Judge denies request by AP to unseal Mongols Plea agreements
August 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has denied a motion by The Associated Press to unseal all plea agreements in a case where dozens of Mongol motorcycle gang members were indicted.
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper says she agreed with the news outlet that some of the plea agreements should be made public. However, she was concerned about the safety of the defendants and their families, given the nature of the charges.
Cooper said Tuesday that six of the 25 agreements filed so far remain sealed. One of those belongs to former Mongol national president Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, who pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in January.
Seventy-nine defendants were charged in the case, accused of drug trafficking, murder and other offenses.