LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge in Los Angeles has granted a petition that allows the notorious Mongols motorcycle gang to keep its name and allows its members to wear and distribute its trademarked logo.
U.S. District Judge Otis Wright said in an eight-page ruling, made public Thursday, that a preliminary order of forfeiture against the biker gang was vacated. Prosecutors had sought to take control of the Mongol name and the insignia that shows a ponytailed Genghis Khan-like figure aboard a chopper.
The effort was part of a racketeering indictment that accused gang members of murder, drug trafficking and torture. More than 100 people faced charges in state and federal courts, and dozens have pleaded guilty to crimes ranging from drug possession to conspiracy.
U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek declined immediate comment.
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