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Biker Charged in Buffalo With Sending Threatening Text Messages

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
It’s probably beyond dispute that Ronald Blair, a New York state motorcycle gang member, was not the most artful of text messagers.

For example, court records say on Feb. 11 at 4:38 a.m., he wrote to the brother of a rival biker: “I’m coming over with a 2 club bros. want to know where jimmigy lives. bottom line. f—.”

Later in the day he wrote: “Tell him to call a doctor.boy.” and “Sorr   y to be you. f—.”

What is in dispute is how menacing those messages were.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo has filed a four-count indictment charging Blair, 39,of the Kingsmen motorcycle club, with conveying a “threat to injure” through text messages.

The Buffalo News quoted his lawyer as saying the feds “should be ashamed of prosecuting” such a case.

Read Biker Indictment

Prosecutors Want More Time to File Indictment Against Gov. Blagojevich

By Allan Lengel
tickletehwire.com
U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald filed a motion Wednesday asking for a 90-day extension to return an indictment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris to review an avalanche of potential evidence.
Under federal procedures, the government has 30 days to obtain an indictment through the grand jury after filing a criminal complaint. The governnor was arrested Dec. 9 on a criminal complaint.
The four-page motion filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago indicated that prosecutors needed more time to review “thousands of phone calls intercepted between late-October 2008 and early December 2008”.
It also said “multiple witnesses have come forward in recent weeks to discuss their knowledge of criminal activity in relation to the ongoing investigation” that has gone on since 2003.
“The government cannot complete its investigation and appropriately conclude the investigation within the time allowed,” the motion said.
The motion asks that the government have up until April 7 to file the indictment. Blagojevich has publicly denied any wrongdoing.
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