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Federal judge to allow experts to weigh in on whether the government can seize Mongols motorcycle club’s trademark

The first-of-its-kind effort to take control of the outlaw motorcycle club's prized patches would break new legal ground

A federal judge presiding over the high-profile Mongols motorcycle club trial has agreed to put out a wide-ranging call for expert legal input on the implications of the government’s unprecedented efforts to gain control of the well-known insignia worn by club members.

Less than a week after a Santa Ana jury decided the notorious outlaw club must forfeit the trademark to its logo, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter on Wednesday agreed to solicit briefs from a variety of experts, including trademark attorneys, law school professors, civil rights organizations and think tanks.

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Body of motorcycle gang member found in driveway of Spring Hill home

SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) - Authorities are investigating the death of a motorcycle gang member after his body was found outside of a home in Spring Hill on Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. 

Multiple agencies responded to a medical call in the 14800 block of Glenrock Road and found William James Earl, 32, deceased in the driveway with trauma to the body.

Investigators say Earl has documented ties to the Pagan Motorcycle Club, which was categorized by the FBI as an outlaw motorcycle gang.

"At this time, motive, including any connection to Pagan Motorcycle Club activities, is unknown and the investigation continues," the sheriff's office said in a news release. 

Further information was not immediately available.

Tue
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Murder trial begins for Kinfolk MC biker accused of killing Bandidos leader in El Paso

Jurors saw a video of a deadly 2017 El Paso biker bar brawl Tuesday, the first day of a murder trial in a shooting that killed a local chapter president of the Bandidos.

The shooting was part of a biker gang rivalry between the long-established Bandidos and the newer Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, according to court testimony.

Javier Gonzalez, a reputed member of the Kinfolk, faces organized crime and murder charges in trial that is being conducted under increased security at the El Paso County Courthouse.

Bags were scanned and spectators had to pass a second set of metal detectors before entering the 34th District courtroom of Judge William E. Moody.

Gonzalez is accused of opening fire during a biker fight inside Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar on George Dieter Drive on the night of July 30, 2017.

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Smithfield firefighter sentenced in sweeping motorcycle gang case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A Smithfield firefighter has been sentenced after being swept up in a major crackdown on motorcycle gangs in Rhode Island. 

Thomas Mulcahey, 54, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drug charges last month.

He was arrested in May as part of a R.I. State Poilce sting dubbed, "Operation Patched Out." State police, along with federal and local authorities, arrested 50 people in what Col. Ann Assumpico said was the single largest takedown in state history.

According to a spokesperson for the R.I. Attorney General's Office, Mulcahey won't serve any time in prison. As part of a plea deal, he was given one year of probation and a one-year suspended sentence.

According to Smithfield Fire Chief, Robert Seltzer, Mulcahey was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. 

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Jury Decides to Strip Mongols Biker Gang of Trademark Logo

Federal prosecutors say a California jury has decided the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana jury previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.

The verdict caps an unusual decade-long quest by prosecutors to dismantle the gang responsible for drug dealing and murder by seizing control of the trademark they said was core to the gang's identity.

Gang members were "empowered by these symbols that they wear like armor," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Welk argued.

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Man accused in Saanich MMA fighter’s killing told to cover tattoos

63-year-old charged in Saanich man’s death released on several bail conditions

A man accused of the first-degree murder of a Saanich mixed-martial arts fighter must cover up his Hells Angels and Devils Army tattoos while he’s out on bail.

That’s just one of several conditions imposed by Justice Kate Ker, who released Richard Ernest Alexander on $600,000 bail Thursday pending his trial.

Alexander, president of the Devils Army Motorcycle Club, is accused of killing 30-year-old John Dillon Brown of Saanich in March 2016.

The 63-year-old’s bail conditions forbid him from owning, wearing or displaying clothing or jewelry with Hells Angels and Devils Army logos and insignias. He was required to surrender those items to the RCMP within 72 hours of his release from custody.

Alexander must surrender all his travel documents to the RCMP.

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An Outlaws motorcycle club leader’s assassination adds to Tampa Bay’s bloody biker gang history

(videos) ---Murder, extortion, and throwing members off balconies are just some of the activities from the gang’s history.
 

Court documents that were recently made public revealed shocking facts about the 2017 assassination of Pasco Outlaws motorcycle club leader Paul Anderson, who was shot by rival gang members on motorcycles in rush hour traffic. The execution-style killing put law enforcement on high alert that a motorcycle gang war was brewing. It also led to numerous arrests. Some of the cases are inching toward trial.

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Attorney: Government taking control of Mongols motorcycle club patches would be ‘death penalty’ for the group

Jurors, who have already determined the outlaw motorcycle club engaged in illegal activity, now tasked with deciding fate of the organizations trademark

Allowing the government to take control of the notorious Mongols motorcycle club’s prized patches would be a “death sentence” for the organization, an attorney for the outlaw club argued on Tuesday.

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Police seize $15K in cocaine, arrest ‘known Hell’s Angel member’ during weekend raids in London

One person remains on the lam, yet two people were arrested and a slew of items was seized — including drugs and three Hell’s Angels vests — during police raids in London over the weekend.

Police are still looking for a 27-year-old woman, but made the two arrests and seized the drugs during raids on Saturday morning in London.

Provincial police executed the search warrants with the help of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the Biker Enforcement Unit, London police’s Guns and Drugs Section, and the RCMP.

READ MORE: 10 charged in Alberta cocaine distribution network linked to ‘outlaw bikers’

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Fired Euclid cop pleads guilty to pulling gun during bar brawl with Hell’s Angels

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A judge is expected to sentence a fired Euclid police officer Thursday after he pleaded guilty to pulling a gun on suspected member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang during a bar brawl.

Todd Gauntner, a 32-year-old who was fired after the Aug. 24 fight, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 in Willoughby Municipal Court to using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. He could be sentenced anywhere from a fine to 180 days in jail.

Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Marisa Cornachio ordered that Gauntner is not allowed to own a gun and set his sentencing hearing for Thursday.

Gauntner started an argument with two suspected members of the biker gang — Dustin Wolf, 28, and Brandley Peterson, 40— at Frank and Tony’s Place bar on 2nd Street in Willoughby, according to police reports.

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