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Court Says Jury Can‘t Strip Mongols Biker Club Of Its Trademarked Logo

The Los Angeles-based Mongols motorcycle club will not be stripped of its trademarked logo any time soon, after a federal judge essentially overruled a jury‘s decision to deprive the group of its collective symbol.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana said Thursday that the jury ruling violated club members‘ 1st Amendment rights to free association and expression and their 8th Amendment protection against excessive penalties.

“It is beyond question that the Government has a legitimate interest in attacking the economic roots of a criminal organization like the Mongol Nation,” Carter wrote in his 51-page ruling. But he said forcing the club to forfeit its rights associated with the symbol the group has used since 1969 “is unjustified and grossly disproportionate.”

Wed
06
Nov
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Multiple gang members arrested in multi-agency operation

Several Alice men were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 31 as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang operation during a multi-agency operation.

Romeo Trevino, Mark Edward Mandel, Ernesto Benavides, Francisco Jorge Natal O’Conner, Joshua Lee Rivas, Mark Antony Caton, Mark Cadena, Nathan Iruegas and Nathan Nichols were picked by during the operation. Several of these men, who range from the age of 17 to 55, are associated with the gang known as the Mongols, according to sources.

According to Corpus Christi Police Department, the operation apprehended the outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates for engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony.

The operation and charges were based on an assault and robbery that involved a rival outlaw motorcycle gang member at a local business, according to CCPD.

Fri
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Santa Fe Springs Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Charges

A member of a street gang that operates in Santa Fe Springs and Whittier pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges, including counts stemming from the August 2013 stabbing of a rival in Quiet Canyon in Montebello.

Ronald Sotello, 43, of Whittier pleaded guilty to three felonies before Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who scheduled an Oct. 7 sentencing hearing. The plea agreement filed in Los Angeles federal court specifies that Sotello will serve no more than 11 years in federal prison, although the penalty is ultimately up to the judge.

Sotello — a member of a Mexican Mafia-affiliated gang — stabbed a Mongols Motorcycle Club member, identified in court papers only as R.C., in order to “increase his position in the gang,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sat
29
Jun
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Jury unable to decide in trial of man accused of killing Pomona SWAT officer

The trial of a San Gabriel man accused in the 2014 fatal shooting of a Pomona SWAT officer ended in a hung jury on Friday, June 28.

After deliberating for nearly a week, jurors acquitted 41-year-old David Martinez of first degree murder but deadlocked on second degree murder with three voting guilty and nine voting not guilty.

Police Officer Shaun Diamond, 45, was shot on Oct. 28, 2014 while he helped serve a search warrant in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue in San Gabriel. He died the next day from his injuries.

Martinez testified at trial that he fired a “warning shot” at what he thought were fellow Mongols members trying to break into his family’s home.

Fri
28
Jun
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Mongols’ probation means headquarters of motorcycle club is subject to search, not riders on the street, judge says

Federal judge clarifies conditions of probation for outlaw motorcycle club

A federal judge on Friday, June 28, made clear that his decision to place the notorious Mongols motorcycle club on probation means the headquarters for the outlaw organizations mothership chapter is fair game for random search by probation officers, not individual bikers themselves.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in May ordered the Mongols’ organization to pay a $500,000 fine, and to serve five years on supervised probation, after a Santa Ana jury found that the Southern California-based club itself — rather than specific members — was guilty of racketeering.

Sat
22
Jun
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Jury Gets Case Against Man Charged With Pomona SWAT Officer's Killing

Pomona Officer Shaun Diamond was shot as he entered a home to serve a warrant as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang investigation.

A prosecutor told jurors there is overwhelming evidence against a man charged with murdering a Pomona SWAT officer helping to serve a search warrant in San Gabriel, while the man's attorney urged the panel to acquit his client in what he said was a case of self-defense.

The six-man, six-woman jury was handed the case against David Martinez after about six weeks of testimony, including the 41-year-old defendant's account that he fired a "warning shot" from his shotgun because he feared members of a motorcycle club to which he belonged were trying to break into the home he shared with his parents, common-law wife, two young children and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome, during the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014.

Thu
20
Jun
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Lift the curtain of secrecy surrounding Mongols motorcycle club and you discover the outlaw way, and much more

Bikers battle to keep their distinctive logo, dig deep to pay $500,000 fine

(photo gallery) --- When the feds last month slapped the Mongols — one of this nation’s most feared motorcycle clubs — with a half-million-dollar fine, it appeared to be just a tap on the wrist for these self-proclaimed outlaws.

After all, the Mongols could do what many bankers, lawyers and investors do when they get in trouble — create a legal smokescreen, declare bankruptcy, close down, launch another business.

But hiding in fear and trashing what you built isn’t the Mongol way.

Even after the hefty levy at federal court in Santa Ana, the Mongol motto remains, “Bigger, better, stronger!”

Wed
05
Jun
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Defendant in shooting death of Pomona SWAT officer testifies he fired a warning shot, thought Mongols were breaking in

LOS ANGELES — A man charged with killing a Pomona SWAT officer testified Wednesday that he fired a “warning shot” because he feared members of a motorcycle club to which he belonged were trying to break into his family’s home in San Gabriel and he did not know that police were at the front door.

Testifying in his own defense, David Martinez said, “I would never fire at police or law enforcement ever. I have family that’s (in) law enforcement.”

Fri
17
May
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Mongols motorcycle club ordered to pay $500,000 fine in racketeering case

Legal battle centers on the governments first-of-its kind effort to get control of the outlaw organizations prized patch.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the notorious Mongols motorcycle club to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a first-of-its-kind court case centered on the government’s unsuccessful efforts so far to seize control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by members of the outlaw organization.

The fine, as well as an order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that the Mongols’ organization be placed on five years of supervised probation, brings to a close the latest chapter in a decade-plus court battle between federal prosecutors and the motorcycle club.

Mon
06
May
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Trial Begins for Alleged Gang Member Accused of Murdering Pomona SWAT Officer

A reputed Mongols motorcycle gang member who shot and killed a Pomona SWAT officer was warned loudly and repeatedly that police were at the door, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense attorney countered that his client was convinced Mongols members had come to get him and fired to protect his family.

During their opening statements, both sides agreed that David Martinez, now 41, fired a bullet from a 12-gauge shotgun at 45-year-old Officer Shaun Diamond, who was part of a team of officers serving a warrant in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014, at a San Gabriel home at 138 N. San Marino Ave. where Martinez lived with his parents, common-law wife, their 10-year-old son and baby, and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome.

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