HAMMOND | An East Chicago man charged in the sweeping Imperial Gangsters racketeering case was denied bond in federal court Thursday.
The court denied Richard Reyes bond and he was sent back to prison, according to court documents.
He is charged with racketeering, conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana, murder in the aid of racketeering activity and murder resulting from the use of a firearm.
His attorney, Jack Friedlander, filed a motion in May requesting a trial. Reyes has not had a trial because it is pending a request by Juan Briseno, an alleged leader of the Imperial Gangsters, for an 18-month delay for his trial.
In the motion, Friedlander said his client's right to a speedy trial would be violated if Briseno's trial is delayed.
Friedlander has told The Times that Reyes is innocent and falsely accused.