Billy Lane Screwed By Brevard County Kangaroo Court System? One Man’s Opinion.


Rogue” (Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005) followed the legal process since day one and was in Court on Friday August 14 during the sentencing of Billy Lane. Below he expresses his opinion regarding some important facts that he states have been kept aside and consequently influenced negatively Brevard County Circuit Judge Robert Burger sentencing decision.

On Friday August 14th 2009 Billy Lane was sentenced by newly elected Judge Robert Burger to 6 years in prison. I think Judge Burger is a pussy and should be off the bench at the next election. I say this because he appeared to be taking directions from the Brevard County Prosecutor Tom Brown who is looking to make a name for himself by prosecuting a celebrity bike builder.

Please note that it is a prosecutor’s job to get convictions. It really has nothing to do with guilt or innocence and or degree there of. There are an awful lot of DUI cases in Brevard County and None of Them Got The Notoriety This Case Did. It should also be noted that DUI cases generate a lot of money for the State and those running the classes to prevent DUI. The long prison terms given to some defendants nor these classes have seemed to to slow down or stop people from drinking and driving.

I always was under the impression that as a judge you were the one that made the decision and not the one that took directions from the prosecution. It was apparent to me and others in the court that Judge Burger had pretty much made up his mind prior to sentencing, his actions in the court room were quite obvious. Hell, at one time I thought he had his eyes closed and was possibly asleep.

Yes part of the prosecutor’s statement was calling Billy Lane a celebrity. Well, let’s see! Donte Stallworth of the Cleveland Browns was sentenced to 30 days in jail of which he served 23 days, a fine and probation for a similar offense. After Billy’s sentencing a South Florida resident that was in court stated he felt the difference was because the sports figure was Black. It never dawned on me prior to that statement that that might be the case as I did not know the sports figure was black only that he was some kind of celebrity and I figured that the sentence he got is what Billy should have gotten.

But why the big difference in sentencing? The law is a Florida State Law and Not A County Law. It should also be noted that the average sentence has been reported to be two years. That average is arrived by taking the light sentence for a sports figure and the high sentence for others. But then again the sports figure was “Black”. I will note that Judge Burger did go outside of the guide lines requested by the state and lowered it by three (3) years. Because of circumstances and evidence he was justified to go out side the guide lines suggested by the prosecutor, he could have lowered the sentence more that he did. Judge Burger, like many others in the area was aware that Gerald Morelock who was the person killed in the collision was DUI with alcohol and drugs in his system. It should also be noted that Mr Morelock pulled out of a parking lot into the lane of traffic and caused the collision that took his life. Considering these facts which are well known but were not allowed by the prosecutor to be brought up Judge Burger could have reduced Billy’s sentence to 1 to 3 years. I believe that is something that would have been acceptable to all.

Billy Lane had made peace with the family and they asked the court not to sentence him to prison and instead be allowed to do media spots about what had happened and hopefully stop others from being in similar situations. Since the present system of trying DUI cases does not seem to be working other than making money for the State (their DUI programs and filling up our prisons) it is logical that something else should be tried. Having Billy Lane doing documentaries about what happened to him and trying to convince others not to drink and drive would definitely be a step in the right direction. Serious consideration should be given to what the victim’s family wants and Not what some State Attorney wants, looking to make a name for himself and telling a judge what to do!

Everyone that rides a motorcycle should be outraged by the sentence given to Billy Lane. The prosecutor made reference to the “Kill A Biker Go To Jail” slogan which is popular among motorcyclists, and in reference to that no matter what you ride if you are the one that causes the collision You Are The One At Fault. Though Billy Lane was speeding, a fact that he admitted and did tell the judge he was willing to take whatever punishment given to him He Did Not Cause The Collision That Killed Gerald Morelock. Gerald Morelock Did!!!! Rogue, Sturgis Freedom Fighters, Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005

94 Responses to “Billy Lane Screwed By Brevard County Kangaroo Court System? One Man’s Opinion.”

  1. 1 MDK Aug 17th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    What the ? He supposedly was drinking, driving and passing in a no passing zone which cost someone their life so I think he’s getting off easy. You morons are part of what’s wrong with the legal system!

  2. 2 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Who does your supposing for ingnorami like you?
    The toxicology reports that were positive for both Gerald Morelock and Billy Lane were not used in conviction of either party. Probably because Morelock’s showed alcohol and illegal drugs.
    As far as your concern with the passing zone goes, it is not a factor because the pass was initiated in a legal passing zone and NOT a no passing zone the you assume.
    Morelock entered the roadway without stopping and broke other another law that led to his death.
    Stepp off because you have nothing to step up with other than your strong desire to see your whines of ignorance in print. Grovel with some who believes your BS.
    Have a great day when you smarten up.
    You sound more whacked than Morelock.

  3. 3 Chopper Guy Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Before this I thought it was our position that people that run over bikers don’t get punished? That has been our position for years. Bikers weren’t getting the protection that others get. The reality is that it’s a sad day for everyone. We are all accountable for our wrongs and when we commit a wrongful act, we, (not the system or anyone else) are leaving it to some 3rd party to judge our fate.

  4. 4 J Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Uh, Rogue, before you “write my article for National Motorcycle Publications about what happened in court.”, you may wish to consult a lawyer yourself before you go to press, because you appear to be very confused on several points:

    First, the level of imparement of Gerald Moreland was not relevent in this case, as correctly noted by the Court. Had Gerald Moreland been passed out over a bush in his front yard at the time of impact, it would not be relevent in this case.

    This is a “fact”. It is called “Case Law”. It does not “upset” me.

    Second, the Donte Stallworth case is not comparible to the Lane case. Had this been Lanes’ first offense or run-in with the law while driving, Lane no doubt would have received a far less punitive sentence.

    Just because a past infraction is removed from your record doesn’t mean that it never happened; The judge correctly reviewed Lanes’ clear history of failure to reform, given prior opportunities, and sentenced Lane according;.

    Donte Stallworth pleaded GUILTY. Billy Lane pleaded INNOCENT, thus subjecting the state to a VERY prohibitive prosecution, which allowed Lane three years of freedom and the ability to earn a substantial living promoting his wares- some of which have been reviewed by this very blog;

    Had Lane immediately pleaded guilty and taken responsibility- as did Stallworth- Lanes’ sentence no doubt would have been much lighter;

    Lane chose to roll the dice, he lost.

    As the man says- “Pay up, Sucker”

    I don’t defend Stallworth, but this comparison of Lane to Stallworth is a matter of apples to oranges.

    If one received the same sentence for the same crime, whether or not one pleaded innocent or guilty, then no one would EVER plead guilty again;

    These things MATTER to the Court.

    In the eyes of the law, Billy Lane is a menace while operating a motor vehicle, and society must be protected from Lanes’ pathlogical disregard of the rules of the road. Prior to this lastest infraction, Lane has already burned very generous opportunities to reform;

    Lanes’ DL isn’t being suspended for life to punish him-


    Lane very much EARNED his sentence.

    This is how the Scales of Justice work in this country.

    I like Billy Lane Seems like a cool guy, I’ve bought some of his stuff. Billy Lane got six years. Gerald Moreland got life. Seems like a sweet deal for Lane to me; What- you want the judge to kiss Lane thank-you, too?

    Frankly, Rogue, your statements here are so bizarre and utterly without merit, I would be very surpised to see ANY legitimate publication convey your viewpoint, but you let us know when and where you get published……

    “Race” an issue? Huh? That may be a world-record for playing “the race card”- lol…..

  5. 5 Biker Lady Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    So lets blame the dead guy and make Billy more of a celebrity.

    There are still enough decent people in this society that would find your suggestion offensive, Rogue.

    ….and what does “Billy Lane had made peace with the family” mean? Monetary settlement, perhaps?

    Billy Lane was a great contributor to the motorcycle industry but it is what it is at this point!

  6. 6 Wiz Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    The bottom line here is two individuals whacked out on booze trying to occupy the same space at the same time. Two wrongs don’t make a right, they make DEAD!! If both were sober the odds are it never would have happened. Put this in your Budwiser commercial.

  7. 7 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    First of all, Morelock operated his vehicle in a manner at a location that caused his own death.
    Yes, the Morelock family received a large monetary settlement.
    Seems that some folk would rather convict on conjecture.

  8. 8 FLZ Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Being a rider I take every step to insure my own safety as well as others when on the road. When you show the lack of responsiability by drinking and driving I beleive you should be prosecuted with every extent of the law. But Billy is right, the courts system lacks constancy when dealing with high profile celebrity cases. And although race should not it does influence the courts decisions.

  9. 9 DK Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Hell, if Billy had plead guilty 3 years ago and not drug the court system thru all this, he probably would be getting out now. And he would not have spent millions of dollars on lawyer fees. His lawyers stalled and stalled and then he wanted to cop a plea.

  10. 10 Steve Carr Aug 17th, 2009 at 8:56 am


    Why are people still re-hashing the same subject. There could not possibly be any other comment that could me made on this subject that hasnt already been made. The law is the law. If he had been given any sentance good, bad, lean or mean, people are still going to complain and talk smack about this matter as if they are all Lawyers.

    My thoughts are this, Unless you were a part of the trial in some form or fashion, you have no idea of what really happend, or what the outcome should have been. Its over, Billy will do what time he is supposed to do, the he will get out and continue his life, that is the bottom line.

    Next Subject please!

  11. 11 EBass Aug 17th, 2009 at 9:27 am


    I have to say I was really impressed by the passion of your defense of Lane. I just have one question for you:

    How did you manage to type out that whole long ass amateur legal analysis (phrase removed because offensive)?

    I mean, wasn’t it hard to see the keyboard?

    Just wonderin’

  12. 12 Greg Hoeve Aug 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Good Ridance to one more Celebrity Fuck Up. I can’t believe how some of you step up to defend this ass wipe. His drunken escapades are legendary, and you act like he’s an angel who did’nt know what he was doing when he did it. No not running into Mr. Morelock, but drinking that much AGAIN and getting behind the wheel, AGAIN. I give a flyin fuck actually that it is Billy rock star Lane or not. Repeat offenders deserve this kind of sentence. I can only believe that Rogue must be living just like Billy, or why spend so much time justifying him. Even to suggest that Billy be let out to do documentaries about his experience is grossly offensive. Great idea, lets give him the camera AGAIN so he can regain his celebrity and find a way to profit from this. Fuck No!!! (phrase removed because offensive).

  13. 13 rainbowwarrior24 Aug 17th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I respectfully disagree with Rogue. BL’s sentence was less than the recommended sentencing guidelines set up by the State. BL should be thankful all he got was six years for killing someone. BL actions were the cause of Mr. Morelock’s death. BL had millions to spend on lawyers and he hired who he thought was the best.

  14. 14 bikerbabe69tn Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Bravo,EBASS!! Is this guy an asskisser moron or what?????? It’s guys like this that give bikers a bad name.Billy killed a fellow biker by being drunk,arrogant,and in a double yellow non passing lane.That is inexcusable no matter how rich or famous you are.He is paying the price for his actions and will never do what he did again.That; is called JUSTICE.For once a celebrity got what was deserved.It’s so refreshing to see that asskissers like Rogue didn’t get the case and pat Billy on his “poor little bottom for being a naughty boy” as Rogue would with his tongue.I wish they could strip this moron of his driving rights for life for just sanctioning disgusting,careless behavior like Billy’s which was SOOOOOO fucking anti-biker!!!!!!!!!!!!! You don’t deserve to ride you stupid scumbag!!!!!!!!!

  15. 15 Jim C Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I am curious as to what everyone would be saying if the roles were switched and Morelock had run over Lane. I believe Lane has learned his lesson and now is oing to have it beat into him. The prison term will punish him but will not rehabilitate him-only he can do that which I believe he has. I think he will appeal the sentence and get less time. I don’t believe he will spend the full 6 yrs behind bars. He is in for a rude awakening. I mean,when you look at his background,he may have played the bad boy but really wasn’t one. Now he is going to spend some time among the really bad boys. It will be interesting to see how he changes because he will change. It will be up to him as to how he utilizes the time in jail and how his experience affects him.
    My understanding was that Billy was passing on a double yellow line. In other words he initiated a pass in an area that was not legal to do so. If that is true then he deserves some type of punishment. If he didn’t and passed in a legal passing zone or at least started his pass in a legal passing zone then I think maybe he got more then what he deserved. Al in all,a damn shame for all concerned.

  16. 16 Jeff Nicklus Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Rogue, Mike Greenwald et al,

    I am sorry guys but “J” hit the nail on the head! Billy fucked up and now it is time to pay up. It wouldn’t have mattered if Moreland was comatose in the middle of the road ….. he was in his own lane and Billy fucked up and killed the guy …. end of story.

    Further, I do not remember any TV show wherein Mr. Stallworth was on stage and the announcer says to the crowd “What beer does Mr. Stallworth drink?” and the crowd responds in kind “Corona” …. Oh yes, that was Billy Lane … maybe that had something to do with the sentence?

    I consider Billy a friend of mine and I truly wish him well, however, he needed to do some jail time period. I will be the first to agree that 6 years is a bit on the harsh side but there again he will never do 6 years in jail anyway ….. he will get a sentence reduction or early parole.

    Just my thoughts now lets move on from Billy Lane.

    Over & Out,


  17. 17 Jeff Nicklus Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    That should be “Morelock” not “Moreland” …. damn it is Monday!

    Over & Out,


  18. 18 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Morelock died because of his own actions and not because of the actions of Billy Lane.

    RainbowWarrior24, to disagree based upon facts rather than media are important here.

    Send in a FOIA request and learn the facts.

  19. 19 Todd8080 Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I wasn’t in court for Lane’s trial, but I did follow the newspaper articles about the whole affair from the day of the wreck until now. In light of Rogue’s “article”, common sense raises these questions:

    If Morelock caused the wreck why did it occur in his traffic lane?

    If Morelock caused the wreck why did Erin Derrick sue Lane & Chrysler instead of Morelock’s insurance company?

    If Lane wasn’t driving drunk, why did he physically resist a blood test?

    If Lane felt so remorseful, why the not guilty plea, why all the trial stall tactics and why the shameless chicanery with the bloodwork?

    Finally, why do so many idiots worship Lane when he’s never had a single original idea? And please don’t say the hubless wheel, that was patented before Lane was even born.

    Personally I feel better knowing A1A will be a little safer to ride with one less drunk driver on it, at least until Lane gets out and starts driving again (because when you’re above the law like Billy you don’t need a license).

  20. 20 jib jab Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    he killed a guy on a bike! how would like it if someone like some good ol boy did that to a friend of yours? i don’t think you would like that very much. he killed a fellow motorcyclist. i really dont care what the guy was riding, he was on two wheels.

  21. 21 MDK Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Sweet! I wasn’t there as were none of you so all the facts are obviously not represented. Was Billy speeding which would have also played into the equation, blah blah blah. So let’s slap him on the wrist and let him go, although I know that there are plenty of real criminals that need to be dealt with more strictly that are running free to offend again.

  22. 22 amy irene white Aug 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    way to go, rogue, honey…. i respect you telling it like you see it, regardless of the few jerks who are going to yell at you for doing so. these people were NOT in the courtroom… you were. i think the family’s opinion should be taken into consideration too. there are alot of courts in the world, especially the south, where the good ol boy factor DOES come into play. the prosecutor and judge probly play golf together on the weekends at their little country club.. or swap wives or spit or something.

    to the guy who mouthed off about a good old boy “doing that to” one of our friends… if one of our friends pulls out in front of a car and gets himself killed, we admit that. we do not try to lay the blame on someone else.

  23. 23 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Your four questions:
    If Morelock caused the wreck why did it occur in his traffic lane?
    Morelock broke two laws to enter the traffic lane. His lane was already occupied for purpose of passing in the other direction.

    If Morelock caused the wreck why did Erin Derrick sue Lane & Chrysler instead of Morelock’s insurance company?
    When you present a lawsuit to the civil courts, everybody is named and most times the ones with the deepest pockets pay up.

    If Lane wasn’t driving drunk, why did he physically resist a blood test?
    Simple, anyone is allowed to decline a blood test for any reason or no reason. It’s the law.

    If Lane felt so remorseful, why the not guilty plea, why all the trial stall tactics and why the shameless chicanery with the bloodwork?
    Tainted chain of custody on the “blood evidence”.

  24. 24 EBass Aug 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’m calling a massive case of BS on this “Rogue” cat.

    First off, he appears to have a slew of alliases such as John Herlihy, Michael Lichter, and I strongly suspect his lone “supporter” Mike Greenwald as well, since nobody else in their right mind would possibly agree with him.

    Second, NONE of these names are listed as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. This is a total crock.

    This goomba is trying to clown all of us, and I for one can see right through the makeup. Just wanted to share with the class.

  25. 25 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am


    Shove it while you have a nice day.

    Step up with proof that I am Rogue, or step off onto your Big Wheel.

  26. 26 Walt Lumpkin Aug 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    EBass: Obviously you are not in the loop. I saw Rogue and Michael Lichter in the same room at the same time in Sturgis. I’m pretty sure I saw them shaking hands but I suppose you might see that as morphing, cell sharing or some other Star Trek magic. I can assure you Rogue needs no alias nor does he need to kiss anyone’s ass.

    Rogue is entitled to his view point without the personal attacks. I don’t agree with all of the elements of his posting but I also don’t trust proscecuters (politicians) that use court cases to build a rep as a stepping stone to higher office.

  27. 27 LORI Aug 17th, 2009 at 12:32 pm


  28. 28 just my opinion Aug 17th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I am not sure nor do I care who Mike Greenwald is but ,I do find it funny how he is on here trying to justify Billy’s actions when BIlly himself said it was his fault Mr. Morelock died. It does not make sense to blame Mr. Morelock. Only an idiot would do such a thing.
    Then to make statements about not using blood tests such as ” Probably because Morelock’s showed alcohol and illegal drugs” it does not matter Mr. Morelock was in his lane of traffic.
    But then Mike say’s ” As far as your concern with the passing zone goes, it is not a factor because the pass was initiated in a legal passing zone and NOT a no passing zone the you assume.” Just so you know a legal pass only occures when there is no double yellow line. It does not matter that you say you started the pass in a passing zone only to end up in a no-passing zone. That’s like getting caught shoplifting in a store after they closed and saying I came in while they was open so I can’t be charged with burglary. Dude put the pipe down and sober up.
    And as far as the blood test goes. Mike be careful ,if you are caught drinking and driving in this same situation the state has a legal right to take your blood and have it tested. You can only refuse the blood test if there are no deaths involved with the traffic accident. And in some state even if no death has occured they may still take your blood legally if there is serious injuries. If I was guessing I would say you try to defend Billy’s actions because you do the same things on a regular basis. I would hope you and others would learn from this tragidy and stop drinking and driving. Party all you want but don’t drive afterward.

  29. 29 justice Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Lori; if your son was convicted of armed robbery he is were he needs to be. Maybe if you had taught him right from wrong instead of making excuses for his behavior he would have been a doctor or dentist or construction worker. Billy’s sentence was fair and your son’s probably was too.
    What sucks is that your son did not have a parent to guide him better.

  30. 30 Huggie Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Rogue has a popular website called “Bikernet”. He knows more about the biker world than most of you. Like all of you, he is entitled to his opion.

  31. 31 A 1 cycles Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    i know rogue…he is definetely real (becuase he smells bad) and i know lichter, and i have seen them in the same room…dont know mike greenwald and cyril wouldnt let someone double post…you guys are funny…yelling or debating over the computer isnt solving isnt raising awareness of drunk driving, reckless driving, or bringing anyone back to life or keeping someone out of jail…so just stop.

  32. 32 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    just my opinion,

    To clear your mind of what I am trying to accomplish here, it must be said that I don’t no Billy Lane.

    I am attempting fairness for him.

    Billy Lane has been given a sentence that is reserved for alcohol relevant cases. This sentence has been given without consideration of the laws broken by Morelock that ultimately led to Morelock’s death.

    Since neither Gerald Morelock’s nor Billy Lane’s toxicology results are not relevant to the case, why is it seemingly relevant to the state that Lane be sentenced as if it were relevant?

    A look at the timeline of events leading to Morlelock’s death may clear this up.

    The road on which Morelock and Lane crashed is two lane with passing zones and no passing zones.

    In the State of Florida a pass is considered legal if the pass is initiated in the passing zone.
    Lane cannot be faulted for his passing attempt as it was investigated and found to be legal.

    Morelock enters the highway from a private drive without stopping. Failure to stop is the first infraction for Morelock.

    Morelock then accompanies his first infraction with a second infraction.

    Here are the actual laws:

    The actual law?

    For Morelock, the first law that applies is :
    316.125 Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway or emerging from alley, driveway or building. (1) The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered which are so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard. (2) The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, building, private road or driveway within a business or residence …

    For Lane the law that applies is:

    316.083. Overtaking and passing a vehicle

    The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated:

    (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

    (2) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle, on audible signal or upon the visible blinking of the headlamps of the overtaking vehicle if such overtaking is being attempted at nighttime, and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

    (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.


    316.085. Limitations on overtaking, passing, changing lanes and changing course

    (1) No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless authorized by the provisions of this chapter and unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction of any vehicle overtaken. In every event the overtaking vehicle must return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as practicable and, in the event the passing movement involves the use of a lane authorized for vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, before coming within 200 feet of any approaching vehicle.

    (2) No vehicle shall be driven from a direct course in any lane on any highway until the driver has determined that the vehicle is not being approached or passed by any other vehicle in the lane or on the side to which the driver desires to move and that the move can be completely made with safety and without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the same direction.

    (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.


    316.0875. No-passing zones

    (1) The Department of Transportation and local authorities are authorized to determine those portions of any highway under their respective jurisdiction where overtaking and passing or driving to the left of the roadway would be especially hazardous and may, by appropriate signs or markings on the roadway, indicate the beginning and end of such zones, and when such signs or markings are in place and clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person, every driver of a vehicle shall obey the directions thereof.

    (2) Where signs or markings are in place to define a no-passing zone as set forth in subsection (1), no driver shall at any time drive on the left side of the roadway with such no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark such no-passing zone throughout its length.

    (3) This section does not apply when an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway, nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from an alley, private road or driveway.

    (4) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.

    Lane complied with these laws and Morelock did not. The LEO that issued the citations and the prosecutor did not issue any citation or ticket to Lane for improper passing whereas it is clear that Morelock did not comply with 316.125.

  33. 33 Brandon Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Huggie. Rogue doesn’t have a website called bikernet!!! You know zip about the people of the industry.

  34. 34 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    no should read know

  35. 35 Rogue Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I have a friend that says: Do not argue with idiots as they will lower you to their level and beat you with experience. I usually follow her advice But in your case i am going to make a exception.

    First of all I would like to question who you are? What is your background in motorcycling?
    Who are you to call anything on anybody?
    I am interested to see where it goes if anywhere.

    Just for the record my name is John Herlihy and I have been known as Rogue in the motorcycle world for over 41 years. The name started with a article I wrote back in the late 60s. So I still use it today when I write. I suspect more people know me by that name as opposed tto John. There is no secret the two are the same person.
    Now if you have not done your home work that is on you.
    You further show your ignorance by not knowing who Michael Lichter is. Just so you know in the future myself and most other people in motorcycling consider him the best motorcycle photographer in the world.
    I suspect Mike Greenwald will let you know who he is But just in case. Among other things he is a major player in BOLT – Bikers Of Lesse Tolerance and other organization that work to protect the rights of motorcyclist.
    Again if you were not wet behind the ears you should know that.
    Now you need to pay attention boy and try to get this right as I Am Very Proud to be a Member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame having been inducted into the Freedom Fighter section in 2005.
    I am not sure what a goomba is But I doubt that i am one. And I definately do not wear make up Though I suspect you might as well as wear little girls undies as that is what you sound like to me.

  36. 36 Rogue Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Bikernet is Keith Ball’s Site.
    He is a past editor of Easyriders and we worked for that publication together and I still submit material to his site.
    I also still submit to the various Easyriders publications as well.

  37. 37 Rogue Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Now Now Such language from some one who calls herslf a babe.
    What is with the 69
    OH Oh there I go almost lowering myself to your name calling level.
    Just what makes you think your a Biker and or a Babe LOL
    I have had enough fun playing with the idiots today
    I have photos to process and article to write.

  38. 38 Sugar Bear Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    FYI .. now you can compare the two…. (from Wikipedia) -On the morning of March 14, 2009, a 2005 Bentley coupe driven by Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach, Florida. Stallworth was headed toward the beach when he hit Mario Reyes, 59. Police initially investigated the accident further to see if charges against Stallworth would be warranted.[citation needed]
    Stallworth admitted to drinking the night prior to the accident. According to early reports Stallworth was legally drunk at the time of the accident;[4] news sources reported that his blood alcohol content was 0.12, over Florida’s legal limit of 0.08.[5][6] Stallworth claims that he flashed his car’s headlights to warn Reyes before striking him.[7] A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not in a crosswalk on busy MacArthur Causeway when he was struck by the black 2005 Bentley Continental GT driven by Stallworth. Police estimated Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. [8] The construction crane operator was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his shift around 7:15 a.m. [9]
    Stallworth was charged with DUI and second degree manslaughter on April 1, 2009; he surrendered to police on April 2, 2009 and was released on $200,000 bail.[10] He pleaded guilty, and received a sentence of 30 days in jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, and 8 years probation.[11] He has also received a life-time suspension of his Florida state driver’s license.[12]
    On July 10, 2009, Stallworth was released from jail after serving 24 days of a 30-day sentence.
    The Associated Press reported on June 16, 2009, that Stallworth and the Reyes family reached a financial agreement, avoiding a civil lawsuit. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.[13]
    On August 13, 2009, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated that Stallworth would be suspended for the entire 2009 season without pay. Stallworth will be reinstated after Super Bowl XLIV[14]

  39. 39 just my opinion Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Mike; You have just proved my point.
    (1), no driver shall at any time drive on the left side of the roadway with such no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark such no-passing zone throughout its length.

    The key words there are at [anytime and throughout its lenght.] meaning you cannot pass in a no-passing zone if you begin your pass in a passing zone it must be completed before entering a no-passing zone to be a legal pass.
    And again to suggest that Mr. Morelock caused his own death is bullshit and totally incensitive. Remember Mr. Morelock has family that is currently living with out their loved one. They don’t need some wanna-be attorney blaming their son,brother,uncle or whatever he was to them for his untimely death. Billy has excepted responcibility for what he has done. He did not say to the courts let my wanna-be lawyer friend come up and blame the victom now before you sentence me judge.
    Why? because if he did the courts would be as outraged as the folks on this blog are at your inconciderate, uncompationate bullshit. Mike you are not smart enough to prove Billy right here because he was wrong. He has excepted it you should too.

  40. 40 Sugar Bear Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    FYI …. from Wikipedia ….On September 5, 2006, Billy Lane, driving a promotional 2006 Dodge Ram on Florida Route A1A, crossed a double yellow line to pass two cars — striking head-on the 1983 Yamaha scooter ridden by 56-year old, Sebastian Inlet park ranger, Gerald Morelock, traveling in the oncoming lane. Morelock suffered extensive injuries during the collision with the vehicle driven by Lane and was pronounced dead at the scene.[1]
    Lane turned himself in Monday, September 25 in connection with the accident and faced charges that include driving under influence and manslaughter. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) spokeswoman, Kim Miller said Lane’s blood alcohol level was .192 when the accident occurred. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.[2] The family of victim has filed a lawsuit against Lane and DaimlerChrysler.[3] Billy Lane entered a plea of “not guilty” the day he was officially charged with the second-degree felony.[4] The incident has polarized the biker community, with some motorcyclists calling for stiffer penalties because he is a biker, as well as other motorcyclists calling for leniency because he is a biker.[5]
    On August 14, 2009, Lane was convicted of his charges and sentenced to 6 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation, and loss — for life — of his drivers license.[6] In arguing for the maximum sentence, the prosecuting attorney cited speeding violations and a pattern of poor driving on Lane’s driving record.[6] A judge had earlier approved a plea deal where prosecutors dropped a DUI manslaughter charge. Prior to the plea deal, Lane had been facing up to 30 years in prison.[6]
    In June 2006, Lane had been arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with drunk driving. He was eventually found to be not guilty.[7]
    Closures at his shop, Choppers, Inc., around the time of his arrests were merely coincidental. Choppers, Inc.’s retail location has been upgraded to better accommodate walk-in traffic. The closures were due to this upgrade.[8]

  41. 41 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    just my opinion,

    The pass was initiated within a legal passing zone. It is legal in Florida to complete the pass even when that completion occurs within a no-passing zone.

    I am not here to please your sensibility of what is sensitive or insensitive. If you feel that I am considerate or inconsiderate, that is your problem.

    Morelock’s actions of breaking two laws directly caused the crash.

    Now, if you are hellbent upon the toxicology of both Morelock and Lane, let’s look at the amount of time that Morelock took to get high and drunk. Let’s also look at the possibilities of Morelock’s getting high and or drunk while on his state job and look at the possibility of the state sharing some of Morelock’s liability for causation of the crash because his “concition” occurred on state property and on state time.

    If that is not enough for you, let us also look at the judge asking the prosecutor for advice on how to interpret the laws and receiving a one sided opinion.

    Shall we continue?

    Let’s deal with the threats made by the prosecutor making threats to additionally stack charges if the terms of the plea deal did not go the way of the prosecution. All the while running up the costs incurred to the defendant’s account.

    Then finally, let’s look at the prosecution office history of attaining convictions through faulty evidence and other wrongdoing.

    And this proved your point how?

  42. 42 Dude Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    rogue is out of his mind. how do you figure the dead guy is at fault when he was in his own lane minding his own business. billy never really was a real biker, just a wannabe with a torch. i am also a hall of famer and you should have your hall of fame status rescinded. if we knew your real name then you wouldnt have to be a coward hiding behind a nickname.

  43. 43 makesnodifference Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Offensive comment was removed.

  44. 44 Big Dummy Dave Aug 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rogue, your oppion seemed to be based on poor Billy he was screwed. that figures coming from a known drunk like you. I have watched you on more than one occasion ride a motorcycle stone drunk. you just haven’t been caught yet. Billy Lane murdered a man for no other reason other than he was in a hurry to get somewhere with some chick and he did not follow the rules. Being a biker is about not following the rules and following some code that at times seems written by a 17 year old. Billy followed billy’s rules and the judge followed whosever rules he wanted to follow. Bottom line, Billy got a hell of a break, if i had been the judge I’d have given him 15 to life. Only because I’ve seen Billy drink and drive many times. So drunk that I don’t know how he even started his scooter. Oh, yea, he did it in NC at the smoke out and beat it in June of 2006, and killed a man in September. Rogue, I like you but drunks don’t need to write about fairness when it comes to other drunks. Stay out of it.

  45. 45 bigalyts Aug 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    He should have had a Helmet on, Eh Mike ! Morlock that is ! I told you that this is what happens when “Red Necks Rule” ! Brevard County ! Big difference between There and DADE County. If Bill Spent more than $50 grand for that POS Attorney then He deserves to go to Jail for being Stupid 3 times. DUI Twice and not Hiring a REAL Attorney ! Ivan Fisher out of New York or Alberto Kreger’s Firm or BogenShutts in Miami.(A Nice Jewish Attornry) .

  46. 46 just my opinion Aug 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Mike ; read the your own comments. You posted (1), no driver shall at ANYTIME drive on the left side of the roadway with such no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark such no-passing zone THROUGHOUT IT’S LENGTH. Learn to read and only then come back and try to teach us law. That is my point. Have a nice day

  47. 47 charlie brechtel Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    this is a no win for anybody
    but i can say that rogue has been fighting for our rights along time
    while you were riding you fist bike or thinking about being a biker
    how many are you have drank a got on your bike and took off back in the day ?
    this could have happen to any of us
    billy and rogue or good friends of mine i have wrote songs about them
    all i know is that rogue should get some respect he has been out on the front lines fighting for us.

  48. 48 Boss Hawg Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Boys Boys Boys… I have said before, most of you should take your farm tractors down to the local redneck cafe for some java. Maybe the local stripper will stop in when she finishes here shift and talk to ya.

    Seems none of you have anything better to do with exception to Mike Greenwald and Jeff Nicklus….they both call and tell it like it is. The rest of you are a bunch of John Deere riding folks.

    If you don’t understand the facts, then do your own damn research. Wiiliam D. Lane has more than a couple blemishes on his driving record, back taxes and foreclosure.

    If Cyril leaves my post up, try this link (removed by moderator. See explanations below at the end of the comment) and type in the proper form fields: William D Lane. Date of Birth and Business Name not needed. Make search form to start in 1975 and read for yourself what is on record just for Brevard County Florida….North Carolina, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio are all other search topics.

    Stop your whining and jail house lawyer antics.

    Do the crime….serve the time! Boss Hawg

    From moderator: the link was removed for the following reasons: Many infractions appearing in the search for William D. Lane without entering birth date are not the Billy lane we are talking about. There are (were) several William D. Lane in Brevard County and of course in Florida and the US. Many results come from people with different birth dates
    (Date of birth or SSN must ALWAYS be entered for accurate results). Under Florida Laws it is legal to access these records but illegal to publish them.

  49. 49 Jeff Nicklus Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    The bottom line here is:

    Billy Lane is now a convicted felon; Billy has copped to a plea agreement wherein he admits killing a man; Billy has been sentenced to 6 years in the penitentiary for his offense; and unless Billy files for and receives a sentence reduction from the court, Billy will be in jail for the next several years. Case Closed!

    Now all of you get back to work and worry about making a living and let Billy deal with his situation on his own! He has much bigger things to worry about in jail than what the general consistence is on this blog!

    Over & Out,


  50. 50 Jeff Nicklus Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    FYI: The word I should have used is “consensus” not “consistence” …. I hate it when that happens!

    Over & Out,


  51. 51 Chopper Guy Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I actually like the Rogue-man. Don’t agree with him AT ALL on this one, but what the hell.

    This is what we know:
    Billy pled guilty and knew the judge could sentence him to 9 years to serve.
    Billy’s going to do some time (we all don’t agree on how long is appropriate…that’s why there are judges).
    I get to go home in the afternoon and eat my Vienna Sausage and crackers.
    God is still great, beer is still good (even though we shouldn’t drink after partaking), and people (we) are all still crazy! haha

    And just for the record….OBama Healthcare Plan sucks!

  52. 52 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    If you combine these two parts together, which the investigators did, Billy Lane’s pass was legal.
    (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

    (3) This section does not apply when an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway, nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from an alley, private road or driveway.

    Morelock did not comply with this part of the law:

    The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered which are so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

  53. 53 Gutterrat Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Greenwall (what a joke)

    Read your own typing “No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless authorized by the provisions of this chapter and unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction of any vehicle overtaken.

    ( clearly visable) ( free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance )

    GET IT ! more than likly not three cars at once
    Lane was at a High rate of speed Do you think you could have seen him in time to move over or stop ? you R not very smart here buddy. As for Rugue What a joke blame a dead guy for riding a small motorcycle on the right side of his lane. If Morelock stopped or not is not the problem, High speed and not being able to see is the problem thats why it was no passing zone there, Boose was also a problem too. Just remember Rogue, it always some one elses fault.

  54. 54 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    The point is this.
    When Lane initiated his pass, the roadway was clear for the pass in the Passing zone. It was determined by the investigators that Morelock did not enter the roadway until after Lane was already committed to passing Morelock entered without stopping and without taking into consideration what was going on in both lanes of traffic. Morelock was the problem and initiated the crash. So, as a matter of fact, Morelock not stopping is at issue here and relevant to his death.
    The increase in speed was attributable to the attempt made to complete the pass safely.

  55. 55 Jeff Nicklus Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Mike my friend,

    If that was an affirmative defense don’t you think we would have seen Billy in Trial rather than pleading to a lesser charge and hoping for a break? Blaming the dead guy just doesn’t hold water. Just my thoughts.

    Over & Out,


  56. 56 just my opinion Aug 17th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Mike ; If you had all these so called facts why did the defense not use them?
    They tried to say the blood evidents was tainted. That the blood results would be different if Billy’s attorneys could test it. Same results came back by the way. So again if you have all the answers why did you not save your idol?
    And as for rouge fighting for biker’s rights. What about Morelocks right to ride his little scooter home with out being ran over by a speeding truck driven by a drunk driver in the wrong lane of traffic? Don’t get me wrong I respect anyone that fights for our rights but at the same time if you want people to take your possitions serious you must stand for all bikers not just the ones that your friends don’t kill. That is all I will say on this other than I wish Billy well in his future and Prey that the Morelock family will be OK as well. As I have said before there is no winners here. But lets not try and justify Billy’s actions, even Billy has admitted he was in the wrong , It takes a big man to admit he is wrong and for that I respect him.

  57. 57 Huggie Aug 17th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    Huggie. Rogue doesn’t have a website called bikernet!!! You know zip about the people of the industry.

    Brandon – I made a mistake. Rogue said he has written for Bikernet.
    You don’t know me. Don’t tell me I don’t know zip about the people of the industry. I have been going to biker events since 1994 taking pictures of bikes and talking to the builders.

  58. 58 Gutterrat Aug 17th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Again I say the reason the state put a solid yellow line on that part of the road is because you can not see on coming traffic at that point in the road and the statement that you quoted says ” clearly visable ” how can anything be clearly visable if you can not see it at 80mph ”

    I am done and so is this its over now BL can spend 2 1/2 years inside and get off for good behavior. When he gets out he will be a true 1%er.

    Rogue get a life.

  59. 59 Todd8080 Aug 17th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    If investigators concluded that Morelock was at fault, why is this the very first time and place it has been stated in print? Why did none of the witness make such claims?

    If Lane was sober and passing legally, why was he charged or even arrested?

    Why does every single account of the wreck (except certain ones here) state clearly that Lane passed on a double yellow line? Were all the witnesses lying? To what end?

    Was O.J. also framed?

  60. 60 Mike Greenwald Aug 17th, 2009 at 6:20 pm


    The threats of stacked charges precluded that defense.

    just my opinion,

    Part of the tainted blood sample evidence came from a problem with the “chain of custody” of the blood sample.

    Now, let’s address the problem I have with you calling a stoned and drunk, lawbreaker of a fatality – a biker.

    My imagination does not include moped/minibike ridin’ fools as bikers.

  61. 61 Grayhawk Aug 18th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    The only thing I dislike about blogging is when it goes personel, everyone has their viewpoints and that will never change.
    I read the laws stated here. I heard the judge, I didn’t sit thru the court proceedings so I will never know all the exstentuating circumstances if any were brought forth over the course of the trial without reading the transcripts but all is irrelevent at this time unless Billy has recourse on appealing the length of sentence.

    When someone agrees to a plea up front they generally have an idea of the probable results of plea and agreed only to their best possible pathforward, Billy knew at time of plea the license loss was a given, noting I did see some Florida statute that driving under a suspended or revoked could have that result. There are ways around that, hardship and work related excemptions but do not know if possible in this case one way or the other. That is a battle of reinstatement he, Billy, can address later.

    Billy has the life long burden of being involved in an incident that another lost their life , no matter fault or percentage of fault or possible avoidance at this point done deal and a burden for life no matter who you are unless a complete narsious.

    That leaves length of sentenance fair or not; even if this does or does not apply specifically to Billy in his case it lends me to a possible defense challenge that 5 years should have been the starting arguing point of the plea bargain in time to serve, maybe right maybe not. Just food for thought.

    Florida statute; While License Suspended or Revoked- s. 322.34, F.S.

    Any person whose driver license/privilege is suspended for Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Level, or revoked for DUI, DUI Manslaughter or Vehicular Homicide, or for any other offense ordered by the court and who causes death or serious bodily injury to another person by operating a motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner is guilty of a 3rd degree felony, punishable by both imprisonment of not more than 5 years, a fine not to exceed $5,000, or both.

    Yes there are other statutes that the lawyer or a new one can argue on Billy’s behalf while he starts his days incarcerated count which will be counted as time served if appeal entered and or won time will tell ?

    Noting blood alcohol test is mandatoring in fatalty incidents in mosts states Florida included and is part of the process leading up to the plea whether acknowledged/reiterrated in the sentencing by the judge or not at sentencing same for any pattern of behavior unless specifically noted in the records it is not admissable but is always in the mind of one judging whether admitted, adjudicated or not and as such may or may not bear on the conclusion reached by a given person or persons impossible to prove it played a part in a conclusion either way one will never know on this one.

    Lessons to all of us that can lend a different ending for any of us if situation of similarity stares us in the face.:

    1. Those two lane black tops are famous for incidents when/whereas access to any roadway from side is possible, thus the yellow lines or cautions or red lights, those of us that push the limits clouded senses or not are an incident waiting to happen. Billy could have waited maybe he thought it was just one car but when he got out in the passing lane saw and made the choice to speed up and try to make it before the double yellows, hindsight wrong choice,

    Mr Morelock could have stopped could have just looked to his right before entering road way law required or not maybe would have spared his life. Not a placement of fault or not.
    I do not even proceed when a light turns green anymore before looking both ways for my own well being having the scares to prove that is a worthwhile lesson learned and part of my driving routine now no matter the bike or cage I’m in/on.

    2. One who partakes, alcohol or drugs is never the one who should make the decision on getting in a driving mode, clouds are hard to see thru same applies to senses/judgement if clouded to any extent. Be a buddy save/support those before they are in the situation or on the road.
    I once came on a guy in a car dead stopped in a drunken stupor half on the road in the middle of the night. Pulled his keys locked them in his trunk and pushed his car a distance off the road, he probably woke up to a dumbfounded puzzlement but could have save his life and someone elses so would do it again.

    3.Once in the court system all are at the mercy of the politics, interpretrations and self agendas no matter who you are more to the point that if one finds himself in friendly territory end result may be lighter but not always just do not put oneself in situation if avoidable cause ya never know the cards as they are dealt till they fall.

    4.The clock never turns/runs backward for anyone. Done is done.


  62. 62 Woody Aug 18th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I’m confused about how Billy “didn’t cause the death of the other rider”. As I recall the rules of the road you have to FINISH your pass before you leave the passing zone, not start it. I would agree with some of the thoughts on his sentence being harsh if it wasn’t for the previous drinking/driving incidents previous to the fatal crash. If this had been an illegal alien in a minivan we’d all have been calling for a public hanging. Billy’s lifestyle was Russian Roulette. click, click, boom.

  63. 63 Dr. Dave Aug 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    There are clearly no winners here.
    Mr. Morelock’s family is left with only grief. Billy goes to prison with this incident on his conscience forever.
    While I respect all of the opinions written, blaming the victim is not very productive.
    The opinion offered that Billy should be spared jail so he could go on a celebrity anti drunk driving campaign is just plain ludicrous, and an insult to ALL of the victims of drunk drivers everywhere.

  64. 64 Cade Aug 18th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    A hundred years from now none of this will matter so let’s all move forward.
    Remember: If you can’t stay out of trouble: don’t get caught.

  65. 65 Sid Aug 18th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Greenwald & Rogue – this is the worst double-standard ever. You wouldn’t even think twice about standing up for Morelock if it was him behind the truck and a celebrity biker was plowed over in his lane, regardless of the caliber of the judge or defense attorney.

  66. 66 Mike Greenwald Aug 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am


    No double standard at all.

    It is interesting that I got sucked into this Billy Lane thing. From the get go, I felt as if he was in the wrong with it all until I took a look at the Florida laws and at the accident scene investigation reports. Once I did that, I looked at a few other things relevant to the case and those playing it out for Billy.

    Billy may have been guilty of something but he was not guilty of an illegal pass.

    Unfortunately, Gerald Morelock, by law, was required to do two things based upon two Florida laws. He was required to stop and required to not impede any traffic that was in progress upon the roadway. He did neither and inserted himself upon his vehicle into a situation that was not correctable.

    Both Lane and Morelock attempted to avoid each other and were unable to rectify satisfactorily the impending impact.

    It is for the above reason that the crash liability belongs to Morelock.

    If you do not have reasonable doubt, you have a closed mind.

    Furthermore to those of you that reference Morelock as a victim, suicide has victims and the possibility is there considering the depressants present in Morelock’s toxicology.

    More reasonable doubt?

  67. 67 J Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    More wishful thinking?

    Man, I wasted three years in Law school, Mike- where were you before I paid all that tuition?

    Had I met you earlier, I may have realized that there is NO such thing as “guilty”- that EVERY defendent EVER convicted can show “reasonable doubt”, and that we should just throw out the existing Justice system, because it is always wrong


    Then again, I never saw a truly innocent man take a plea bargain, ADMIT guilt in court, and never blink an eye as Lane did…… When they curl up and lay down like that, you can be pretty sure that Justice was served.

    Fortunately for you, the system even allows for delusion- so let’s see if there is any basis for an appeal (there isn’t, of course), and Lane can take a swing at your “I was the victim of a suicidal scooter dude” defense……….

    Gosh- Lane’s lawyers must be really stupid not to have picked up on all of your finds, Mike- what’s he paying them again? Sweet gig- I may have to take the Bar exam down here……..

  68. 68 Frank H. Aug 18th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Here is the plan to free Poor Billy:

    Lane files an appeal charging ineffective council. Once the appellate court hears the matter surely the case will be over turned and sent back to the lower court to retry. Lane would be free at that time to fire his ineffective council and hire Barrister Greenwald to represent him. Naturally once his new attorney (Greenwald) explains to the DA where both he and the Grand Jury were mistaken in charging poor Billy, the DA will immediately dismiss the case and issue a public apology to Poor Billy. Wham Bam Billy is free!

    Once Billy is free the DA is then able to file charges against Morelock for causing his own suicide … naturally Morelock will have to be charged posthumously as he was killed by Poor Billys truck during the suicide.

    Billy, through his new attorney Greenwald, could also seek damages for wrongful incarceration due to the actions of that evil doer Morelock and receive all his money (and Chryslers money) back from the Morelock family. Hugh King could then film a new Biker Build Off and Billy is on top again. And everyone lived happy thereafter ….. end of Fairy Tale !


  69. 69 Mike Greenwald Aug 18th, 2009 at 3:53 pm


    Glad your experience in law is good. By the way what is your name or are you a keyboard commando that went to a school off a matchbook cover?

    Frank H,

    THanks for pimpin’ for me. Seems as thoughg you are a professional at it and give pipmpin’ it’s just due.

  70. 70 Brian Aug 18th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    There are no winners here to be sure. Whether you know or like Billy Lane is not rellevant. There are definate issues to be discussed about his unjust treatment in the courtroom. But to bad mouth Billy in a public forum like this, shows at best, a lack of class. And as for Rogue. Lay off him. He is to the biker community as the Founding Fathers were to the Constitution and this Great Country. He is one that we all want in our corner.

  71. 71 Karend6656 Aug 18th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Jeff Nicklus I applaud you…. I couldn’t have said it better.. God Help everyone involved.

  72. 72 Michael V Aug 18th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    There but for the grace of God go I. I’d like to see how many of the hard core “Billy got what he deserved and should take his punishment” commenters can honestly answer whether or not they have gotten behind the wheel or on the bike after drinking and not done something similarly stupid or reckless…only they weren’t as unlucky as Billy Lane.

    I’ve been down that same section of road after drinking at the same bar doing 80 (on a motorcycle with other idiots doing the same thing)…passing cars on the double yellows. That section of road has very good visibility to oncoming traffic and I remember wondering why it had a double yellow…,the thing that I realized after sobering up was the risk of someone coming out of a driveway is the real danger….this was all before the accident.

    If you can HONESTLY say you’ve never drank and driven recklessly your opinions are valid….if not you really shouldn’t judge the man, and if that was the standard for posting there would probably be half a dozen posts here and not nearly 100.

    My (worthless by definition…given the above) opinion is the guy should have gotten a few months, the US has the highest incarceration rate of all the developed (and most of the undeveloped) world. Besides the tragic event he’s been a positive contributor to society and it’s not helping anyone to have him behind bars. I’ve met the man although I don’t know him well and he seems like a decent human being. He does not appear to be a hazard to anyone, in the 3 years he’s been out he’s had zero issues (driving on suspended license,etc.).

    And, as has been stated already, the victim’s family has forgiven….

  73. 73 Sid Aug 19th, 2009 at 1:37 pm


    “It is for the above reason that the crash liability belongs to Morelock.”

    The speed limit was exceeded in this accident. I don’t know FL law, but doesn’t the fact that a law was broken in the death of someone play a role in this situation? i.e. if the speed limit was not exceeded, the whole mess may have been avoided.

    Greenwald: “If you do not have reasonable doubt, you have a closed mind.” There is nothing reasonable about suggesting this was suicidal. You are reaching.

    Double-standard? there is no way you would be going to bat for, as you put it, “moped/minibike ridin’ fool” if he was driving the truck that killed a celebrity biker. You wouldn’t have even been interested enough to read the details from his perspective, especially if there were reports of prior DUI dismissals on his record.

  74. 74 HARLEYSVILLE DAVE Aug 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am


    Here is the way I see it.Billy & Rogue are friends. Friends support friends. I support Billy as a friend and my heart goes out to the Morelock family. No winners here. I think you people are missing Rogue’s point. He’s not trying to got defend Billy’s case, he is commenting on the judge’s decision and the DA’s strong influence on the sentence. I feel that with all the evidence, Billy made his own choice, he copped a plea. He rolled the dice. It’s alot better than what is was facing, up to 30 years on the DUI charge. Billy was not charged with DUI , thanks to his lawyers. Love em or hate em, you need them to protect your rights. Yes Mr Morelock was guilty of bad judgement in pulling out in his own lane in his condition. Billy should have never been on the road himself in his condition. But his lawyers had the blood samples pulled and so does that mean he was not impaired ?? You be the judge.. He was facing 30, then 9 and got 6 years. Pretty good lawyers. We are entitled to defend ourselves here in the USA. Right or wrong, it’s our right. Is the sentence too stiff ?, He can appeal and it sure beat’s Mr. Morelock sentence.

    Let it be know that Billy was remorseful ,admitted his mistake and the Morelock family asked the court not to give him the maximun sentence.Seems they made their peace.Not saying that’s enough, but It could have been Billy’s life also .He lucky and should be thankful in the fact he is living and breathing.. Had it been one of the DA’s “good ole boy’, the sentence would not have been the same. Had it been you or I without Billy’s lawyers, I think they would have thrown the book at us.

    I have a funeral to attend tomorrow of a good friend & fellow biker who passed away last Saturday in a 1 bike only accident, He was out for a little putt on a back road and missed the only curve going 30 MPH.Yes he was wearing a helment, no he wasn’t drinking and knew the road.What happened ,I will never know because I was not there. I’ll ask him when my times up.

    In the mean time, reflective on why you ride and when you get to be in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame like Rogee, e-me, if not ,read up on what it takes to get there.Remember 15,000 bucks and a bike doesn’t make you a biker. Get in the Wind~Ride it like you Stole it & Enjoy. That’s what’s riding is all about. Hell, I guarantee you wouldn’t even think about this blog if you were on some nice twisty road !! R.I.P. Scooter, you will be missed !

  75. 75 Chris Aug 20th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    No gets drunk “accidentally”
    No one passes vehicles in a “No Passing” zone “Accidentally”
    By definition ( this was/is no accident
    I too am no one.

    While the sentence handed out to Mr Stallworth IS a legal travesty, the totality of each of these situations is completely different. From DAY 1, Dante Stallworth stepped up, assumed FULL responsibilty, reached out to the victim’s family, and never hid behind lawyers or the NFL. Mr Lane’s freedom of choice(s) decided to let Florida’s legal system work it’s course, just like he decided to drive that fateful day extremely impaired by alcohol. It is this writer’s opinion that Mr Morelock’s decisions, abilities, and condition(s) had little, if anything to do with the individual choices Mr Lane made almost 3 years ago.

  76. 76 Robin Aug 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I just want to say a couple things concerning this matter.
    I have read the news concerning Billy Lane. What is written, is not always the truth. What is written is not always lies. The paper will sell if the story is interesting.
    Headlines attract peoples attention, especially when it is someone who has been in the limelight. Billy Lane was lucky to become one of those individuals.
    He made a mistake, which cost him his freedom.
    Gerald Morelock also made a mistake, which cost him his life. He also was very important to his friends and family. Neither person involved is/was, anymore loved by family and friends. In the end, a life is lost.
    I have read all the comments concerning this matter and it has become an argument. Why is there a need for this?
    Please morn for Gerald and pray for Billy. Billy will live the rest of his life, as for Gerald, he will not.
    It all comes down to one thing. A life lost.
    Please don’t fight over who is right or wrong.
    Let’s all be aware of our surroundings, know your limit.
    Drive as if your life depends on it, because, IT DOES.

  77. 77 T1 Aug 20th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    He was drunk, speeding and in a no passing zone. At the wheel of huge azz truck. You can’t initiate a pass if you can’t legally complete it. Regardless, he killed a guy. Its not like he was sober, driving the speed limit and patiently following the traffic flow. Worse, he drove beyond his skill level and killed a guy. He got a light sentence and can do the time standing on his head. Morelock is the guy that got the death penalty.

  78. 78 Laughing Aug 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    LMFAO @ this article. 6 years for manslaughter is a appropriate sentence. It doesn’t matter that he made peace with the family, paid restitution. his is a crime against the people of the State of Florida. It’s people vs billy lane, not victim’s family vs billy lane. Victim’s famiy vs billy lane is the civil suit. This article was childish and ignorant.

  79. 79 Laughing Aug 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 am

    BTW, Stallworth case is a different set of facts. Same charges but different facts. The prosecutors probably had a weaker case and were happy to get a plea rather than go to trial and lose.

  80. 80 J Aug 26th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Gosh Mike- you’re too smart for me to refute;

    You’re right- I’m just a dipshit who types stuff on here for a living.

    Hey- I see you’re going into the lawyer biz- that’s great! You’re a really smart guy, you’ll do really well- at least as well as you’re doing in the bike biz, anyway!

    You’re my new hero- free Billy Lane, Mike! He gonna love you long time……

  81. 81 Steady Eddy Aug 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Does anyone know how we can contact Billy? I think anyone who cares about him should send him a note of support!


  82. 82 Full_Tank Aug 30th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is here . One is living with his answers the other died with his. That is reality. Thinning the herd!

  83. 83 nikki60 Sep 15th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Are you insane. The facts of this case have probably been reviewed more online than OJ’s. There is no question as to Billy Lane’s intoxication or fault in this collision, even he acknowledges his guilt. It is morons like you that get caught up in the celebrity and not the facts that make it so difficult for bike riders to to seen as rational people. You should just stfu.

  84. 84 L TRAIN Sep 18th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    i know rouge wrote the stupid article,but cyril put up here so he must feel likewise.i hope they both get runover by someone with no license period,drunk,and maybe they can blame themselves and the judge.the fact is the man had no license and shouldn’t have been driving PERIOD they blame morelock and the judge.i liked billy, but he lived like he was above every body else and that is not true for anyone.this is a bad deal for all involved,but blaming the judge and morelock is downright stupid and definately rude to the morelock family.THE MAN WAS DRIVING WITH NO LICENSE, DRUNK AGAIN, AND SPEEDING.AND HE HIT AND KILLED SOMEONE.HE IS GUILTY MR ROUGE AND THERE IS NO OTHER ANSWER.IF YOU DONT HAVE A LICENSE YOU DONT DRIVE,QUITE SIMPLE TO FIGURE OUT.but wait…..there is the judge and mr.morelock to try and blame why not go for it……

  85. 85 L TRAIN Sep 18th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    please exclude cyril from my statements above,i understand he does not feel likewise with, sorry cyril but to the rouge you are a idiot

  86. 86 ga27chief Sep 18th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    A family member is good friends w/Billy & tells me this is NOT the first time Billy has been involved in a DUI crash w/injuries in which he was at fault. Maybe the charges were dropped in the other case(s)? Anyway, 6 years in jail for a DUI death is a light sentence in ANY state, especially Florida. My understanding is that Billy was expecting a 15 year sentence earlier in the case. I don’t care about anyone else learning from this; I just hope Billy learns from this & comes out a better man for it. It’s a tragedy anyway you view it.

  87. 87 Schmo Oct 19th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    The only thing I know about Billy Lane is from a story a friend told me – a person I know not to be a giddy idiot or whatever – she just liked motorcycles. She walked over to a table where Billy Lane was having lunch with his friend and just wanted to say hi… Billy Lane wouldn’t even look at her. His friend at the table had to talk for Billy Lane. Her position on this guy, Billy Lane, changed forever because he was such a pompous jerk. I guess fame changes people.

    Seeing his pictures on the Florida Today mugshots site was interesting because he didn’t look like a tough guy anymore… he was clean shaven and dreadless, short in the company of his legal handlers and crying in one of the pictures. I think Mr. Lane has learned a lesson of humility here. Its a tough way to learn a lesson but he is now pondering this in jail – at taxpayer’s expense. I hope he gets out and does all those PSA’s that the victims family wanted him to do. If he does those service announcements, I’ll change my mind about Billy Lane.

    But for now, I’ll remember him as the guy described in my friend’s story.

  88. 88 Beachnative42 Oct 23rd, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I’ve driven that section of A1A for almost 25 years and it SUCKS! It’s a shitty two lane road, one northbound and one southbound. Yeah it’s fucking Brevard ” I don’t care about public safety” County and I’ve lived here my whole life.
    Ever since I was 16 till 40 I was surfing at Sebastian Inlet making the 25 mile drive from Satellite Beach every week. Getting run off the road by some asshole coming the other direction from passing a blue hair driver doing 35mph was the norm. Myself , I’ve been literally run off the road 3 times, car in the bushes. A friend had the same experience but he died from it.


    Lane getting 6 years, a misscarriage of justice? I don’t know. 6 years is a long time and if he wasn’t famous and bring the media’s attention he would have gotten less. That is a fact!

    A friend’s wife was killed by a drunk. The drunk chick was bailed out by her rich parents and proceeded to get another DUI BEFORE being sentenced for killing my friends wife. What did she get? 3 years….So don’t give me this BULLSHIT how Lane got off easy, not in FUCKING BREVARD COUNTY!

    Both were under the influence, both broke the law.

  89. 89 acerods Oct 23rd, 2009 at 12:19 pm


  90. 90 Ted Johns Oct 23rd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Drunken drivers deserve whatever harsh punishment the courts can give. Billy Lane deserves no special treatment for his ability to bend metal and put a motor on it.
    In my opinion, when Indian Larry died so did motorcycle building. Long live Larry, Billy can rot in jail.

  91. 91 DynoDave Nov 14th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Billy Lane was drinking all day at coconuts in Cocoa Beach with several members of the Warlocks motorcycle club.His license was in question from an alcohol related incident in North Carolina.Rode one of his “artcycles” to his shop got in a Dodge dually and headed home.Passed in a no passing zone and flatened some poor guy on a yamaha scooter.Every time I saw Billy Lane on TV he was always drinking a beer.I guess he thought that was what it took to be a real “biker”.He made some stupid decesions and now one man is dead and one man has lost his lifes work.Should have went to the GYM and worked out instead.Like the OCC boys!Every Brevard county resident motorcyclist knows the real story.Billy you started out as a good guy but it all went to your head and turned into a real jack-ass.I feel like you got off easy.The normal sentence for this crime is 10 to 15 years and you know it.Enjoy all the bars where you are at now?

  92. 92 BlindJustice Nov 18th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    You reap what you sow

  93. 93 Doug Kelly Feb 23rd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Just Don’t Drink And Drive Im Lucky I Never Killed Myself Or Anyone Else…The State Does Not Care what Happens To Anyone If They Did They Would Set Up Free Shuttles For People to Get Home Safe…

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