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2013 update: Montreal bikers arrested in 2009 have trial date set for 2016. Judge says "reasonable time". Disclosure is a bit under 3 terabytes. That's 3 followed by 12 zeros.
Court study states that, if printed, the stack would be half way to the international space station and that defence will need over 100 years to examine all the documents.

Disclosure withheld and Ontario bikers detained in Quebec for over a year without a proper hearing

The following notes are from Kathy Anderson, 22 year companion of Walter Stadnik:

Donald Stockford was arrested March 28th, 2001 in Lancaster, Ontario. Walter Stadnik was arrested March 30th, 2001, in Montego Bay, Jamaica at the Ritz hotel. (By the way, the papers etc. said that we were "On the Run", what we did was tried to change hotels the Sunday before, were told that there were no rooms available, and then after having dinner at the Ritz Thursday night we stopped at the front desk on our way out and asked if any rooms had become available, they had, so we made plans to move there the next day.

It was the hotel right beside the hotel we were staying in.) Mr. Stockford was flown from Hamilton to Montreal's Bordeaux prison. Walter was put in a hell-hole cell overnight and then transported to the prison in Kingston, Jamaica where he was held until April 10th. He was flown by private jet to the Riviere de Prairie jail where he stayed until May 10th, at which time he was moved to the Bordeau jail in Montreal. Mr. Stockford went for bail June 6th, his bail hearing lasted 4 days and he recieved bail June 12th. On August 20th the crown appealed and won the right to overturn the bail as they were "ready to begin the trial in September".

On September 17th there was a motion for an English trial. It was granted a week or two later. On October 24th they were still arguing about whether the crown should have to tranlate the evidence into English. They did not feel it was there problem.

On the 19th of December Mr. Stockford again tried for bail but, was refused as he had brought nothing "new to the table". From that time until now, they are still arguing over translating disclosure The only thing that has been returned to me from the hundreds of items taken in the raid on my home (which they damaged and burnt with 2 percussion grenades-even though they knew we were not home) is the brain of my desktop computer (they are still hanging onto the printer, moniter, keyboard, mouse, scanner and all the cd programs I had, for some reason) and the laptop I am writing on now. They took my fax machine, my telephone, every vhs tape I owned, pictures right off the wall, dozens of photo albumns, etc. They also smashed the front and side door in (although they are within 8 to 10 feet of each other) and left my home unwatched and open for the 5 days it took me to get back to Hamilton from Jamaica and replace both doors. Out of all the things that they took only about 6 items are listed as "evidence to be used in court" by the crown.

Our lawyer has requested the return of my property numerous times over the last year and he has been ignored. As far as the raid goes I would just like to say that the neighbors said that the police waited for the news and tv. cameras to arrive before getting into it and that in Quebec everyone else was arrested by simply knocking on the door and asking for them. Also, at the time they arrested Walt in Jamaica we were to return to Canada 2 days later and fully expected his arrest when the plane landed here. Also we were down there alone, not with anyone else and were there to celebrate our 22nd anniversary.

inJusticebusters ask: Does Sgt. Brian Dueck really have connections to Hells Angels as he claimed to have when Dueck threatened Cooper or did he just name drop?

Hells Angels leader appears in Jamaican court

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP-CP) -- A Hells Angel leader wanted in Canada for 13 murders appeared in a Jamaican court Monday, saying he knew nothing of the charges and wanted to return to Canada to fight them.

Walter Stadnik was arrested Saturday during a joint operation between local police and Canadian officers at the Ritz Carlton Hotel outside resort town of Montego Bay, police said.

On Monday, Independent RJR Radio said Stadnik told the court he was anxious to return to Canada and welcomed extradition.

But Magistrate Martin Gayle ordered that Stadnik return to court Wednesday, because the official application for his extradition had not yet arrived from Canada, the Hamilton Spectator reports.

He was also expected to face a bail hearing on Wednesday.

Stadnik is a leader of a chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Hamilton and a former president of the Canadian Hells Angels.

He had also been scouting for recruits for a new chapter of the gang in Ontario's Niagara region.

Authorities in Canada want to try Stadnik on 13 counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of narcotics trafficking and two counts of attempting to smuggle narcotics, police said.

Stadnik was being held by Jamaican authorities at the Remand Centre, a razor-wire-enclosed jail in Kingston, guarded by heavily armed police officers and soldiers.

Police in Canada arrested dozens of Hells Angels across the country last week but Stadnik was on holiday and missed being caught up in the raids.

Quebec biker denied bail: Judge rules right to fair trial not violated

MONTREAL (CP) -- A Quebec judge denied bail Thursday to a biker who had argued he needed better access to computers to prepare his defence on 13 murder charges and various other offences.

Daniel Lanthier should stay in jail because his trial could begin as early as September, ruled Justice Jean-Guy Boilard of Quebec Superior Court.

Boilard dismissed claims by Lanthier's lawyer, Gilles Dore, that his client's rights are being violated because he isn't getting sufficient access to mountains of evidence collected on CD-ROM and audio and video cassettes.

Lanthier is one of more than 130 bikers rounded up last March in provincewide raids called Operation Springtime. The raids, which were three years in the making, were aimed at crippling the Hells Angels' operations in Quebec.

In addition to the murder charges, Lanthier faces three counts of attempted murder as well as charges of conspiracy to commit murder, gangsterism and drug trafficking.

Lanthier's case has been closely watched by the many prosecutors, defence lawyers and police working on the coming trials.

Because Boilard released another biker arrested during the raids on bail last week, observers had said the release of a second could be seen as opening the door wider for more bikers to try to get out of jail before their trials.

Last week, Donald Stockford, a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels' elite Nomad chapter, was released on $210,000 bail. Boilard cited the fact the trial for Stockford, an anglophone, would be delayed because the evidence would need to be translated.

Boilard said Thursday there are few similarities between the two men's cases because Lanthier faces more serious charges than Stockford and has a previous record, which Stockford does not.

In rejecting Lanthier's bail application, Boilard also dismissed a request for a stay of proceedings, calling it ridiculous.

The evidence collected throughout the investigation is compiled on 69 CD-ROMs, 120 video cassettes and more than 70 audio tapes. There are also stacks of paper documents.

Boilard issued a publication ban on the details of the bail hearing earlier this week.

But in court documents submitted earlier this month, Dore said work conditions at the jail did not give each prisoner enough daily access to computers and private cubicles to talk with their lawyers.

The Quebec government responded by saying last week the prisoners would get better access to the evidence against them.

The Hells Angels biker vs. Ontario

In an unprecedented public statement, Ontario Hells Angels have distanced themselves from their Quebec brothers, saying the conviction of Maurice (Mom) Boucher is now being used by government to justify the 'harassment' and 'demonization' of what it considers to be a law-abiding motorcycle club.

"Contrary to innuendo, the Hells Angels in Ontario are not a criminal organization nor has such a finding been made in any court. The highly publicized actions of certain individuals found guilty of criminal acts in Quebec have been used to justify ongoing personal harassment and the demonizing of membership in a motorcycle club or or identification as a 'biker', rather than concentrating on illegal activities which might be engaged in by bikers or others," said Donny Petersen, a prominent member of Ontario Hells Angels.

"A considerable law enforcement infrastructure has been developed in Ontario at great public expense, which must continue to justify its existence and the vast expenditure of public funds to investigate a group which makes no secret of its members' identities," Mr. Petersen said.

Mr. Petersen's statement is found in a lawsuit against the Ministry of Training, claiming his constitutional right to free association was denied when he was dismissed from a government committee because of his association with the biker club.

The 54-year-old biker, who is in Spain this week for Hells Angels World Run, was dismissed from a committee that inspects training standards for motorcycle technicians in January 2002, after serving less than two years of his three-year term.

Before Deputy Minister Kevin Costante revoked the biker's appointment, he asked him if he in fact was a member of the notorious Hells Angels.

"I confirmed," Mr. Petersen told the Citizen, "at which point he verbally fired me for being a Hells Angel. I asked him to write it out and for whatever reason I cannot discern...he did."

In a letter to Mr. Petersen, dated January 22, the deputy minister wrote that the appointment was being revoked immediately "because of your association with the Hells Angels."

It is interesting to note, that Mr. Petersen, a former member of Para-Dice Riders - since absorbed by Hells Angels - has always been open about wearing colours.

"My membership in a motorcycle club has always been and continues to be an important part of my personal belief system in individual freedoms and defiance of arbitrary and unlawful authority," the document reads.

Though police have yet to prove its case in court, police have branded Ontario Hells Angels as 'outlaws.'

"The police recognize outlaw motorcycle gangs as the No. 1 organized crime priority in the province," said Det-Insp. Don Bell.

Police believe the gang is involved in importing and distributing drugs, trafficking firearms and explosives, extortion, fraud, prostitution and money laundering.

In Ontario, 83 per cent of the group's members have a criminal record, Bell claimed.

But Petersen's lawyer said his client's case affects all citizens, not just the Hells Angels.

"The issue is to look beyond that the applicant is (Donny) Petersen and look at the implications of what the government has done here," said Morris Cooper, the biker's lawyer.

"It's a well-established cause of concern that when one individual's freedoms are imperilled all of our freedoms are imperilled."

In February 2000, Diane Cunningham, the minister of training, colleges and universities, appointed Petersen to a committee to assess apprenticeship training programs for mechanics.

In a letter to Petersen, Cunningham said his "expertise and experience" would be an asset to the government.

Petersen, who owns a motorcycle shop in east-end Toronto and has taught at Centennial College, was then appointed chairman of the committee by the other members.

In January, he acted as a spokesman for the Hells Angels' highly publicized Toronto convention, where Mayor Mel Lastman was widely criticized for welcoming the bikers.

Days after the convention, Petersen received a letter from Cunningham's ministry stating: "your appointment ... has been revoked because of your association with the Hells Angels."

"My understanding is that this type of appointment can be revoked at any time," ministry spokesman Andrew Bennett said Tuesday.

The ministry will "vigorously defend" its position before the courts, Bennett said.

Ed Morgan, a University of Toronto law professor specializing in constitutional law, said Petersen's dismissal represents a new tactic in law enforcement.

"(Law enforcement agencies) are trying to look at novel ways of law enforcement, but they have to be careful when they touch on individuals' rights not to overstep themselves," he said.

In late 2000, the Hells Angels patched over 168 Ontario bikers from rival gangs to counter expansion by Bandidos, a U.S.-based biker gang that had secured a foothold in Ontario.

Though police across Ontario have predicted a bloody power struggle, the so-called war party has yet to materialize in Ontario.

In fact, in separate statements from both Hells Angels and Bandidos, prominent members have told the Citizen that they are calling for peace, not blood.

In Quebec, the rival bikers staged a turf war that claimed more than 150 lives - including six innocent bystanders, and an 11-year-old Montreal boy killed in 1995 when he was hit by shrapnel from a bomb. The intended target was Maurice (Mom) Boucher.

It is understood that several Ontario Hells Angels are distancing themselves from events in Quebec, capped most recently by the high-profile trial of Quebec boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher, convicted for the contract-killings of two prison guards in 1997.

Bikers moving quickly to separate themselves from criminal affairs include prominent members of both Hells Angels and Bandidos who do not have criminal records and hold down honest jobs, ranging from motorcycle distributors to computer programmers.