Bikers Jailed for Texas Fight Seek Faster Bail Hearings

Lawyers for 144 people jailed after a deadly fight between motorcycle gangs last month in Waco, Texas, have filed a petition seeking prompt bail hearings, saying state authorities are unlawfully dragging their heels in processing the group. The petition filed on Thursday in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also seeks more judges to help speed up hearings set to start on June 16 for the group that has been jailed since May 17 on initial bond of $1 million each, a sum too high for most to pay. The petition said, "At the current speed of bond hearings, scores of people will never even be reached for potentially weeks or months."