Friday, June 23, 2017

Wishing And Hoping


  • The Golden Knights have a stadium and players, but still no trademark. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The US Supreme Court is wrapping up its term and expected to issue its final decisions of the term on Monday, including possibly on Trump's travel ban. [SCOTUSblog]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is This Real Life?


  • How and where OJ Simpson's parole hearing will take place next month. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Badlands developer forces vote; threatens to turn off water to the course. [RJ]
  • Is Reno really looking more like Silicon Valley? [Bloomberg]
  • City of Las Vegas decided homeowners need to get a special use permit if they're going to list their house on Airbnb. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Golden Knights have players. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Despite the race being over, it is worth noting that the RJ reports that Judge Heidi Almase sent out a flyer apologizing for her characterization of criminal defense attorneys:                         
“During the Municipal election cycle, my campaign sent out a negative mailer demeaning criminal defense attorneys. These attorneys serve a necessary, and often thankless, duty within our courts ensuring the adversarial process is founded on principles of fairness and due process.
The campaign literature did not reflect my belief about this important function.
For disappointing those attorneys and the public, who I believe deserve the very best in their elected public servants, you have my personal apology."
— Judge Heidi Almase

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Hottest, Longest Day Of The Year


  • We're still waiting on a decision about whether sales of recreational marijuana will go forward on July 1. [TNI]
  • The City of Las Vegas is deciding whether to further clamp down on rentals of party houses. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Of chokeholds and neck restraints (and lawsuits against Metro). Video features Paola Armeni and Kory Kaplan. [thenowreport.vegas]
  • Nevada Legal Services is having a trivia night benefit at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Pizza Rock downtown. Email rsung@nlslaw.net by tomorrow if you have questions or want to form a team.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Most Puzzling


  • A July 1 launch for recreational marijuana in Nevada may hinge on a court hearing today. [Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a look at Nevada's first female attorney general, Frankie Sue Del Papa. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Despite the most important municipal court election of our time, officials are puzzled by low turn out in off year municipal elections. [RJ]
  • Mistrial in the Cosby sexual assault case. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have already indicated they will retry the case setting off a flurry of opinions about prosecutorial discretion and limitless budgets. Do we have that problem here? [KNPR]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Luxurious Black Sports Car


  • A man asks to wear a Cowboys jersey to his double-murder trial. [RJ]
  • Contractors will start placing bids to do work on the new Raiders stadium next month. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • A debate over rules to limit student-teacher contact. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knock Knock


  • The 9th Circuit upholds ruling to return $167K seized in traffic stop. [RJ]
  • As mentioned in the comments the other day, the Supreme Court disbarred Easton Harris after he was charged with 116 violations of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. [nvcourts]
  • A short piece on the legality of door knockers. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yay For Progress

  • Congratulations to Cara Campbell on her election to muni court. [TNIRJ]
  • Here's more on the lawsuit that will possibly delay recreational marijuana. [TNI]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Most Important Muni Court Election Ever


  • Today is the day we find out whether the Muni Court race will go to Almase or Campbell. Any last minute predictions?
  • From a press release from the Supreme Court:
Governor Brian Sandoval has signed SB 377 creating the Nevada Right to Counsel Commission culminating a 10 year effort by the Supreme Court of Nevada to improve the delivery of indigent defense services in Nevada. Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry will serve as a nonvoting member of the 13-person Commission, which will conduct a study to determine the issues relating to the representation of indigent persons. The Commission will benefit from information learned by the Supreme Court since 2007 when it created its own Indigent Defense Commission, with Justice Cherry serving as chair of that commission. An indigent person is anyone charged with a public offense unable to afford legal representation. “Everyone in our state deserves an attorney regardless of their ability to pay for that representation,” Chief Justice Cherry said. “Thanks to the Governor and the Legislature, this Commission will create the standards needed to create a statewide system especially in our rural communities. It is time we did this and I am pleased we’re moving forward.” The Commission will look at the caseload and workload of defense counsel, minimum standards for legal representation of indigent defendants, and how to fund a statewide indigent defense system. A total of $230,000 has been appropriated to the Supreme Court for expenses related to the Commission’s work.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bitcoin, Please.


  • Back in April of last year, we linked to a story about the Alverson Taylor building being up for sale. Now, a little birdie told us "that Alverson Taylor's building on west Charleston is being foreclosed on and that the firm's name has been ripped off the building and they are being or have already been kicked out. Word is that they stopped paying the mortgage on the building two years ago. Looks like those notoriously low salaries for the associates aren't low enough." Anyone have details?
  • Is there a Legionnaire's disease lawsuit in the Rio's future? [RJ]
  • Do any of you accept Bitcoin as payment? [Vegas, Inc]

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wind'em Up


  • Here's another article on the most important municipal court race of our time. [RJ]
  • Rick Rizzolo pleads guilty to tax charge. [RJ]
  • Courts could impact whether recreational marijuana sales start on July 1. [Las Vegas Sun]