Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Huge Task ahead for prosecutors, police and forensic experts following Waco biker killing.

The death of 9 bikers in a shootout in Waco made headlines recently.  The shootout occurred in spite of the obvious presence of large numbers of heavily armed police in the parking lot.  According to the Dallas Morning News, 'as 174 people sit in jail on organized crime charges, legal experts say prosecutors face a massive challenge, and many of those arrested could end up going free.
“They have bitten off more than they can chew,” said Robert Draskovich, a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer who represents bikers. “Prosecutors often overreach and charge too many people, but I’ve never seen it to this extent.”  The next steps in the case will involve some herculean efforts.  Yes, prosecutors' overcharge and overreach, but given that 9 individuals died, and the chaos at the scene, presence of numerous armed individuals, etc.,  I agree with the mass arrests.  However, the high bails for all arrestees are questionable once the bikers have been photographed, finger-printed etc.  These bails will undoubtedly be reduced for many of the suspects, and they are entitled to a preliminary hearing.  Stay tuned

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