The law is an ass. It moves slower than most glaciers. It is a racket for the glorification and enrichment of bad men. And, today’s exhibit in support of these immoderate statements is the never ending Georgia Outlaws case.
The “case” is really seven, separate, federal cases dispersed over Georgia and Florida that are the fruit of a two-year-long undercover investigation by the Atlanta Division of the FBI. The “investigation “ was basically a fishing expedition by an “FBI certified Undercover Employee with 10 years of undercover experience, having attended and completed FBI Undercover School,” and two slightly less official agents provocateur officially named Confidential Informant One and Confidential Informant Two. The prosecutions are divided in order to frustrate public scrutiny.
The idea of the “investigation” was to create crimes that could then be prosecuted. A press release issued on August 16, 2012 bragged:
“‘All but two of the defendants charged in this investigation have direct ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Club or other motorcycle clubs that are affiliated with and controlled by the Outlaws,’ said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates (photo above). ‘The charges unsealed today allege that these motorcycle club members engaged in substantial drug trafficking and weapons offenses. This case is a big step forward in making sure that these groups don’t threaten the safety of our North Georgia communities.’”
“Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated, ‘Today’s arrests of the numerous members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and those of several of its affiliate clubs represents the unified efforts of our region’s law enforcement in addressing a serious and very structured crime problem. The Outlaw Motorcycle Club, its affiliate clubs, and its membership are not above nor beyond the law and today’s arrests, the culmination of a two-year intensive investigation, should serve as clear evidence of that.’”
The best known defendant is a member of the American Outlaws Association named Larry McDaniel who has held a leadership position in that social organization. Among the crimes with which McDaniel was charged was “impeding a federal proceeding” because McDaniel recommended that a chapter of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club that had been infiltrated by federal agents and snitches be shut down.
After almost two years, men are still being sentenced for crimes that were instigated by the FBI. Last week, a man named Phillip Honeycutt learned his punishment for “use of a communications facility in the distribution of a controlled substance.”
A federal judge named Richard Story told Honeycutt, “The public out there wants me to do something. ‘Lock them up as long as you can.’ That’s what the public thinks. This is not one of those things where we can just turn our heads.”
Honeycutt had sort of participated in an FBI orchestrated drug sting. As is usually the case in these things, men who needed money were offered easy cash for working “security” at a drug transaction. Frequently, the victims of these stings don’t even know they are participating in a drug deal until the drugs come out for the hidden cameras. This drug “sting” was shady and Honeycutt hadn’t even been there.
“The government offered him $200 to sit on the street and look for police,” Honeycutt’s lawyer, Michael H. Saul, told Judge Story. “He’s not a leader. He’s not a manager. He’s just some unemployed person being paid to yell ‘police,’ There’s nothing to suggest he’s a bad person.”
Honeycutt was contrite with the judge and admitted he had “done wrong.”
“You have made a mistake and I think you have learned from that,” the judge replied. “There’s no such thing as an easy $200.” Then the heartless son of a bitch sentenced Phillip Honeycutt to 18 months in prison.