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Appeals court orders gag order lifted in biker’s Twin Peaks shootout case

August 7, 2015, 3:30 pm

An intermediate appellate court ruled Friday that a judge abused his discretion by imposing a media blackout on parties involved the case of a Hewitt man arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout and ordered him to lift the gag order.

JP Peterson will hand over examining trials to visiting judge

August 6, 2015, 3:17 pm

McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson, who has been a lightning rod for criticism in the wake of the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, said Thursday he has changed his mind about presiding over examining trials for 16 bikers and will allow a retired judge to hear them.

Waco Biker Shooting Has Long Legal Aftermath

July 29, 2015, 11:39 pm

Six weeks after a gunfight among motorcycle gangs and police left nine dead in Waco, Texas, more than 170 people still face serious charges even though just a handful remain jailed, reflecting what some defense lawyers say is an overzealous approach by authorities.

Retired judge sought to hear Twin Peaks bikers’ examining trials

July 28, 2015, 3:14 pm

A retired state district judge from Travis County has been asked to preside over the examining trials of 20 bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout after reports that a local judge questioned whether she could be impartial and declined to hear the cases.

JP Peterson removed from Hewitt biker’s case

July 23, 2015, 2:58 pm

A local justice of the peace was removed Thursday from an examining trial in the case of a Hewitt biker accused of engaging in organized crime in relation to the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant.

Hearing set to address JP’s potential recusal from biker case

July 22, 2015, 2:56 pm

A recusal hearing to address a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson related to the May 17 biker shooting at Twin Peaks will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday and be presided over by a Bell County judge, legal documents show.

Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

July 21, 2015, 12:21 pm

The city is fighting to keep videos of the May shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant out of the press, and still hasn’t confirmed how many victims were shot by police.

Civil rights lawsuit dismissed against city, county; plaintiff plans to refile

July 6, 2015, 2:54 pm

The owner of a local landscaping business who was jailed with 176 other bikers after the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout has dismissed his federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco and McLennan County but says he plans to refile it.

Biker attorney challenges ‘cookie-cutter’ arrest warrants

July 2, 2015, 2:52 pm

A hearing Thursday for a disabled Gatesville Army veteran who rides with the Cossacks Motorcycle Club included a strong challenge to the probable cause used to arrest 177 bikers in the wake of the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout.

Biker’s attorney files emergency appeal of gag order

July 1, 2015, 2:49 pm

A Dallas attorney who represents Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen filed an emergency appeal Wednesday seeking to lift a gag order a judge imposed in Clendennen’s case Tuesday.

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