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Life Inside the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club

“Big Pete” James, of the infamous “biker gang” that started in Chicago, talks about why people misunderstand these groups and what he loves about riding on IL-173.

As a child, Peter James loved playing Risk with his family. Only twelve years old, he appreciated the strategy involved in commanding armies and taking territory from his opponents. One night, during a game, James’s father asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“Boss,” James replied. A few decades later, he was a boss, all right—Chicago’s regional vice president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

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BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. 

Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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Lawyers question former Hells Angels club president about stealing from Rockford chapter

ROCKFORD — The former head of a Rockford motorcycle club testified today that he had heard rumors after he was attacked that he was stealing from the Hells Angels.

But that’s not the reason Josh Johnson, 47, said fellow members gave him for wanting him out of the Rockford chapter before they attacked him. Johnson testified that he and a friend were accused during their weekly club meeting on June 27, 2013, of working with the police.

“They didn’t accuse you of stealing?” asked John Palmer, one of the defense attorneys for five members of the Rockford and Chicago branches of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who are on trial this week for allegedly beating, stabbing and shocking the former president with a stun gun.

“No they did not,” said Johnson, who was questioned by defense lawyers for hours today.

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Drug related kidnap, torture becomes federal case

Three Kansas City men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged roles in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence man in September 2016.

Gerald Holmes, 25, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker”; his father Randal Holmes, 53, also known as “Peckerwood” or “Wood”; and 75-year-old Richard Phoenix, also known as “Snake,” were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal Aug. 30 by a Kansas City federal grand jury. The indictment was unsealed following the arrests and initial court appearances of Gerald and Randal Holmes, who remained in federal custody pending Friday’s detention hearing. Phoenix is a fugitive.

The state charges issued last year in the case – kidnapping and armed criminal action for all three and assault for both Holmes men – will be dismissed in lieu of federal prosecution.

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Flat Track Motorcycle Racing Rises From the Dust

With a renewed rivalry between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, and some modern bikes to pit against each other on the dirt, flat track might be the most exciting form of motorcycle racing to watch.

A low hum rises as 18 men and women straddle their machines. Engines snarl as tense hands grip the throttles. For a moment everything is still—the crowd, the racers, and the dust.

Then the green flag waves and the bikes erupt in a fury. The collective engine thunderclap rattles my ribcage. Riders lean forward in defiance of inertia. In a heartbeat, they are gone, off like a pack of wild hyenas in a deluge of din and dust.

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Mongols Case To Continue

A three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of the Justice Department’s racketeering case against the Mongols Motorcycle Club today. The case will now return to the Orange County, California courtroom of District Judge David O. Carter for trial.

The case is the most recent iteration of the federal government’s $100 million dollar, decade long argument that federal policemen may ban motorcycle clubs and their insignia without violating the United States Constitution. There is significant case law that recognizes motorcycle club insignia to be constitutionally protected expression.

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his "novelistic autobigraphy," Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, "after a period of failing health."

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled "An Inquiry Into Values") and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

Author Robert Pirsig works on a motorcycle in 1975.

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Columbus trial delayed for three bikers charged with murder, gang terrorism

A DNA test has delayed the trial of three bikers charged with murder and gang terrorism in a bar shootout that left one man dead and three others wounded on Oct. 9, 2015.

The trial was to begin Monday before Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters, but defense attorneys sought a delay because the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has yet to provide results of a DNA test from blood found on the gun used to kill Dominic Mitchell.

The test results are expected by April 15, attorneys said. Peters rescheduled the trial for May 1.

Michell died from two gunshot wounds to the chest after rival gangs fired 63 shots around 11:20 p.m. at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road. Three other wounded people went to the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital.

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Handcuffed Woman Who Fell Out of Moving Police Car Fending Off Rapist Cop Gets $3.5 Million

(VIDEO)--Los Angeles, CA — Taxpayers of Los Angeles will have to pay for their police department’s misconduct yet again, as a woman who fell out of a squad car in 2013 has been granted a $3.5 million settlement.

Kim Nguyen had been arrested for alleged public drunkenness, handcuffed, and put in the back of a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. At speeds of around 30 mph, Nguyen leaned against one of the back doors — which turned out to be unlocked — in an attempt to escape a sexual assault by one of the officers, according to her lawsuit.

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'Cross Ban' at Veteran Memorial Gets Taken to Next Level When a Bunch of Bikers Show Up


For years now, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been making headlines for its efforts to ensure that public spaces remain free of any type of religious imagery.

Whether it's Ten Commandments monuments in schools or “In God We Trust” stickers on police cruisers, the group has threatened legal action against towns across the U.S. in order to prevent any such display.