Hells Angels Trial Starts Stops

November 24, 2014

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The long delayed trial of three Hells Angels named Timothy R. Bianchi, Nicholas F. Carrillo and Josh L. Johnson for misdemeanor charges of battery and fighting in public began last week. The fight happened at a tattoo convention at the Konocti Vista Resort and Casino in Lakeport, California in June 2011. Lakeport is about 120 miles north of San Francisco. What the men are really being charged with is being Hells Angels who fought in public and that is a felony.

The alleged victim was a Vago named Michael Anthony Burns. Burns reportedly suffered bleeding about the head and face, swelling and a cut under his right eye, He told police he suffered the injuries in a fall. The police refused to believe him, “reviewed footage from the resort’s security surveillance system” and eventually charged the three Hells Angels with the misdemeanors. The FBI interjected itself into the case. The accused men were eventually charged with a felony, assault with a deadly weapon, and that made it possible to also charge them with a “gang enhancement.”

From a distance this looks like a Kangaroo Court. Burns testified last Thursday. Lake County Deputy District Attorney Art Grothe tried to put words in his mouth. Carrillo’s attorney, Michael Clough, objected to that. The judge who finally agreed to try this case, Michael Lunas, threatened Clough with contempt and then announced he intended to let self-proclaimed “Hells Angels authority” Jorge Gil-Blanco testify at this trial.


Gil-Blanco (above) is a strange and frequent witness at biker trials in California. He is a former employee of the San Jose Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department who seems to have learned about motorcycle clubs by reading the screeds of Yves Lavigne. He is not academically accomplished. He has an Associates Degree from Santa Monica College. He has not published any books or articles about the Hells Angels or about motorcycle clubs in general.

He advertises himself as a “Training Coordinator” and “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and Expert Testimony Instructor” for a Hayward, California company called Strategic Training Systems International. And in the condensed and obtuse style of modern resumes he describes his job as: “plans and coordinates all necessary functions required for the establishment, maintenance, and improvement of a viable Part I crimes and narcotics enforcement intelligence information system within Western States Information Network’s California Region V. He lectures extensively on the topic of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and provides expert testimony for the prosecution of Hells Angels.”

The Western States Information Network is a domestic espionage clearinghouse that spent about $8 million in 2007, the last year for which budget figures are available, “to provide the most secure, accurate, and timely criminal intelligence and assistance to its member agencies to enhance the investigation, arrest, prosecution, and conviction of criminal offenders.”

Gil-Blanco has previously testified that the Hells Angels colors are red and white, that members start as hang arounds and eventually become patched, that a “Filthy Few” patch means an Angel has “committed an act of violence for the club,” that the ball-peen hammer is “one of their favorite choices of weapons,” and that “you don’t become a Hells Angel unless you’re willing to get involved with criminal activity.”

Street Gang

In his opening statement last week, Grothe told jurors, “I intend to show that when the individuals did what we allege they did, it was in benefit of and in furtherance of a criminal street gang, that is the Hell’s Angels.” Gil-Blanco’s job will be to convince jurors the prosecutor’s statement is true.

The three defense attorneys in the case all objected to the admission of testimony by Gil-Blanco. The motions describe the biker expert as a man who has spent his “professional life prosecuting criminals and ‘gang’ members rather than dispassionately researching the groups they are employed to prove are, in fact, ‘gangs.’”

Having begun, the trial will now adjourn until December 10. Gil-Blanco is scheduled to testify on December 17 and 18.

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32 Responses to “Hells Angels Trial Starts Stops”

  1. Jason Says:

    It looks like this pig Gil Blanco can’t hold down a steady job.

  2. John Deaux Says:

    I saw that guy on spike tv, they were running a gangland marathon and I was flipping channels. He is one weird looking dude, I don’t think I could stop myself from laughing while he was on the stand explaining gangs.

  3. Trip Says:

    More bullshit by the Feds, this was a fight period…..once again over prosecution because someone is a member of a Motorcycle Club…..A.C.A.B


  4. PJ Says:

    This discussion reminds me of a piece of advice I received from an old Marine (and sensei). Told me there are 4 questions you need to ask before fighting.

    1. Is this worth fighting over?
    2. Is this worth me really hurting him?
    3. Is this worth me really getting hurt?
    4. Is this worth me or him dying?

    He said you have to be able to answer yes to all 4 before fighting, so it really only boils down to the last one. While I don’t agree that the ONLY times you fight is when it is worth dying for, I do believe that a fistfight (even one unfair) should not escalate to the death of someone.

    There are so many things we can make amends for or work to fix; can’t take back death.

  5. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Meh, Sir just because somewhere there are laws that allow for non prosecution of the victims of certain acts of violence this does not mean shooting someone while engaged in a fist fight is honorable or just.With that type of logic it would mean every high school kid in America has the right to shoot their next aggressor. Sounds silly doesn’t it?

    Happy Holidays

    Viva Los Vagos

  6. LilJ Says:

    Gil blanco is a personal bullshit artist, and a pussy.

  7. Meh Says:

    The law is usually clear on legal use of force. Texas example below meets my definition of provocation:

    “A person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.”


    The rest of the Texas example referring to defense of third persons or protecting property is also IMO thoroughly reasonable.

    Too bad the right of self-defense against unlawful arrest has been effectively negated by the police state, but it’s worth a look:


    Some SYG background, the lawyers here may clarify further. I am not a lawyer.


  8. 10GAUGE Says:


    The problem is defining your idea of provoked. Have I provoked a fight with you by speaking loud in front of you and your ol lady? What about your kids? What about if I’m really drunk? What if you are?

    Am I provoking a fight by knowingly and willingly wearing offensive clothing in your neighborhood? What if I have been telling bartenders in the area I was going to kick your ass? What if I posted it on Facebook? Or my friends or brother did?

    I have been attacked before and not known why and not thought about shooting someone or stabbing them even though I have had the means.

    I am surprised such a bad hombre as yourself is still a part of the free world. I would be doing multiple life sentences if I lived by your mantra

  9. 10GAUGE Says:


    “How come when women get beat up by their spouse and the women refuses to press charges the domectic abuse charges are dropped?”

    Not in California they are not. The DA WILL CONTINUE under the guise that the “victim” is being coerced out of fear and that the crime is not only against the victim but the state…in fact they don’t want to “waste” taxpayer money by stopping the process once the ball is rolling…
    It puts a lot of power in the hands of the police and has absolutely corrupted the process.

    I fought the law
    And the law won


  10. BMW Says:


    When I was a kid, folks had a way of speaking about a person who was making a mountain out of a molehill. We would say, “Don’t make a federal case out of it”. When we said that, we meant that the activity being discussed wasn’t worth the trouble, or that somebody was making too much of something.

    I am beginning to understand why that phrase is not used much these days. After reading this article by Rebel, I couldn’t honestly use that saying any more, since the underworked FIBBIES are making a federal case out of a couple of punches, and no real damage to anyone or anything. If they can successfully make a federal case out of a few punches…maybe illegal parking could be used as grounds for a RICO prosecution…why bother to understand the law if they keep changing it?

    L,H%R TO ALL 1% RIDERS!!!

  11. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Meh, I however do agree with you on this quote.
    “Omerta and not doing stupid shit in front of cameras would solve most such problems. Don’t fuck a goat on video and it’s hard to prove goatfuckery. Goatfuckery is legal vulnerability and unless/until those affected make the adult choice to run tighter ships it will remain a gift to the police state.”

    Viva Los Vagos

  12. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    PJ(Paul) & Meh,
    If I had a choice of an assault charge or murder beef I know which I would pick, unfortunately that is usually my dance partners decision.

    My personal take on your post(s) is that a good ol ass beating sends the right message and has a lasting effect. But popping caps off which ends a life that was clearly unarmed has enormous consequences and it’s very hard to fly your patch in the pen. I have taken beatings and given a few while armed over the last two decades and never pulled my weapon simply because it never escalated beyond a fist or at worst a blade fight. Just because you have a way out don’t mean its the honorable end to the situation. Now understand though if someone shoots at me or mine I would not hesitate for a nano second of placing a few rounds center of mass and ending the shit.

    Stick with fists, boots and blades when practical.

    Happy Holidays

    Viva Los Vagos

  13. Meh Says:

    I of course agree the government shouldn’t make it an issue if no protagonist wants to.

    As to not killing someone for beating your ass, the alternative is that it’s okay for those who can beat ass to do it whenever they feel like at any numerical disparity.

    It’s IMO okay to kill someone for (nonconsensually) beating your ass because by unprovoked attack they chose to forfeit their entire value as a human. Fuck ’em. If some random tribesman attacked any one of us or a loved one who wouldn’t empty a mag into his chest?

    The presumption that the life of an (unprovoked, nonconsensual) assailant is worth anything is absurd. I don’t assault anyone unprovoked. If I do, I deserve to be shot dead on the spot so I am thereby reformed. Sam Colt made men equal, and if people don’t want to die they should either kill their targets or stay home.

    Chivalry isn’t warfare, it’s faggotry. The whole concept of taking a beating because those dealing out the beating would like you to lose or get thumped but not end the fight is deeply flawed. We don’t expect soldiers to take a beatdown by their enemies so why should any other war be different?

    The only and exclusive problem with any level of consensual mutual violence from a logical outsider perspective is keeping government intervention to a minimum. Other outsider groups in the past were usually able to do this when they actually felt like it.

    Omerta and not doing stupid shit in front of cameras would solve most such problems. Don’t fuck a goat on video and it’s hard to prove goatfuckery. Goatfuckery is legal vulnerability and unless/until those affected make the adult choice to run tighter ships it will remain a gift to the police state.

    We read of government exploiting the same old vulnerabilities again and again and again. Government will not refuse such gifts, so the only logical option is not to give them.

  14. PJ(Paul) Says:

    This article, and the Tipton case, reminded me of a conversation I had at my first duty station. Basically, it was how it was unfortunate that men could no longer get into a fist fight and, even if you lose, probably go have a drink together afterward.

    Now granted, there are some beefs that guys won’t be drinking together after over, but at least with fists, you go home (maybe a hospital visit, but you still go home).

    I guess I just can’t understand why others have to make it an issue when the folks involved don’t, or why others feel its okay to take a life if you’re getting an ass beating.

  15. UnaffiliatedObserver Says:


    Early this year, the FBI made a change to its primary mission. The FBI is now an agency that uses law enforcement as a tool and no longer considers law enforcement itself a primary mission.


    It appears that “OMGs” are considered a threat to “National Security”, as are returning veterans generally.


  16. BMW Says:


    another artificially manufactured “expert”,
    an impersonator without any legitimate academic credentials, without any real-world experience,
    who has no idea of what is real,
    what is fake,
    and what is put-on,
    regurgitating the prejudiced ideas and antagonistic words,
    prepared by others (without experience or credentials themselves)
    that he read on the Internet.

    In other words, even more fake than the previously most infamous expert-impersonator, Steve Cookie-Cruncher!

    I’m a long way from Cali now, but I wonder if they also have “Crips experts” and “Bloods experts”?

    The testimony of these faux-experts should never be accepted by any competent court.

    Here’s what the rules of evidence (Federal Rules of Evidence)across the USA generally dictate regarding “expert testimony”:

    “an expert witness must be qualified on the topic of testimony. In determining the qualifications of the expert, the FRE requires the expert have specialized education, training, or practical experience in the subject matter relating to the case”

    Even an “expert” with a Phd. in a subject is not always accepted by competent courts in the USA. The idea of an “expert” with an Associate degree, without publications accepted by peer-reviewed journals is laughable! I would accept the idea of a credentialed social scientist or social anthropologist, with a documented history of verifiable study and peer-reviewed publications as an expert.

    My condolences to the members of the motorcycle club who are unable to get a fair trial. This is almost the exact opposite of what has happened in Florida, where LEO are unwilling to prosecute the murder of Zach Tipton.


  17. Shadow Says:

    In other words this asshat Gil-Blanco is an attention whore sucking up public dollars to spout his crap! 2011, when this allegedly took place…. WTF!?!?!?!?! Took them so long. These fellas should get $ for lost wages!!!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    This copied directly from the FBI’s website:

    “What we investigate”

    Spies. Terrorists. Hackers. Pedophiles. Mobsters. Gang leaders and serial killers. We investigate them all, and many more besides.

    The very heart of FBI operations lies in our investigations—which serve, as our mission states, “to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States.” We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law, and you can find the major ones below, grouped within our three national security priorities and our five criminal priorities. Also visit our Intelligence program site, which underpins and informs all our investigative programs.


    Last I checked terrorism, pedophilia, and hacking are at an all time high. And now the FBI is taking a misdemeanor fist fight to the federal level? Are you fucking serious?

    As an American I am both embrassed and ashamed that the institutions we have created to protect us from injustice are now serving as the leading distributors of injustice.

    I can’t remember when is the last time the CIA, FBI, or ATF did anything remotely close to being beneficial or helpful to the American people.

  19. popeye Says:

    How come when women get beat up by their spouse and the women refuses to press charges the domectic abuse charges are dropped? I’m guessing its the video eveidence but its out of context. My narraration would be 4 old friends meet at the mall and a little horseplay results , all in good fun. When asked about it all agree they were just playing even though boys will be boys and someone got a slight injury. Case closed . This happens all the time.

  20. Ricky Redneck Says:

    Interesting. Mr. Burns didn’t end up urinating in his pants and shooting somebody. Nor did he talk to the police.

  21. Meh Says:

    Instead of protecting the US against financiers who loot billions, our FBI “leadership” thinks it a wise use of resources to get involved in a fucking fistfight where neither protagonist expressed the slightest desire to press charges.

    Hoover may be dead but his noxious legacy is clearly not.

  22. Paladin Says:

    The Government and one of its many leeches (Gil-Blanco) are once again the de facto winners in the ongoing, judicial party game of “Limbo”. I don’t think it possible for any entity, public or private, to sink any lower.

    Judge Lunas and Gil-Blanco are proof that if you turn over enough rocks, you’ll eventually find what you’re looking for.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  23. Odie Says:

    Jorge is another bottom feeder just like drunken asshole Steve Cook and that other french fried jackass Yves sucking the taxpayers life’s work money out of the system desperately clinging to their 15 minutes of fame.

    An AA degree!!?? so he spent an additional two years graduating from high school!!??


  24. RtC Says:

    WOW! These fuckin’ Feds don’t give up even when they have NO evidence!!!


  25. Base Says:

    Perhaps the defense could have an self titled expert such as Biker Bob who participates in many biker charity events come in and show the giving side of MC’s.

    Or how about The Aging Rebel, come in and show all the federal over reach and how they like to fabricate crimes to entrap MC members.

    This falls under club business. Everyone else needs to butt out, that especially means the authorities!

  26. 7of9 Says:

    If they hadn’t been PH’s, you can almost bet this never would have gone anywhere. A guy got into a fistfight with somebody and has a bashed up face, but doesn’t want to talk about it. What a waste of time and money!

  27. Blasko Says:

    Real threat? Politicians. People who put the scope of “law” on others to try to turn the sheeple away from their own super criminality. I mean, they kill more, steal more, extort more, and take nations down with them.

  28. popeye Says:

    A lot of taxpayers dollars getting wasted on this one. I predict all charges will be dismissed . Theres lots of new enemies out there to terrify the civilians like mid eastern terrorists crossing the southern border into the US. If the goverment needs an enemy to justify their war on america they can stop wasting time and money on MC’s and find one thats a real threat.

  29. Blasko Says:

    I am a natural skeptic. Unless its a first hand story, I don’t believe much of what I read. I believe nothing of what I see because I don’t see SHIT, EVER. I don’t believe anything I hear unless the person telling me is the person its about- and even then due diligence is required… or due dilligaf. Either or. I mind my own business and these “experts” should do the same.

  30. los Says:

    Haha. I’m sorry, but if I saw someone on the stand that looked like this guy I would automatically discount anything he says. He looks like a childrens toy from some troll/elf movie. Certainly does not look like someone that knows anything about a MC, or other so-called “gang”.

  31. CN Says:

    I’m the proud owner of hundreds of books which have spread throughout my house as a disease such as cancer might spread throughout the body. Perhaps 50 or so of them concern Motorcycle Clubs and lately Motorcycle Club fiction (a relatively current phenomena of debatable value). I’ve also ridden with two of the major Motorcycle Clubs extant so hopefully I’ve gleaned the difference between fact and fiction where the alleged nonfiction books are concerned. Mr. Gil-Blanco indeed does seem to have acquired his alleged expertise from the likes of the invisible for the last two decades, Yves Lavigne (if you’ve seen him, tell E.T. to phone home). So, since I’ve got both academic as well as practical expertise al la the Gill-Blanco variety, where do I go for my 8 million? Realistically, it’s far easier to show that Motorcycle clubs ARE NOT organized criminal organizations and given the apparent market for crack pot snake oil here, I should cash in.

    With all due respect through, if the Member of the Vagos did not press charges against the Members of the Hells Angels then what earthly good is a conviction going to amount to? The Federal involvement is quite obviously a desperate cry for relevancy and necessity where increasingly none exists.

  32. Blasko Says:

    I love how everyone knows ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING, without having ever been inside of a club. How the fuck can you know about what goes on behind the wall when you aren’t in there? Do we have mind readers now? How the fuck is that even admissible in court? Discredit the fucking system players already. No fuck that- fuck the system and the courts. They made the rules and they made them so they wouldn’t lose. Fuck em all. Anytime there is an issue where the courts are concerned, I will always pull for the citizens of this country and against totalitarian enactments and bullshit. It looks like what it is. The fuck stick gets to prance around with his mind made up. Fuck ’em.

    Fucking know-it-alls. Pissed me off.

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