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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.