We have previously noted the concerns about the prosecution of dozens of bikers who are accused in the shooting in Waco two years ago that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 injured.
In all 155 bikers were charged over the shoot-out at the Twin Peaks bar on May 17, 2015. The trial has been marred by delays and other controversies. The Waco Tribune-Herald reported the first scheduled trial was delayed again in March.
The aftermath of the arrests has also seen lawsuits filed against the authorities by people who said they were wrongly charged with serious offenses.
A woman from Brenham who said she was wrongly charged has filed a $350 million federal lawsuit, reported the Houston Chronicle.
Morgan English, a 32-year-old woman, filed the suit in federal court in Austin. Her lawyers are claiming officials violated her constitutional rights and wrongly claimed she was a known member of a criminal motorcycle gang who took part in ongoing criminal activities.
She filed a lawsuit against the district attorney in the case, the City of Waco, McLennan County, the police chief and other investigators.
English said she drove to Waco with her husband in May. She claimed she thought would be attending a quarterly meeting of a motorcycle group, the Coalition of Clubs and Independents. Bike-related legislation was on the agenda.
English claimed the couple arrived at the Twin Peaks restaurant. They were walking to the premises when they heard shots and took cover.
The couple later found out police had staked out the scene believing a face-off between two rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos, and Cossacks, was likely. The lawsuit says nine bikers were left dead and much of the gunfire was from law enforcement officials.
The couple said they remained at the scene to answer police questions. They were eventually charged with taking part in an organized criminal activity. They were held on a $1 million charge. The charges were later dropped.
Almost 180 people were rounded up and charged after the incident. At present, 155 face trial but the proceedings have been dogged with controversy.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court allowed a motion from a defense attorney to delay a trial on the books for April 17 for one defendant.
The prosecution has come under sustained criticism from criminal defense lawyers. At least 11 bikers have sued the authorities, claiming they were wrongly arrested.
Murder and manslaughter as well as taking part in gang activity and organized crime are among the most serious offenses you can be accused of. You should hire an experienced Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.