Friday, August 14, 2015

The Hammer


  • Judge Michael Villani ignored a plea agreement and sentenced Barry Levinson to 8 years in prison and $1.1 million in restitution. Levinson, who has the most bar complaints of any Nevada lawyer, was immediately taken into custody even though he was supposed to report to federal prison on August 21. [RJ]
  • Judge Andrew Gordon dismissed a federal lawsuit against the school district by the parents of a girl who committed suicide due to bullying. [RJ]
  • A girl is suing the school district over being prevented from starting an anti-abortion club. [RJ- includes complaint]

25 comments:

  1. Finally a judge holds an attorney accountable for stealing money. People like him give all of us a bad name. I guess a worse name really.

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  2. Go Villani! Barry can rot as he has damaged the reputation of the legal community and is the poster child of corruption. The worm needs to suffer. I have handled some of his complaints while working with the State Bar and if one would just research "thief" the picture of Levinson would be there.

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    1. Glad you took that confidentiality part of your commitment to the Disciplinary Panels seriously.

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    2. It is public knowledge that the client security fund had to reimburse Barry victims and that has been reported in the paper.

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    3. If that's the case you wouldn't need to reference complaints to the State Bar.

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  3. Yeah, I'm not going to lose sleep over poor Barry as he rots in prison. Regardless, I don't like judges that depart so wildly from negotiations. It makes it hard to settle cases when the judge ignores the agreement

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  4. Barry can drop the soap and really see if the legal system has screwed him over or if gets the justice in the shorts that he deserves from his cell mate.

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    1. I am sure this was a good comment...

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    2. It was soooo good I posted it thrice.

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  7. Lawyer Bird, it's not like you to start drinking so early in the morning! ;-)

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    1. Sorry, tripple post thinned out. I'll stick to coffee before 11am after this

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  8. Well, the thing is, I wonder whether he will eventually have the last laugh. He clearly took millions of dollars from clients and I'd wager he's got at least a portion of it squirreled away somewhere in the world where the feds will never find it. So, he does 15 or so years in the can and then lives well on a beach somewhere for the rest of his life. I really hope I'm wrong about this. Thoughts?

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    1. Guy lived above his means and ran a practice that lost money. He is broke.

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    2. Living above your means? You might as well describe most of Las Vegas with description. I know way too many attorneys who live paycheck to paycheck (student loans aside).

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  9. Do the crime........do the time. Nuff said.

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  10. Crazy how worked up everyone was about that CCSD case, and when a federal judge actually took the time to weigh the viability of the federal claims, they are all dismissed without leave to amend. Goes to show you can't believe everything you read in the RJ.

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    1. Strong work by whoever defense counsel was, that's an emotional case.

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    2. Oh sure, no doubt the defense attorneys are clapping each other on the back, popping the celebratory champagne and giving each other high fives for their amazing and total win against the misguided and greedy plaintiffs who now have to go home to... the memory of their kid who committed suicide while CCSD stood by and... did NOTHING.

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    3. 1. Did you even read the article? The civil rights violation was dismissed, that's all. Judge Gordon expressly said he wasn't determining if they still had a claim under state law.
      2 Poor Joshua took her own life with a gun she obtained at home.

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    4. They may be able to pursue common law negligence claims in state court, but won't there be a $100k cap?

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