Jury de­cides to strip Mon­gols biker gang of trade­mark logo

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

LOS ANGELES — A Cal­i­for­nia jury de­cided Fri­day that the Mon­gols mo­tor­cy­cle gang should be stripped of its trade­marked logo in a first-of-its-kind ver­dict, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said.

The jury pre­vi­ously found Mon­gol Na­tion, the en­tity that owns the im­age of a Mon­gol war­rior on a chop­per, guilty of rack­e­teer­ing and con­spir­acy.

The ver­dict caps an un­usual decade-long quest by pros­e­cu­tors to dis­man­tle the gang re­spon­si­ble for drug deal­ing and mur­der by seiz­ing con­trol of the trade­mark they said was core to the gang’s iden­tity. The for­fei­ture order would al­low any law en­force­ment of­fi­cer to stop a gang mem­ber and “lit­er­ally take the jacket right off his back.”

The Mon­gols were founded in a Los Angeles sub­urb in 1969. The group is es­ti­mated to have more than 1,000 rid­ers world­wide.

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