Friday, January 18, 2019

Radioactive Judges


  • No ruling yet from Judge Miranda Du on whether she will block plutonium shipments expected to be shipped to Nevada. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A bill expected to be proposed next month would add 15 judges in Clark County, and 1 each in Washoe County and Elko. [KNPR]
  • What do you think? Do we really need more judges? Can the local talent pool support more judges?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Higher Marks


  • Reno Family Court Judge David Humke is resigning and agreeing never to hold a judgeship in Nevada again. Article also mentions the AOC's Nevada Family Court Assessment. [KOLO]
  • Governor Sisolak gave his State of the State speech last night. [TNI]
  • Petition efforts are underway to stop the development of Bonnie Springs. [RJ]
  • Editorial about law schools, standards, and the bar passage rate. [RJ]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Goodbye, Dolly


  • The final defendant from the 2014 Bundy standoff was sentenced yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Does anyone have any additional insight on why the billionaire behind Marsy's law, who was arrested in Las Vegas last August, hasn't been charged yet? [Nevada Current]
  • Boulder City and Clark County are still trying to reach an agreement about Boulder City's municipal court judge. [BCR]
  • The three finalists from which Governor Sisolak will select an appointee to the Court of Appeals are:
    • Bonnie A. Bulla, 56, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Office of the Discovery Commissioner
    • Tracie K. Lindeman, 56, Carson City, Attorney
    • Jerry Weise, 52, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 30
    • The chosen appointee must run to retain the seat in 2020. If they win, they'll serve the remaining two years of the term before running again for a six-year term in 2022. [nvcourts]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Foggy Day


  • A Justice Department opinion may be bad news for online gambling. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Interviews are taking place today for a seat on the Court of Appeals. Anyone have any predictions? [nvcourts]
  • There are three openings on the bench in Clark County District Court departments 6, 9, and G. Applications are due by February 8, 2019.  Pursuant to Commission Rules, applicants can only apply for one judicial opening and must indicate their choice on the application. Applicants cannot change departments once they have applied. [nvcourts]

Monday, January 14, 2019

Practice Raiders


  • A panel made 25 suggestions that could save $640 million on prison costs over the next decade. [TNI]
  • Bail was not revoked for Alexis Plunkett last week despite text messages calling for a hit. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Did you know Henderson claims exclusive nationwide use of the term "Water Street District?" [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Longest Shutdown

One of you was asking about a synopsis of the rule changes that go into effect on March 1, 2019. Jay Young over at Nevada Business Law Blog has a post about some of the changes. Is there anything big that he missed? Any changes you are excited about? What else is going on out there on this fine Friday? Any of you being affected by the government shutdown yet?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Keep Them Separated


  • New AG Aaron Ford named four women to his senior staff. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Not Nevada specific, but one federal judge is not cutting government attorneys any slack over the shutdown. [Above the Law]
  • Governor Sisolak appointed Sandra Douglass Morgan as the new chair of the Gaming Control Board. [TNI]
  • Attorney Randall Jones and a business partner are in escrow to buy and redevelop Bonnie Springs. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Goldwater Institute filed a petition in Arizona seeking to separate the regulatory and trade association functions along the lines adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court. In addition, the petition asks for the implementation of heightened financial transparency requirements via a detailed and independent annual audit of the Arizona Bar's expenditures. The petition is here. Will Nevada be far behind?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Harsher Sentence


  • Here's an interesting interview featuring a California attorney who is representing victims of the October 1 shooting against MGM. [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • Judge Ron Israel sentenced a man who killed three pedestrians while driving under the influence to 21 to 60 years in prison. [LasVegasNow]
  • With a new AG, Nevada is taking a slightly different direction on the national front. [TNI]

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

President Sandoval


  • The day after leaving office as governor, Brian Sandoval announced he is taking a job as President of Global Gaming Development with MGM. Not bad for a former federal judge. [TNI]
  • Governor Sisolak's first official act was an executive order creating a sexual harassment task force headed up by new AG Aaron Ford. [TNI]
  • Alice Denton, lawyer for the special administrator dealing with the estate of Stephen Paddock, talks about the problem of whether to sell or destroy his weapons. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The hunt is on for Crystal Whipple--the woman who ran over and killed a nail salon worker. Whipple has already been charged with murder, now they just need to find her. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, January 7, 2019

Nevada Inauguration Day


  • James Dean Leavitt suffered an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound and has NOT died.  [Via @danagentrylv]
  • Scott Dozier, tired of waiting for the state to execute him, managed to commit suicide. [TNI]
  • April Parks was sentenced last week. [LasVegasNow]
  • Tick Segerblom wants to expunge marijuana convictions. [RJ]