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11 Responses to “ArtBiker World Is Now At Its Permanent Home”

  1. nice to see this up and good luck -_^

  2. Thanks so much and thanks for dropping by!

  3. will definitely read your blog. rss feed would be great!

  4. COMRADE, HOPE YOU HAVE TAKEN PHOTOS OF YOUR TAT
    AS IT COMES ALONG, I THINK IT WOULD BE NEAT

  5. smartmotorist Says:

    The biker culture is slowly catching up here in India too. Here’s a site dedicated entirely to Royal Enfield – The mean machine.

  6. BIG MAMA ROCKS! AND SHE MAKES GOOD BABIES TOO.

  7. Matt I love reading your blog! You have a wonderful perspective and have opened up the biker world to us all. Keep up the great work!

  8. I appreciate the email reminders. Keep them coming!

  9. Hello
    I wanted to post this article from a Canadian newspaper and my comment to it but didn’t know where to post it. Thankyou and have a great day.
    L.L.&R.

    It was billed as the “most significant crackdown in Ontario history” when more than 80 people were charged in 2002, after a three-year probe into the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

    Project Retire was aimed at dismantling the group and making use of new anti-gang legislation that provided for stiffer sentences.

    A special high-security courtroom was built in London for a mega-trial, with police and prosecution costs alone at more than $4-million by 2004, according to court documents.

    While several lesser accused pleaded guilty to various offences and received fines or short jail sentences, the big show trial never took place.

    The number two target of the probe received “time served” after nearly 31 months in jail – the longest anyone arrested spent in custody. The national treasurer of the Outlaws paid a $1,000 fine. This month Project Retire came to a close when charges were withdrawn against Outlaws national president Mario Parente and his alleged associate, Luis Ferreira.

    The Crown explanation was that its principal witness, a biker turned police agent, was no longer willing to testify. This was despite a contract with police that required his testimony in exchange for more than $100,000 annually in salary and expenses for three years.

    But what has not previously been made public is that nearly four years ago, the focus of Project Retire suddenly shifted to examine the actions of some of the key justice system participants and not the people on trial.

    “This derailed it,” said lawyer Scott Cowan, who represented Mr. Ferreira. “Police accumulated compelling evidence. If this had been handled properly by the Crown it could have been a template for prosecuting alleged criminal organizations,” the defence lawyer said.

    Instead, the Ministry of the Attorney-General was forced to defend its conduct during a three-week abuse of process hearing in 2006 before Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton.

    Judge Templeton imposed a sweeping publication ban back in 2005 at the request of the Crown and it is only now, with the final Project Retire case over, that the details can be made public.

    The abuse hearing stemmed from meetings in the spring of 2004 between the lead Crown attorney, Elizabeth Maguire, and provincial court Justice John Getliffe, who was presiding over the preliminary hearing of the 10 main defendants in Project Retire, in the judge’s office.

    The merits of a case are never supposed to be discussed without both sides present and the conduct of the judge and the Crown was sharply criticized by Judge Templeton.

    When Judge Getliffe did not order the defendants to stand trial on the most important criminal organization charges, Ms. Maguire complained to her superiors. She felt she had been misled in the private meetings and said she would otherwise have called more evidence.

    None of this was disclosed to the defence for more than a year. Instead, senior officials at the Ministry of the Attorney-General discussed whether to invoke a rarely used power to order a direct indictment on the criminal organization charges, because of what they said were mistakes by Ms. Maguire.

    Deputy Attorney-General Murray Segal ordered a direct indictment in November, 2004. It was June, 2005, when the defence was told about the discussions between Ms. Maguire and Judge Getliffe.

    Senior Attorney-General officials John Corelli and Paul Lindsay testified at the abuse hearing in 2006 that they believed it was up to the trial prosecutor to decide whether to tell the defence.

    The explanation did not hold much water with Judge Templeton. “I find that any rationalization in this manner is especially distasteful,” she wrote. “A decision to intentionally remain silent in this case runs the unnecessary risk of appearing to perpetuate a cover up,” she said.

    The Attorney-General’s office hired top Toronto defence lawyers Marie Henein and David Humphrey to act as its lawyers at the abuse hearing.

    The province decided to attack the credibility of Ms. Maguire, who faced a tough cross-examination by Ms. Henein. One of Ms. Maguire’s superiors testified that he found her to be too emotional.

    “I almost felt sorry for her,” observed lawyer Michael O’Brien, who represented Jeremiah DeZeeuw, one of the key defendants .

    In the end, Judge Templeton decided not to throw out the charges. She was critical of the Crown, but the law required the defence to show “flagrant impropriety” on behalf of the state.

    The abuse ruling was in the fall of 2006. A new prosecutor took over and plea bargains, two of which were for a $1,000 fine, were reached with three of the defendants. That left only Mr. Parente and Mr. Ferreira, both free on bail.

    “The case never recovered. All that happened was that some reputations were attacked and charges were eventually withdrawn against Parente and Ferreira,” said Mr. Cowan. He suggested there were a number of problems with the Crown’s case as the result of the events that had transpired since charges were laid more than six years earlier.

    Judge Getliffe was not required to testify at the hearing. His lawyer, Paul Stern, said the judge made sure “all relevant information” was before Judge Templeton.

    Ms. Maguire remains a Crown attorney in southwestern Ontario and her lawyer, Scott Hutchison, stressed that her actions must be put into context.

    “In a case like this, a Crown attorney has to make a thousand difficult decisions every week. She accepts she made a mistake. Yet she has served her community with diligence for 20 years,” said Mr. Hutchison.

    The Ministry of the Attorney-General declined to comment about the conduct of its senior officials.

    Its spokesman, Brendan Crawley, pointed to the fact that 48 people were convicted in Project Retire and 15 pleaded guilty to criminal organization charges.

    National Post

    skari@nationalpost.com

    SYLO23, Sunday, Apr 19, 2009

    Doesn’t any one find it bizarre that they would spend over 4 million dollars on a special court and crown costs and pay off a witness who wasn’t all that crediable in the first place. One must ask what is the worth of freely spending taxpayers money without being held accountable. I remember when the raids went down they didn’t get any vast amounts of drugs or seize vast amounts of money or seize vast amounts of weapons…
    The police DID NOT RETIRE the OUTLAWS MC if anything they made them stronger and wiser. The crown and the judge should be charged and the crowns star witness should be charged also. But in reality the Biker Enforcement Unit will up there budget every year under the PRETENSE of a looming biker war….They spend their budget racking up overtime as they follow and watch bikers party and bar b que…….
    Just A Concerned Citizen

  10. Great blog! Finally, another artist/biker!

    I have one piece here:
    http://fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/soa/galleryArtist.php#/3/1

    Best

    TG

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