Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bad Lawyer Backlog


  • North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey has filed to run for the district court bench against Eric Johnson. 
  • Tomorrow the Supreme Court of Nevada Judicial Council Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release will review the planned assistance of the National Institute of Corrections to establish a pilot site program. [press release]
  • Jane Ann Morrison explores the backlog of attorney complaints in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Metro is responding to non-injury crashes again, if you want them to. [LasVegasNow]

15 comments:

  1. Part of the attorney discipline problem is (1) the lack of prioritizing matters by bar counsel and the Nevada Supreme Court and (2) the insane practice of bar counsel seeking discipline over and over again for first time DUI offenses, only to have the Supreme Court issue unpublished order after unpublished order stating that they are not approving discipline for that offense. Attorneys with felony convictions facing prison time should have received top priority for suspension/disbarment and the Court should have issued a published opinion telling bar counsel to stop proceedings on first time DUI offenses, absent extraordinary circumstances, until further order from the court. I wish Stan luck and hope that he uses the common sense that was lacking with prior counsel.

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  2. Ramsey filed against Judge Johnson. That is hilarious. He heard her petition to stop the recall election and ruled against her and ordered that recall could proceed. She appealed his decision and it is now up before the supreme court which will sit on the case until she is up for re-election in early 2017. Crazy.

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    1. Reminds me of our former Constable filing for County Commission after they voted to eliminate his position.

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    2. I'm a huge fan of Johnson and nothing makes his seat safer than having Holper and Ramsey running against him. Those two combined have half a brain.

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    3. Which Johnson are you a huge fan of?

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    4. If you are a huge Johnson fan, you are either a family member, employee, former employee, or you need to get a life.

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    5. 1:35 is wrong. Most people are huge johnson fans. Who is satisfied with just a medium johnson?

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    6. 2:55, cute. Johnsons still sucks.

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  3. I know a lot of people don't like Ramsey, but I feel like she is getting rail roaded by Ross Miller, and Dave Thomas. I actually may vote for her over Johnson. We have too many Johnsons on the same bench.

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  4. Has Anybody seen this?

    “ERIC JOHNSON – IT’S TIME TO ‘FESS UP ABOUT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIONS . . . OF YOU.”

    United States Attorney Eric Johnson investigated in strip club case

    Clark County, Nevada
    January 25, 2016

    Louis “Eric” Johnson, a long time Deputy U.S. Attorney, was appointed in April 2015 to fill in for former Clark County District Court Judge Jerry Tao in Department 20 of Nevada’s State Court after Tao was promoted to the newly formed Nevada Court of Appeals.

    But a review of Johnson’s application for the Department 20 position reveals that he may have never disclosed to the appointing committee that, according to the San Diego Tribune, he was twice investigated by the Justice Department for ethical violations.

    A legal requirement of Johnson’s appointment is that Johnson must now run in this election, which he is doing, to retain his seat. Given that he is now asking the people of Nevada to trust him and keep him in his new job, Johnson should now ‘fess up’ about internal investigations to which he was subjected. This is particularly the case where they were significant enough to make the press. Johnson should provide proof to the people of Nevada of the investigative findings and results.

    Here’s the background:

    According to a 2004 San Diego Union Tribune article, Johnson was working on a public corruption case in which the star government informant accused Johnson of taking favors from a strip club that the informant owned. The Justice Department in Washington D.C. took Johnson off the case and launched an investigation into the allegations.

    According to the article, Johnson retaliated and attacked the informant’s credibility. Johnson told reporters that the informant recanted his story. Not only did the Justice Department’s internal affairs lawyers disagree with that statement, but they then launched a second investigation into Johnson for publicly disparaging a star government witness on whose credibility they were relying to get convictions in the pending public corruption case! (See article U.S. attorney investigated in strip club case: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/uniontrib/20040721/news_1n21vegas.html)

    Johnson claims in the article that the Justice Department ultimately sent him a letter concluding that he did nothing wrong. Yet, he refused to share that letter with reporters. So there was no verification or explanation of the findings of the investigation.

    A review of Johnson’s application to fill in for Judge Tao shows that he mentioned this public corruption case as one of his top 5 most significant cases. He describes his role in the case as one in which “he was initially responsible for the investigation and coordinated over 18 months of court authorized electronic surveillance. The case was significant to me because in appreciating the insidious nature of public corruption and need for integrity in our public servants.” Yet, he fails to mention that he was the subject of two internal investigations by the Justice Department in connection with that very case! Apparently, he has not in fact appreciated the “insidious nature of public corruption.”

    Given the vital importance of the character of our judges on whom we rely to safeguard our most basic human rights, and in whom we trust to profoundly impact our families and the lives of our fellow citizens, Johnson should now fess up and fully disclose the written findings and results of those investigations.

    Choose your judges carefully. Insist on the facts. Someday, your life may depend on it.

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  5. Galardi made some BS claim EJ had been in Cheetahs and maybe got some benefits. Total nonsense from Galardi in an attempt to do less time.

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  6. As we surf social media I came across these two very interesting post:

    I need feedback! Do you believe a Judge should actively be involved either publicly or privately in another Judges election because their spouse is a Judge on the same Clark County District Court Bench? Should a Judge violate all election laws, cannon laws and ethical laws that govern our State? Should we as citizens give this Judge a pass and allow the laws to be broken just because they share the same household?

    I need feedback!! How many people believe that we should have a husband and wife Judge Team in the same Clark County Eight Judicial Court? I would love to hear why and why not? Do you believe that bias would be amongst the other judges when votes are made amongst the judges for policy changes, chief judge, etc.. etc.. If you appeal your case from one part of the husband and wife team, would you get a fair shake with the other or should your case be removed from both judges.. If you are an Attorney and you upset one judge from the husband and wife team would it be fair for you to be in front of the other.. These are questions that we must ask ourselves when we go to the voting booth this year..

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