Remember that blatant miscarriage of justice in Waco, Texas that started with “the biggest biker brawl in history?” You can be forgiven if you have forgotten about it because McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna has done everything he can to cover up what actually happened and to keep the brawl’s victims in legal limbo.
Remember Morgan English? She was the pretty blonde from Brenham, Texas who went to a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks that day with her husband, William “Piddle” English. The probable cause for her arrest on a charge of “engaging in organized criminal activity” was that she was wearing an article of clothing that day that described Mrs. English as “property of Piddle.” She, along with 177 other, mostly innocent people, was held on one $1 million bail. The bail amount was blatantly and admittedly intended to be punitive. Probably no episode in recent history better illustrates the devolution of the United States into a sadistic state – a state that has lost its ability to do much of anything except punish people. So punishment comes to be seen as an end in itself.
When Morgan English was finally released and reunited with her husband, she threw herself at him and wept.
All Perfectly Legal
And, what happened to Morgan English was all perfectly legal – at least as sadistic Waco defines “legal.” A judge named James Morgan who was either stupid or corrupt or stupid and corrupt determined that there had been probable cause to arrest both the English’s despite their actual actions during a bloodbath that appears more likely by the day to have been instigated by federal, state and local police: To gather evidence that a fruitless, then two-year-old racketeering investigation into the Bandidos Motorcycle Club had not been a complete waste of millions of taxpayer dollars. What Morgan English actually did that day was cower against a wall and pray that she would not be killed. What William English actually did was shield her with his body.
Judge Morgan based his ruling that the young couple were probably to blame for the violence on the testimony of a Texas Department of Public Safety Lieutenant named Steven Schwartz. Schwartz identified their riding club, called the “Distorted,” as a “support club” for the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. Schwartz called the Bandidos a “criminal street gang.” Schwartz, incidentally, appears to have been one of the Maxwell Smarts who instigated the confrontation that erupted into violence that day. Do you know what Schwartz did to stop that violence? He erected a pole camera outside the Twin Peaks that day, more than five hours before the anticipated confrontation, so he could watch what he knew was going to happen over and over and over again.
To every thing there is a season.
This morning in federal court in Austin, Morgan English filed a $350 million lawsuit against “the City of Waco, McLennan County, McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna, individually; Waco police chief Brent Stroman, individually; Waco police officer Manuel Chavez, individually; and “John Does, individually.”
The lawsuit, filed by Houston attorney Randall Kallinen, continues: “Plaintiff also seeks exemplary damages against each individual Defendant of at least $100,000,000 – $1,000,000 for each of the first 100 innocent individuals and their families who have suffered and had their entire lives ruined by the Defendants’ actions by being falsely arrested and jailed, saddled with an unjust $1,000,000.00 bond, falsely prosecuted for, so far, 22 months and publicizing accusations of being involved in mass murder throughout the World.”
A press release announcing the lawsuit states:
“Plaintiff Morgan English is from Brenham, Texas, and was not wearing insignia representing either club. Prior to Twin Peaks, Morgan had never been arrested in her entire life. She was a bank teller at Chase Bank, and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She accompanied her husband William in their car with two friends. Before they could even enter the restaurant, shots rang out and they took cover. After the shooting Morgan and William freely spoke with police present.”
“This is especially outrageous because a perjured arrest affidavit was issued for a young lady who arrived at the restaurant parking lot minutes before the shooting began,” said Randall Kallinen, Houston civil rights attorney representing Morgan in her civil case. “Morgan English has now been portrayed all over the world as involved in a mass homicide. Her lawsuit is very different from others that have been filed following the melee nearly 22 months ago,”
“‘When I first met Morgan, she had been held in custody for 13 days. My first efforts were to get her released and removed from the suspicion of criminal behavior,’ said Paul Looney, the attorney who represented Morgan in her criminal case. ‘Only after the authorities made that an impossibility did I finally decide there was no choice but to use a lawsuit to change the prosecutorial environment in Waco once and for all. This lady is, was and always will be virginally innocent of any criminal behavior that occurred at Twin Peaks. What happened to her, however, is a cruel and excruciating crime not of her own making and $350,000,000 is an appropriate figure for this case.’”
“You used to laugh about, everybody that was hanging out,” didn’t you Waco? How does this feel?