Archive | January, 2017

Magistrate Trashes Constitution

January 31, 2017

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Magistrate Trashes Constitution

Henry J. Bemporad, a federal magistrate in San Antonio and currently the tail wagging the dog in the federal racketeering case against former Bandidos president Jeff Pike, finally got around to unsealing his most recent decree this morning five days after he wrote and filed it. Virtually all of the case is sealed because prosecutors […]

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EBR TKO

January 30, 2017

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EBR TKO

The most recent incarnation of Erik Buell’s motorcycle company has been knocked down again. If this was boxing the referee would stop it. But this is sport bikes, not a fight. All that is at stake is money, not blood and brain cells. And somebody out there who loves the idea of an American sport […]

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Grim Anniversary

January 30, 2017

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Grim Anniversary

A year ago today, a prison guard and member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club named Derrick Joseph “Kong” Duran, provoked a fight with members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club working at a booth at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver, Colorado. When he realized he couldn’t physically defeat a Mongol named Jared “Hercules” Chadwick, […]

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Prosecutor Fires Bandido’s Lawyer

January 27, 2017

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Prosecutor Fires Bandido’s Lawyer

A federal prosecutor in San Antonio named Eric Joseph Fuchs just convinced a federal magistrate named Henry J. Bemporad to fire former Bandidos National President Jeffrey Pike’s lawyers. Bemporad will not preside over Pike’s trial. Federal District Judge David A. Ezra will. Federal magistrate judges assist district judges on pretrial matters such as arraignments, bail […]

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The AMA Responds

January 26, 2017

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The AMA Responds

Yesterday, this page published a story titled “Profiling The 99 Percent” which contained the following statements about the American Motorcyclist Association: “…the AMA invented the rationale for biker profiling. Shortly after the Hollister motorcycle “riot” in 1947, E.C. Smith, the Executive Secretary of the AMA called the Hollister bikers ‘outlaws’ and asserted that they represented […]

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Profiling The 99 Percent

January 25, 2017

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Profiling The 99 Percent

The phrase motorcycle profiling has appeared in the news at least three times in the last five days. The term came up twice in press coverage about a couple of photo opportunities in Austin, Texas over the weekend. The bikers were members of the now Bandidos-free Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents. They were there […]

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Where’s The Beef

January 24, 2017

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Where's The Beef

A federal bureaucracy called The Office of United States Trade Representative wants to impose a tariff of at least 100 percent on small motorcycles made in Europe. The American Motorcyclist Association is outraged and the leaders of that venerable organization have a point. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is supposed to develop and […]

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Iron Horsemen Trial Scheduled

January 23, 2017

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Iron Horsemen Trial Scheduled

Four members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club are scheduled to be tried by County Judge Scott T. Gusweiler in Brown County, Ohio on January 30. Wesley Alan Gibson, Robert Steven Bowling, John A. McIntosh Jr, and Franklin Delano Griffith III are accused of beating a doorman named H. Cohen Baker at an Aberdeen, Ohio […]

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Former Prosecutor Accused

January 19, 2017

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Former Prosecutor Accused

A newspaper publisher in Niagara Falls, New York has come to the defense of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club eight years after 20 members of the club were indicted for racketeering in the wacky Western Federal District of New York. The Chosen Few case epitomized virtually every other motorcycle club racketeering case brought in the […]

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Texas Lane Splitting

January 18, 2017

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Texas Lane Splitting

For the second year in a row, State Senator and former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson (photo above) has introduced a bill in the Texas Senate that would make lane splitting legal in the Lone Star State. Watson, a Democrat, is a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Harley Owners Group who has been sympathetic […]

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It’s Baa-ack

January 18, 2017

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It’s Baa-ack

Last Friday Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (in the photo above), a Republican from Wisconsin, reintroduced the ATF Elimination Act. The bill would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies. Sensenbrenner introduced the act for the first time on March 4, 2015. The bill has languished […]

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Chris Cox To The Rescue

January 17, 2017

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Chris Cox To The Rescue

Chris Cox, the chainsaw artist who is variously described as being from Northern Virginia and South Carolina and who last year founded a group called Bikers For Trump, told Fox News over the weekend that he intends to command a “wall of meat” to stand shoulder to shoulder with brothers and toe to toe with […]

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Waco Biker Perversion Alleged

January 12, 2017

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Waco Biker Perversion Alleged

Yesterday, in an email sent to Waco, Texas television stations KCEN and KWTX, but apparently not to the Waco Tribune-Herald or any major market news outlet, prosecutors in the Twin Peaks case announced that the release of evidence vital to the criminal defense of the 154 men indicted so far will be “briefly delayed” while […]

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