King And Brown Sue The Bastards

October 24, 2014

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Sean King and Howard Brown, who were subjected to a blatantly malicious federal prosecution in Georgia over the last two years, filed motions today to compel the Department of Justice to pay their legal fees.

King, Brown and an American Outlaws Association regional club officer named Larry McDaniel were all prosecuted, not once but twice, for obstructing a federal proceeding after McDaniel ordered that patches and other items in the clubhouse of the Cleveland, Georgia chapter of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club should be repossessed. McDaniel had learned that the chapter had been infiltrated by an undercover FBI agent and additional informants. Brown was the Georgia President of the Black Pistons. King was an Outlaws patch holder. Both men helped collect club insignia from members of the Cleveland chapter.

A federal judge dismissed the original case against the men after deciding that none of them had actually committed a crime. Then the government indicted the men again for obstructing the investigation. The government persisted even after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FBI investigations are not court proceedings in August 2013. A judge dismissed part of the indictment last May. The rest of the indictment was dismissed late last month after a judge ruled the prosecution had failed to prove its case before a jury at trial.

King’s motion complains he “had his door kicked in, flash grenades thrown into his house, and his life subsequently turned upside down.”

Bad Faith

A law called  the Hyde Amendment authorizes federal judges to award legal costs to a prevailing defendant “where the court finds that the position of the United States was vexatious, frivolous, or in bad faith.”

King’s attorney, Adam M. Hames, writes: “The Government’s theory of the case was that because the defendants knew there was either a confidential informant or an undercover officer in a related clubhouse they shut down the clubhouse, thereby obstructing an ongoing investigations, which would have led to presentation of evidence to a grand jury. The fundamental irony of this case is that the Government brought thiscriminal prosecution against the defendants for shutting down a snitch as a means to find their own leak within law enforcement.

“Ultimately, this case was a snake hunt that turned into a snipe hunt. It was of the utmost importance to the FBI to find out who had leaked the confidential informant’s name and the name of his handler, Agent Sewell, to Larry McDaniel. This case was never about a violation of the criminal laws by the defendants. Like a drug case, these defendants were prosecuted because the Government believed that at least one of them would tell the FBI who was the source of their inside law enforcement information. Placing a person in criminal jeopardy in order to smoke out a dirty agent or officer is acting in bad faith.”

King and Brown are each seeking about $18,000 in legal fees.

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21 Responses to “King And Brown Sue The Bastards”

  1. RVN69 Says:

    The very best in your fight against government persecution, I hope you are sucessful and have great fun spending your millions.


  2. Paul Says:

    If you end up as Admiral, can I be one of your deck hands, haha!

    May you heal quickly.

  3. Paladin Says:

    hated and proud,

    Sorry to hear of your misfortune. It’s good to know that you and your bike will be taken care of. I hope you end up as an admiral of a fleet.

    Long May You Ride,


  4. Paul Says:

    Best of luck on this, it would be a good precedent to win this.

  5. rollinnorth Says:

    True. “A fish rots from the head.”


  6. hated and proud Says:

    Last time i was hit (which i am currently in a hospital for the same), i was told to ask for a boat (bust out another thousand)

    Congrats again brown and king love all ya, mcdaniel good luck to you, maybe i get to see yall on the road once i get my new bike and body healed, etc

  7. Jim666 Says:

    I hope they drag the feds through all the shit they can . Maybe one day the people will see what kind of criminals are in these ABC gangs,




  8. Paladin Says:


    The linked article in your post was exactly what I was referring to in my prior post. Again, it’s a question of integrity. When the people at the top have none, it’s unreasonable to expect any of their subordinates to have any.

    Long May You Ride,


  9. VAGO 1%er Says:

    No amount of money will make up for the bullshit you’ve been thru.

    I wish you the best through this to the end.

  10. rollinnorth Says:

    Something those who follow Rebel’s work know all about:

    “Federal prosecutors are out of control

    A GROUP of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives.

    President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next Attorney General.

    The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, ‘Licensed to Lie.’

    She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence.”


  11. chromedome Says:


    Good point


  12. Paladin Says:


    The Hyde Amendment only addresses the prevailing defendant’s legal fees. Compensation for other damages would have to be sought in a civil suit, which I believe there are grounds for. An attorney would have to be willing to take the case on a contingency basis.

    I may be wrong, but I think the biggest monetary award that the Feds. have had to pay, was to Randy Weaver. The trouble is; the money came from the taxpayers, it didn’t come out of the paychecks of the individuals involved. All of the individuals involved skated on that tragedy, criminally and civilly. Janet Reno was never held accountable for Ruby Ridge or Waco.

    Eric Holder is about as contemptible an individual as you could find and is ultimately responsible for the Fast & Furious debacle (among others), but has never been and will never be held accountable for anything.

    If you could find someone in the political arena with integrity and manage to get them elected as President, that person would tend to hire like minded people. Until this happens, it’s going to be business as usual. Finding a politician with integrity isn’t hard, they’re always found in the company of Unicorns.

    Long May You Ride,


  13. Ronbo Says:

    Yep, good luck to AOA and The Black Pistons. Fuck the Feds. But the thing that JUMPED out at me was the fact the AOA and Black Pistons put the feds in there place then a member of The Black Pistons is murdered (HIT) by a member or prospective member of a infamous mostly LEO Motorcycle gang.

    Things that make you go HMMMMMMMM!!

    Head on a swivel


  14. RtC Says:

    This BS, finding by Judges, that the FEDS are bringing false charges
    against BIKERS & trying to “pull a rabbit out of their hat” has got to
    be a trend! At least that is my hope! Enough with the IN-justice of those in power. V O T E!!! Fuckin’ Dem’s were caught stuffing ballot boxes in 2008, but it was let go. FUCK the NEW WORLD ORDER!
    And CN, I’d like to know about that too! No offense to the “legal-ese”
    here, BUT…
    I think there is going to be a real revolution if Obozo isn’t impeached
    for crimes against US!

    RESPECTS for the REAL

  15. CN Says:

    Question: If they win and their legal fees are reimbursed will the entire award go to the Lawyers or is there any award for the Plaintiffs? As much as I’d like to see a “W” in this one, I’d hate to think the only ones benefiting are the lawyers. No disrespect meant, just an honest question.

  16. BMW Says:

    First, I sincerely hope that the plaintiff/former defendants win the case. I know, from what I have read, that they have suffered loss because of this bogus prosecution. However, unless a court is willing to state a decision that the feds have been acting beyond their role as investigators and violated the plaintiffs’ civil rights, and are personally liable, we will continue to see these sophomoric persecutions by inept DOJ attorneys. It is obvious that the feds in this case exceeded their legal duties, but when will we find a federal judge with the balls to do the right thing? Since so many judges are former prosecutors like Gonna Gonzalez, or former business lawyers, we will probably not see that for a long time.


  17. TRICKY TRAMP Says:

    AVAGOVFFV Nailed It. Especially the part where feds eat shit.

  18. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    My very best goes out to these men and the AOA I await to see the feds eat some shit over this one.

    Good luck gentlemen.

    Viva Los Vagos

  19. JimmyJoe Says:

    This kind of shit will continue, as long as there are no consequences for the cops / feds. I hope the AOA win this, and that the consequences make these pigs think twice about trying to ruin people’s lives just because they think they can.

  20. John Deaux Says:

    If it were me, that suit would have atleast 2 more zeros on it. Good luck guys.
    Much respect sent to the AOA.
    FTF. FTP. FTW.

  21. Big Bry Says:

    Good luck to Mr. King and Mr. Brown! Although this won’t come close to making up for what they’ve been put through, hopefully this will set a precedent for others who have been wrongly prosecuted to get some compensation.

    Big Bry

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