Outlaw Motorcycle Club Court Records

The following are the raw court records related to outlaw motorcycle clubs that we have come across while building our site. This should not by any means be regarded as a complete listing.

Rather than just reading through to find the outcomes of the charges against the individual(s), the backstories contained within these cases often capture details of inter-club, or sometimes internal, conflicts. There are some details here that you won’t find in books, which is why court records can make for interesting reading.

This page is a work in progress, there are plenty more that we need to add when we find time. But if you are aware of any other court cases which you believe we should add as a priority then please contact us.

For information on the outlaw motorcycle clubs, view our complete list of one percenter motorcycle clubs.

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  • Avengers Motorycle Club Court Records

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  • Bandidos Motorcycle Club Court Records
    • Chambers v. State (1974) – The appeal of Donald Eugene Chambers, Founder and El’ Presidente of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, who had been convicted of murder with malice by jury for the killings of Mel and Ray Tarver and had been sentenced to life in prison.
    • USA v. Franklin D. Schmick and Others (1990) – The appeal of multiple members of Bandidos MC who were charged with firearm offences. However, what is interesting about this court record is the story contained within of the war between the Bandidos and the Banshees Motorcycle Club, with clubhouse attacks and surveillance performed on Banshees members with a plot to kill as many as possible.

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  • Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Court Records
    • USA vs. Gerald Franklin Smith (1971) – The appeal of Gerald Franklin Smith, then President of the Hells Angels Omaha chapter, who had been found guilty of selling drugs to undercover agents. He was claiming entrapment.
    • People v. Moran (1973) – The appeal of William John Moran. Bodies of two Hells Angels Prospects are found at the property of George Wethern. Also see the related case People v. Mitten (1974).
    • People v. Mitten (1974) – The appeal of William “Zorro” Mitten. Bodies of two Hells Angels Prospects are found at the property of George Wethern. Also see the related case People v. Moran (1973).
    • People v. Barger (1974) – The 1974 appeal by Ralph Sonny Barger, President of the Hells Angels Oakland chapter, after he was charged for possessing cocaine, Secobarbital and marijuana.
    • State v. Bowden (1974) – The 1974 appeal of Elbert Bowden Jr. after he is convicted of kidnapping and manslaughter. Bowden along with 2 other Hells Angels Lowell chapter members question and beat a man who falsely claimed that he was a Hells Angel, before taking him away, alive, in a Cadillac. His body is then found 4 days later in the Providence River.
    • USA v. Kenneth Owen (1992) – The 1992 appeal of Kenneth Owen who had been convicted on methamphetamine distribution charges after high ranking Hells Angels member Anthony Tait turned informant. Millions of dollars of cash and over ten pounds of meth were found during the execution of search warrants on three locations.
    • USA v. William Solano (1993) – The 1993 appeal of William Solano, a former Hells Angel member convicted on methamphetamine manufacturing charges. Solano alleged that he was forced to manufacture the drug by chapter President Richard Smith, with threats that he and his family would be harmed if he did not comply.
    • San Jose Hells Angels v. City of San Jose Police (2005) – The 2005 appeal of San Jose Police after it was found that search warrants had been executed on the Hells Angels San Jose chapter “unreasonably” in January, 1998. In the process multiple pet dogs are killed and “truckloads” of personal property seized.

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  • Outlaws Motorcycle Club Court Records
    • Piscottano v. Murphy (2004) – The 2004 appeal of Gary Piscottano and four other corrections officers who had been formally disciplined by Connecticut’s Department of Corrections for having connections with the Outlaws MC, either in the capacity of being a member of an associate of the club, which the department saw as a conflict of interest. The five men claimed that this disciplinary action was against their constitutional rights to freely associate.

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