A Houston lawyer named Paul Looney (above) retracted a press release he issued yesterday that had alleged prisoners rounded up after the Twin Peaks massacre two weeks ago were being coerced into signing a statement that the police “had the right to arrest the inmate and that he/she will not file a lawsuit against McLennan County and/or the City of Waco.”
Looney’s initial release appears to have been a publicity stunt. In this afternoon’s release, issued about 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Looney congratulated himself for reaching a “a reasonable bond…with only minor conditions” for his clients, a married couple named William English and Morgan Allen English
In the last paragraph of this afternoon’s release, Looney states, “It has been determined the District Attorney’s office was not involved in yesterday’s attempt to get defendants to waive their rights of litigation in exchange for bonds.”
A check of the “automated inmates list” for Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco shows that 151 inmates remain confined on $1 million bond today on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. A handful of inmates remains confined on that charge on lesser bonds.
Scimitar Motorcycle Club member Matthew Alan Clendennen, who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County, Texas, a Waco cop named Manuel Chavez and 20 additional, unnamed law enforcement officers remains incarcerated today on $1 million bond.