Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi

  • Judge Gloria Sturman is giving the lawyers involved a chance to come up with a probate plan for the estate of Stephen Paddock. [RJ]
  • Here is must-see video from one of Trump's judicial nominees whose lack of experience and knowledge about some basic legal procedure is sure to make you feel like you are qualified to be a federal judge too. [NPR]
  • Some of you were discussing this in the comments the other day, but given the time of year and the nature of our profession, it can't be said enough:  there is help available. If you are struggling, depressed, stressed, suicidal, or all of the above, please reach out for help. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Frosted Cookies

  • Three finalists were announced for the vacancy on the bench in Washoe County created by the death of Judge Patrick Flanagan. [KOLO]
  • This was mentioned in the comments a week or two ago, but RIP Jeffrey Rugg.
  • A lawsuit by the North Las Vegas Constable against Clark County has been removed to Federal Court. [RJ]
  • Trial in the Save Red Rock case is set for September 2018. [RJ]
  • Is today the end of net neutrality? [KNPR]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Figgy Pudding

This morning the Supreme Court is releasing the fiscal year 2017 Annual Report of the Judiciary. While there is lots to talk about in it, we know that some of you have been clamoring to see the numbers regarding dispositions of appeals, which confirm the lowest output of authored opinions in the last four years.  So, here they are:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


  • Judge Navarro hints at possible mistrial in the Bundy case. [RJ]
  • Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett is stepping down to join McDonald Carano. [TNI]
  • Here's the Supreme Court order In re Discipline: Geraldine Kirk-Hughes.  
  • The Las Vegas WNBA team will be known as the Aces. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, December 11, 2017


  • Robert Graham will spend the next 16 to 40 years in prison. [News3LV]
  • #metoo is hitting a little closer to home now:  the 9th Circuit's Judge Alex Kozinski is accused of sexual misconduct. [Washington Post]

Friday, December 8, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hours Of Operation 2017

A few years ago, some commenters were discussing the fact that some judges are off the bench quite a bit more than you might expect. Now, it's become a yearly tradition for us to discuss this topic each December.  So, are the judges generally spending enough time in the courtroom this year? Which judges should be spending a little more time on the bench? Is there a minimum standard? Which judges would you commend for making the best use of your time?  Which judges are always late and don't respect your time?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Golden Eglet

  • The Clark County Commission voted to proceed with a suit against opioid manufacturers with the DA office cooperating jointly with Eglet Prince.  The firm is prepared to advance up to $15 million in costs and will only take 25% of any damages awarded or settlement. [TNI]
  • No death penalty for Bryan Clay--just life without parole. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Scott Dozier is still fighting to be executed. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday on whether a baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  [NPR]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jack Frost Nipping

  • The official announcement of retirement for Justices Douglas and Cherry was made yesterday. [RJ]
  • The Court rejected the appeal of man who fatally shot son. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Four more Bunkerville defendants were released. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at oral argument on gambling from yesterday. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Here's a list of the most recorded holiday songs of all time. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, December 4, 2017


  • How was the Eglet party? Pictures? Stories?
  • Speaking of Eglet, Clark County DA Steve Wolfson may team up with him to bring the county's own lawsuit to recover opioid epidemic expenses. [TNI; RJ]
  • Judge Williams issued a TRO preventing Metro from forcing mandatory overtime. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today on federal law regarding sports betting. [LasVegasNow; SCOTUSblog]