Prosecutorial Games In Rockford HA Case

December 11, 2014

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Seven members of the Rockford charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club pled not guilty Tuesday to the same set of charges against them that were dismissed last August.

Richard L. Todd, Robert A. Bell, John R. Savalick, Tomasz Lech, Aloysius J. Balice, Christopher L. Lawson and Jose P. Vielma Jr. are charged with armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping of a child younger than 13, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated battery with a Taser, aggravated battery with a knife, aggravated battery with an ax handle and mob action. Prosecutors originally charged fourteen defendants in July 2013. Seven of the original defendants pled guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to two years probation.

Witness Safety

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato alleged that on June 27, 2013 the defendants confined an unnamed Rockford man to the charter club house and hit him with an ax handle, punched him, struck him with brass knuckles and a hammer, Tasered him and stabbed him. Police claimed the men cooperated to steal the victim’s wallet, keys and truck and that they detained an 11-year-old girl while the victim was assaulted. The investigation started after the victim went to a hospital for treatment and police have never specified a motive. The victim appears not to have cooperated with the prosecution.

Prosecutors asked Judge Joe McGraw to delay trial last summer so the state could strengthen its case against the men. When the judge refused the state declined to prosecute. At the time Deputy State’s Attorney Jim Brun made an incomprehensible statement that: “As I indicated, the State’s Attorney’s responsibility is to provide a fair trial to all, so we’re certainly not going to rush a case to trial just to say everyone has their right to due process and everyone has their right to a fair trial and part of that is to protect our, all our witnesses so that is part of our decision making process that we deployed at this time.”

His boss, Joe Bruscato, issued a statement the next day that the charges were dropped because he had “to consider the safety of all witnesses.”

More To Come

Criminal defendants in the United States have a Constitutionally guaranteed “right to a speedy and public trial” so the state’s move to dismiss should have ended the case. But Bruscato refiled the charges on September 30. The dismissal last August was a blatant attempt to overrule Judge McGraw and get the continuance the judge said they couldn’t have. So far, the strategy is working.

All seven defendants remain free on bond. McGraw said the men can meet with one another for “lawful purposes” and that they cannot associate with known gang members. There is a motion hearing in the case on January 21. The defendants will probably move for a dismissal of the charges. The prosecutor will probably argue that the Hells Angels is a criminal gang.


12 Responses to “Prosecutorial Games In Rockford HA Case”

  1. WARTHOG Says:

    File this one under “When we do good no one remembers. When we do bad no one forgets.”




  2. popeye Says:

    I remember when mayor guliani awarded the Hell Angels east 3rd street clubhouse “safest neighborhood in the city” . That pissed a lot of cops off but moms would bring their kids to play in the street. Crime usually goes down when an MC opens up shop unless you take into account the harrasment busts the cops throw in there like parking illegal and things like that. Theft and violent crime drop off to nothing

  3. FF Says:


    Lieutenant Hoey says the crime numbers have actually lowed by over 9% city-wide in the last year, with crime dropping as much as 16% in that area from August to September.

    LMFAO August 1 to September 1? Or is it August 30 to September 30?

    How convenient of LIEutetunus Hooey to cookie cut a stat in an attempt to validate his false narrative.

    I think I’ll stick to the word of the people who actually live in that neighborhood over some pig who probably lives in Hyde fucking park.

  4. WARTHOG Says:

    An older article, but still relevant and backs up sieg’s post.




  5. Sieg Says:

    Let’s see…4 out of the last 7 Governors of Illinois have ended up stamping license plates, well, probably more like dusting library shelves, in IDOC, but all these lackasacks in Rockford can think about is going after a few middle-aged, middle-class, White men for allegedly roughing-up an idiot who thought he would help himself to money that belonged to someone else.


    Add to that, Rockford is SUCH a wonderful place to live, quiet, crime-free, great schools, excellent infrastructure, low unemployment, all that, so the piggers and elected officials have all this time on their hands to go after these hardened criminals.

    Oh wait.

    Forbes magazine, yeah, even I can read, ranks Rockford as the third most miserable-their words, not mine-city in the Nation. It is also ranked as the ninth most dangerous city in the Nation. The public school system just recently got out from under a Federal Consent Decree which about bankrupted the city, and sent a significant portion of its White students into private schools, it’s infrastructure is crumbling along with it’s non-existent manufacturing base, it has the highest unemployment rate-11.2% and climbing-of any American city of its size, and just generally sucks.

    Any intelligent person can deduce that there is nothing better to do than to prosecute seven men for hassling a member of their private club.


  6. tommy Says:

    I agree with you ledboots, well said

  7. FF Says:

    “consider the safety of all witnesseses”


    You mean the unamed asshole who brought his CHILD to a place where he knew he was going to have to account for his asshole behavoir?

    How do these punk motherfuckers even ingratiate themselves with 1%ers?

    That what perplexes me.

    I mean, you double cross your “brothers”, they catch you, and you know your tit is tight in the ringer, and then you bring your child to the reckoning.


  8. Invader Crash Says:

    FTF/FTW Nothing but a blatant attempt to wear the defendants down, make it financially exhausting and twist this story to make any and all 1%’ers the boogie man. Knowing many of those involved, I doubt very highly any or all of the media/prosecution story is true. Nothing new, gotta justify the LEO yearly budget.

  9. Jim666 Says:

    Fuck the prosecutor .

    Good luck hope all goes well in Jan.

  10. LedBoots Says:

    How the fuck did this country end up with so many ignorant fucking cunts on the “law enforcement” side of things? Seriously. How did we get to the fucking point where common sense and decency no longer makes ANY sense to the people that make or enforce the fucking law?

    I remember when I was young, yes there were always dick cops or crooked judges you had to avoid…but you could avoid them. These days it permeates the whole fucking system. Everywhere. There’s not an honest person amongst them any more. More than that, the system, it seems, is now such that honesty cannot exist in any form. Any means justifies whatever ends they wish.

    Every act of violence is deemed “necessary” or “justified”. Every questioning of their tactics or overstep of a person’s rights is dismissed as laughable. If you dare live your life outside their fence, they’ll make it their mission to fucking destroy it. Period.

    Every case anymore is a head scratching lesson in mind-fuckery to the nth degree.

    In the words of George Jetson…”How do you stop this crazy thing?!”

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  12. popeye Says:

    I have a feeling the defendants expected this. The article says the defendants remained free on bond. Usually if this happens you have to get a new bond since your last has expired. It seems they are still using the existing bail bond. I think a new motion to dismiss will be granted.

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