Santa Claus must ride a Harley because an upstate New York motorcycle club just got an early Christmas present.
The federal racketeering case against the Chosen Few motorcycle club in Depew, NY was dropped by prosecutors on Saturday as reported by Jay Rey for the Buffalo News:
While the government's case alleged criminal activity by the Chosen Few, defense attorneys throughout argued that there were serious credibility problems with the FBI informant and that the case should be thrown out because of what they called "outrageous government conduct." U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy eventually agreed to evidentiary hearings on the issue of government conduct. Twice in three months the judge chastised prosecutors for their handling of the case, ruling that prosecutors improperly influenced the grand jury.
The May 2009 indictment had charged twenty suspected members and associates of the Chosen Few for their alleged roles in a series of violent acts which targeted rival motorcycle clubs the Kingsmen and the Lonely Ones.