Friday, November 1, 2013

Wheels Of Soul

The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging misconduct relating to the attorney's criminal conviction.

The alleged facts:

At all times alleged in this complaint, Wheels  of Soul was a nationwide motorcycle club. Wheels of Soul was governed by a  hierarchical structure, with a "Mother Chapter" in Philadelphia controlling the  entire organization, regional divisions, and various chapters within each  region.

In or about early May 2009, Respondent became a  member of Wheels of Soul. Thereafter, he became the president of the Gary,  Indiana chapter of Wheels of Soul. During his time as a member of Wheels of  Soul, Respondent was known by the nickname "Angel."

On May 28, 2009, Respondent, along with other  Wheels of Soul members, was present at a Bennigan's Restaurant in Gary, Indiana.  Robert Taylor ("Taylor"), a member of the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club,  was also present. At some point, Taylor became involved in an argument with  several Wheels of Soul members. Respondent walked over to Taylor and said,  "We'll kill you right here." Taylor moved away from Respondent and left the  restaurant.

Shortly after Taylor left the Bennigan's  Restaurant, Respondent followed him to the parking lot. Respondent walked up  behind Taylor and struck him in the head with a gun, causing Taylor to fall to  the ground. Respondent pointed two guns at Taylor's chest and said, "Pull it  out. Pull it out so I can kill you." Taylor, who was unarmed, told Respondent  that he was not carrying a gun. Taylor stood and walked away from Respondent.  Respondent then aimed his gun at Taylor and fired two to three shots, striking  Taylor in the lower back or buttocks.

In the criminal case that followed:

On December 7, 2012, after a 35-day jury trial,  Respondent was found guilty of conspiracy to commit racketeering (Count I of the  indictment), in violation of 18 U.S.C. sec. 1962(d) and 18 U.S.C. sec. 1963(a),  and attempt to commit murder in aid of racketeering activity (Count II), in  violation of 18 U.S.C. sec. 1959(a)(5). Respondent was found not guilty of  witness tampering (Count III).

(Mike Frisch)

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