There was a pretrial hearing in Bandido Jake Carrizal’s case in Judge Matt Johnson’s courtroom this afernoon. There weren’t many surprises.
Prosecutor Michael Jarrett has subpoenaed 450 witnesses and he refuses to say which ones will actually testify. Some of them, he insists, may be rebuttal witnesses. Casie Gotro, Carrizal’s very irritated defense attorney, is very irritated that Jarrett is making her investigate and prepare for 450 witnesses.
Jarrett isn’t going “to reveal his case” which leads to the naïve question, “Why not?” It also suggests that his case will depend more on legerdemain in front of a stage struck jury than any actual evidence that Carrizal broke the law.
Having It All
On the one hand, Jarrett wants to wrap Carrizal up in the Bandidos Rico case. Carrizal’s father, Jarrett revealed gleefully today, was in contact with both of the lead defendants in the federal case – Jeff Pike and John Portillo – after he was shot and he and his son were arrested. Jarrett clearly intends to pull innuendo out of his bag of tricks.
On the other hand Jarrett insists that the Waco police were surprised to learn that a federal investigation of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club was underway the day of the Twin Peaks brawl. There was “no parallel investigation,” he said with a straight face. Apparently he has never heard of a Tactical Filed Officer, a “TFO.”
“There is no evidence that there was a coordinated investigation between federal and Waco investigators,” he told the world today. So apparently all those fusions centers are just a big waste of billions and there is a new alphabet agency loose on the land. Move over FBI, ATF, DEA and HSI. Here comes the WPD. The World eagerly awaits the book about the secret battle between the Waco cops and the New York Mafia: How Bubba From Texas Took Down Tony Soprano. Who can wait to see the no holds barred all out action thrill job Kerrie Droban does with that one?
At the same time Jarrett expects to introduce, through the “testimony of” biker gang “experts” evidence of “other bad acts between Cossacks and Bandidos.” The experts, in their expert testimony, will be allowed to identify the Bandidos as a “gang.” “Gang” is what is referred to in sales and politics as a “power word.”
Oh, and also, remember when the release of evidence in all the Twin Peaks cases was delayed because child pornography was discovered on one of the cell phones? As it turns out, there was never any child pornography on any of the phones. That was just the obscene fantasy of a Waco cop alone in a room with a computer.
Despite that, those phones are still mostly off limits to Carrizal’s defense. A previously uncatalogued cell phone was “discovered” in the Waco police property room just last Friday. It is still unavailable for examination by the defense. The phone may now be in the possession of former Waco detective of the year Manuel Chavez. And then, it seems, Chavez went to French Polyneisia for Columbus Day. And he took both of his own cell phones with him. And now he is not returning his messages, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna explained.
Gotro announced today that she is particularly interested in the cell phone of Owen Reeves, a Cossack Nomad and the possible instigator of the Twin Peaks brawl. She hasn’t seen it yet. Gotro doesn’t know if the phone is lost or not. “There are a lot of misplaced phones,” she said
“These are just examples of the struggles I’ve had,” she complained to Judge Johnson. “The prosecution keeps playing loosey goosey with these phones.”
Johnson shook his head wisely and seemed to be very sympathetic as he spoke in a very soft voice like a Rogerian psychotherapist.
The trial should actually start tomorrow. Jarrett thinks it will go “at least! At least two weeks.”
Gotro “can’t see it going two weeks.””