Friday, November 1, 2013
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).