Tag Archives: RICO

More Bandidos Accusations

March 3, 2017

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More Bandidos Accusations

Former Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Jeffrey Pike got some bad news yesterday. First he found out, 14 months into the case, that he will have to find another lawyer. Since his indictment for racketeering was unsealed in January 2016, Pike has had the counsel of Kent Schaffer and James Kennedy. Schaffer is widely regarded as […]

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Fishing For RICO In Yakima

April 29, 2015

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Fishing For RICO In Yakima

The criminalization of just about everything and the federalization of just about all law enforcement took another big stride in Yakima, Washington this week. Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr., a former Chicago Police Department watch commander who has had the Yakima job for three years, announced that his department’s ten-man “gang unit” will be merged […]

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Angling Diamond Dan

January 3, 2013

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Last month The Associated Press asked American newspaper editors and television news directors to name the top stories of 2012. The AP does this every year and the news service released its most recent survey results a few days before Christmas. The consensus among America’s media executives is that the rash of mass shootings like […]

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Bifield Declines Pro Se

September 28, 2012

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The federal racketeering case in South Carolina titled U.S. v Bifield et al. is still meandering like an old river. The case is very far from the sea. And, the action in the last month has boiled down to two issues: The inevitable superseding indictment and whether the defendants should trust their lawyers. The 97 […]

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Devils Diciples Prosecution So Far

September 7, 2012

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As the months roll by there is virtually no action in the sprawling, racketeering case in Detroit against about four dozen members, associates and acquaintances of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club. There have been 108 filings in the case since August 1, which works out to about three filings per defendant and most of those […]

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Defending US v. Bifield

September 4, 2012

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The federal racketeering case against the Hells Angels’ Rock Hell City Nomad charter in South Carolina is probably going to trial February 11, 2013. The judge who will preside over the case, Cameron McGowan Currie, issued a scheduling order last month telling prosecutors to turn over most of their evidence to the defendants by September […]

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Checking On Bifield Et Al.

August 15, 2012

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There is not much to report on the federal case in South Carolina titled U.S. versus Bifield et al. Partly this legal void reflects the essential nature of the case which is mostly smoke and rhetoric. Also, the prosecutors don’t have much to do at this point except sow confusion. The defendants in this case […]

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Devils Diciples RICO Indictment

July 13, 2012

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The Eastern District of Michigan unsealed a massive, dense, 38 count, 83 page racketeering indictment against the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club this morning and arrested at least 41 people in Michigan and Alabama. The document indentifies 24 unnamed persons who are differentiated with the letters “A” through “X.” A cursory examination of the indictment indicates […]

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Indiana Outlaws RICO Case

July 11, 2012

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The Southern District of Indiana unsealed a 70 page, 37-count indictment this morning that charges 42 members and associates of the American Outlaws Association with federal offenses including “racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering, extortion, drug charges, wire fraud, witness tampering and operating an illegal gambling operation.” More than 300 local, state and federal police including […]

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Ablett Sentenced

May 15, 2012

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Note:  The original version of this story stated that Ablett will be eligible for parole in 30 Years. The statue cited applies only to prisoners sentenced to life in 1984 or earlier. The Aging Rebel regrets the error Christopher Bryan “Stoney” Ablett was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole by […]

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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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Two More Mongols Plead

June 5, 2009

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The government really wants to make the racketeering complaint against the Mongols Motorcycle Club stick. Two more Mongols pleaded guilty this week. The United States Attorney has agreed in writing to give these defendants a little something for their cooperation. Both defendants have stated in writing and agreed in open court that the Mongols Motorcycle […]

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On RICO, The SRMC And The Mongols

April 16, 2009

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A couple of readers have raised the issue of RICO, the Sober Riders Motorcycle Club and the Mongols Motorcycle Club. The briefest possible response to these questions runs at least 800 words. So that response is running here on the page instead of being buried in the comments. The Sober Riders The Sober Riders Motorcycle […]

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