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Government gone wild. The plight of Richard Luther. Clint Broden Guest columnist with Waco Tribune. Waco Tribune only media reporting fairly on Twin Peaks

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari Opinion Columnist

I often get asked why Insane Throttle keeps Waco in the eyes of our readers so much. I’ve been told by some this is ancient news. It happened over three years ago and why keep going with it? Well for one it was one of the biggest overreaches of Government power in modern days. Right there behind what happened in Waco in 93. I could venture to throw in the government coup that the FBI and DOJ tried in 2016 but that’s a whole different subject altogether.

What I usually do when getting those kinds of comments is shake my head. Unless it directly affects them personally it doesn’t matter to them. Maybe that is the exact reason why things in the biker community and this country for that matter, never change. After-all nine bikers died when it could’ve been prevented. Worse yet some of those were killed by cops. The kicker? One of the bikers is being charged with murder. But there is a catch. The damned cops killed the guy and this has been widely reported as being true. So tell me. How is that not worthy enough to keep in the public eye?

One news service has kept the Waco situation in the public eye. That news service is the Waco Tribune and Tommy Witherspoon. Tommy has done some fantastic work and has been fair to all sides of the story. It’s sad that national media does not follow in the footsteps of the Waco Tribune. I guess stories like that whore Stormy Daniels brings in more ratings for news organizations like CNN. Guess news organizations are nothing but gossip columns than actual hard news.

As to Richard Luther, the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity — a charge originally leveled at all 154 bikers indicted — was reduced this month to a third degree felony charge of tampering with evidence. That charge is particularly ironic in Mr. Luther’s case because of the fact that there is unequivocal video evidence of a Waco Police officer attributing a pair of brass knuckles to Mr. Luther that did not belong to him. In other words, it was the Waco Police Department that tampered with evidence in his case. Ultimately, the handling of Mr. Luther’s case will likely turn out to be yet another embarrassment for the District Attorney’s Office.

The Case of Richard Luther

This is one case I would like to focus on in this article. I know there are so many others that need to be told. Richards is one I believe hasn’t had enough attention brought to it. It’s actually a case that defies all sensibility. I’ve seen a lot of the videos that were made public. Seen all the photos. What in the hell is the District Attorney thinking bringing these types of charges against Richard? It’s obvious from the videos this guy did absolutely nothing wrong.

Waco Police officer attributing a pair of brass knuckles to Mr. Luther that did not belong to him. In other words, it was the Waco Police Department that tampered with evidence in his case

Question to Amanda DIllion. How in the hell are you going to attribute those brass knuckles to Richard? How in the hell you going to attribute anything to anyone with the investigation your Waco Pd conducted? You want to talk evidence contamination? Look at this picture. Now tell me this pile can be used as evidence.

 

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You want to charge Richard for evidence tampering? If I was sitting on the jury in his case it would take me five minutes to see through whatever argument you would try to give on Richards guilt. I would hold steadfast in a not-guilty verdict just based on the Waco PD evidence collection methods. Throw in the videos and your case against Richard is sunk. Why waste the taxpayer’s money with this frivolous case? You’re not going to win it. Just like you will not win more than half of the cases still pending. People are not as ignorant as you and Abel Reyna think. Keep that in the back of your mind as you try and spin a web of deceit against Richard.

Clint Broden did a guest columnist spot in the Waco Tribune this morning. Take a look at what he had to say on how this whole thing is progressing,

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Off the Press from Waco Tribune-Herald 

CLINT BRODEN Guest columnist

Last Thursday marked the third anniversary of the Twin Peaks tragedy and frontal assault on the U.S. Constitution by the McLennan County district attorney. We must never forget that nine people lost their lives that day. We must also never forget the horrible constitutional abuses inflicted upon hundreds of innocent motorcyclists for the past three years.

Thankfully, this year has brought a sea change to the Twin Peaks cases. Of the 177 people arrested three years ago, only 27 still have charges pending. It is truly staggering to consider that 85 percent of those arrested that day have had their cases dismissed or declined for prosecution within the past few months. Moreover, the only Twin Peaks case that went to trial resulted in an embarrassing repudiation of the state’s theory of prosecution and the idea that people can be guilty for being merely present at the scene of a crime and wearing a certain type of clothing.

The Dallas-based law firm of Broden & Mickelsen has represented three of the 177 persons arrested on May 17, 2015: George Bergman, Matthew Clendennen and Richard Luther. Earlier this year, in a shameful attempt by the District Attorney’s Office to save face, Mr. Bergman was offered a misdemeanor plea instead of the life sentence he was facing. Mr. Bergman essentially told the District Attorney’s Office what it could do with its plea offer. Then, shortly before the McLennan County primary election, the state offered to completely dismiss Mr. Bergman’s case with prejudice so long as he agreed to wait for the dismissal.

As to Mr. Clendennen, the District Attorney’s Office recused itself from prosecuting his case this past October and on the eve of trial. The recusal marked the first time a Twin Peaks case was finally being reviewed by prosecutors outside McLennan County. Four prosecutors pro tem undertook a thorough review of Mr. Clendennen’s case over several months and ultimately determined that there was no probable cause to bring the case against him in the first place. Moreover, in a rebuke to the McLennan County district attorney, the prosecutors pro tem made clear in their dismissal motion that the case was dismissed because of lack of probable cause. This language differed greatly from the cowardly language used by Abel Reyna’s office in dismissing the 126 other Twin Peaks cases.

As to Richard Luther, the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity — a charge originally leveled at all 154 bikers indicted — was reduced this month to a third degree felony charge of tampering with evidence. That charge is particularly ironic in Mr. Luther’s case because of the fact that there is unequivocal video evidence of a Waco Police officer attributing a pair of brass knuckles to Mr. Luther that did not belong to him. In other words, it was the Waco Police Department that tampered with evidence in his case. Ultimately, the handling of Mr. Luther’s case will likely turn out to be yet another embarrassment for the District Attorney’s Office.

Meanwhile, the voters of McLennan County in March voted to restore the Constitution there when they overwhelmingly voted the district attorney out of office. It’s hoped the new district attorney will act swiftly to review all of the Twin Peaks cases and make the determination, as did the prosecutors pro tem in the Clendennen case, that a large majority of these cases were brought without any probable cause whatsoever.

Regrettably, McLennan County voters did not have the same chance to send a message to Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson because, unlike Abel Reyna, Peterson did not face a primary challenge this past March. Nevertheless, Peterson is the reason that almost all of the motorcyclists languished in jail for several weeks on unconstitutional $1 million bonds, only to see their cases dismissed three years later.

The public should also not forget that, three years ago, most of the news media was bamboozled by Reyna and Waco Police Department spokesman Patrick Swanton with multiple press conferences about roving biker gangs who didn’t come to Waco to “drink and eat barbecue.” Media outlets around the world were quick to spread this “fake news” and to repeatedly publish and broadcast mug shots of those arrested without probable cause.

Ironically, now that the truth has been exposed, most of the media outlets that were so eager to presume guilt three years ago have lost interest. Amazingly, even today, some media outlets continue to publish or broadcast mug shots of bikers as their cases are being dismissed and continue to use the term “gangs” to refer to the motorcycle clubs present at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015. It is truly unfortunate that, for the most part, the media outlets that blindly bought into the law enforcement narrative being spread three years ago have yet to look inward and start to own the part they played in allowing the prosecution to run amok in the days following the Twin Peaks incident.

Looking back at the past three years since this tragedy, there are valuable lessons to be learned. First, it is hoped that this incident serves as an abject lesson to prosecutors that, in America, you are supposed to investigate first and charge later; not the other way around. Second, it is hoped that the results of the March primary election send a clear message to district attorneys that their job is to serve justice, not to seek to advance their careers on the backs of innocent men and women. When they do so, the electorate will not be kind. Third, it is hoped that judges learn a lesson from the travesty that was caused by Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson in the setting of unconstitutional and unconscionable “one-size-fits-all” bonds and that judges help advance the bond reforms being promoted around the country. Fourth, it is hoped that the media learns that it is more important to get it right than to get it first and that the media learns a lesson from its zeal to spread the prosecution narrative three years ago.

In the end, justice has begun to prevail in the Twin Peaks saga. Nevertheless, justice was three years in coming and came at a very heavy price to many individuals and their families.

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