A Texas judge in one of the Twin Peaks “Biker Gang” shooting cases has agreed to release CCTV video of Twin Peaks and Don Carlos resturarant to the defense. However, the judge has also barred the defense from sharing the video and now placed a gag order to stop the defense team from describing the video to the media.
The Prosecuting State Attorney is continuing the fight to hide the truth, block public scrutiny and avoid the deconstruction of the increasingly apparent fraudulent claims originally made by Waco Police surrounding the shooting itself.
WACO, TEXAS – A state district judge ruled Tuesday that a Dallas attorney can have a copy of a Twin Peaks franchisee’s video of the May 17 biker shootout, but the judge barred the release of the video to the public.
Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court also granted a prosecution request to place a gag order in the Matthew Alan Clendennen case, preventing attorneys on both sides, law enforcement officers and witnesses from discussing that case only in the media.
Broden told the judge it “boggles my mind” that police and prosecutors can describe what is on the video but his client couldn’t get a copy to help prepare his defense. He also said the Associated Press viewed the video and reported on it.
He argued the city’s contention that release of the video would impede its investigation is not valid because it posts videos of armed robberies on Waco Police Department social media accounts.
“Former Supreme Court Justice (Louis) Brendeis may have said it best, your honor. ‘Sunshine is the best disinfectant,’ ” Broden said.
The judge said he placed the video under a protective order because he is concerned about tainting potential jury pools. Broden said he intends to appeal the protective order and the gag order to Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals. (read more)