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The Mongols Nation Fiasco

June 17, 2015

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The Mongols Nation Fiasco

The altogether unreasonable Mongols Nation case, in which two Assistant United States Attorneys named Christopher Brunwin and Stephen Welk decided to try the same racketeering case over and over and over again until they either got the verdict they wanted or the Mongols Motorcycle Club went broke, could be over as soon as next Monday. […]

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Pagans Bad Month Continues

November 19, 2014

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The headline starved Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives celebrated another, successful, undercover, buy bust operation this morning with the announcement that nine alleged members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were arrested in Florida last month. The Orlando Sentinel, citing a “a jointly released statement” issued by “officials,” reports the “joint operation” was five […]

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Stating The Obvious

October 31, 2014

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David Martinez made his initial appearance in court yesterday. Martinez, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, is charged with the murder of a Pomona, California Swat officer. That charge is enhanced with the accusations that he murdered a police officer engaged in his official duty and that he is a member of a criminal […]

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Sky Is Falling On ATF

July 17, 2014

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Operation Pure Luck, announced on June 27, 2013, was never anything other than a public relations opportunity for a handful of unscrupulous bureaucrats to brag about how they had taken on the outlaw biker menace in Las Vegas and triumphed. The chicken hawks at the news conference were United States Attorney for the District of […]

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Curbing John Carr

June 3, 2014

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For at least 16 years an apparently psychopathic federal agent named John Carr has been framing innocent men. In his memoir Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, former ATF agent William Queen describes Carr as one of the ATF original gangsters who was […]

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Mongols Lawyer Slams Judge

February 15, 2014

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Joseph A. Yanny, the Century City Attorney who now defends the Mongols Motorcycle Club in a criminal case that seeks to effectively outlaw the club and confiscate its insignia, filed a motion late Friday that seeks to disqualify Otis D. Wright II, the flagrantly partial district court judge who now presides over the matter. The […]

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The Burden Of Being Rebel

January 13, 2014

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My all time favorite death threat, sent from a proxy server in Germany, was “Somebody ought to shove a little steel in you.” What I liked was not the originality of the sentiment – lots of people want to stab me – but the onomatopoetic alliteration, which I thought was absolutely inspired. The repetitive esses […]

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Warlocks Rising Producer Speaks

July 10, 2013

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This story was published on July 10 and corrected on July 11. The original story said Cameron Casey was “the” producer of Warlocks Rising. It has been corrected to say that he is “a” producer on the show. Cameron Casey, (above) an owner of Free Reign Media and a producer of Discovery’s new biker reality […]

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The Forbidden Ones’ Case

October 17, 2012

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The Forbidden Ones Motorcycle Club of Brooklyn, NY made the Daily News again today. In June, the club was accused of working for a Brooklyn landlord who wanted to “terrorize tenants out of” his apartments. The Post, another amusing New York tabloid quoted an attorney for the tenants as saying, “The landlord has hired thugs […]

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The Mongols Racketeering Trial

January 18, 2012

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After a delay of 25 months, the Mongols racketeering trial originally scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on December 16, 2008 will finally get under way. Many of the details have evolved. The judge who was to preside, Florence-Marie Cooper, died in January 2010. When the Glendale office of the ATF found out Cooper was […]

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The Tattoo Godfather

January 9, 2012

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The government wants to portray George Christie as the godfather of tattoos when the trial of the retired President of the Ventura charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gets underway January 31. Christie owns a Ventura tattoo shop named “The Ink House.” He and alleged co-conspirators Kyle Gilbertson, Brian Russell, Richard Russell and Benito […]

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Sons Clubhouse Ransacked

September 5, 2011

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As part of the one, big federal investigation of motorcycle clubs in the United States, Indiana State Police, Marion County Sheriffs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Sons Of Silence Motorcycle Club clubhouse on West Michigan Street in Indianapolis on August 4. The search warrant at the clubhouse was one of six served […]

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Mongols Patch Hearing

September 10, 2010

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As previously stated here, a hearing will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. on the issue of whether former Mongols Motorcycle Club President Ruben “Doc” Cavazos owns the name and patch of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and therefore may be compelled to forfeit it to the United States as part of […]

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