Friday, January 30, 2015

Big Game

  • The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine is alive and well in Nevada. [RJ]
  • The Department of Family Services is getting heavy scrutiny over whether it took any steps to prevent a baby's death. [8NewsNow]
  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt explains why Nevada joined in the immigration lawsuit. [RJ]
  • Everyone is buzzing about the Super Bowl or "Big Game" on Sunday. We hope you enjoy the game, wings, guacamole, adult beverages, and whatever else will be at your party. Just remember to be smart about driving. The AAA is offering Tipsy Tow on Sunday evening in case you need it. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smog Spotters

  • And here are your candidates for the two open spots on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench. Quite possibly the strongest, most qualified class of candidates we've had in quite some time. What do you think--is it time for a Judge Bulla? 
  • A former Nevada corrections officer was sentenced to five years probation for his key role in smuggling cell phones, cds, chicken, and alcohol into High Desert State Prison. Meanwhile one of the prisoners involved got an additional 2-5 years prison time. A tipster tells us that Judge Kathleen Delaney, who sentenced the former officer, says that the PSI determines the sentence. The tipster goes on to ask, "Why do we pay her to 'judge'?" What do you think? [RJ]
  • Caesar's bankruptcy will get to stay in Chicago and not be forced to go to Delaware at the request of the creditors. [RJ]
  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt's decision to join the lawsuit against President Obama's immigration action resulted in protesters outside his office. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Meanwhile, Governor Sandoval is scrambling to deal with the consequences of his AG's unilateral decision. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The DMV wants you to be a Smog Spotter and tattle on cars that are smoking. [RJ]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Carson City Circus

  • As the legislature gets ready to go into action on Monday, here's a look at some of the issues we may see getting a lot of play this session. [RJ]
  • Here are five people to keep an eye on during the session. [RJ]
  • Maybe it's time for some usury laws for payday loan operations? [8NewsNow]
  • Maybe we'll have our first recall of a legislator? [RalstonReports]
  • Here's a handy link to a list of the BDRs (Bill Draft Requests).
What are your expectations for the upcoming legislative session? Are we likely to see big changes or more of the same? How many of you get work out of the legislative session? Surely there are lawyers involved in this process, right?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Going Rogue

  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt decided Nevada will be joining a lawsuit against President Obama's executive order on immigration--without consulting Governor Sandoval first. [RalstonReports]
  • The 9th Circuit upheld the conviction of lobbyist and former LSC partner Harvey Whittemore. [RJ]
  • We're one step closer to IKEA! [RJ]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hiring An Attorney In Las Vegas

Yesterday the Las Vegas Sun included some content created and presented by Judah Zakalik of Peters and Associates on "How do I Hire a Lawyer?".

Two questions. What do you think about advertising in the form of an article talking about hiring a lawyer? And, any commentary, critiques, or other suggestions on what people should look for when hiring an attorney in Las Vegas?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday

  • Our condolences go out to the family of Patrick Driscoll on the loss of his daughter. If you want to help the family offset funeral/medical costs, go here.
  • Leon Benzer, the central figure in the HOA scandal, is scheduled to plead guilty this morning. [RJ]
  • With so little going on in the news, the RJ can't seem to keep itself out of it. The Clark County communications director is using the County website to complain about the RJ's recent reporting on Family Services. [RJ]
  • Also, the RJ shut down its commenting feature yesterday. [Facebook]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby's First Ruling

  • The Nevada Court of Appeals issued its first decision yesterday! [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a look at post-election campaign contributions (no real mention of judicial candidates though...). [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's one reason to run for judge. [RJ]
  • The sentencing of Steven Jones has been continued to February 17. [RJ]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Keep Running

  • Judges are not the only ones taking in money after the election. Attorney General Adam Laxalt has received $355,000 since the election. [@Ralstonreports via RGJ]
  • Attorney Kristina Wildeveld is trying to get the prosecutors removed from a sex abuse case where she says they've intimidated/scared witnesses, made verifiably false statements, and interviewed child victims who should have had representation. [RJ]
  • A hearing on whether the Summerlin Hospital TB case will be a class action was continued. [8NewsNow]
  • Our eight new district court judges have hit the ground running (according to the self promoting eightjdcourt blog).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Money For Judges

We're already three weeks into 2015 and last year's November elections are over two months behind us, but we're still seeing the effects of that campaign. As we mentioned last week, there are still lots of campaign signs up around the valley. Also, judges are still asking for money. Presently, their requests are to help them "retire the debt," but isn't it a little disconcerting that judges are still taking bribes asking for funds after the campaign is over and they should be focusing on the job they were elected to do? Over the course of last year's election season, the I-team as 8NewsNow did a series of stories on judicial fundraising. Despite all that focus on a very questionable process, nothing comes of it. We remain in the status quo with attorneys and firms sponsoring their favorite judges and those judges continuing to hear the cases of their contributors without recusing themselves. Is this ever going to change? Is it actually possible to change this system or are we, as Robert Eglet said, "stuck in the system we have?" What changes would you make? Do you think the appointment/retention system would work any better? Should we have stricter controls on contributions and recusals? What are your thoughts?

Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK, Jr Day 2015

Once again, some of us are at work today on a national holiday where both state and federal courts are closed and furniture sales are out of this world. Whether you're working today or not, sources say you should take the time to go see the film Selma.

  • Racism is still a problem Las Vegas and currently a problem that is facing Metro. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One citizen is going to seek refund of his premiums from Nevada Health Link in small claims court. [RJ]
  • In 2013, more than 75% of wiretaps issued in Clark County were signed by one of three judges: Ron Israel, Gloria Sturman, and Nancy Allf. [RJ]
  • Not about a Las Vegas attorney, but a warning story nonetheless:  don't lick the back of your client's ears. [Fox5Vegas]