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  • Twin Peaks: Recused judge’s lawyer offends client and attorney gagged by order [Waco]

    07/30/2015 8:13:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 32 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 30, 2015
    Dallas – McLennan County’s criminal justice community is not trying to “scheme against” defendants in the Twin Peaks shooting, said a lawyer appointed to represent a judge recused in the case. A supplemental pleading to the 10th District Court of Appeals cites those remarks as evidence a gag order is unconstitutional and unworkable, according to the lawyer who filed the court papers. “Mr. (Matthew) Clendennen and his counsel are subject to the gag order entered by the Judge of the 54th District Court, Matt Johnson, and cannot publicly speak to this matter of grave public concern to our justice system....
  • Hunt for Impartial Judge for 20 Twin Peaks Biker Examining Trials Continues [Waco]

    07/29/2015 10:01:20 AM PDT · by don-o · 155 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 29, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The hunt is on for an impartial judge to hear 20 Twin Peaks biker examining trials. The administrative judge for the Waco region has asked a Travis County judge to hear the trials. This comes after one of the judges was found to be biased by a fellow judge after a hearing on a motion to remove him. The other justice of the peace is accused of saying she is biased. The Waco Tribune-Herald has reported that the administrative judge of the Third Judicial Region, Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, said he is waiting to hear from the Travis County judge....
  • Retired judge sought to hear Twin Peaks bikers’ examining trials [Waco]

    07/29/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 28, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A retired state district judge from Travis County has been asked to preside over the examining trials of 20 bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout after reports that a local judge questioned whether she could be impartial and declined to hear the cases. Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, administrative judge of the 26-county 3rd Judicial Region, said Friday evening that he is waiting to hear back from the judge to see if he will agree to hear the examining trials. The judicial appointment becomes necessary after senior Judge Joe Carroll, of Bell County, recused McLennan County Justice of...
  • Waco PD’s Swanton to run for McLennan County sheriff

    07/27/2015 7:21:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 27, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton will run against incumbent McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the 2016 election, documents show. Swanton filed a report on July 17 designating a campaign treasurer, identified as Kneeley D. Lawdermilk, for the election. As the face of the Waco Police Department, Swanton’s public profile increased significantly during the national media influx surrounding the May 17 Twin Peaks shooting, during which he gave dozens of television interviews reaching national audiences. “I am excited about giving McLennan County voters an option for a candidate with trusted leadership skills, tested experience and a true commitment to...
  • Defense lawyer takes a base on balls in Twin Peaks pitchers’ duel [Waco]

    07/25/2015 9:20:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 23, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction – A Big D barrister assured his client will get a chance to have the probable cause of the charges against him examined at trial prior to a Grand Jury’s scrutiny. In a favorable ruling on a motion to remove the magistrate who charged Matt Clendennen with the capital conspiracy charge of engaging in organized criminal activity that lead to murder, F. Clinton Broden furthermore assured his client that a new assignment of his case to a court of record for the purpose of an examining trial will be under the control of the Third Judicial Region...
  • JP Peterson removed from Hewitt biker’s case [Waco]

    07/25/2015 7:41:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 79 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | June 23, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A local justice of the peace was removed Thursday from an examining trial in the case of a Hewitt biker accused of engaging in organized crime in relation to the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the case involving Matthew Clendennen after Clendennen’s attorney, Clinton Broden, filed a complaint against Peterson. Peterson set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 bikers arrested in the aftermath of the May 17 shootout, and he was on the scene that...
  • 16 Media Groups Fight Gag Order in Waco Biker Shooting

    07/24/2015 4:33:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | July 24, 2015 | EMILY SCHMALL
    A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the "friend of the court" brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.
  • Texas releases the dashcam video of the Sandra Bland arrest [Trooper doesn't come off too well]

    07/22/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2015 | Taylor Millard
    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the dashcam video of the arrest of Sandra Bland. The almost hour long video features the first interaction between Bland and Trooper Brian Encinia after she’s pulled over for not using her turn signal. It seems to be going all right until Encinia tells Bland she seems irritated and Bland confirms it. He then tells Bland to put out her cigarette, but she refuses to because she’s in her own car. Encinia orders her to get out, opens her door, and reaches in. It’s tough to see if he’s trying to...
  • JP Peterson removed from Twin Peaks case [Waco]

    07/23/2015 9:13:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2015
    Court officials would not let a Tribune-Herald reporter type or Tweet the hearing as it happened. Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the Matthew Clendennen case.
  • Hearing set to address JP’s potential recusal from biker case [Waco]

    07/22/2015 1:48:55 PM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 22, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A recusal hearing to address a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson related to the May 17 biker shooting at Twin Peaks will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday and be presided over by a Bell County judge, legal documents show. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Dallas attorney Clinton Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons when he set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 jailed bikers. Broden has said his complaint is based on comments Peterson made to the Tribune-Herald after the shooting. “I think...
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 9:06:18 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    The city is fighting to keep videos of the May shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant out of the press, and still hasn’t confirmed how many victims were shot by police. Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns?
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 7:49:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2015
    Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns? snip Here are two theories. One is the official explanation. Authorities say that this is a complex investigation that takes lots of time and that suppressing video evidence and issuing gag orders is necessary to prevent prospective jurors from being influenced by...
  • VANITY: Who is attending Sturgis 2015?

    07/21/2015 5:28:35 AM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 25 replies
    Robert Teesdale ^ | 7/21/2015 | Robert Teesdale
    Vanity post here, which I rarely do... Who is going to Sturgis this year? With well over a million attendees expected in Sturgis this year for the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally, I can only imagine there will be a number of Freepers present. I'd like to commence a thread for this, and facilitate some in person meetings. It would be a pleasure.
  • Discovering Waco

    07/20/2015 5:46:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 20, 2015
    ast Friday, 62 days after the worst incidence of biker violence in history, McLennan County District Judge Ralph Strother gave prosecutors another 30 days to disclose their evidence in the case to defense attorneys. A week before, Strother had named a Waco police detective involved in the investigation foreman of the grand jury that will determine whether the accused should be indicted with a crime or not. One hundred seventy-seven people have been accused of engaging in organized criminal activity. If indicted and convicted they all face a minimum of 15 years in prison. All of the accused were originally...
  • Young and the Vestless… The Waco Cop Love Triangle Unfolds

    07/20/2015 10:46:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | Amy Irene White
    It’s no secret that Waco Police infiltrated the Cossacks MC with cops, including undercover DTF agent Sgt. Jason Matthew Barnum… This is especially troubling, and his violent participation all too believable when you know he has supposedly been put on ‘adminstrative leave’.. Again.. This time for an assault on June 29th. I have speculated in jest that his wife may have been cheating.. Turns out, he did indeed beat the snot out of a doctor, identified as Eric P. Walker, for canoodling with his current spouse Karen Waltrip Barnum of Hewitt, Texas. snip This article in epic, epitomized karmic justice...
  • Bikers Descend on Waco: No Scales of Justice at Waco Courthouse

    07/19/2015 4:54:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/19/2015 | Lana Shadwick
    WACO, Texas — Bikers and supporters of riders and the Constitution came from all over Texas to gather on the steps of the McLennan County courthouse in Waco, Texas. They were there to protest the injustices that have occurred on, and continued after, the May 17th shootings at the Twin Peaks restaurant. The armless goddess of divine law and justice stands atop the courthouse, her scales of justice removed by a bolt of lightning. This missing icon of justice says it all.Over one hundred bikers, supporters, and patriots, arrived at the “All for 1 Rally and Protest” to protest what the...
  • The Story That Tells Everyone Who the Cop-Sack Really Is… You’ll Be Shocked! [ Waco ]

    07/18/2015 6:17:59 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 133 replies
    Wicked Bitch Blog ^ | Undated, Recent | Amy Irene White
    ...When they headed to Twin Peaks that day, there was never a peaceful meeting planned. The Bandidos had no idea anything was going down, which is why they had a rather sad showing of attendance in comparison to the people brought in by the Cossacks. Several of the men in that club claim that they had other plans that day and were called in to Twin Peaks that very morning. They arrived in a forceful showing of numbers and soon flooded the patio and parking lot with Cossacks. Many witnesses say that the Cossacks posted themselves like sentries all around...
  • Largest State Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc: Waco PD Detective Should not Decide Biker Cases

    07/17/2015 5:12:00 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies ^ | 17 Jul 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The largest state association for the criminal defense bar in the nation has said that it would be “shocking” for a Waco Police Department detective to sit on a grand jury in the Twin Peaks biker cases. Breitbart Texas reported that one of the two McLennan County criminal district court judges named a Waco police detective foreman over a newly-selected grand jury. This grand jury could end up determining the fate of some, or all, of the 177 bikers arrested at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17. The shoot-out killed nine bikers and wounded twenty others. Law enforcement officials...
  • 1 of 4 jailed bikers likely to be released after hearing [Waco]

    07/17/2015 11:54:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 17, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Bandido from San Antonio who remains jailed after his arrest in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout likely will be released soon after an agreement Friday morning between his lawyer and prosecutors. Joseph Ortiz, 35, a former Marine, should be free by Saturday after an agreement with prosecutors and 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to reduce his bond from $100,000 to $20,000, according to Ortiz’s lawyer Jay Norton. Like the other 177 arrested bikers, Ortiz’s original bond was $1 million. He is one of four who remain jailed two months after the deadly shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant...
  • DA seeks third felony court to help with bikers’ cases [Waco]

    07/17/2015 5:37:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 132 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 16, 2015 | Cassie Smith
    McLennan County commissioners are considering adding a third felony court after hearing a request for staffing from District Attorney Abel Reyna, who also said he does not yet have figures for costs related to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Reyna said numerous people have asked him how much the county will have to pay to cover events following the Twin Peaks shooting, which left nine bikers dead and 177 behind bars. Reyna said any answer ventured would be mere speculation and there is “absolutely no way to predict” that figure. “Believe it or not, from about 1:30 in the...
  • Waco: Twin Peaks Lawyer Files Complaint Against Local JP

    07/16/2015 6:01:23 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 60 replies
    KWTX-Ourtown ^ | July 16, 2015 | Paul J. Gately
    WACO (July 16, 2015) A Dallas lawyer has filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Office accusing a Waco justice of the peace of criminal oppression. F. Clinton Broden, attorney for Matthew Clendennen, filed a supplement to a motion he filed earlier seeking recusal of McLennan County Justice of the Peace Walter H. "Pete" Peterson from hearing any further issues concerning the May 17 motorcycle gang shootings at Twin Peaks, in Waco, as a result of which his client was arrested. Peterson has set an examining trial for Clendennen on his arrest for August. In the supplement, Broden is...
  • Cellphone video and audio of Twin Peaks shooting [WACO]

    07/16/2015 6:59:08 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 80 replies
    ViralHog ^ | May 18, 2015 |
    Police said a shootout between five rival biker gangs took place Sunday May 17th, 2015 in Waco, Texas, leaving at least nine people dead. This is footage of the police arriving on the scene. They has been nearby, as they were expecting trouble. The fight started at the Twin Peaks restaurant and moved into the parking lot, starting as a fist fight, then moving to guns. When the officers arrived, they engaged in the gun battle. Police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said, "In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience, this is the most violent and gruesome scene...
  • Nearly 9% of Americans are angry, impulsive - and have a gun, study says

    07/15/2015 12:07:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 4/8/2015 | Melissa Healy
    Tread lightly, Americans: Nearly 9% of people in the United States have outbursts of anger, break or smash things, or get into physical fights -- and have access to a firearm, a new study says. What's more, 1.5% of people who have these anger issues carry their guns outside the home. The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Behavioral Sciences and the Law, suggest that measures to reduce gun injuries and deaths should focus less on diagnosed mental illness and more on a history of violent behavior.
  • Adoptive parents lose custody after Waco incident

    07/15/2015 6:44:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 128 replies
    WFAA ^ | July 14, 2015 | Brett Shipp
    <p>MIDLOTHIAN — The biker shootout at a Waco restaurant in May has evolved into a tragedy on many levels.</p> <p>Not only did nine people lose their lives, but many of those who were arrested in its aftermath lost their jobs and their savings.</p>
  • Editorial: With Waco detective on grand jury, can bikers arrested in shootout get a fair hearing?

    07/15/2015 5:36:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 14, 2015
    snip We suspect that many of the arrested bikers were doing what normal people would do during a shootout – ducking for cover and getting out of the way. But they were jailed anyway, along with some hardened motorcycle gang members. In the newest twist, McLennan County has seated a new grand jury that includes James Head, an active-duty detective with 26 years of experience on the Waco police force. The likelihood is high that Head knows officers who were at the shootout scene, and that he’s discussed the case in detail. That’s reason enough to question his objectivity. Instead,...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Files Objection: Waco PD Grand Jury Foreman has Conflict of Interest

    07/14/2015 10:59:11 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 14, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Christopher J. Downey is a former Harris County prosecutor who worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The now criminal defense lawyer has both presented numerous shooting cases to grand juries, and defended police officers on shooting investigations. As a prosecutor he investigated whether any laws were broken or civil rights violations occurred during a police shooting. He is of counsel to a police union, the Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (C.O.P.S.). His job now is to go out on calls when a member shoots someone. Downey told Breitbart Texas, “The role of any...
  • Police detective heading grand jury reflects badly on local justice, ... [WACO]

    07/14/2015 5:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 35 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | July 14, 2015 | LARRY KARSON
    Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a law outlawing what is known as the “pick-a-pal system” for grand jury selection. Unlike the trial juries we are all familiar with, in which the jury is picked randomly with attorneys questioning possible jurors for bias or prejudice, many grand juries had been picked by judges by offering friends or associates in the justice system the license of nominating prospective jurors or even serving as grand jurors themselves. Research has shown that probation department employees, police officers, bail bondsmen and even court bailiffs decided who served on the grand jury. The problem?...
  • Statement from ICR CEO about Baylor Policy Change

    07/13/2015 7:48:58 AM PDT · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | July 2015 | Dr. Henry M. Morris III
    Statement from ICR CEO about Baylor Policy Change Once again a major Christian institution has capitulated to the “politically correct” immoral noise made by a few. This time, Baylor University has removed language in its sexual misconduct policy that had previously punished homosexual activity among its students.
  • What We Learned About Waco This Weekend

    07/12/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 46 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 12, 2015 | The Aging Rebel
    The Twin Peaks Massacre has always, clearly, been an ATF or FBI operation gone terribly wrong. The Waco police and most of official Waco have been lying about it since May 17. A couple of pieces of evidence became generally available this weekend that shine a little light into this black hole of deceit. First, it is now absolutely inarguable that at least 182 people were arrested on May 17 and that five of them were “unarrested” by 5:28 a.m. the next morning. In an early morning fax from Waco Detective Sam Key to lay Justice of the Peace “Pete”...
  • Gang or club?: For Bandidos, the distinction matters after Waco biker shooting

    07/12/2015 5:24:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 70 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    It's not a gang, it's a club. When it comes to the Houston-born Bandidos Motorcycle Club, this debate has taken on some urgency and a few twists. Following a May 17 melee in Waco that left nine dead and 18 wounded, police arrested 177 bikers. Each was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity by being part of a conspiracy to commit murder and assault as part of a turf war between the Bandidos and a lesser-known rival, the Cossacks. The distinction carries a hefty penalty, as those charged faced 15 years to life in prison if convicted - even...
  • Only 4 bikers remain jailed in Twin Peaks case; 3 face other charges

    07/11/2015 7:24:54 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 47 replies ^ | Friday, July 10, 2015 5:14 pm | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three of the four bikers who remain jailed in the wake of the deadly Twin Peaks shootout have felony charges pending in other counties. Of the 177 bikers jailed following the May 17 melee, only Michael E. Chaney, a Cossack from Fort Worth; Joseph Ortiz, a Bandido from San Antonio; Marcus Pilkington, a Bandido from Mexia; and Daniel Pesina, a member of a Bandidos support group called Macheteros from San Antonio, remain jailed in McLennan County.

    07/11/2015 4:39:00 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 5 replies
    BRODEN MICKELSEN HELMS & SNIPES Attorneys-at-Law ^ | undated, 10 Jul 2015 | BRODEN MICKELSEN HELMS & SNIPES
    This portion of the Don Carlos surveillance video was made from a full surveillance video produced pursuant to a subpoena issued on behalf of Matthew Clendennen by his attorney F. Clinton Broden of Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes, LLP. It was not altered, only shortened ...
  • Surveillance Video of Biker Shooting Leaked

    07/11/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | July 10, 2015
    Surveillance video from the Twin Peaks shooting has been leaked. The video from Don Carlos, the restaurant next door to Twin Peaks, was obtained by KCEN late Friday afternoon through an anonymous email sent to various local and national media outlets. The email contained a web link and a password to a section of, the law firm of Clint Broden who represents Matthew Clendennen, a local biker arrested in the shooting. The password takes you to a YouTube page for the law firm. KCEN notified Mr. Broden of the email and password late this afternoon, and hours later, access...
  • Lawsuit Alleges Waco Biker Grand Jury Conflict of Interest

    07/10/2015 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/10/2015 | EMILY SCHMALL
    A biker arrested after a deadly shootout involving bikers and police in Waco, Texas, argued Friday that it's a conflict of interest for a policeman to preside over the grand jury that may hear his case. Matthew Clendennen, who sued after he was one of 177 bikers arrested following the shootout, alleged in a court filing that James Head's presence as foreman of the randomly-selected 12-person panel should not be allowed.
  • VIDEO: Don Carlos surveillance footage from Twin Peaks shooting

    07/10/2015 7:22:46 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies ^ | 7/10/2015
    This is a condensed version of security camera footage from the parking lot outside Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant before, during and after the shooting at Twin Peaks in Waco on May 17, 2015. The video was released to the news media by Dallas attorney Clinton Broden. The footage above, covering the first 30 minutes of the shooting, has been condensed from the full video, which runs one hour and 30 minutes.
  • Waco Biker Arrests Create Civil Liability for City

    07/10/2015 1:45:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 98 replies
    The Law Offices of Don Tittle ^ | July 9, 2015 | Attorney Don Tittle
    We have been watching the Waco Twin Peaks biker shootout with interest. From the outset, this mass arrest seemed to have some problems, and now that more information has come to light, the City of Waco has opened itself up to serious civil liability. Why? Because this is a textbook example of mass arrests without individual probable cause. At the heart of every arrest, there must be probable cause. Now, of course, probable cause is a very low standard that can usually be met, but not likely in this case. From what is currently known, the Waco Police Department decided...
  • Waco police detective named foreman of grand jury that may hear Twin Peaks cases

    07/09/2015 6:19:49 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 328 replies ^ | Wednesday, July 8, 2015 6:01 pm | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco police detective was selected Wednesday to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that could be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings.
  • Family of slain Texas biker sues restaurant for negligence

    07/08/2015 11:46:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 54 replies
    On the date of the event, police attempted to enter the restaurant, but were blocked by management. State and local authorities then occupied positions outside the restaurant, including on the rooftop of a neighboring restaurant, Don Carlos, the lawsuit said.
  • World's Largest Baptist University Drops 'Homosexual Acts' From Sexual Misconduct Code

    07/08/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    Charisma News ^ | JON HERSKOVITZ
    The world's largest Baptist university, Baylor, has dropped language in its sexual misconduct policy that punished those who engaged in homosexual acts, a change the socially conservative school said better reflects its values as "a caring community." Baylor, in the central Texas city of Waco, had been one of a handful of religious U.S. colleges and universities that allowed for the dismissal of students, and sometimes staff, for homosexuality. Baylor has removed "homosexual acts" as a punishable offense in its sexual misconduct policy, an official said on Tuesday. The policy also mandated disciplinary action for sexual assault, incest, adultery and...
  • Twin Peaks Bikers Send ‘Cease and Desist All Defamation’ Letter to Waco Officials [WACO]

    07/08/2015 7:25:15 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 91 replies
    Motorcycle riders sent letters to officials connected to the Waco Twin Peaks arrests, putting them on notice to “CEASE AND DESIST ALL DEFAMATION OF MOTORCYCLE RIDERS’ CHARACTER AND REPUTATION.” ...
  • Texas Bikers Arrested After Waco Shootout Say They Are Innocent

    07/07/2015 2:15:45 PM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    npr ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kelly McEvers
    In May, a fight between two rival motorcycle clubs turned into a bloodbath in Waco, Texas. Nine people were shot dead, and at least 20 were injured. In the end, 177 people were arrested and jailed on charges of engaging in organized crime. But many of them say they had nothing to do with these so-called outlaw motorcycle clubs — and nothing to do with the violence. Among them are Walt and Ester Weaver. Walt says he's stunned by the way authorities handled the situation. "Two months ago if you'd told me this could happen to this many people in...
  • Waco Twin Peaks Judge Reverses Decision to Extend ‘Pick-A-Pal’ Grand Jury

    07/07/2015 8:23:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 7, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    One of the state district judges presiding over the Waco Twin Peaks bikers cases has reversed his decision to extend the term of a grand jury selected under the old method of selecting grand juries. The judge will now comply with a McLennan County, Texas, order that ends on July 8th, the much criticized practice of selecting “pick-a-pal” grand juries. This grand jury will likely decide the fate of some, if not all, of the 177 bikers arrested on May 17th after the Twin Peaks shootout. Although the judges and the McLennon County district clerk approved a plan on June...
  • Waco Secret Of The Day

    07/07/2015 6:50:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 69 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 6, 2015
    The Waco secret of the day is the surveillance video shot by the Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place in Waco on May 17. Dallas Attorney Clint Broden wants a copy. Recent escapees from Syrian prisons need to know that there was a big news event in that shopping center that Sunday around lunch time. Some arbitrary number of people, some number in the low two hundreds, were detained. One hundred seventy-nine people were arrested. A couple of them were let out of jail that night. Police announced there were about 160 arrests. Eventually, after a...
  • Civil rights lawsuit dismissed against city, county; plaintiff plans to refile [Waco]

    07/06/2015 6:57:04 PM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | July 6, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The owner of a local landscaping business who was jailed with 176 other bikers after the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout has dismissed his federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco and McLennan County but says he plans to refile it. Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30, of Hewitt, a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, claimed in the lawsuit that he was wrongfully jailed and that his business has suffered since his arrest. Clendennen’s attorney, Clint Broden, said he filed a request to dismiss the suit for procedural reasons only. He said he already has amended the original...
  • Don Carlos seeks to block release of shootout surveillance video

    07/06/2015 11:08:21 AM PDT · by don-o · 145 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | July 6, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Attorneys for Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant in Waco are seeking to block a subpoena that would require restaurant officials to turn over security camera videos from the May 17 shootout in advance of a biker’s examining trial. Attorney Clint Broden, who represents Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen, subpoenaed the video from Don Carlos, whose business is adjacent to the former Twin Peaks restaurant, where nine bikers were killed and 20 others were wounded. Bret Griffin, a Houston attorney who represents Don Carlos, said in a motion to quash the subpoena that Broden is on a “fishing expedition for non-party’s surveillance footage...
  • Abel Reyna Saves Waco from Biker Scum

    07/05/2015 8:22:49 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 146 replies ^ | 2015-05-21 10:51 pm | Unknown blogger
    Abel Reyna (AR) and Sgt. Patrick Swanton must have been sweating cold as they blitzed the media with apocalyptic visions of SAMCRO and the Mayans stabbing, shooting, and raping their way across Central Texas Marketplace during church hour, with the heroic police saving the day. But it was showtime, and the news cameras were already rolling. And thus, the "biker shootout" meme was born.
  • Anti-bikie laws are getting public used to loss of civil liberties, academic warns

    07/03/2015 7:49:48 AM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 1, 2015 | Joshua Robertson
    The spread of anti-terrorism-style laws through Australia’s criminal justice system is conditioning the public to accept “severe and disproportionate” losses of civil liberties, a legal academic has warned. South Australia has drafted laws that would permanently tag members of motorcycle gangs as “criminal organisation participants”, leaving them facing the lifetime risk of jail for associating with others even if they had quit a gang. The measures were introduced despite the South Australian government’s blueprint being under review in Queensland, where its Labor counterpart has a taskforce to recommend ways to repeal or replace gang laws once touted as the world’s...
  • WacoGate

    07/03/2015 7:00:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 2, 2015
    Waco is leaking lies again. Detective Manuel Chavez has admitted to a defense attorney that he perjured himself when he presented a fill in the name criminal complaint to Justice of the Peace Walter H. “Pete” Peterson on May 18. Chavez presented the complaint which began, “Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared the affiant herein, a peace officer under the laws of Texas, who being duly sworn, on path made the following statements and accusations: “My name is Manuel Chavez and I am commissioned as a peace officer with the City of Waco by The Stale of Texas. I...
  • Biker attorney challenges ‘cookie-cutter’ arrest warrants [Waco]

    07/03/2015 4:42:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 67 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | July 2, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A hearing Thursday for a disabled Gatesville Army veteran who rides with the Cossacks Motorcycle Club included a strong challenge to the probable cause used to arrest 177 bikers in the wake of the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Ronald Atterbury’s attorney, John H. Jackson, who also is a former state district judge from Corsicana, attacked the probable cause reported in Atterbury’s arrest warrant affidavit, which is identical to the others used to detain bikers en masse after the melee that left nine dead and 20 injured. Officials used identical documents, labeled “cookie-cutter” by defense attorneys, changing only the names,...
  • Waco Biker Shooting Has Long Legal Aftermath

    07/03/2015 4:26:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2015 | Dan Frosch And Nathan Koppel
    Six weeks after a gunfight among motorcycle gangs and police left nine dead in Waco, Texas, more than 170 people still face serious charges even though just a handful remain jailed, reflecting what some defense lawyers say is an overzealous approach by authorities. Lawyers for some of those arrested in the May 17 shooting say their clients—including military veterans, municipal employees and a man who says he doesn’t even own a motorcycle—were bystanders who played no role in the violence at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, but were nonetheless forced to spend weeks behind bars. As of June 30,...