MAKING A CASE, FEDERAL STYLE
IN MY OPINION:
How long could your family survive if you were locked up on bogus charges in a concocted federal case?
A recent Outlaws Motorcycle Club case in Gainesville Georgia caught my attention. The government claims that two years into a federal investigation, this motorcycle club discovered there was a government informant in their chapter.
What happened to the informant in this case? Nothing! The chapter president simply disbanded the chapter. For this reasonable decision, he was indicted and charged with interfering with an ongoing federal investigation. Interfering how?
No threats were made nor any punitive actions taken against the alleged informant or agents. Yet the government tried to force a chapter president to help them make a case against himself and his chapter. Unbelievable? Read on.
The biggest problem is there was no probable cause for an investigation. To open an investigation, the government would need probable cause supported by evidence that the chapter’s members were already involved in criminal activity. Having no such evidence, the government had to devise and create the criminal activity themselves, something they have excelled at since my era. It’s no surprise that the criminal acts charged in this case were created and initiated by the agents themselves.
What is most alarming is their use of a jailed convicted felon to initiate the criminal activity. In this case, the federal agents promised him monetary rewards and Immunity for helping to fabricate cases against these club members.
Bear in mind–When federal agents hire a convicted felon to work for the government, he is not just an informant and instigator — he is in fact a federal employee.
Just think, in this case federal agents conspired with each other, including their convicted felon employee. They all agreed to knowingly and willfully violate both criminal and constitutional laws in a premeditated effort to make a criminal case against a motorcycle club.
Conspiracy to initiate a criminal enterprise is a crime and no one is above the law. This conduct by federal agents is a direct violation of the law and the constitutional rights of all citizens. Law enforcement has sworn an oath to protect the rights of everyone, not intentionally trample those rights with premeditated entrapment.
The bottom line here is the criminal conduct charged in this case was initiated by the government agents themselves.
What is more alarming is this case relies on the truthfulness of an incarcerated felon who made a deal with feds. This felon was promised money and immunity, and released from prison. In exchange, all he had to do was entrap the club members to salvage an otherwise wasted two-year federal investigation.
IF THE AGENTS’ CONDUCT WASN’T SLIMY ENOUGH…
Here is what District Judge Richard Story said in the case of defendant Phillip Honeycutt: “The public out there wants me to do something, ‘Lock them up as long as you can.’ That’s what the public thinks. This is not one of those things where we can just turn our heads.”
Judge Story continued: “While the case may have been less palatable because of the government involvement, Honeycutt had been the one willing to do it.” What Story refers to is the convicted felon’s claim that he gave Honeycutt $200.00 to sit in his vehicle outside a business to let the felon know if he saw any cops. No evidence or recording was produced that Honeycutt knew what transpired inside, acted as look-out, or even had a conversation with the convicted felon/government employee.
The duty of a Judge is to rule on the law, and hold the government responsible for its illegal conduct in cases like this. “…what the public thinks” should have no bearing on the guilt or innocence of defendants. The law is the law.
Conclusion: For two years, the government kept everyone on home confinement wearing a leg monitor. Why? To give the prosecutor time to try desperately to extort them into entering a guilty plea, thus saving the bungled federal case. Five defendants refused and went to trial. In one case, three defendants were released on a directed verdict of NOT GUILTY by the Court (meaning the government failed to prove their case.) In another trial, two defendants were found NOT GUILTY by a jury.
Imagine the hell these men and their families went through during the long months they were locked up or on home confinement on false charges. Imagine waiting for justice, after seeing how far the feds would go to destroy your life to make their case. I have personally been there. So have our brother bikers in Waco, and many others across the U.S. You can be proven innocent, and still lose everything you have.
These petty LE tactics are immoral and criminal, destroying lives without conscience. You can’t afford to wait until you are the one locked up on phony charges while your family struggles to survive. These bullshit cases will continue to increase if our biker community doesn’t stand together and fight for our rights.