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Dulaney Out Of Pagans Case

May 17, 2010

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William L. Dulaney, a college professor who studies motorcycle outlaws, has withdrawn as an expert witness in the Pagans Motorcycle Club RICO case in Charleston, West Virginia. Dulaney (above) is a former member of the American Outlaws Association who has become a common source for journalists seeking insight into the outlaw world. He has appeared […]

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RICO’s Greatest Hits

May 5, 2010

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The great war of the legal briefs is still unfolding in the Pagans case in Charleston, West Virginia. It is boring so we will try to be brief. But it is important anyway because it is case about whether motorcycle clubs are inherently rackets or fundamentally something else. In particular, it is a case about […]

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Pagans Case Withering

April 28, 2010

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The federal case against the Pagans Motorcycle Club in Charleston, West Virginia continues to dry up and blow away. The earliest any trial will begin now is June 4th. This Titanic fiasco may not get far. Last week, 13 of the remaining defendants pled guilty to a misdemeanor, state gambling offense and paid a five […]

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The RICO Defense Laboratory

March 24, 2010

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The Pagans Motorcycle Club case in Charleston, West Virginia has become a laboratory of ways to defend motorcycle clubs against racketeering prosecutions. A small, hard core of defense lawyers in the case have been fighting the fundamental assumption that underlies these cases: Which is, briefly stated, that police bureaucracies want motorcycle clubs portrayed as criminal […]

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Crime And Punishment

March 11, 2010

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A hard core of defense attorneys in the Pagans Motorcycle Club case in Charleston, West Virginia continues to attack the assumptions that support almost every motorcycle club RICO case. Maybe somebody at the ATF should call Assistant US Attorney Steven Ian Loew and tell him to just give up now before his stupid, inept, harebrained […]

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Pagans Plea Rejected

March 10, 2010

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Now plea deals are starting to bounce in the federal racketeering case in Charleston West Virginia against members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. A hard core of the defense lawyers in this case have refused to just roll over for the prosecution like good legal professionals, and wave their little white flags in […]

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Suppressing Indicia Warrants

March 7, 2010

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The Department of Justice obviously knocked over a hornet’s nest when it decided to indict 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in Charleston, West Virginia. Maybe Charleston should be famous for its defense lawyers. Last Thursday an attorney named Tim Carrico acting on behalf of a client named Eric W. Wolfe attacked […]

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Pagans Case In Mid-Storm

March 4, 2010

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A hurricane of paper has been hammering the Pagans case for weeks. Maybe the prosecution isn’t ruined yet but the shingles are flying off. The shutters are flapping like wings. The doors are chattering against their frames. And in the odd moment when you can see through all those flying defense motions it looks like […]

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Twelfth Pagan Plea Deal

January 11, 2010

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There have been twelve plea bargaining agreements in the Pagans case now unfolding in Charleston, West Virginia. Last October 23rd, Timothy A. Flood, the former President of the Northeast Philadelphia chapter of the club pled guilty to helping the Pagans run an illegal lottery. The plea deal was unsealed last Thursday, January 7th. Flood pled […]

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More Pagans Pleas

December 8, 2009

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Two more defendants in the big government case against the Pagans Motorcycle Club agreed to plea and sentencing agreements last Friday. Michael Roy “Butterbean” Sneed, 43, of Charleston, West Virginia and Thomas “Grumpy” Morris, 67, of Dunbar, West Virginia have both agreed to “be forthright and truthful with (prosecutors) and other law enforcement agencies with […]

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And Now The Pagans

October 6, 2009

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A Federal Grand Jury in Charleston, West Virginia has indicted 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in eight states for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act. All RICO defendants face up to 20 years in prison. The 83-page, 44-count indictment was returned on October 1st and unsealed today. Besides […]

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