SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury has found the Mongols motorcycle club guilty of racketeering and conspiracy, opening the way for the government to seize its trademarked logo.
Jurors in Orange County ruled Thursday against the Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a motorcycle.
The government argued the Southern California-based group is a criminal enterprise that commits drug trafficking and murder. Prosecutors now will seek to seize control of the club’s trademark. That would keep members from putting the cherished patch on their jackets.
Prosecutors say they want to strip the club of its identity and hence its allure.
Defense attorney Joseph Yanny argued that the club doesn’t tolerate criminal activity and kicks out bad members. He’s said the club will fight to keep its trademark.
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A federal jury on Thursday found that the notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club is guilty of racketeering, setting up a second phase at the Santa Ana courthouse when the government will try to seize the organization’s trademark.
Federal prosecutors want to grab possession of the trademark so they can keep members from wearing the prized patches worn on the bikers’ vests, an attempt to break the back of the Mongols.
The federal government accuses the Southern California group of supporting drug trafficking, encouraging vicious assaults, and even committing murder. A Mongols lawyer has said that the club does not condone those activities, although some members have wrongly done crimes.
In this trial, no individual is facing jail or prison time. The lawsuit is soley aimed at taking away something from the club that it highly values.
If the government prevails, police officers could demand that any Mongol wearing a vest with patches has to turn it over.
The Mongols began in Montebello in the 1970s, and are now based in West Covina.
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