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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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Through The Legal Looking Glass

December 29, 2016

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Through The Legal Looking Glass

Month by month, the federal prosecution of former Bandidos National President Jeff Pike grows to resemble a previously unknown satire by Lewis Carroll. Call it Through The Legal Looking Glass. Eric Joseph Fuchs, the Assistant United States Attorney who has been trying to disqualify Pike’s lawyer, Kent Schaffer, since October is still at it. Schaffer […]

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Bandidos Under Pressure

December 24, 2016

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Bandidos Under Pressure

For most of the last 52 years the Bandidos Motorcycle Club has defended its right to remain silent with outsiders. All clubs have a rule that prohibits members from talking to reporters but the Bandidos have probably been more stubborn about it than most other clubs. “Because it’s nobody’s business,” Bandidos National President Bill “Big […]

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Coming For The Lawyer

December 7, 2016

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Coming For The Lawyer

Assistant United States Attorney Eric Joseph Fuchs, the lead prosecutor in a racketeering case against four members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club including former National President Jeffrey Pike, is apparently trying to make his case easier to win. Fuchs, who has been out of law school for about  nine years wants to disqualify Pike’s attorney, […]

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Banning Dutch Bandidos

November 15, 2016

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Banning Dutch Bandidos

The American-led, worldwide crusade to ban motorcycle clubs lurched forward yesterday when a bureaucracy called “the National Office of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service…requested the district court of Utrecht to ban the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in the Netherlands.” Holland is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It packs about 17 million […]

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Bandidos Y Traviezos

November 2, 2016

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Bandidos Y Traviezos

The El Paso Police Department’s Gang Unit acting in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Horizon, Texas Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrested a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, two members of the Brass Knuckle Motorcycle Club and four members […]

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Prosecutors Promise Bandidos Pleas

October 11, 2016

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Prosecutors Promise Bandidos Pleas

Last Friday Richard L. Durbin, Jr, who is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, distributed an enthusiastic press release announcing that former Bandidos Motorcycle Club sergeant at arms Justin Cole Forster had pled guilty to four of 11 counts in a superseding indictment against club officers and members filed last July […]

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Texas Déjà Vu

August 12, 2016

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Texas Déjà Vu

Friction continues in Texas between motorcycle clubs that belong to the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents and clubs that loudly proclaim the COC&I to be a Bandidos controlled racket. That friction seemed to reach a climax 15 months ago when members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club crashed a confederation meeting at the Twin Peaks […]

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Houston Cold Case

July 25, 2016

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Houston Cold Case

A cinematic cold case dripping nuance and irony has been unfolding in Houston and in Ohio for a month. Long ago in the golden age of disco, on November 3, 1979, at 2:30 in the morning in the parking lot of a then famous nightclub near the Astrodome called the Dome Shadows, a couple of […]

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The Lara Murder

July 9, 2016

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The Lara Murder

The sizzle in the federal superseding indictment of four members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club filed Wednesday afternoon, is the accusation that former club vice president John Portillo and a, so far secret accomplice, “aided and abetted by other Bandidos OMO members and associates, murdered Robert Lara in Atascosa County, Texas, within the Western District […]

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Superseding Bandidos Indictment

July 8, 2016

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Superseding Bandidos Indictment

There remains an “ongoing investigation…being conducted by the FBI, DEA and Texas DPS together with the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, New Braunfels Police Department, Seguin Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department, Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office” into real and imagined […]

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Bandidos Case Secrecy

June 28, 2016

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Bandidos Case Secrecy

There is a motion hearing in the Bandidos racketeering case Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom C in the federal courthouse in San Antonio. It may be a public hearing. Then again the judge in the case, David A. Ezra, may simply take the public hearing into his chambers. This is a very, very secret […]

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The Hyper-Secret Bandidos Case

February 19, 2016

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The Hyper-Secret Bandidos Case

Forty-five days after bragging that a racketeering indictment had “struck a significant blow to the Bandidos criminal enterprise” the Department of Justice remains unwilling to give the public a glimpse at any evidence that might substantiate the charges in a 23-page, surplusage filled indictment against Bandidos Motorcycle Club vice president John Xavier Portillo, president Jeffrey […]

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