Georgia Outlaws Case Whimpers On

February 1, 2013

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One of the most inane federal complaints in the last year is about to finally go in the dumpster.

Last August 15, an FBI agent in Atlanta named Mark Sewell charged American Outlaws Association Regional President Larry “Mack” McDaniel, Outlaws patch holder Sean King and Black Pistons Motorcycle Club Georgia State President Howard Brown with “obstructing an FBI undercover investigation.”

Sewell told a poor, innocent judge named Susan S. Cole that he “received information from a concerned citizen” on July 18, 2012 that “indicated that the Outlaws were aware that the ‘Feds’ had placed either an Undercover Employee or a Confidential Informant inside the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club’s Cleveland, Georgia chapter. Furthermore, the Outlaws mentioned the suspected UCE or CI by his real name and his BPMC  ‘club name’.”

“However, the concerned citizen was not aware of how the Outlaws had come to the conclusion that the Feds had an undercover employee or Confidential Informant inside the BPMC. In reality, your affiant and the FBI had placed a UCE and two CIs into the Black Pistons, as members and associates. Furthermore, the real name mentioned by the concerned citizen matched the real name of CI-1. As a safety precaution, your affiant personally met with CI-l on July 19, 2012 and advised CI-1 of the potential revelation of his identity as an FBI Informant.”

A confidential informant was subsequently expelled from the Black Pistons.

Furious Feds

The next day, August 16, the feds threw a temper tantrum. Twenty-three people in Georgia, most but not all of whom had some connection to the Outlaws, Black Pistons, Southern Knights and Hoodlums Motorcycle Clubs, got to meet real Swat team members and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia issued a press release in which important people said inane things.

“All but two of the defendants charged in this investigation have direct ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Club or other motorcycle clubs that are affiliated with and controlled by the Outlaws,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates announced. “The charges unsealed today allege that these motorcycle club members engaged in substantial drug trafficking and weapons offenses. This case is a big step forward in making sure that these groups don’t threaten the safety of our North Georgia communities.”

Brian D. Lamkin, Mark Sewell’s boss, wrote, “Today’s arrests of the numerous members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and those of several of its affiliate clubs represents the unified efforts of our region’s law enforcement in addressing a serious and very structured crime problem. The Outlaw Motorcycle Club, its affiliate clubs, and its membership are not above nor beyond the law and today’s arrests, the culmination of a two-year intensive investigation, should serve as clear evidence of that.”


Twenty of the men charged in six separate indictments last August still face charges. But earlier this week, after five months of the extra-special federal treatment, U.S. Magistrate Clay Fuller recommended that the charges that resulted from extra-Special Agent Sewell’s complain be dismissed. District Judge Richard Story, who is actually in charge of the case, will probably agree with Fuller. Sewell’s complaint was based on the patently absurd legal theory that an undercover investigation is a “proceeding” just like a hearing or a trial.

McDaniel’s lawyer, Don Samuel, told Bill Rankin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We are delighted with the ruling and are confident it will be sustained. Not only is it legally impermissible in our opinion to charge the crime as it was charged, but he’s also factually innocent.”

King and Brown are now off the hook. McDaniel still faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun.


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15 Responses to “Georgia Outlaws Case Whimpers On”

  1. Cochito Says:

    Boohoo “respect” LTFOL

    4 to 1

  2. mad matt Says:

    Keep up the good fight, I’ve never been treated better than by the men in GA.

  3. Jim666 Says:


    I caught a felon in poss. of handgun,charge yrs ago by driving a work van to get inspected, got pulled over brake light, and cop seen the handle of the gun under passengers seat, pulled me out found i was a felon and bam im fucked, the gun wasnt mine and was returned to the owner who had a conc. weapon permit,and was his van i was driving, but i still did 16 months of 5 yrs the rest on paper w/ another felony attached to me,it was state so it must be differnt from state to state

    Good luck to the AOA on this .

  4. PigPen Says:

    Oh, true that, conviction is one thing, but a charge is another. While we have you for a felon in possession, lets put on RICO, and maybe a nice intent to XYZ. Now of course we all know it’s crap, but a civilian jury, that believes everything read in the paper, and fears the almighty OMG, will quickly convict said felon in order to get another…ahem…”street gang member” off the street.
    I saw a video a while back, when Atlanta got it’s doors blown off the hinges for this trial, and one of the neighbors interviewed on the broadcast, who of course will be the dumbest circus freak they can find, was quoted as saying, ” I knew there was something bad going on in there.”
    Oh? You knew that huh? To be a racist prick, because I am one, wrong color and wrong gender, but she knew what was going on there. Funny, how someone that has never been in the clubhouse, knew what was going there. But, the jury sees that, the local concerned neighbor, living in fear, well hell, she must know what is going on there, guilty on all charges.
    shit, we have all seen how quickly that can go down, it is all a matter of what is presented, and how it is perceived, by a jury…of our peers?! Yeah, I’d love to see a just jury of my peers.

  5. Glenn S. Says:

    I’ll have to research this, and there are probably those who could better answer this than me here, but I believe control and dominion has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt before conviction of felon in possession or, for that matter, person in possession of anything illegal. I do know that SC case law states that “mere presence does not indicate possession”. I’m not sure about the federal law, and I’m sure any law enforcement agency would use the gun-on-the-other-end-of-the-building to arrest and prosecute, but I think actual possession or constructive possession still has to actually be proven for conviction. Otherwise, what if a felon is related to a cop and they both go visit mom and dad at the same time? What if two brothers live under the same roof and one is a felon, the other an avid hunter? What if a legal gun owner puts his piece in a desk drawer at work and the guy in the office down the hall is a felon? What if a felon and a cop are romantically involved? Or, for that matter, does a spouse of a felon retain second amendment rights?

    Best wishes to the accused in this matter.

  6. PigPen Says:

    Paliadin, you would know more than me, but I have been told, if anyone leaves a gun unattended, weather it is a legally registered gun or not, it can be pinned on anyone, because it is on said property. And if you are a felon, who of course should not have one on your person or property that you are responsible for, you can get it tacked on you. So, if some yahoo, goes to take a crap, and takes a legal gun off his clip and puts it on a shelf, and forgets, if the pork comes in to poke around, that gun, can be tacked on to any felon on on the property. Or, if a dirty slice of bacon, should just so happen to find one on the property, oh my, now we have a charge. It would not surprise me if if went down like that. I lived in Georgia for a long time, and guns are easy to buy down there, or find in an evidence room to plant somewhere, be it snitch or badge.

    Best of luck to the GA Black and White.

  7. BigV Says:

    Anon: There was an exposure of a pig in Knoxville in the AOA Chattanooga/Knoxville/Cleveland TN case that dovetailed with VA. They tried charging Ivan and Kenny with kidnapping and robbery for taking back the club supplied cut.

    In this case, some folks showed in Cleveland GA before a planned party, and politely and professionally explained the chapter was shut down.

    The head snitch in charge then called Mr. McDaniel the next day after the closure and tried to bait him into saying something. Mr. McDaniel did nothing to obstruct justice.

    Bottom line: they wanted to get back at Mr. McDaniel for knowing there was an active investigation. They knew the charges of obstruction wouldn’t hold, so they planted a firearm on the premises to make sure they got something they could use against him.

  8. anon Says:

    Is this the case where “obstructing an FBI undercover investigation” means revealing the fact that a CI was a CI? In other words, legitimately telling the truth is a prosecutable offense?

    That charge still blows my mind. I thought it was an AOA case in TN where that happened. Maybe I’m mistaken, or it was both.

    I can see the future now…

    “Hey, is that John Ciccone over there?”

    “Yo, mother fucker, you’re under arrest for obstructing an FBI undercover investigation.”

    “Uh, I guess that means yes, since I wouldn’t be obstructing the investigation if it wasn’t him.”

    Hell, it’s probably now considered “obstruction” if you correctly guess, even without proof or an allegation of certainty, that you’re under investigation. For example, “Gee, I think I might be getting tailed.”

    Freedom of speech, until you speak. Then, it’s obstruction.

  9. Hose-a 1%er Says:

    That’s there M.O.exhaust your funds destroy your belongings.If you have any left,ruin your reputation,cost you your job.If they can’t get a conviction they’ll go on to someone else.Then they’ll start all over again on someone else.Meanwhile your life as you know it is a thing of the past.Without any kinda of apology or public statement saying they fucked up.Sure is fucked up.
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C. Retired F.T.F.

  10. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    @ Sieg

    Not to mention the legal cost’s involved. And it ain’t over yet. Once Story rules, if it is not in the fed’s favor you can bet they will appeal. So the legal bill for these men will just climb higher. Not that the fed’s give two shits. After all, they have unlimited funds courtesy of the US taxpayer.

  11. Paladin Says:

    Depending on just “how” McDanial was found to be in possession of a gun, may cause that charge to also be dropped.

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


  12. Snow Says:

    Sue the bastards for violation of civil rights. SYLO

  13. Sieg Says:

    There’s one for the good guys, but what of the “prosecution by indictment” that has taken place? These men had their homes invaded, belongings trashed, probably lost jobs, homes, friends, the whole nine-yards. For what? So some hairsprayed, no-balls hump of a suit could get a few minutes of tv time on the steps of the courthouse.

    That day is getting closer.

    5 to 1

  14. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    Surprisingly, the media coverage on this dismissal is kinda thin. As opposed to the myriad articles and “talking head” reports when the charges were first laid.

    Wonder where all them members of the media went?

    Guess they have no interest in factual reporting.

    (sarcasm mode off)

  15. PigPen Says:

    heh heh heh heh.
    keep fishing pork chops.

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