Thursday, January 17, 2013

Well, now. Wasn't That Exciting?

As you no doubt saw in the last post and the comments, this week has seen three more Nevada lawyers indicted. Two in the HOA scheme and one in mortgage fraud (only one pleaded guilty). These were not the first and are most certainly not the last, but it begs the questions, do Nevada lawyers have a problem? Perhaps it only appears to be the case (because we all know these types of things are not geographically isolated), but Nevada seems to have an inordinate amount of lawyer/judge disciplinary issues given the size of the profession here. That leads to two questions we want your input on:

1. Does Nevada have more of an ethics problem than other jurisdictions?

2. If so, why is that the case? Is it the environment, a lack of regulation, too much regulation, too much sun, etc?

18 comments:

  1. 1. Does Nevada have more of an ethics problem than other jurisdictions?

    Yes


    2. If so, why is that the case? Is it the environment, a lack of regulation, too much regulation, too much sun, etc?

    Like it or not, Vegas is largely populated with materialistic, poorly-educated, morally bereft people. It stands to reason that there is a higher-than-average incidence of ethically questionable behavior here.

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  2. I'm licensed in another state (hugely different, geographically and culturally, from Nevada) and there's plenty of lawyer ethical failings going on over there too. I would be surprised if Nevada's ethical problems are statistically anomalous.

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  3. The difference between us and other places is not one so much of breadth as of depth. 11:25 is correct that people screw up everywhere. But some of the crap people pull here is just absolutely twisted. Witness, for example, the cases of Jeannie Winkler, Elizabeth Halverson, Steve Jones, and Nancy Quon, to name a few. I mean, that stuff's a lot different from some sole practitioner in Kansas screwing up his trust account. If you told a lawyer in the midwest about some of the stuff that goes on here, he wouldn't believe you.

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  4. The US Attorney's Office here is extremely aggressive (and at times fancifully creative) in its use and interpretation of the crime-fraud exception in trying to rope attorneys into the actions of their clients. There is a reason that its Federal actions that you continually see on these cases.

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  5. More criticism of the US Attorney's office?

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  6. 11:08.

    Like it or not, Las Vegas is populated with ordinary people. Some are materialistic. Some are not. Some are poorly educated. Some are not. Some are morally bereft. Some are not.

    Elizabeth Halvorsen and Steve Jones are no different from any other screwup judge throughout the nation.

    Jeannie Winkler is your standard issue trust fund misappriator, found in cities across the nation.

    Nancy Quon is a special case, but even if you assume she was actually part of the CD scandal, you end up with a conspiracy caused by easy access to money. Nothing too extraordinary.

    You are just jealous that when people think "Nevada" they don't think about anything but the most important city in the state. Which is not Reno.

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  7. As a Constable, this one caught my attention as well. How many people reading this blog potentially had a settled case in jeopardy because of this clown?

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/former-process-server-gets-3-years-for-filing-false-court-documents-187160111.html

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  8. As a Constable this item caught my attention. How many readers of this blog had settled cases in jeopardy because of this clown?

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/former-process-server-gets-3-years-for-filing-false-court-documents-187160111.html

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  9. Pimp: the estimates at the time that the investigation was opened against Carroll were around 3000 cases for Richland Holdings and RapidCash.

    RapidCash is currently in a class action lawsuit over the fraudulent serves. Richland Holdings has settled some of the claims against it.

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    1. Just because this guy lied about service does not excuse all the people that still owed the $$$$. The victims are barely victims except for their own bad luck or money mismanagement. Difficult to be very sympathetic. I hate the payday loan places but I assume some of them were not payday loan lawsuits, just people that blew off debts. They all still owed the money. That seems to have been forgotten because this process server was a greedy liar. He didn't ruin these victims lives. They were already ruined. I realize I sound totally heartless but I am trying to send out a reality check.

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    2. Nah - you just sound like a civil defense attorney. No worries.

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    3. @12:21.... Please tell me that you are joking or have no actual knowledge regarding the Maurice Carroll case. You state "They all still owed the money." They did? Apparently you are not aware of the number of victims who came forward asserting that they had actually paid the loans or debts. There is a process for determining if the debts are/were valid but it hinges on both sides being alerted that the case is being tried. Your "reality check" is nothing but evidence that you do not know that of which you type.

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    4. How many already paid?

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  10. The sun. It's gotta be the sun.

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  11. January 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM - Thanks for the insight and that's just one poor company that got taken. Moral of the story, be careful who you give your summons and writs to.

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  12. Jordan: If you think that these companies (RapidCash and Richland) did not know that he was lying about service, thats crazy. He was not licensed to do process serving. He was returning (based on reports) Affidavits on some dates claiming over 50 serves in a day all over the valley. These companies didnt care if people were being served or not-- they just wanted default judgments.

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  13. Part 2 of Jordan's comment:

    So call now and have trusted Laughlin Constables serve all of your legal service needs! If you call in the next half-hour, we will give you half off your second service! Call today!

    1-800-WESRV4U

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  14. January 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM - I'd say knowingly using crooked service qualifies as not being careful. But that's an interesting insight I wasn't aware of, I appreciate the info.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM - That's actually pretty funny! What's funnier is that the number you posted is apparently used by a scam artist. Google it. Safe For Work.

    It's gonna be a fun day I can already tell.

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