Jury Strips Biker Gang Of Trademarked Logo, Cops May Get To Seize Jackets

A federal jury ruled that a motorcycle gang should lose the use of its trademarked logo.

Los Angeles, CA – A federal jury on Friday ruled that a well-known, violent motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo.

The jury in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana had already found the Mongol Nation guilty of racketeering and conspiracy, FOX News reported.

Mongol Nation is the name of the Mongols’ leadership group that owns the logo.

The verdict was the next step in a case that has been going on since prosecutors announced the charges against 77 of the gang’s members in 2008, according to the Associated Press.

Next, the forfeiture must be approved by a federal judge.

There’s no plan for enforcement of the verdict other than a suggestion in the original complaint, from more than 10 years ago.

According to a 2008 court filing, if the forfeiture were approved, it would allow police to stop a gang member and “literally take the jacket right off his back,” the Associated Press reported.

The gang’s logo is an image of a Genghis Khan-looking person wearing sunglasses riding a motorcycle with the club name below.

The logo may only be worn only by club members, according to the gang rules.

U.S. Attorney Steve Welk told the jury that Mongols members are “empowered by these symbols that they wear like armor.”

The Mongols were founded in the 1970s by a group of Hispanic men who were said to have been rejected by the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, according to the Associated Press.

Many of the Mongols members have been convicted on drug charges and for assaults.

Prosecutors said that killers in the gang are given a special skull and crossbones patch.

The Mongols’ attorney, Joe Yanny, said the ruling was a government overreach and called it was “the death penalty” for the biker gang.

Yanny also said the ruling didn’t make much sense to him, according to the Associated Press.

“If you were a law enforcement officer and you knew there was a gang out there and they had emblems on that identifies who they are, why in God’s name would you want to take them off of them so you couldn’t know who they were?” the attorney asked. “It’s the stupidest thing.”

The Mongols are expected to appeal the ruling.

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LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I think we should all sit back and see where this goes lol. I'll provide the popcorn, who wants to bring the seats and the beverages ? And should we sell tickets or just make this an open theater ??

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

they would rather die than have their "colors" taken away from them. They'll fight to keep them.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Will they be able to wear patches that say "Bikers Formerly Known As Mongols"?

unholyone
unholyone

Let's see. The Mongols do not obey drug, gun, or any other criminal laws, but they will not wear their colors because of a court order. I got it now. As was said below, taking the colors from an outlaw biker gang member is a very dangerous endeavor. Even touching the patch is a serious beating to near death.

RPG156
RPG156

I think that it is genius to deprive them of the think that they love most. This tactic should be applied to every organization convicted of a RICO violation.

Mark Overcash.
Mark Overcash.

Next they will outlaw camouflage. Lol

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

they can't be identified without wearing them that is why they're stripping them of their colors! Because they California Representatives don't want any iillegals or criminals identified by the authorities! think about it.

Riod
Riod

Good luck. This will be a blood bath

Mic911
Mic911

Majority of the time, you don't see just one traveling alone, usually in packs. So if you pull one over for whatever reason, the others will stop and you as an officer had better have one helluva team for backup. You go to take those colors from one, you will get an ass whoppin beyond anything from them all. Be very cautious and think twice!!!

FrogHill
FrogHill

I thought the federal government tried this "Colors" tactic with the Outlaws MC a few years ago with the "Punishment" being overturned by the Supreme Court? Maybe the case that I am thinking of was with Mongols but at a state level?

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

There is also the issue of "freedom of speech" which takes precedence over someone's group identity, regardless of the nature of the group!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Send them to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tent jail and let them wear pink underwear....

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

The bastard, Jephthah, was chased from home by his brothers before their father’s body began to rot. He fled for his life, resettled and, as the story goes, attracted fellow outcasts, eventually becoming a formidable marauding force. In today’s lingo – they were “OUTAW BIKERS.”

Then came the day when his flaccid brothers became the target of a nasty King and requested his help. And yep, they went crawling to Jeph for help. For the rest of the details, which outline his diplomatic skills & savagery in battle, you can read up on it for yourselves. (Judges 10:6-12:7) But here is what I want to leave you with.

At one point while making decisions, Jeph swore to God he would worship Him should he win the battle(s). God honored not only that request … but also his sacrifice.

Many, many centuries later, one will trip over Jeph’s name in the New Testament where there is a list of people who are great examples of “faith in God.” You’ll find that list in Hebrews Chapter 11.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

@Ragnar von Berlin

Yeah, but Muslims are permitted to "identify" in public with their various attire; they being a host of people, who, at least back in their historic environs, spent much time trying to kill neighboring clans and enslave the women & girls. You can thank your vagina leader for extending invitations for these sort of people to engulf your diminishing historic culture. Twas a time when it repulsed the might of Roman legions ... but no more. Sad!

Whutsup
Whutsup

Unfortunately the new sheriff has started to remove them if they are not gone....

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Just because the copyright is removed does not make for grounds to take the patches, let alone the jackets they're attached to.