Friday, January 8, 2016

At Their Finest


  • As is bound to happen when your state executive branch is full of lawyers, Nevada AG Adam Laxalt has filed a motion to dismiss a complaint brought by plaintiffs represented by sitting Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison's firm. Oh, and Laxalt has also filed a motion to disqualify Hutchison for ethical conflicts. [RalstonReports; RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is getting some national media attention relative to Sheldon Adelson and the purchase of the RJ. [Time]
  • Judge Boulware is deciding whether to sanction the now former owner of Silverstone golf course. [RJ]
  • Actor/defense lawyer Robert Langford is acting as special prosecutor in the sexual assault trial of a former pastor. [RJ]

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  1. Now that is a shot across the bow.

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  2. Hutch returning fire, saying he will personally do oral arguments, and challenging Laxalt to do the same. Attorney General v. Lieutenant Governor, February 9, 2016 9:00AM! I feel like we should be selling tickets.

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    1. I love watching politicians try to balance their private, professional lives with their interest in political advancement. Usually -- as here with Hutchison -- they sacrifice their professional reputations (pandering to their base) in the hopes of political advancement.

      Hutchison played this card before -- representing Nevada for no charge in the litigation against Obamacare. Amazingly, despite incorrectly predicting (with what can only be described as absolute certainty) that Obamacare would be struck down by the Supreme Court, it worked out for Hutchison (his political interests were advanced). I don't know why he doubled down on this mess when the State was already actively defending the school choice program.

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  3. Neil Durrant (of Weil & Drage) has filed to run against Judge Tao on the appeals court. http://www.nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=1551

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    1. Yeah, somebody is running against Jer Tao

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  4. I want to apologize to all of you out there who are not fans of Judge Gonzalez. That fluff piece on Time.com is partly my fault. I have had a number of public run-ins with Judge Gonzalez over the years. I was contacted by the author of the article to discuss my thoughts on how Judge Gonzalez conducts her courtroom and whether she favors certain litigants and attorneys over others. I declined to share my views and experiences because I feared how sharing the same might impact my firm. To those of you who read the article looking for a comment by someone who shared your view and came up empty, you have me to blame. Sorry.

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    1. She is not the worst jurist in Clark County by any means, but she certainly favors certain attorneys over others--partly because of her experience practicing here. You don't get a judge like "Betsy" without her having some ties to the people who practice there. That said, I don't think her preference for certain attorneys translates into favorable outcomes for them.

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    2. Really? A Clark County (elected) jurist who favors certain attorneys over others? Who would ever have seen that coming? I am shocked! Are there any other judges who do that? Of course I know of judges who favor attorneys who are professional, prepared and present solid legal arguments over other attorneys... does that count?

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    3. Louis Schneider is who Time Magazine used to evaluate Judge Gonzalez's performance on the bench? Seriously? Yes it is entirely a fluff piece but what attorney is going to publicly come out and flame a judge who they are going to appear in front of again? The truth is that you can be hurt as much as helped by having known her in her previous life... She at times seems to stop calling them as she sees them as if in an effort to make sure that everyone sees that even her former friends lose.

      With that said, I do not know how many friends she has left because she appears to have become quite insular and isolated on the bench. Maybe I would be too if I was afraid that Adelson was chasing me into the bathroom everyday.

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    4. Louis the "hold a press conference to get attention guy"? (Judge Jones affair, Dave Schubert, Jeannie Winkler et al.) What a choice for info from Time. I guess they couldn't find Caramagno.

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    5. I knew Betsy in private practice. Won some lost some, but she always put forth the best possible case for her clients. People claim that she has "favorites" that she worked with in private practice, I whole heartedly disagree. Betsy appreciates litigators who are knowleedgable and prepared.

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    6. She also has people who she doesn't like from when she was in private practice. She rules against them every chance she gets, regardless of the strength of their legal positions. And you are kidding yourself it you think the level of the attorney's knowledge and preparation has anything to do with it. I've seen her stick it to plenty of litigators who were both knowledgeable and well-prepared.

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  5. Damn! “I look forward to responding to the Attorney General’s motion to dismiss and presenting oral arguments before the court, which I intend to do personally. I invite Attorney General Laxalt to personally do the same.”

    I’m surprised Hutchison didn’t work in a railroad reference.

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  6. Hutchison: Good morning, your honor. First, let me just say, for the record, that Mr. Laxalt's motion is nothing short of... [wait for it] A Train Wreck.

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  7. I wonder if Hutchison feels as passionate about the Commerce Tax as he does about the ESA legislation.

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