Waco Jury Selection Begins

October 9, 2017

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Waco Jury Selection Begins

Lawyers for both sides in the first Twin Peaks Biker Brawl trial began winnowing the jurors they want from the jurors they don’t this morning.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas goes on trial here this week. The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett, and defense attorney Casie Gotro might actually get around to their opening arguments by tomorrow afternoon.

Carrizal, who local officials have said for months they want to “do first,” is accused of multiple counts of murder and assault. He could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted. Gotro will probably argue that Carrizal is factually innocent because he didn’t shoot, stab or strike anyone. Jarrett will probably argue that a fight between Cossacks and Bandidos and their alleged supporters was prearranged, and that Carrizal, as a Bandidos chapter officer, helped to prearrange it. And he was there, so he must be found guilty under Texas’ draconian law of parties. It is all perfectly legal.

But it is a miserable situation, not just for Carrizal but for his whole family. His father, mother and his siblings were in court with him today. What Jake Carrizal did, exactly, on May 17, 2015 was hold and shelter his father after his Dad was shot by police. Among Jake Carrizal’s official charges is that he is guilty, under Texas law, of assaulting his father. His father is charged with the same crime. McLennan County may not get around to the elder Carrizal’s trial before he dies. But these accusations will haunt the Carrizal family for generations. The last two and a half years and the next few weeks will all become a story Jake’s great-great grandson will tell his great-great grandchildren. The punishment will continue for centuries. It is one of the ways the new and improved America beats its chest.

Are You Sentient

Carrizal will be found innocent or guilty depending on what the dozen jurors who will hear the opposing cases thinks “justice” means.

Virtually the entire jury pool was in court by ten to fill out a five-page, 64-question form that up until now has been treated like it was the secret to the atomic bomb. Considering the secrecy that surrounded it, the actual interrogatory was a letdown. You or anyone you know could have written it. You might have written it better.

“18. Do you know any lawyers, prosecutors, or law enforcement agents on a personal, professional or casual basis?”

“22. Have you ever personally witnessed any violence (other than on TV? 22 (a) Have you ever been in fear for your own physical safety or that of someone else? 22(b) Have you ever had to defend yourself or someone else for whom you were in fear?”

“28. Have you heard about an incident at Twin Peaks that happened on May 17, 2015. If yes, please explain.”

And on the sometimes nonsensical questions went. It might be difficult to find a jury in Nova Scotia whose members have never “heard about an incident at Twin Peaks that happened on May 17, 2015.” But hundreds of good citizens took the morning off work to explain how they came to know about the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl. Maybe the questions like that were just intended to weed out the compulsive liars.

Fresh Paint

There was no drama in this morning’s proceeding. It was, as Tommy Witherspoon, one of the five reporters present, murmured, like “watching paint dry.” But it might have been the most important day of the trial.

Most of this morning’s horde will be eliminated “for cause.”

Jury prospects who agree that, “if a person is arrested, indicted or charged with a crime, they are probably guilty,” probably just got out of jury duty. So will the ones who think, “A police officer is more likely to tell the truth than any other witness.”

But there may actually have been jurors scattered in this morning’s crowd who are open to persuasion by either side. Justice in Waco, Texas may turn out to be more than something cynics smirk. Jake Carrizal might yet get a fair trial. Somewhere in the big herd were the citizens who will decide if he should spend the rest of his life free or confined to a cage.

None of them seemed particularly concerned about the weight of the burden they were about to bear.

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13 Responses to “Waco Jury Selection Begins”

  1. Stlrzfan Says:

    This whole farce has me thinking two things. IF Abel Reyna wins this case, is the precedent then set where anyone, anywhere, wearing the same type of clothing can then be arrested if even one person commits a crime? Say at a Cowboys game? Will sports fans be held to the same standards? Also as I sincerely hope the good citizens of Waco see this for the miscarriage of justice it truly is will Lyin’ Abel Reyna then write a book like Hillary? “Why I lost”…it was the godless commies! Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Maven Says:

    Good luck to you Jake. I’m hopeful that justice will prevail and you and your family can get back to your lives.

  3. FTGF Says:

    FTGF BROTHER! You got this!

  4. Iron Rider Says:

    I hope Carrizal and Gotro kick some ass, but there is no way in hell your going to find a jury in Texas even that doesnt know about Twin Peaks and one that’s impartial, yeah good luck with that.

    What we are about to witness if they somehow miraculously find a jury is a shitload of evidence that points to a lot of nothing, there is a lot of fluff in the data dumps but not a lot of substance that is going to point out who did what never mind all the missing video footage from surrounding businesses and cherry picking witnesses. If Carrizal gets convicted of jaywalking it would be a miracle.

    Lets hope that some sense comes to the jury and they see the bullshit for what it is.

  5. Curbside Says:

    I had jury duty, here in Texas, just a few months ago. We all got sent home after the second day because even the prosecutor was like “fuck it, there’s no way this guy won’t win an appeal, these people are seriously screwed up individuals!”.

    It’s almost sad, considering a jury trial is supposed to be the most “fair and just” method of determining guilt or innocence, when we also consider the caliber of people who show up for jury duty.

    I’m hoping for justice, but we’ll see what happens.

  6. Gandalf Says:

    I agree with Vigo… Why would the Judge allow this trial to proceed while Reyna is being investigated?? Why did this Judge recluse Himself in one trial but not this Trial? Either way. A Jury NEEDS to blame Someone…. GIVE THEM THE COSSACKS! Steer clear of blaming Police. Let the Jury figure out the Police are also to blame by themselves… Just throw hints or let the Police dig their own grave on the stand but don’t push it.

  7. Rebar Says:

    Fight the good fight Jake. God bless and protect you.

  8. Mercyful Fate Says:

    And even if the accused are eventually found innocent the jack-boots will continuously drone on about “dangerous, savage, murdering bikers” and how they need to increase their revenue in order to “protect” the sheeple.

    Bullshit. They have no shame, no honesty, no moral compass, none what-so-ever. The swamp needs drained and it needs to start with AG Sessions and then on down the entire chain. Fuck ’em.

  9. Bobbie Haygood Says:

    Praying for God to reveal the truth! Fight the good fight! Praying for Casie and Jake!

  10. Jim Jones Says:

    Jake Carrizal “might” yet get a fair trial.

  11. Vigo The Carpathian Says:

    Odd that this is proceeding, given that the prosecution is now under investigation.

    http://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/judge-agrees-to-review-reyna-chavez-testimony/article_9779fd5c-f375-5970-8428-2806a4427fb4.html

  12. Fuzzy Says:

    Fight The Good Fight Jake!!!

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