The Mongols Nation Case will grind on for at least another nine months.
The case, formally titled USA v. Mongol Nation, an Unincorporated Association, began with a criminal indictment a year ago, on February 13, 2013. The case appears to be a recapitulation of US v. Cavazos et al. which was filed in October 2008. A unique aspect of Cavazos was the United States illegal and mendacious demand that the Mongols Motorcycle Club name be forfeited. In practice that demand meant that government thugs with badges were allowed to break into the homes and cars of innocent people looking for Mongols mementos from calendars and snapshots to support tee shirts.
The Global War On Clubs
Most of the world’s English language press reported that American police had been given the power to “rip” Mongols patches “off the backs” of any Mongol they could find whether he had been indicted or not. Police can’t do that legally because the Constitution forbids it. The details are well established in case law. But 64 months after Cavazos the same government attorneys who prosecuted that case, Christopher Brunwin and Steven Welk, are still at it.
Brunwin and Welk and, presumably, everybody else in the Holder Justice Department think government bureaucrats should be empowered to forbid the existence of motorcycle clubs. Currently it is the Mongols. Next will be the Pagans. The next domino after that will probably be the Hells Angels.
The underlying story is that the global war on terror has become a global war against motorcycle clubs. The war has more facets than a diamond. For example, politicians in the Australian State of Queensland recently outlawed 25 motorcycle clubs, including the Mongols, there. And even more recently, friends and relatives of deceased Hells Angel Elliott “Cisco” Valderrama have been denied permission to enter the United States to attend the dead man’s funeral because their names have been placed on a big, secret list of potential terrorists – because they were related to a Hells Angel.
New Trial Date
Obviously the Justice Department will continue to exploit the war against Al Qaeda to enforce ever more rigid social controls on Americans. It doesn’t matter that this argument over what government apparatchiks can forbid is slower than chess. The government is already punishing the Mongols by forcing the club to defend itself against the same accusations over and over. That’s why Mongol Nation is important.
The Mongols tried to get the case dismissed last October. The presiding judge, a blatantly stupid man named Otis D. Wright, angrily refused and ordered “the Mongols” to go on trial on March 25. A month ago Wright finally allowed Bob Bernstein, the exasperated attorney who had sought a dismissal, to resign from the case. The Mongols hired Joseph Yanny to replace him.
Yanny is one of the cleverest criminal defenders in Los Angeles. He has advised the Vagos Motorcycle Club for several years and he represented that club when the town of Hemet, California and half the politicians in the state accused the Vagos of terrorism in 2010.
The first thing Yanny requested was a continuance of the trial. Judge Wright granted that late last month. So Mongols Nation, a turn of phrase, will now be tried for racketeering beginning at 8:30 a.m. next September 30.