Five Reported Sentenced

May 10, 2013

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Jonathan McFadden of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Herald reported Friday morning that five defendants in the “Hells Angels biker gang” racketeering case were sentenced yesterday in the federal court room of District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie. The Herald sites prosecutor Julius N. “Jay” Richardson as a source. You can read that story here.

The Herald reports:

“Richard “Rat” Thrower of Lancaster will serve 27 months in prison; Frank “Big Frank” Enriquez of Rock Hill will spend two years behind bars; and Johanna Looper of York was sentenced to 15 months, said Jay Richardson, the assistant U.S. attorney who handled the case. Also sentenced were James “Sonny” Rhodus, who will serve a five-month probation, and Bruce “Diesel” Wilson, whom a judge sentenced to 18 months in prison. Rhodus and Wilson are from Columbia.”

The paper reports that the five were sentenced yesterday. The sentencings were not posted in the official docket of the case accessed through the paid government website “Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” Throughout the case, Judge Currie and Richardson have made blatant attempts to control and manipulate information contained in the official court record. Their motives are unknown but seem, prima facie, to be unethical.

The Complete Official Record

The complete official public record for all activity in Judge Currie’s Court for May 9th is transcribed here:

1301 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order on Motion to Depart from Guidelines Docket Text: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: granting [1284] Motion to Depart from Guidelines as to Richard Thrower (5); denying [1287] Motion to Depart from Guidelines as to Richard Thrower (5); Sentencing held on 5/9/2013 as to Richard Thrower. No objections, court adopts PSR. Government motions to dismiss remaining counts and unseal Plea Agreement are granted. Defendant remanded to custody. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time 9:30-10:12.

1302 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order for Forfeiture of Property Docket Text: JUDGMENT AND PRELIMINARY ORDER DIRECTING FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY as to Richard Thrower. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/9/2013.(ssam, )

1303 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Document Mailed Docket Text: ***DOCUMENT E-MAILED as to Richard Thrower re certified copy of [1302] Order for Forfeiture of Property placed in U.S. Mail to USA (ssam, ) Modified to edit text on 5/9/2013 (ssam, ).

1305 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order on Motion to Depart from Guidelines Docket Text: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: denying [1283] Motion to Depart from Guidelines as to Frank Enriquez Jr (8); Sentencing held on 5/9/2013 as to Frank Enriquez, Jr. No objections, court adopts PSR. Court grants Government motions to dismiss remaining counts and unseal Plea Agreement. Defendant remanded to custody. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time 10:00-10:33. (ssam, )

1306 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order for Forfeiture of Property Docket Text: JUDGMENT AND PRELIMINARY ORDER DIRECTING FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY as to Frank Enriquez, Jr. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/9/2013.(ssam, )

1307 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Document E-Mailed Docket Text: ***DOCUMENT E-MAILED as to Frank Enriquez, Jr re certified copy of [1306] Order for Forfeiture of Property to USA (ssam, )

1310 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Entry Deletion Docket Text: DELETION OF DOCKET ENTRY NUMBER 1309 as to James Rhodus Reason: Duplicate filing by Probation Office. Corrected Filing Document Number [1308] (ssam, )

1311 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief Docket Text: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: granting [1290] Motion and Memorandum in Support of a Probationary Sentence as to James Rhodus (16); Sentencing held on 5/9/2013 as to James Rhodus. No objections, court adopts PSR. Defendant placed on probation. Court warned Defendant about not associating with felons while on supervision. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time 10:30-11:00. (ssam, )

1312 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order for Forfeiture of Property Docket Text: JUDGMENT AND PRELIMINARY ORDER DIRECTING FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY as to James Rhodus. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/9/2013.(ssam, )

1313 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Document E-Mailed Docket Text: ***DOCUMENT E-MAILED as to James Rhodus re certified copy of [1312] Order for Forfeiture of Property to USA (ssam, )

1315 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order on Motion to Depart from Guidelines Docket Text: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: denying [1288] Motion to Depart from Guidelines as to Johanna Looper (11); Sentencing held on 5/9/2013 as to Johanna Looper. Defense objection overruled, court adopts PSR. Defendant permitted to remain on bond pending sentencing. Her reporting date shall be delayed until after June 15, 2013. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time 11:00-11:50. (ssam, )

1316 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order for Forfeiture of Property Docket Text: JUDGMENT AND PRELIMINARY ORDER DIRECTING FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY as to Johanna Looper. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/9/2013.(ssam, )

1317 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Document E-Mailed Docket Text: ***DOCUMENT E-MAILED as to Johanna Looper re certified copy of [1316] Order for Forfeiture of Property to Johanna Looper (ssam, )

1318 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Court Exhibit Docket Text: COURT EXHIBIT #1 as to Johanna Looper. (ssam, )

1319 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Sentencing Docket Text: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: Sentencing held on 5/9/2013 as to Bruce Ranson Wilson. Court rules on objections and adopts PSR. Court grants Government motion for departure and grants in part defense motion for variance. Defendant permitted to remain on bond pending designation. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time Retained. (ssam, )

1320 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Order for Forfeiture of Property Docket Text: PRELIMINARY ORDER DIRECTING FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY as to Bruce Ranson Wilson. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/9/2013.(ssam, )

1321 Filed & Entered: 05/09/2013 Document E-Mailed Docket Text: ***DOCUMENT E-MAILED as to Bruce Ranson Wilson re certified copy of [1320] Order for Forfeiture of Property to USA (ssam, )

1324 Filed: 05/09/2013 Entered: 05/10/2013 Court Exhibit Docket Text: COURT EXHIBIT #1 as to Bruce Ranson Wilson. (ssam, )

A Normal Docket Entry

The apparently incomplete docket for this case on this date is unprecedented in the federal courts. Citizens do have a right to know the judiciary’s official business.

A typical docket entry related to a sentencing, with the names redacted by The Aging Rebel looks like this:

1111 Filed: 09/24/2012 Entered: 09/25/2012 Sentencing Docket Text: MINUTES OF SENTENCING Hearing held before Judge NAME REDACTED as to Defendant NAME REDACTED. Defendant NAME REDACTED (3), Count(s) 1, 63 months imprisonment. Pay $100 special assessment. All fines are waived. 4 years supervised release under terms and conditions of US Probation Office and General Order 05-02. Count(s) 2, 14, 63, 66, 67-84, 85, 86, Government’s motion, all remaining counts ordered dismissed. Defendant advised of right to appeal. Bond exonerated upon surrender. Defendant to surrender not later than 12 noon on 12/3/2012. Court RECOMMENDS that the defendant participate in the 500-Hour/RDAP Program within the Bureau of Prisons. The Court recommends that the defendant be housed in the REDACTED area due to close family ties. Court Reporter: REDACTED.

Guerilla Street Theater

It is also unusual and unethical for a federal prosecutor to control the dissemination of public information in any federal case – particularly a high profile case. Richardson’s conduct throughout this case begs for review by the South Carolina Bar. Among other things, he has unnecessarily dramatized facets of the case in order to gain a prosecutorial advantage. For example, the federal court in Columbia was surrounded by federal guards during the trial because Richardson claimed jurors were endangered by the, presumably innocent, defendants. Richardson also made the entirely baseless claim that members of the prosecution had been “threatened” by “Hells Angels.”

Any normal person, using just his nose, would discern that this information was released exclusively to the Rock Hill Herald. Andrew Dys, a columnist for the Herald, has acted as a propagandist for the prosecution during the trial.

 

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4 Responses to “Five Reported Sentenced”

  1. Trip Says:

    @Rebel
    Oh ok I was just wondering thanks for clearing that up, cause that was gonna be another reason for me to bitch about the government!
    Respects

    ACAB, FTF, FTP

  2. IO Says:

    State agents will deny you all types of information if it proves to be beneficial for the defense or an inquiring citizen. The Feds will usually cite that since its a ongoing criminal matter or investigation they are not required to release information even though it technically is supposed to be public information. In international matters this kind of cover up is justified by the statement, “this is a matter of national security” and in domestic cases its an “ongoing criminal investigation.” Either way its has nothing to do with our safety but a cover for the Feds shady dealings.

    Hey Rebel, I was wondering because I cant remember, is there a story you did that clearly tells who is still worthy of letters and who the cooperators are in this case?

  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear Trip,

    The court didn’t redact the name of the prisoner, his location, judge and case number. I did. Because I thought his case was beside the point. And the defendant was not a Hells Angel. He rode with another club.

    The point is that shiny prick Jay Richardson should not decide who is going to have access to public information and who isn’t on the basis of who is going to kiss his ass. Personally, I think the entire case should be thrown out and if the government wants to prosecute these people they should start over. It seems to me that there are probably numerous grounds for appeal. Trial transcripts will not be released for another six months so I don’t know. But it was an atypical trial in many ways that clearly provided an unfair advantage to the prosecution.

    Rebel

  4. Trip Says:

    @Rebel
    Just wondering why they would Redact the information on the last case? Is it because of the over zealous prosecution or maybe hiding the identity of someone cooperating with the government? First time I have seen this! Just wondering

    ACAB, FTF, FTP

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