Tuesday
October 21, 2008
If people would have been as passionate about helmet laws
back in the day as we are now about a "trademark' patch being
pulled, helmet laws wouldn't be around today.

The difference between the indictment here and the HAMC, the
Dirty Dozen, Hessians, Outlaws, etc,
is at times, we said, "fuck
each other";  where as this indictment implies, that the "group"
here are saying, "fuck everyone", and when you include citizens
the government is going to get serious, act and get down to
business.  The government really doesn't care too much if we
fuck each other around some, but when it comes to fucking with
the  regular citizen, they are going to step in and step in hard.

Back in the day, there was kind of an understanding between
law enforcement and us, and it worked out fairly well for 1%ers
to carry on our life style.  Don't have one foot in club business
and one foot fucking with mainstream society.  We want to be
out there, but not too much. Mixing the two is oil & water and it
won't fly.  It only takes one asshole or one asshole group to
screw up a good thing.  

This attention that's happening now is serious and a wake up
call - now this mess has to be fixed and each of us that has a
brain knows what has to be done.  

"This group here or any other 1%er group, as far as we should
be concerned, should be protected under the 'Trademark Act'
and should never have the patch pulled by US Government.  
And like it or not, we need to support it".      
Tic

United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, First Amendment
LOS ANGELES — Mongols can no longer wear patches bearing the
motorcycle gang's insignia following what appears to be an unprecedented
court order stripping them of their trademarked logo.

U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper yesterday granted an injunction
that prohibits gang members, their family members and associates from
wearing, licensing, selling or distributing the logo, which typically depicts the
profile of a Mongolian warrior wearing sunglasses.

Prosecutors requested the injunction after authorities arrested dozens of
Mongol members under a racketeering indictment.

"If a Mongol is wearing a vest or jacket bearing the Mongols patch, that item
is pursuant to seizure based on this order," said Assistant U.S. Attorney
Steven Welk.

Sixty-four Mongol members have been arrested in six states, including
Washington, under an indictment released Oct. 21.

The 177-page indictment describes a tightly organized group routinely
engaging in murder, torture, drug trafficking and other offenses. It alleges the
group, which is mostly Latino, sometimes assaults black people and once
attacked motorists near Palm Springs, surrounding cars while one rider tried
to stab the drivers with a knife.

Among 79 people named in the indictment, 15 were still at large, said Mike
Hoffman, a spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives.

The judge initially issued an injunction Oct. 21, but that order was limited to
barring the sale or distribution of the logo. New language was added, saying
the gang members and their affiliates "shall surrender for seizure all
products, clothing, vehicles, motorcycles ... or other materials bearing the
Mongols trademark, upon presentation of a copy of this order."

"It strikes me as a serious potential First Amendment violation to have the
government come in and attempt to, and in this case [succeed], stripping
lawfully obtained rights," he added. "This is one for the record books."

The incarcerated Mongols were being kept at various federal detention
centers, separate from inmates loyal to the Mexican Mafia gang, said
Anthony Burke, a supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service in
Los Angeles. Segregation of incarcerated rival gang members is common
practice.

The Marshal's Service is guarding 60 motorcycles, almost all of them Harley-
Davidsons, that were seized during the Oct. 21 operation. Burke estimated
the average value of the customized machines to be $22,000.