In a first-of-kind verdict on Friday, a federal jury ruled the Mongols motorcycle should be stripped of its trademarked logo.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., Previously found the Mongol Nation guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. The verdict was the second phase of a trial that focused on forfeiture of assets and the caps on a decade-long quest at prosecutors to dismantle the corridor claimed to be responsible for drug dealing and murder. whose members regularly engage in violent acts against law enforcement officers, "rival gangs and members of the public," US Attorney Nick Hanna said. "The verdicts in this case brand the Mongols as a racketeering enterprise and directly the forfeiture of property used by the decades to encourage and reward numerous acts of murder, assault and drug trafficking."
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Authorities claim the group's logo – a Genghis Khan-like figure with sunglasses and a ponytail riding a motorcycle, which is directly linked to the club's crimes.
The verdict will lead to the forfeiture of the legal interest in the word "Mongols" and some of their patches, as well as Mongolian items seized during the investigation, prosecutors said. These symbols that they wear like armor, "Assistant US Attorney Steve Welk said
U.S. District Judge David O. Carter declined to immediately order the logos forfeited
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Mongolian defense lawyer Joseph Yanny questioned the reasoning for going after the group's trademark.
they are, why in God's name would you like to take them off so you couldn't know who they were? " Yanny said. "It's the stupidest thing."
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The Mongols were formed in the 1960s in a Los Angeles suburb. The group is estimated to have more than 1,000 riders in chapters worldwide.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.