04/06/2016 1:52:18 PM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | April 58, 2016 | Taylor Corbett
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - WARNING DISTURBING VIDEO New video released by a Nevada attorney shows the Twin Peaks shooting from a new angle that includes disturbing images of people taking cover as the shooting starts, and an apparently wounded man running to get away. Stephen Stubbs who is not representing any of the bikers in the case released dash cam videos on his Youtube page. Stubbs said he obtained videos and evidence in the case when numerous news organization contacted him to review them and provide his opinion on the evidence months ago. He said he agreed with the news...
  • Bikers for Trump roll into Wisconsin to keep George Soros-paid shills away from the Trump rallies

    04/02/2016 7:35:11 AM PDT · by GilGil · 186 replies
    BareNakedIslam ^ | 4/1/2016 | Staff
    Marshall Report (h/t Emma) Bikers for Trump announced on their Facebook page that “Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak. “Or interfere with the rights of Trump supporters to safely attend. WE SHALL NOT BE SILENCED!” Fear not all good Americans, for they come in peace with just a roar of thunder to remind protestors that if they want to bring it on- it came and it’s here. That seems to be all...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Couple Says Charges Dropped, But Not Dismissed

    04/01/2016 10:19:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 4/1/2016 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- The attorney for a biker couple arrested in connection to the Twin Peaks shooting says his clients cases have been dismissed, but the McLennan County District Attorney says that’s “not accurate.” While they’ve been released from their bonds and have no charges pending, their cases have not technically been dismissed, but William and Morgan English believe they’re a step closer. Houston-based defense attorney Paul Looney represents the biker couple from Brenham who were the first ones at Twin Peaks released from the McLennan County Jail. The Englishes are members of “The Distorted” motorcycle club, an alleged support group...
  • Lawyer: Charges dismissed against dozens of Waco bikers

    04/01/2016 12:11:46 PM PDT · by don-o · 32 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2016
    A Houston lawyer contends that all criminal charges have been automatically dropped against a Brenham couple and nearly 40 other bikers who were arrested following the deadly May melee at the Twin Peaks in Waco. They were not indicted as of midnight Thursday, the deadline for grand jury to have completed its work, he said. "It timed out," said Paul Looney, who represents Morgan and William English, who were arrested for allegedly engaging in organized criminal activity and originally were held on $1 million bail each, as were all others in the case. "Pop the champagne." Looney, who was speaking...
  • BREAKING: Bikers for Trump riding into Wisconsin to stop Anti-Trump protests in Janesville

    03/28/2016 6:47:13 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 161 replies
    Prntly ^ | 3/28/2016
    Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak. Or interfere with the rights of Trump supporters to safely attend. WE SHALL NOT BE SILENCED! Nichole Mittness thought about 100 people would respond to a Facebook page inviting a protest of Donald Trump’s Janesville appearance. As of midday Saturday, 1,200 had pledged to be there, and Mittness figured that meant 1,000 or so would show up on Tuesday. “It’s really overwhelming. I was not anticipating...
  • 48 more bikers indicted in Waco Twin Peaks case

    03/23/2016 2:35:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    WFAA ^ | 3/23/16
    WACO -- A grand jury indicted 48 additional bikers Wednesday afternoon in connection with the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootout. Six of the indictments were sealed, which means they are names that have not previously been released. More than 100 bikers were indicted in November, bringing the new total number of indicted bikers to 154. They are all charged with engaging in organized crime with the underlying offense of aggravated assault and murder. An additional 38 bikers have yet to go before a grand jury. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna would not comment on those remaining cases. Nine...
  • Did FBI Agents Dispose of Bullet Casings from Shots that were Fired at LaVoy Finicum’s Truck?

    03/19/2016 7:04:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | March 18, 2016 | Tim Brown
    Bullet casings from rounds allegedly fired from an FBI agent at LaVoy Finicum’s truck back on January 26, 2016 have conveniently vanished into thin air following a FBI investigation of itself... at least one FBI agent was alleged to have been under investigation by the FBI for firing two shots in the direction of the truck at the time it averted a road block and slammed into a snow bank, although the FBI special agent in charge claimed he didn’t know who he was investigating because he didn’t know who fired. Yes, he actually said that! ... The reason they...
  • Why is this Anti-Gun, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Candidate still Running for President?

    03/18/2016 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 18, 2016 | Guest Columnist
    Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America, wrote an open letter to Second Amendment supporters exposing Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s real anti-gun agenda.Labeling Kasich the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” still in the presidential race, Macy points to Kasich’s close relationship with Leftist, Communist, billionaire George Soros. In fact, the Soros Fund Management is one of John Kasich’s top financial contributors.“This can hardly be a surprise,” Macy writes. His full letter can be read here. An abbreviated version is below.Kasich and Soros share two important traits: (1) their desire to mess up the Republican selection process for devious motives,...
  • Did Valerie Jarrett Order the Hit on LaVoy Finicum?

    03/18/2016 7:36:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 18, 2016 | Tim Brown
    As we are digging further into the murder of LaVoy Finicum and the ambush of the protestors from the Oregon refuge and their subsequent arrest, we are finding very disturbing information. ... that the White House orchestrated the entire thing and that when it comes to calling the shots, we don't look to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, but rather to Obama's mama, Valerie Jarrett. First, let me remind you that there are over 600 emails and texts that indicate the Governor Brown was in the loop on everything that was going on in Oregon during the protest at the...
  • Mo’ Waco

    03/15/2016 10:50:41 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/14/2016
    The best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. The best place to hide the truth about what happened in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco is in a confusion of noise. The noise about what happened last May 17 has been coming from three distinct dispute that have been talking over each other for ten months. First, Waco, McLennan County and Texas have brought criminal charges against 186 people so far. Officials argue that going to the Twin Peaks for brunch wearing the wrong article of clothing was a terrorist act. Apparently –...
  • Appeals court denies speedy trial in Twin Peaks case

    03/15/2016 10:48:06 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/11/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An intermediate appellate court in Waco has denied a petition from a biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout to order a state district judge to set a speedy trial in his case. The 10th Court of Appeals opinion, written by Justice Rex D. Davis, rejected a petition for writ of mandamus filed by Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group. The petition asked the higher court to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a quick trial date for Ledbetter, which Strother previously had denied. Chief Justice Tom Gray and Justice Al Scoggins joined Davis...
  • Elena's Inbox - A project of the Sunlight Foundation (when she was in Clinton Admin)

    07/03/2010 11:44:41 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1+ views
    This # site parses the emails sent and received by Elena Kagan during her time in the Clinton administration and presents them in a more familiar interface. # You may find that some records are garbled or incomplete, or that conversations are fractured. Please bear with us: the source documents are extremely messy. We're working to improve the quality of the documents hosted here. # Due to the programmatic nature of the tools used to build this site, we recommend checking any research effort against the source files released by the Clinton Library. ELENA'S INBOX
  • ATF completes trace of guns from Twin Peaks shootout

    03/11/2016 8:23:28 AM PST · by Elderberry · 25 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    At least one federal agency called upon to assist Waco and McLennan County law enforcement officials after the Twin Peaks shootout has completed its task. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced the histories of 151 firearms recovered from the restaurant grounds and seized from bikers’ vehicles May 17 after nine people were killed, two dozen wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong, an ATF spokeswoman, said Thursday that the ATF was asked to perform firearms traces but is leaving any investigative decisions up to the Waco Police...
  • Authorities still unsure of who started Waco shootout: cops or bikers

    03/11/2016 6:19:39 AM PST · by don-o · 44 replies
    guns.com ^ | 3/11/16 | Jennifer Cruz
    As part of the ongoing investigation surrounding the shootout at a Waco, Texas, Twin Peaks restaurant last May that left nine dead and 20 wounded after two rival biker clubs and multiple law enforcement agencies clashed, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have wrapped up its portion of the investigation, which focused on firearms. Altogether, federal authorities gathered information from 151 firearms confiscated from members of both biker clubs, in addition to casings and bullet fragments. Among the information collected by the ATF was whether any of the guns could be traced back to previous crimes, as well...
  • Waco Justice Shell Game

    03/09/2016 6:49:31 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    The Waco Tribune-Herald reported yesterday that the McLennan County grand jury that indicted 106 defendants in nine hours last November for engaging in organized crime will reconvene March 23. The previous indictees were all men who had been detained after or wounded during the Twin Peaks Massacre last May 17. Eighty men and women who have not yet been indicted were also arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime during a biker riot that left nine people dead and 19 wounded. Presumably, the grand jury will reconvene to indict at least some of those men and women. All parties...
  • ATF finishes probe of guns in Waco biker clash

    03/08/2016 2:25:56 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 3/8/2016 | Dane Schiller
    Federal authorities have finished their testing and review of 151 firearms, as well as bullet fragments and cartridge cases, recovered from the deadly biker clash last year at the Twin Peaks in Waco. The work was done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the request of Waco Police, who are leading the investigation of the incident, "We are just processing it for them; we are not making investigation decisions," said Special Agent Nicole Strong, of the ATF's Houston Division. "Now it is up to the police department to determine what they do with that information." McLennan...
  • Twin Peaks biker grand jury to return March 23

    03/03/2016 12:55:22 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/3/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County grand jury that returned indictments against 106 bikers in November will be called back into service on March 23, a judge said Thursday. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court extended the term of the grand jury by 90 days in December so it could continue its investigation into the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks that left nine bikers dead and dozens injured. The grand jury’s extended term is set to expire at the end of March. Johnson said Thursday that he was notified that the grand jury will be summoned to meet again...
  • Twin Peaks biker wants appeals court to order speedy trial

    02/28/2016 5:11:09 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/26/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout who was denied an early trial setting last month because prosecutors said they were not ready for trial is asking a Waco appeals court to order a judge to set a speedy trial date in his case. Houston attorney Paul Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group, filed a petition asking Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a trial date for Ledbetter. Ledbetter, of Waco, is one of 106 bikers indicted in November on first-degree felony engaging in...
  • Judicial commission clears JP after Twin Peaks complaints

    02/22/2016 5:19:51 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/22/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson has been cleared by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after three complaints from attorneys and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association over the manner in which he set bonds for 177 bikers arrested after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Peterson, who set identical $1 million bonds for each of the bikers and said he did so, in part, to "send a message," declined comment Monday about the dismissal of the complaints. Peterson's attorney, David Deaconson, said he and Peterson went to Austin to meet with the commission on Feb....
  • Waco Judge Orders Feds To Fess Up

    02/13/2016 5:28:25 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 2/12/2016
    The Twin Peaks Massacre case just got a lot more focused. Ruling from the bench, District Judge Matt Johnson ordered the state of Texas "to reveal the identity of confidential informants and undercover law enforcement officials who were either present at Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015 or who were material witnesses related to the incident that took place." The order includes the discovery of the identities "of confidential informants used in connection with 'Operation Texas Rocker' that were present at or who had material information regarding the Twin Peaks incident." The information should be turned...
  • Twin Peaks biker trial postponed because of discovery, other pretrial issues

    02/12/2016 6:34:48 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/12/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The trial of a biker arrested in the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout was postponed Friday as evidence in the complex case continues to be analyzed and other pretrial matters unfold. Judge Matt Johnson set an April 1 hearing date to consider a change of venue motion filed by the attorney for Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, whose trial had been set for Feb. 29. The judge considered other pretrial motions Friday during a brief hearing in Clendennen's case. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna assured Clendennen's attorney, Clint Broden, of Dallas, that...
  • Moving The Waco Trials

    02/08/2016 2:24:59 PM PST · by don-o · 22 replies
    Citing "pervasive, prejudicial, and inflammatory" publicity Waco defendant Matt Clendennen and his lawyer, Clint Broden, filed a change of venue motion in the 54th District Court in Waco today. Clendennen is currently scheduled to stand trial later this month. He is charged with being part of a criminal conspiracy to commit murder and assault. In a most amusing, 19 page motion, Broden singled out McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna, Waco Police spokesman Patrick Swanton, Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. and the Waco Tribune-Herald for prejudicial statements and coverage that...
  • Change of venue sought in Twin Peaks biker’s case

    02/06/2016 5:52:34 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney representing a biker arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to move his client's felony case from McLennan County. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, filed a change of venue motion Friday that seeks to try the case in another county because of what he describes as "pervasive, prejudicial and inflammatory" publicity about the unique case. The motion asks 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to move the trial to Travis, Dallas or Harris counties. Broden's motion cites quotes attributed in the local media to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna,...
  • Waco: Lawyer for local Twin Peaks defendant files list of motions

    02/03/2016 3:45:44 PM PST · by don-o · 32 replies
    KWTX TV ^ | 1/3/16
    WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Dallas attorney who is representing a Hewitt man indicted in the Twin Peaks shooting rampage has filed a list of motions with a district court seeking information about the case investigators brought against his client. Clinton F. Broden represents Matthew Alan Clendennen, of Hewitt, who is one of the bikers who already has been indicted in the Twin Peaks shooting, charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. In three motions filed late Tuesday in the 54th District Court, Broden is asking the court to force prosecutors to reveal the identity of confidential informants and undercover police...
  • Commissioners to consider grant application for Twin Peaks cost reimbursement (Waco)

    02/01/2016 2:09:00 PM PST · by don-o · 4 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/2/16 | Cassie Smith
    McLennan County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving a federal grant application to help cover costs associated with the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco. Dustin Chapman, the county's legal counsel, said Friday he was still vetting the information and collecting the final tallies for the meeting Tuesday. But he said the biggest cost to submit to Gov. Greg Abbott's office is about $190,000 spent to house inmates at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. Chapman said other related costs include money spent on autopsies and overtime for the McLennan County Sheriff's Office. In the immediate aftermath of the shootout...
  • Judge denies motion to quash Twin Peaks biker’s indictment

    01/29/2016 2:46:50 PM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/29/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A state district judge denied a motion Friday to quash the engaging in organized criminal activity indictment against a founding member of the Escondido motorcycle group and an active motorcyclists' rights advocate. Judge Ralph Strother rejected Thomas Paul Landers' request to dismiss the indictment after a brief hearing in 19th State District Court. Landers, 59, of Georgetown, was among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, with underlying offenses of murder and assault. Landers' attorney, Millie Thompson, of Austin, argued that the indictment should be thrown out because due process rights forbid...
  • Twin Peaks biker opposes DA’s motion to delay trial

    01/28/2016 12:18:55 PM PST · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/27/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In a motion filed under the heading "Justice delayed is justice denied," an attorney for biker Matthew Clendennen said he opposes a prosecution motion seeking to delay Clendennen's trial, because he has all the video evidence he needs to prove his client's innocence. Dallas attorney Clint Broden lost little time in responding to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna's motion, filed Tuesday, to postpone Clendennen's trial scheduled for Feb. 29. Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, is one of 106 bikers indicted in November on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 17 Twin Peaks...
  • “Lots of Shooting” During Militia Arrests In Oregon

    01/28/2016 9:00:06 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 1/28/2016 | Bob Owens
    An eyewitness and his daughter have provided the first outside account of the shootout between members of the Oregon militiamen who had seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge complex and a blocking force of FBI agents who kept the vehicle from escaping an attempted traffic stop.
  • DA asks to postpone Twin Peaks biker's trial

    01/27/2016 6:56:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | 1-26-16 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is asking to postpone a Feb. 29 trial setting in the first Twin Peaks shootout case, saying that analysis of some evidence likely won’t be completed for a year. In a 19-page motion for continuance filed late Tuesday afternoon, Reyna asked 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to postpone the engaging in organized criminal activity trial of Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group from Hewitt. Clendennen was arrested the day of the shootout that left nine people dead and at least 20 others wounded. "As our Legislature has mandated,...
  • Oregon Occupier Killed In Standoff Climax Preferred Death To Prison (Claims of Hand up & Unarmed)

    01/27/2016 5:55:49 AM PST · by xzins · 310 replies
    TPM ^ | 27 Jan 16 | Rick Bowmer
    Four days after taking the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, LaVoy Finicum, a 55-year-old Arizona rancher told NBC News that he'd rather die than spend his days in prison. "There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them," he said in early January as he sat huddled in a blue tarp outside of the wildlife refuge keeping watch with his gun in his lap. "I'm prepared to defend freedom." Finicum told NBC that night that he was staying outside to ensure that the FBI could find him if they came to arrest him....
  • Leader of Oregon occupation Ammon Bundy, at least 8 others arrested

    01/26/2016 6:41:31 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 6 replies
    KATU ^ | 1/26/16
    HARNEY COUNTY, Ore. — KATU News has learned the leader of the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been arrested, along with three other individuals Tuesday evening.
  • A Survivor of the Waco Biker Shooting Talks about the Aftermath, Claims Police Didn't Help Wounded

    01/22/2016 12:41:44 PM PST · by don-o · 20 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | 1/19/16 | Julie Lyons
    John Wilson, who leads the McLennan County chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, was in the Waco Twin Peaks parking lot when the shooting broke out on May 17 between the Bandidos and Cossacks. His son Jake Wilson was also there. John Wilson owns Legend Cycles in Waco. He and his son were arrested, along with 175 others, and later indicted on organized crime charges. John Wilson is one of the only Cossacks speaking out about what happened that day, and he insists that many of those arrested are innocent. His interview with Julie Lyons is excerpted here. Wilson begins...
  • McLennan County grand jury indictments: Jan. 20, 2016 [Waco]

    01/21/2016 8:56:50 AM PST · by don-o · 9 replies
    The following people were indicted Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 by a McLennan County grand jury. The District Attorney's Office no longer furnishes the age or city of residence of the people on this list.
  • Less than 20 of the 177 Waco bikers arrested after shootout still face charges

    08/29/2015 6:17:21 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 286 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8/29/2015 | Jennifer Cruz
    The Texas Court of Appeals has determined over the last week that officials had probable cause in only five of the 177 arrests following a shootout between two rival biker gangs and local, state and federal authorities outside of a Waco restaurant in May, with just over a dozen more cases set to be reviewed over the next two weeks. Among those still facing charges are a Bandidos chaplain and a husband and wife. Officials also found probable cause against Bandidos members Marcus Pilkington, 36, and Reginald Weathers, 43, who ascertain they are “being illegally confined” and authorities lack sufficient...
  • City of Waco seeks nearly $250,000 for overtime, equipment in Twin Peaks shooting

    01/20/2016 6:15:42 AM PST · by don-o · 5 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/19/16 | J.B. Smith
    Waco City Council signed off on the application Tuesday for a federal grant to offset the cost of responding to the Twin Peaks biker shootout last May 17. The city is seeking a $248,841 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The bulk of the requested funding, more than $240,000, would go to the Waco Police Department for overtime and equipment, with small amounts going to Waco Transit, the Waco Fire Department and the police departments in Robinson, Woodway, Hewitt and Lorena. "Based on the feedback we've received, I believe we will receive a portion or all of...
  • Biker Kingdom: Who Are the Cossacks and What Happened in Waco?

    01/19/2016 8:11:56 AM PST · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    Houston Press ^ | 1/19/2016 | Julie Lyons
    Rattle Can was a real person. His family wants you to know that. He was a "big ol' bear" of a man, tall and strong and slightly rotund, with a long, ginger beard hiding a strong-jawed, handsome face. His given name was Jacob Lee Rhyne, though most people called him Jake. He could come off gruff, and he didn’t watch his language. Rhyne loved his kids and sports and Miller Lite. He worked at the same place for 19 years, pouring iron at a foundry. You couldn't drag him away from his hometown, Ranger, Texas, a decrepit place nearly a...