Tonight On 20/20

June 22, 2018

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Tonight On 20/20

Either Ferdinand Augello is guilty as sin or the prosecutors who are trying to hang a murder on him are desperate as hell. There seems to be a public relations campaign to vilify Augello and it is getting more intense. Tonight at 10 p.m. on 20/20, ABC’s “investigative journalism and news magazine,” the network will […]

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June 21, 2018

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Iron Order Civil Case

Iron Order Civil Case

It is a coin flip whether the Iron Order Motorcycle Club will have to defend itself in court in Philadelphia starting Monday. The case is titled Brenda L. Bollinger, Administratrix of the Estate of Tonya L. Focht, decease versus Iron Order Motorcycle Club et al. Most readers are aware that although most guys call me […]

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June 20, 2018

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Waco Prosecutor Fires Last Friend

Waco Prosecutor Fires Last Friend

Yesterday afternoon, McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna fired Assistant District Attorney Amanda Lee Dillon. Over the last three years, Reyna has been repeatedly portrayed in public documents and reports as a corrupt, self-absorbed, bully and demagogue who was being investigated for corruption by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the […]

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June 19, 2018

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Justice In Jersey

Justice In Jersey

You can get a pretty good idea of who Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello is by shuffling through a thousand or so of his old photos. He is a New York Giants fan. He likes cats and dogs. He likes to make things with his hands. He loves a woman who makes him smile. He has loved […]

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June 18, 2018

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Jay Dobyns And Post-Truth

Jay Dobyns And Post-Truth

Sixteen years after estranged ATF agent Jay Dobyns started strutting around Bullhead City, Arizona in a tank top with a couple of .45s stuck in his camouflaged fatigue pants; a dozen years after he told his supervisors that he was convinced the Hells Angels were trying to kill him; 11 years after Kerrie Droban wrote […]

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June 14, 2018

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Devils Diciples Case Wrapping Up

Devils Diciples Case Wrapping Up

Motorcycle Club cases are pension plans for federal prosecutors. So the Devils Diciples case that began in 2011 and would eventually come to include accusations of crimes that dated back to 2003 is just now getting around to sentencing. The case epitomizes what happens when the Department of Justice decides to pay attention to you. […]

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June 10, 2018

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Portillo Breaks Silence

Portillo Breaks Silence

The last time former Bandidos Motorcycle Club national vice-president John Xavier Portillo was free was the morning of January 6, 2016. He was arrested and held without bail on what, at the time, seemed like contrived and easily refutable charges. On the advice of his attorneys, Robbie Ward and Mark Stevens, Portillo did not testify […]

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June 7, 2018

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Mongols Trial On Again

Mongols Trial On Again

Two days after postponing the Mongol Nation racketeering trial, Federal District Judge David O. Carter reversed himself yesterday and reinstated the original trial date of June 26. On Monday Carter had moved the trial to October 23. At its heart, the federal racketeering prosecution is intended to rid the United States of motorcycle clubs by […]

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June 7, 2018

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Waco Shot In The Dark

Waco Shot In The Dark

A couple of Houston lawyers named Paul Looney and Mark Thiessen filed an interesting motion Monday. It is based on a legal technicality and it has the potential to set most of the remaining Twin Peaks defendants free and clear. It is not going to accomplish that, of course. Previously in the Twin Peaks cases, […]

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June 6, 2018

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Ferdinand Augello Objective Enemy

Ferdinand Augello Objective Enemy

An “objective enemy” is what totalitarian states, like Hitler’s Reich, Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China or New Jersey invent after they run short of real enemies like counter revolutionaries or Islamic terrorists. Hannah Arendt, the American philosopher and political theorist who invented the term, thought objective enemies didn’t have to actually be suspected of a […]

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June 5, 2018

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Punishment By Traffic Jam

Punishment By Traffic Jam

The Mongol Nation case will never end. It has far to go. Right this minute it is going eight miles an hour. Yesterday, a performatively cranky federal judge named David O. Carter let Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Brunwin further extend this ridiculous thought experiment into the theoretical limits of criminal liability.The case was scheduled […]

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June 1, 2018

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A Biker Club Murder

A Biker Club Murder

There was a cruel and sordid murder in Grass Valley, California, about 85 miles west of Reno, on or about April 15. One member of a motorcycle club has been charged with murdering another. Most members thought the two men were best friends. Seventy-year-old Stan Norman appeared on a security video capture at the Bonanza […]

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May 30, 2018

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Collins Versus Virginia

Collins Versus Virginia

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in a case titled Collins v. Virginia is already being misconstrued as a victory for motorcycle rights. It was not. The American Motorcyclist Association, which filed an amicus brief in the case, probably didn’t clear the confusion when it headlined its press release about the decision “Supreme Court sides with motorcyclists’ […]

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