In case you are new, what you missed that you need to know here is that Abelino Reyna, the little, fat gangster who still serves as Waco District Attorney, and Thomas P. Brandt who is both Reyna’s personal lawyer and world famous for finding legal means to delay justice, and a Federal District Judge named Sam Sparks all expect, or at least say they expect, that the San Antonio trial of former Bandidos club officers Jeffrey Pike and John Portillo will eventually reveal evil acts by the two defendants that led to the most lied about biker brawl in history.
Like that, either Pike or Portillo ordered the Texas Rangers to put up a surveillance camera to catch the anticipated bloodbath. Or given what has been said about him so far, it could have been Portillo who ordered the local Swat “operators” to cordon off the area around the restaurant to protect civilians while the Cossacks and Bandidos and Bandidos supporters “fought it out.” Someday soon, prosecutors might reveal that it was Pike who ordered the police to open fire. And then, one or the other of them probably coerced or bribed a grand jury to return indictments against something like 100 people in nine hours, which remains a North American record. Reyna did not do it. The Bandidos did.
But so far none of this sensational stuff has come out.
The official assumption for more than two years, reported by all the most impeccable news outlets, has been that federal prosecutors in the mostly blacked-out San Antonio case have been concealing evidence of Bandidos wrongdoing that might explain what happened at the Twin Peaks. There hasn’t been much conjecture about what the Department of Justice might be hiding that Reyna, most of the employees in the McLennan County Courthouse, most of the Waco police and the Department of Justice did to cause Waco or why.
The mainstream view is probably prudent. During the only Twin Peaks trial so far, Reyna implored jurors to use their “common sense.” And it is only common sense that the policeman is your friend. And all you have to do is look at Reyna to see how honest he is.
But so far, more than a month into the federal trial, the secret evidence about Pike and Portillo ordering their loyal soldiers to go start the brawl in Waco remains hidden. So far, the prosecution’s witnesses all appear to have been either bribed or bullied by prosecutors into saying what prosecutors want them to say which is, succinctly stated, that some Bandidos are violent, antisocial, and dangerous and it is Pike and Portillo who told them act like that. The crimes the two defendants are accused of instigating are mostly a decade or more old, So it seems logical to ask why are they just being prosecuted now and what is the frequently publicized relationship between this case and Waco.
A week ago a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club testified that he had been beaten by Bandidos outside a Hooters seven years ago and an FBI agent testified that he had been spying on both Vagos and Bandidos when Pike travelled to Las Vegas to meet with Pastor Palafox who is president of the Vagos Motorcycle Club. Palafox is a defendant in a federal case named for him and that case is also going nowhere very slowly. Everybody who looks can see that. The war against outlaw bikers is mostly a war of attrition and in that spirit, the judge in the San Antonio case, David Ezra, gave everybody another four and a half day weekend because the Final Four was in town.
Pike Patch Controversy
This week, an ex-Bandido named David Lombino testified that in 2011, near Roswell, New Mexico there were multiple “pummelings” of Bandidos loyal to El Paso chapter president Ernest Morgas by Bandidos who remained loyal to Pike and Portillo. The issue was a slight change in the Bandidos patch – from what the Bandidos had always worn to what some people have described as the “Pike patch.” Admiration for the updated patch was not universal. George Wegers, who was the Bandidos president before Pike, never updated his patch. At the time of the alleged incident in Roswell, Wegers was still recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Prosecutors argue that Pike ordered the beatings. Portillo was national sergeant at arms in 2011 and it would have been his duty to enforce any patch change or update.
Morgas did suffer injuries but told medical personnel that he had been in a motorcycle accident.
Justin Cole Forster, the former Bandidos sergeant at arms who was indicted with Pike and Portillo in December 2015, also testified that Pike had ordered him to forcibly expel Morgas and 15 others from the Bandidos.
But even if the prosecution is correct about the patch change controversy, it is hard to see how it became a vital element of a federal racketeering prosecution. Or, how it can be construed as a threat to public safety. Or how any of this can possibly be connected to the mass murder in Waco.