Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend 2018


  • The 9th Circuit berates Judge Clive Jones. [CNS]
  • Here's an article on that mass incarceration panel that took place earlier this week. [TNI]
  • A "sovereign citizen" was sentenced yesterday. [RJ]
  • Closing arguments started in the David Copperfield trial. [RJ]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. [RJ]
  • It's Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Are any of you getting out of town? What's the hot vacation spot this year? Please don't drive if you've been drinking and we'll see you back here next week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Inadequately Staffed


  • A complaint was filed with the AG alleging that four University Regents violated open meeting laws. [LasVegasNow]
  • Legislators to act now that they've been made aware of weaknesses in Secretary of State's business portal? [RJ]
  • Recognizing those serving in the truancy diversion program. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Jury awards $540,000 in negligence claim against CCSD. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bail Me Out Here

We haven't found an article yet regarding it, but there was a panel on mass incarceration last night featuring DA candidate Robert Langford, PD Phil Kohn, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, and Boyd law professor Michael G. Kagan.  As you can see from the above tweet from The Nevada Independent's Michelle Rindels, Candidate Langford would like to do away with cash bail systems. What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Few Clicks


  • The war over confirming federal judges is heating up. [KNPR]
  • A Nevada assembly candidate is accused of forging documents in a family court case. [RJ]
  • Damian Sheets, who is representing the alleged driver in last week's double fatality DUI, says his client wasn't behind the wheel at the time of the crash. [RJ]
  • More on the Ocean Fleming/Metro vice squad story. [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • AG Jeff Sessions moved to curb immigration judges' authority. [KNPR]
  • Nevada business entities as risk of fraud due to weak safeguards on the Nevada Secretary of State web portal. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at cases the U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue decisions on in the next month. [Constitution Daily]
  • Holy crap, the Golden Knights. [Deadspin- by the author who less than a year ago wrote about how bad they would be]

Friday, May 18, 2018

Nowhere To Go


  • The Meet Your Judges Mixer was last night. Here are photos. Any good stories?
  • The race for Justice Court Department 1 is heating up to be an expensive one between Elana Graham, James Dean Leavitt, and Vinny Ginn. Graham is releasing an ad with dirt on Leavitt and Leavitt is dishing it back claiming he is more experienced. Ginn is lurking quietly in the background waiting to play spoiler. [RJ]
  • Capitalizing on the hockey excitement, Sean Connell and Andrew Muehlbauer are marketing their firm as Power Play Legal
  • About 300 people eligible for parole are being held in Nevada prisons because there is no transition plan in place. [TNI]
  • One of our commenters pointed out that the Board of Governors page of the State Bar of Nevada website has been updated with upcoming meetings--including next year's annual meeting in Vail. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Just One Thing

If you could change just one thing about the practice of law in Nevada, what would it be?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not That It Matters


  • AG Adam Laxalt, who is running for governor, just made national headlines by suing Purdue Pharma LP, the maker of Oxycontin. [TNI]
  • A lawyer who claims to have billed 3,600 hours in 2017 at the firm of Howard and Howard billed some of those hours in their Las Vegas office. [Law.com]
  • A follow up on the Ocean Fleming plea deal. [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • One of our readers wants your input on "what would you say is the most prestigious firm in Las Vegas?"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Judges Packing Heat


  • What yesterday's Supreme Court decision on sports betting means. [Washington Post]
  • OurNevadaJudges.com is updated with this year's races. 
  • According to a survey by the National Judicial College, 1 out of every 4 judges carries a gun. [Dayton Daily News]
  • Judge Michelle Leavitt dismissed the claims against the RJ by the widow of an LVMPD officer killed on October 1. [RJ]
  • Judge Togliatti extends treatment for developmentally disabled man set to be released in California with no transition plan. [TNI]
  • Heads up about nightmarish traffic this weekend with Project Neon closures during EDC. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Wire


  • Sometimes things start to come together in a most curious fashion--like this for instance. Remember convicted pimp Ocean Fleming, who was sentenced to life. Well, he may get released soon after a renegotiation of his charges in light of allegations that surfaced about the LVMPD pimp enforcement team being corrupt (a detective was having a relationship with the lead prosecutor Elizabeth Mercer. You'll have to read the article to get all the details, but it ties in an unsolved double murder, a special prosecutor, and even the recent news about Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson. Moreover, it reveals that after her story made headlines, DA Steve Wolfson and others had a meeting with Chief Judge of the Las Vegas Justice Court Joe Bonaventura about having Judge Andress-Tobiasson reassigned from criminal matters to strictly civil matters. It also reveals that former judge Janiece Marshall, representing Fleming, has added Andress-Tobiasson to a witness list and wants to question the current judge (who is married to a retired LVMPD officer) in court about what she knows about LVMPD corruption. And most curious of all? All these revelations are from an article in the Baltimore Post-Examiner.  Stay tuned? 
  • Attorneys at Perkins Coie, a firm with no office in Nevada, are getting involved in the gubernatorial ad campaign on behalf of candidate Steve Sisolak. [RJ]
  • Nevada could be on the hook for $60 million in unpaid prison guard time. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The AG's office is getting involved in the DUI prosecution of John Duffy, a local attorney who defends DUIs. [RJ]

Friday, May 11, 2018

Procedurally Improper


  • The Nevada Supreme Court, seemingly in an effort to show how nimbly it can act despite all your comments to the contrary, has already issued a decision on the Scott Dozier execution case. [TNI]
  • The I-Team looks into the real numbers behind Nevada's opioid deaths. [LasVegasNow]
  • Could Vegas really have an NBA team within the next 5 years? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Clark County attorneys should be getting an email today about elections for the Board of Governors. There are a total of 10 candidates for 4 positions (meanwhile, in the North there were exactly 2 candidates for 2 positions). You can read the candidate statements here: