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  • Vagos MC Gang Sues Hemet PD and Riverside County for Defamation

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...thorities.html

    The Vagos Motorcycle Club claims in a lawsuit that Riverside County law enforcement authorities defamed the group and damaged its reputation by falsely linking members to attacks against Hemet police officers.

    Statements made by officials, including former Riverside County Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco and Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana, described the group as "cockroaches" and "terrorists" who "practice an extreme brand of violence," the lawsuit states.

    The comments implicated the Vagos club in the attacks and were made after Operation Everywhere, a March 2010 law enforcement action targeting 30 alleged members, according to the suit filed Thursday in Riverside County Superior Court.

    None of those arrested in connection with the attacks were Vagos members, the lawsuit said.

    In an interview with The Times on the day of the arrests, Pacheco said the operation was "just the beginning" of continued law enforcement actions against the club.

    "They represent an extreme threat to law enforcement," Pacheco said at the time. "The goal is to eliminate this threat."
    The operation came amid intense efforts to identify suspects in the attacks, which included diverting a natural gas line into the offices of the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force, torching four Hemet code-enforcement trucks and setting up a zip-gun booby trap that fired a bullet at an officer when he opened a security gate.

    Two Riverside County men were arrested last July in connection with seven attacks against Hemet police.

    Beverly Hills attorney Joseph Yanny, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Vagos, said the men arrested have no connection to the group. He accused Pacheco of blaming the Vagos to help bolster his failed reelection bid. He was voted out of office in June.

    "My guys have been improperly painted for long enough and hard enough for something they had nothing to do with that it's time to put an end to this by whatever means necessary," Yanny told The Times. "I truly believe [law enforcement officials] knew the people who were engaging in actions against the Hemet Police Department were not the Vagos."

    Pacheco and Dana were not immediately available for comment.

    [Updated at 10:35 a.m.: Pacheco said Friday he had not seen the lawsuit, but he brushed aside the allegations leveled against him and others. He called the Vagos club one of the most "intimidating street gangs in California."

    "I don’t know if they are trying to say they are some of kind of social club or something, but that's not the case," said Pacheco, who now for works for a law firm in Los Angeles. "This appears to be just another intimidation tactic by a gang, a criminal street gang."]
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    But OMGs only do toy drives and help the needy!!! They couldn't possibly be involved in anything criminal...
    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"

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    • #3
      These idiots don't know when to quit.

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      • #4
        Look like a duck... Waaaahhh...bunch of pussies.
        Free Deke O'Mally!!!

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        • #5
          Dumb move. Now the county can take the depositions under oath of all the Vagos members and explore everything they may have done that is illegal.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DAL View Post
            Dumb move. Now the county can take the depositions under oath of all the Vagos members and explore everything they may have done that is illegal.
            Interesting. I hadn't considered this. I wonder if there is a way that these depo's can be excluded from being used as investigative leads? It seams that even the sleaziest, low-life biker attorney would have considered this...
            "I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill

            Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.

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            • #7
              Doesn't it have to be untrue to defame?
              Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by willowdared View Post
                Doesn't it have to be untrue to defame?
                Yes. So the prosecution has the right to conduct discovery to prove that the statement is true.
                Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by IE Copper View Post
                  Interesting. I hadn't considered this. I wonder if there is a way that these depo's can be excluded from being used as investigative leads? It seams that even the sleaziest, low-life biker attorney would have considered this...
                  They would have to take the Fifth. That would prsent a big problem with them, because they bear the burden of proving that the statements were false.
                  Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                  Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                  • #10
                    Looks like the Vagos are taking a page out of the old HA playbook. They have attorneys on retainer, so they must want to get something for their money!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by marty33 View Post
                      Looks like the Vagos are taking a page out of the old HA playbook. They have attorneys on retainer, so they must want to get something for their money!
                      ..and "where" are they getting the MONEY from??? careful of what they ask for, cause all this is doing is opening a can of worms for them......Would love to see the FEDs come in with a RICO inv. and the IRS hit them up as well....
                      "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                      • #12
                        DOA,

                        You forget that all they have to do is get LA actors etc on their side, and game over. Nothing like Judges, actors, legislators, congress on the side of the OMG's.
                        Free Deke O'Mally!!!

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