In a verdict the first of its kind on Friday, a federal jury ruled that the Mongol motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademark logo.
The jury in the US District Court UU In Santa Ana, California, he previously declared the Mongolian Nation guilty of extortion and conspiracy. The verdict was the second phase of a trial that focused on the confiscation of assets and limits a decade-long search by prosecutors to dismantle the gang that is responsible for drug trafficking and murder.
"The Mongols are a notorious criminal organization whose members regularly participate in violent acts against law enforcement officers, rival gangs and members of the public," said American lawyer Nick Hanna. "The verdicts in this case point to the Mongols as an extortion enterprise and direct the seizure of properties used by the gang for decades to encourage and reward numerous acts of murder, assault and drug trafficking."
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"The verdicts in this case point to the Mongols as an extortion enterprise and direct the seizure of properties used by the gang for decades to encourage and reward numerous acts of murder, assault and drug trafficking."
The authorities claim that the group's logo, a figure similar to Genghis Khan with sunglasses and a pigtail on a motorcycle, which is worn on the back of the leather vests of members of the Mongols, is directly related to the club crimes.
The verdict will lead to the loss of the gang's legal interest in the word "Mongols" and some of its patches, as well as the items of Mongols seized during the investigation, prosecutors said.
Gang members were "empowered by these symbols they use as armor," said US Assistant Attorney Steve Welk.
The US District Judge US, David O. Carter, refused to immediately order the lost logos and set a hearing next month to address potential First Amendment issues raised by the verdict.
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The defense lawyer of the Mongols, Joseph Yanny, questioned the reasons for pursuing the trademark of the group.
"If you were a public order agent and you knew there was a gang out there and they had emblems that identify who they are, why, in the name of God, would you want to take them away from them so you would not know who they were?" Yanny said. "It's the stupidest thing."
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The Mongols were formed in the 1960s in a suburb of Los Angeles. It is estimated that the group has more than 1,000 runners in chapters around the world.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.