George Christie Trial Postponed

January 23, 2012

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The trial of long-time Hells Angels Ventura charter President George Christie has been postponed for four months. Last Friday U.S. District Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen ordered the trial continued until May 1. The trial had been scheduled to begin January 31.

The government is accusing Christie of being the godfather of the tattoo business in Ventura. The prosecutor in the case, Jay H. Robinson has alleged that Christie collected “taxes” from other tattoo parlors, ordered his competitors to abandon their businesses and firebombed those businesses whose owner’s did not.

As is true with most federal cases and virtually all federal cases against motorcycle club members, this case is significantly less clear cut than the headlines might suggest.

The Charges

Christie and four co-defendants were formally charged in a federal indictment on July 29, 2011 with “Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Extortion,” “Attempted Interference with Commerce,” “Attempted Obstruction of Commerce,” “Conspiracy to Use Fire or Explosive to Damage Property” and two counts of “Use of Fire or Explosive to Damage Property.”

Christie was apparently offered a plea deal this Fall and when he didn’t roll over like Rover and beg for that he was hit with a superseding indictment five days before Christmas that added the federal charges of “Use or Carrying a Destructive Device During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence” and “Aiding and Abetting and Causing an Act to be Done” to the accusations against him.

The evidence against Christie, if there is any actual evidence against Christie, relies heavily on statements made by four confidential informants. It hypothetically amounts to about 4000 pages of statements, reports, transcripts and photos – which is the number of pages in a new case of printer paper. And so far Christie’s lawyer, a former federal prosecutor named W. Michael Mayock, has seen about a quarter of it.

It is common for federal prosecutors to coerce defendants into plea agreements by withholding evidence from defense attorneys until just before trial. The tactic is called an “evidence dump.” Unlike most federal defenders, Mayock has refused to cooperate and has been fighting a running battle of memoranda and motions with Robinson about the disclosure of this evidence.

Dear Jay From Mike

In a letter to the prosecutor on January 6, Mayock complained:

“It used to be that the judges decided what the penalty should be. Now defendants are offered coercive plea agreements which are usually unfair to defendants. My client George Christie now faces life without parole based on new charges in the First Superseding Indictment because he did not accept the deal offered in light of the paucity of discovery produced by the Government.

“You have made it nearly impossible for any defendant, certainly Mr. Christie, to properly prepare for trial or to engage in any meaningful reciprocal discovery. This ongoing discovery abuse has seriously compromised Mr. Christie’s right to investigate and ‘confront his accusers’ and properly prepare his defense for trial.”

Motion To Dismiss

Two weeks ago Mayock asked Judge Nguyen to dismiss all the charges because prosecutors refused to disclose their evidence.

“The defense has been provided approximately 26% of the discovery,” Mayock complained to the judge. “This is unacceptable and intentional. Moreover, a great many of the pages the defense has received are redacted to such an extent that no meaning can be ascertained. The defense has not been provided with names of prospective government witnesses, their backgrounds, promises which the government made to said witnesses. The government has imposed a blackout on the defense which is unfair and calculated to disenable the defendants from presenting a defense.”

The government directly and through at least one of its agents, has engaged in a calculated pattern of activity directed at disrupting the defense in the case and prejudicing the defendants. This activity is in clear violation of the defendants’ Fifth Amendment rights to Due Process. The Court has authority under its Supervisory Power to undertake appropriate action to remedy this violation. A hearing should be conducted to ascertain what actions were undertaken by government agents and witnesses. If, as has been suggested, this evidence points to misconduct by the government, the Court is empowered to dismiss the case as a sanction.”

Judge Nguyen didn’t go that far. But, on Friday she delayed the trial in the hope that the U.S. Attorney may play fair if only he is given another chance.

She also loosened the restraints on Christie who has been under house arrest for the last six months. The same day she ordered that Christie, who has been prevented from earning a living since his arrest, will now be “permitted to work at his family-owned business, The Ink House, from Wednesdays through Sundays, from the hours of 12:00 noon through 6:00 p.m.”

 

 

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42 Responses to “George Christie Trial Postponed”

  1. Paladin Says:

    LUCKY R3DD,

    As soon as you get off your ass, pack your shit and leave, your former city will become a respectable place to live.

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

    Paladin

  2. LUCKY R3DD Says:

    Thank god for someone getting off their ass and making our city a respectable place to live

  3. roachclip Says:

    This is wrong. George and Nikki are great people. They looked out for me when i was in vta. I hope you beat it George.

    Love always,

    Roachclip

  4. Aimee Mack Says:

    Plain and simple. The Prosecution needs to play by the rules and if they have not, then it should be a mistrial and all of the fake/trumped up charges dropped. I’m rooting for George Christie! The Feds need to let Mr. Christie make a living and leave him alone!

  5. Triumph_guy Says:

    And when the wind blows in this federal house of cards, will the people of Ventura Co. demand the prosecution in this sham of a railroad job either step down for incompetant and wasteful expenditure of tax dollars on private vendettas or be removed and considered for criminal charges of falsification of evidence and perjury? disclosure is being held because it would take real evidence to have a real crime committed and this prosecution would obviously rather PAY unreliable informants who are most likely convicted felons your tax dollars to lie. They will ride this sled right into hell hoping George caves before they would ever admit they got nothing. Nothing I tell ya.

  6. Randalll Says:

    LEAVE THE MAN ALONE.CASE HINGES ON CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS.DONT THE FEDS HAVE ANYTHING BETTR DO DO WITH OUT TAXPAYER MONEY.COME ON GO CATCH SOME WALL STREET LAWBREAKERS.THERE RUING OUR COUNTRY.GO CATCH DR.’S INVOLE DWITH MEDICARE FRAUD.BANKS INVOLVED WITH SHADY LENDING AND ILLEGAL LENDING PRACTICES.AND FINALLY GO CATCH SOME TERRORIST THAT WANT TO KILL ME AND YOU AND OUR KIDS AS WE WALK DOWN OUR STREETS PLAY IN OUR PARKS OR WORK IN OUR BUILDINGS..COME ON GUYS GO CATCH THE REAL PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN AMERICA AND LEAVE MR CHRISTIE ALONE……….

  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear things that make you go hmmm,

    I do not know right now where the feds stop and the Ventura County Sheriff’s begin so I can’t answer your question. Yet. I think the obvious thing is that George Christie is bright, non-stereotypical and a big pelt.

    Rebel

  8. things that make you go hmm Says:

    THIS IS A MODERN DAY WITCH HUNT AGAINST MR CHRISTIE, IF I AM CORRECT ITS HIS THE 3RD CASE ,WHEN WILL THEY LEAVE THE MOST WELL SPOKEN MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST ALONE. BEST OF LUCK TO GEORGE CHRISTIE A TRUE AMERICAN LEGEND.

  9. Eric Spielman Says:

    Big Brother in action…Everybody has to “Play by the rules” But THEM!!

  10. Bruce Whitey Knight Says:

    Mr. Robinson, I have serious evidence in this case. It is tattood on the tip of my cock. I would be happy to turn over my evidence to you. You have to get up really close to read it though. Asshole.

  11. black Says:

    This is not a witch hunt.

  12. Patty Says:

    God be with you & your family threw this BULLSHIT!!!Many blessings today & always!!!

  13. DirtyBruin Says:

    Mrs. Christie: Respect and best wishes to you and your husband.

    And in general – three cheers to Mr. Mayock for not standing for the “evidence dump” bullshit. Just imagine the squawking the persecutors would do if the defense were to try such a tactic!

    Here’s hoping that the persecutors manage to piss off Judge Nguyen and the case gets dismissed.

  14. RVN69 Says:

    ShovelNY,
    Dobyns is a legend in his own mind. He is one of those people who you can truly say he is lying if you see his lips moving.

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare

  15. Glenn S. Says:

    Even Dobyns’ own words reveal that he acted as an agent provacantour, rather than than an investigator, seeking to instigate crimes rather than discover them.

    Back when I was into this and that, I maybe had dealings with people that happened to be Masons, Lions, members of the Loyal Order of Moose, Republicans, and Democrats. But you don’t see the feds out infiltrating the Masons, etc. and trying to convince the world that they are criminal enterprises. Nobody is kicking a member of the Loyal Order of Moose’s door down looking for tee shirts and confiscating their computers. Nobody is out buying pistols from Shriners in efforts to blackmail them into informing on their fellow Shriners for petty crimes. But if the feds ever succeed in dismatling motorcycle clubs, I doubt they will just roll up their tent and declare mission accomplished. They will assuradly find another “threat”, and the citizens would do well to realize that the next “public enemy” might be them. Common sense would dictate that the citizens should practice jury nullification sooner, rather than later.

  16. shovelNY Says:

    RVN69,
    “It’s almost as if he knows Dobyns personally”

    The review was written by a woman named Heather Thomas,making it even better .
    I didn’t notice until after i’d read it.
    Nice to see a woman’s view of a guy who considers himself “a catch in the biker world”.

  17. RVN69 Says:

    “Dobyns’ self-righteous, arrogant stupidity makes him imminently unlikeable in the first 20 pages, surely Random House could have done him a solid and gotten someone to help him out.

    If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy, a well-cast but truly retarded FX television show, this book is for you. If you are a fan of empty boasting, chest-puffed posturing and bad breath, this book is for you.”

    It’s almost as if he knows Dobyns personally.

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare

  18. sled tramp Says:

    “Dobyns’ self-righteous, arrogant stupidity makes him imminently unlikeable in the first 20 pages, surely Random House could have done him a solid and gotten someone to help him out.

    If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy, a well-cast but truly retarded FX television show, this book is for you. If you are a fan of empty boasting, chest-puffed posturing and bad breath, this book is for you.”

    WELL, THAT PRETTY MUCH SAYS ALL I NEED TO HEAR…..

  19. shovelNY Says:

    Rebel,
    Thanks for the continued good work.First the cops and feds pick targets and conduct these so called investigations using snitches and infiltrators,then when it hits the courts they do everything they can to subvert a fair trial and ultimately subvert justice.
    On a smaller scale,I have been fighting a felony for the past 18 months,threatened with a 5 year bid if i didn’t take a plea of a year and a month.
    Finally just before trial,they’ve reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and probation.
    Think they offered that because they have a good case?
    I don’t think so.
    I think i can win a trial but at this point it’s a choice between continuing to pay a lawyer or providing for my kid.
    That’s not really a choice, I’m taking the plea.
    I can live with it.
    If i had a public defender, I’d be in prison right now.
    This happens to thousands of people every day that we never hear about,that’s why your coverage of these high(relatively) profile club cases you cover is so important.
    For your amusement,here’s a link to a scathing mainstream review of jay dobyns book:
    http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/94248-no-angel-by-jay-dobyns-nils-johnson-shelton/

  20. Izzy Wildheart Says:

    We’re hearing this kinda story far too ofen Rebel. Lawyers being buried under an ” evidence dump”,bullshit statements given by bullshit informants,and of course, discovery abuse. In a lot of cases, lawyers never intending to go to court, but taking the big bucks and then trying to persuade their client to take the deal offered to them.
    It’s bullshit, and it happens because it’s been allowed to happen. Prison is as you say, big business.
    The two charges”Attempted Interference with Commerce” and “Attempted Obstruction of Commerce” would be far better charges against some politicians I can think of! I’ve always believed that the truth will out and I hope it’s true of this case too, but sadly, as most often happens, it comes too late.

  21. Rashomon Says:

    Mrs. Christie,

    I’m sorry for your troubles but inspired by your desire to stand up to these bastards. Please stay strong and I’m sure we all wish you the best.

    Cheers

  22. Glenn S. Says:

    Mrs. Christie,

    I wish you and your husband the very best. His willingness to fight this bullshit serves as an example we should all aspire to.

    Respect,

    Glenn

  23. thump Says:

    Mrs. Christie,
    Keep fighting and stay strong. You sound like a good woman for George to have on his side.

    Rebel and 10g,
    Amen to every word you wrote.

  24. Shyster Says:

    You all should read “Inside” by Michael Santos for a grim look at the underbelly of the Federal Prison system.

    Shyster

  25. krazyhorse Says:

    THE FEDS ARE A JOKE-3 OR 4 PEOPLE CAN GET CAUGHT REDHANDED,SAY SOMEONE ELSE PUT THEM UP TO IT AND WALK WHILE AN INOCENT MAN HANGS, WHAT THE HELL ARE WE COMUNIST NOW-OR WHAT ??? JUST A VENDETTA BY SOME BLOW HARD STUFFED SHIRTS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE TO ME.AND I HOPE ALL THOSE GOV. FED FUCKS BURN IN HELL WITH OUR CORUPT POLITITANS !!!!!FTF !

  26. 10Gauge Says:

    Rebel,

    I remember being arrested once when I was young and after being hog tied..for not being very, lets just say, diplimatic and having violence in my jacket and a uhhhh misunderstanding I had had with some other coppers…They took me to booking where they literally had a huge fuckin book on a special table and all the pigs stood around trying to figure out what else they could charge me with. Of course that was after the ride in the elevator where they tried to literally stomp the shit out of me.

    Well now that book is gone and there are computers. And they have cameras in the elevator and instead of hog tying you and stomping you they just taze you or shoot you and charge you with agg assualt on a police officer and you wind up with multiple strikes. Pains me to say that I miss the good ol’ days…And all of you grey beards who are old enough to have experienced a time when assault on a police officer was not a felony and just meant you had a fight coming and men acted like men…I can’t even imagine how you must feel.

    Strength, Respect, Honor
    10G

  27. Rebel Says:

    Dear 10Guage,

    The Feds are by far the worst. The means necessary is called the “plea bargaining process.” The United States now has an administrative system of law like China and Iran. And we lead the world in prisoners. We are literally more repressive than North Korea.

    If I behaved now the way I behaved when I was young they would lock me up and throw away the key.

    I think the roots of this evil are economic. We have a consumer economy. We now don’t make things so much as we buy things. Consequently, the old kinds of jobs that once were plentiful are disappearing. My first job was on a Ford assembly line. I was 18-years-old and I made enough money to be self-sufficient. Now 18-year-olds can’t get those kinds of jobs anymore. So the government takes up the slack. Government has always been the employer of last resort. But instead of building public works and infrastructure and encouraging manufacturing, government now creates jobs in the “service sector,” like cops and prison guards, and creates the infrastructure that supports those jobs, like prisons. I personally don’t want to deprive cops, prison guards and other social parasites of a way to make a living. But the problem is that we are creating a predatory America. The criminal justice system is preying on the general public. It cannot go on forever. And, I am not thrilled about the kind of heartless, soulless, contemptuous society this government emphasis on “service” seems to be creating.

    My opinion anyway. For whatever it is worth.

    Rebel

  28. Rebel Says:

    Dear Mrs. Christie,

    It looks to me like your husband has a good chance of winning the case. I think the government uses prosecution for punishment. That’s the part you can’t beat.

    Good luck,

    Rebel

  29. PEEWEE Says:

    IT WOULD SEEM WITH ALL THE STUFF GOING ON AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND HOW SCREWED UP IT IS THE FEDS SET THERE SITES ON THE PEOPLE THEY SAY ARE BAD.WHO ARE THEY TO SAY?. WE THE PEOPLE THINK AND KNOW THE GOVERNMENT IS THE BAD ONE. THE MOST CORRUPTED THERE IS AND THEY THINK THEY SET THE RULES FOR THE REST OF US,I DON’T THINK SO NOT FOR ME. GEORGE HAS MOVED ON WITH HIS LIFE AS WELL AS I DID, BUT THE FEDS HAVE ALL THIS MONEY AND TIME TO JUSTIFY THERE JOBS OR THEY WOULD HAVE NONE. MOST OF THE BULL SHIT THEY HAVE IS HERE SAY, BUT BECAUSE GEORGE WAS A HELL’S ANGEL THE SAME AS I THERE MAKING A BIG DEAL OVER IT. MY CASE IS SELF DEFENSE ALL THE WAY BUT NOW ITS A BIGGER DEAL JUST LIKE GEORGE’S CASE JUST FOR HEAD LINES PROSECUTOR MAKING HIS BONES,WHAT A JOKE THIS COUNTRY IS WITH ITS JUSTICE SYSTEM, YOU CAN THANK GEORGE BUSH THAT ASSHOLE FOR THE PATRIOT ACT ANOTHER HUGE JOKE.THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT GIVES OUT TIME IN PRISON LIKE CANDY AND THEN THEY SAY THERE OVER CROWD’ED DUMB ASS’ES. FTF

  30. Junior Says:

    If we’re going to reminisce about prosecutors & law professionals etc, here’s my $.02:
    Back in the 90’s my old man and his business partner encouraged and convinced their lawyer friend to run for county prosecutor. The white collar defense lawyer wasn’t really interested in being prosecutor. My OM and his partner came up with a scheme for them all to profit by selling “get out of jail” tickets, once the lawyer sat down and understood their scheme, he agreed to run…and won! He remained prosecutor for two, maybe three elections until his death. He and my OM are now dead…..true story and another example of what a money hungry and power hungry fuck will do to get to the money & the power. For so many money trumps morals, ethics and honor.

  31. Alex Sanchez Says:

    I will be praying this case is dismissed and this travesty of justice would be corrected.

  32. Nikki Nicoletto-Christie Says:

    What a great article! My husband is not Guilty! I believe in him. We are going to beat this. I can’t wait to get our life back!

  33. thump Says:

    Yeah Rebel, it seems like morals, ethics and honor are in short supply in general in the power bases of our society. The ones who rise to power now are able to sleep at night no mater what they do to others as long as it advances their career.

    On another note. I used to have a roommate that was an assistant county prosecuter right after I got out of high school about 30 years ago. We grew up together. He was the biggest weed mooch in the world. The minute you lit up he would magically appear next to you in line for the pass. But he could get some good blow. Sometimes it’s good to know low people in high places.

  34. 10Gauge Says:

    Unless you have faced hard time it is difficult to explain just how disoncerting it is to be in the courthouse and face the prosecutors, judges, ballifs, cops, and public defenders who all take lunch together and attend all the same Christmas parties. In this country the idea of Due process is a fuckin joke….and a scary one at that…The mainstream media perpetrates the myth that somehow the good ol coppers keep arresting the bad guys and the judges just let em get away! When in fact pigs, prosecutors, and judges have taken a “By any means neccessary” stance for a very long time. And I can only tell you that many times the advice you get even from a private attorney is: “The feds have way more money, time, and resources, than you do!” It just makes me sick.

  35. sherides Says:

    I think it says alot about our Justice System that former Prosecuters are now Defense Attorneys. (I know of several in my area who have made this career change)

    Do they make the switch because the pay is better or is it because they have consciences?

  36. Rebel Says:

    Dear Thump,

    The games prosecutors play are not the result of the Patriot Act. They are the result of the people putting up with it. And, the poor moral character of prosecutors in general. In my humble opinion.

    Rebel

  37. thump Says:

    Hey Rebel,
    Are the discovery games they play a result of the Patriot Act or are they just pushing the law out the door to get what they want. I guess either way once you get into the federal system the deck is so stacked against you they won’t even let you see your own cards. I have dreams about having to fight with my hands tied behind my back but this must be a living nightmare for Christie. At least I get to wake up. Damn this aint what the rebels of the American Revolution had in mind.

  38. rollinnorth Says:

    Phuquehed,
    Federal prosecutors have thousands of offenses to choose from in charging anyone. Most any “offense” has become a federal one. Given the severity of federal Sentencing Guidelines, many state and local authorities routinely turn prosecutions over to the Feds. Most folks, including many politicians, do not realize how much this madness has allowed the police-prison industrial complex to grow.
    Respects.

  39. Nihilist Says:

    Hmmm…sounds like someone is holding their breath and hoping to somehown come out smelling like a rose. Try to coerce him into a plea deal–what, he won’t take it? Okay, let’s withhold the discovery until the last minute. Then they begrudgingly hand over a huge pile of blacked-out, edited, redacted fluff and hope it will overwhelm the case so as to sway the odds in their favor. What’s that you say? The evidence is lame? But just look at how much there is! What, you don’t have time to look at it? I don’t know what you mean! Why not just have your client plea out?

    At least the judge offered a delay. Maybe when it is all gone over properly, the gubmint will get a stern warning about getting their shit together and not wasting resources, court time, etc. The public should rightfully be outraged. Or maybe they’ve still got some more sneaky b.s. in their arsenal to keep flinging in the name of attrition. (“He’s a domestic terrorist!”) But thankfully, G.C. is no stranger to this and I sincerely hope he is able to withstand it.

    …”Causing an Act to Be Done.” Hah! Are Christie’s parents still alive? They caused him to be born, thus leading to his Acts Being Done. Get statements from people they went to grade school with and charge them with failing to prevent the romance that directly led to George being born.

  40. Phuquehed Says:

    Who comes up with these lame-ass ‘charges’?! – “Use or Carrying a Destructive Device During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence” and “Aiding and Abetting and Causing an Act to be Done”? Walking down the street minding your own business can cover all that! My fucking steel-toed boots! I guess if I just looked at someone funny and they called the law on me for it those same exact charges could be laid on me! How fucked up is our law!! Fuck those prosecutors and fuck our government for letting it get this bad!

  41. C8652 Says:

    Damn. Seems like the race was over before they said “go”.
    Hard to compete and even harder to complain.

    r/
    c8652

  42. Rashomon Says:

    Good for him. I’m glad to see that he isn’t rolling over and taking a plea. Even though the pricks wil try and throw the book at him now at least they’ll have to prove their case or dismiss. Fuck ’em

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