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September 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense lawyers asked jurors to doubt the word of government informants and former Hells Angels who are expected to testify that the motorcycle club is a criminal ring that plotted a fatal casino brawl against a rival gang in 2002. Defense lawyers for 11 Hells Angels being tried on federal charges for a brawl that left three people dead said in opening statements that the Hells Angels defended themselves after being attacked by rival Mongols at the Harrah's Laughlin hotel-casino.
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NATIONAL
February 15, 2006 | From Reuters
A federal grand jury indicted five current and former members of the Hells Angels biker gang on racketeering charges, saying the group's leader in Washington state ordered associates to commit murder and various other crimes, according to court documents released Tuesday.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirty-six Hells Angels members pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to federal racketeering, violence and weapons charges stemming from a deadly 2002 brawl with another motorcycle gang that left three people dead and dozens hurt. "They're not a criminal organization," said David Chesnoff, a Las Vegas lawyer and unofficial spokesman for Hells Angels from five Western states who are charged in the fracas with rival Mongols at an annual rally in Laughlin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The president of the San Diego Chapter of the Hells Angels pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit racketeering and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison. Guy Russell Castiglione, 55, admitted that he conspired to kill members of a rival motorcycle gang, the Mongols, and to sell methamphetamine. At the same hearing in federal court, the former sergeant-of-arms of the Hells Angels chapter pleaded guilty to similar charges. Mark Alan Toycen, 45, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The civil rights of Hells Angels members were violated when authorities searched their homes and seized their property, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week. The Hells Angels contended that during a 1997 murder investigation, police seized motorcycles and killed three dogs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors added charges Monday against the man accused in a fatal roadside attack on twin brothers because he allegedly invoked an affiliation with the Hells Angels while wielding a knife last week. Investigators say Rodrigo Jose Requejo shouted, "This is Hells Angels!" before the stabbing, which left Justin Ammann dead and his brother Jason wounded on an offramp of the Foothill toll road in Rancho Santa Margarita.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 2004 | Martin Booe, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about out-of-control kids.
It was at the impressionable age of 19 that I saw the Blake Edwards movie "10." The title, of course, referred to beautiful Bo Derek's sex-appeal rating on an ascending scale presumably beginning with the No. 1. Who would argue whether Derek was a 10? Not me, then or now, but that's beside the point. The film introduced the idea of hormonal calculus to an entire generation, and we are still living with it. Rating the opposite sex on a numerical scale seems to me an innately male inclination.
WORLD
April 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The graduating class at Hellu High School in Helsinki, Finland, had shirts made that read "Hellus Angels." The Hells Angels motorcycle club was not amused. It took offense at the use of its "Deathshead" logo, a winged, helmet-wearing skull on which it claims a trademark. Two bikers at a local bar pressured a student to hand over his shirt, and the school then received a request to collect all the remaining shirts and give them to the club's Finland chapter, the newspaper Iltalehti said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr., who was denied entry to the Ventura County Fair for the second time last year because of his biker attire, has filed legal claims against the city of Ventura and the state agency that operates the fairgrounds for allegedly violating his civil rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2004 | From Times staff reports
Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr., who was denied entry to the Ventura County Fair for the second time last year because of his biker attire, has filed legal claims against the city of Ventura and the state agency that operates the fairgrounds for allegedly violating his civil rights. Their refusal of entry was based on a policy that bans gang attire and tattoos at the fair.
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