Monday, September 28, 2015

Silence on Twin Peaks massacre may 'blacken' reputation of Waco justice

Since the Twin Peaks massacre in May, officials in Waco have mostly succeeded in keeping biker-related criminal cases out of the press. But the silence has grown deafening, prompting AP, the Atlantic, and even the Waco Tribune-Herald opinion editor to call for transparency and lifting an ill-conceived gag order.  The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association last week filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against the Justice of the Peace who set million dollar bails for the 177 people arrested that day. More than 2/3 of those arrested that day had no criminal record, reported AP. Trib opinion editor Bill Whitaker fears that the official silence, based on a gag order which only applies to one case, "has the power to blacken for decades the reputation of American justice in Waco. It may already be too late."

To my mind, the Twin Peaks episode couldn't worsen Grits' view of Waco justice, but it surely confirms it.



Anonymous said...

People have short memories. Remember the Branch Davidians who were incinerated? Didn't think so..

Gritsforbreakfast said...

What are you talking about 7:40? Every Texan above 30 remembers Koresh, et. al..

The Homeless Cowboy said...

The silence is Deafening, Usually when I do that it is because I have made a mistake, I don't want to own up to. I don't think they are much different. You can bet you last 50 cents that if they had discovered wrong doing of the bikers they would be screaming it from the rooftops.

Im not a cop hater, I would not want to live in this world without Police Officers. I do however think somebody is not telling the whole story.

and 7:40 Every Texan who was living at the time remembers the Waco Tragedy, it was not just Waco Police and it was a horrible thing in America. Do not use it as a talking point. Many people, Men, women and children lost their lives needlessly over what? Ego, guns. lifestyles???
It is a very sore spot with me and Im sure many others.

Anonymous said...

They shot their own UC.