Friday, January 15, 2016

Last Call For Judicial Candidates


  • Today's the last day to file to run for a judicial position this year. There are still a couple uncontested statewide positions as well as local justices of the peace.
  • Justice Parraguirre, who is up for reelection without a challenger (so far), is dealing with some controversy involving his wife and $180,000. [RJ
  • The speciality courts are having a graduation and getting ready to expand. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • General Laxalt and Lieutenant Hutchison have called a truce in their ESA battle. Guess who won? [RJ]

50 comments:

  1. Bita Yeager in Dept 6 has got to go. She is incompetent. I don't want to challenge her as there are enough good challengers. I am looking forward if that Veterans group does that open to the public endorsement interviews. I want to know who I am voting for so I don't vote or re-elect a quack. I am not Steve Sanson but I know he would approve this message.

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    1. She wasn't a very good PD, in my opinion. I was disappointed when she became judge.

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    2. Curious. Why do you believe her to be incompetent?

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  2. Who knew that it would take Laxalt a little more than a year in office to make Hutchison his little bitch? Leave it to Mark to come up short against a guy who couldn't make the cut at Lewis & Roca. That's just sad.

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  3. True. Politics and brief writing are different skills. Turns out he’s a genius at self-promotion and Machiavellian angling.

    I don’t remember anyone over at Lewis & Roca saying the guy is stupid except that one ice queen.

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  4. And that's the beginning of the end of free parking on the strip ... http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/mgm-to-charge-for-parking-on-las-vegas-strip

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    1. I guess I will not longer be visiting any MGM casinos.

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  5. A few months ago, Eglet filed something like "Plaintiff's Motion to Affirm Black Lives Matter" in a case against Summerlin Hospital. Whatever happened with that?

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  6. Denied as to the political movement. Granted as to discussion of potential racial biases. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/lawsuit-plaintiffs-ask-vegas-court-affirm-black-lives-matter

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  7. More candidates have filed including one of my favorites, and yours, Amber Candelaria. She's running against Saragosa.

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    1. Amber is HOT! She gets my vote!!

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    2. According to the Family court website, she's handled a whole 22 family law cases.
      The LVJC website shows ZERO civil cases, 1 criminal case (animal control issue).
      The Henderson JC website shows ZERO cases.

      She states that she is a family law attorney yet in the 9 1/2 years she has been a 'family law attorney' she's only handled 22 family law cases as an attorney?

      If I recall, she worked at the family courthouse forever.

      How does that make her qualified for a justice court judge when she's done ZERO civil cases and ONE small criminal matter?

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    3. Saragosa doing campaign work during county work hours. Tsk, tsk.

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    4. Ahoh...werewolf rising....

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    5. I saw Candelaria do a family law case, it was such a train wreck. Radford Smith ate her alive and pointed out when she committed an ethical violation on the record. She was so dumb she didn't even realize it even after her gave her the opportunity to retract the case citation. Just an excellent example of what Boyd churns out...

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    6. Saragosa is bashing Boyd. Nice. There goes all the campaign donations for Saragosa from Boyd grads.

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    7. @2:35pm here. I'm male, a Boyd '07 grad, don't even know Candelaria other than the crap she pulled that got my non-Boyd attorney friends constantly hammering on me because she didn't know how to count to five. Now she's applied to be a judge again and has damn near zero experience in the position for which she is running and I'm just waiting for more ribbing. Awesome..........

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    8. Saragosa is horrible. Will take Amber over Saragosa, whether 2:35 is male, or Boyd grad, or not.

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    9. 2:35 recites Amber's light experience, and then rhetorically asks how that qualifies her to be a judge? Well, as we see quite often, the less experienced candidate gets elected, and sometimes even appointed. Once she places her quite attractive visage on her signs, it will cause a lot of low information voters to cast their ballot for her. And when it comes to judicial races, most voters are low information voters as the public, and the media, pay very little attention to these races.

      I also notice that all seven JPs on the ballot, as well as the two District Judges, have all attracted one or more opponents.
      Back in the 80's, and into the 90's, most judicial races were unopposed. Does anyone have an idea as to why this has changed so dramatically? Do these seats pay better(proportionately speaking relative to the increase in salary vs. inflation) than they did in the past? Are more practitioners struggling than in years past? Is incumbency not the intimidating factor it used to be, and no longer provides such an advantage? I'll leave it to you smart people to tell me the answers, because I simply don't know. I only know people used to be generally intimidated to take on an incumbent and thus most of them were unopposed, and this has changed dramatically.

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    10. Amber seems to be a reasonable human being. Prieto? Scares me.Resigned from her cush county job when the heat was on. Never had a real job? Baggage. I am voting for Saragosa

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    11. Amber for me.

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  8. I think I would take Amber over a Johnson. Can we have Amber against Eric Johnson????

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    1. I would vote for a wax figurine of a Eric or Susan Johnson before I would vote for the real Eric and Susan Johnson.

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    2. Eric Johnson looks like a melted wax figure.

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    3. Sandoval, what a legacy...Hardy, Er. Johnson, and ripping out the entire solar industry in this state...you really are a man of the people

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    4. Sandoval is a RINO. The true colors of the RINO come out when it's a choice between the common good and corporate profits. The blood that courses through the veins of the People does not belong to the People; instead it is held in trust by them until Sandoval and his vampire buddies are ready to sink their fangs in for a warm snack.

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    5. Did Sandoval appoint Susanne Johnson?

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  9. I'm so proud. Not a single local judge is going to go unopposed. Now if someone would just step up against Hardesty and Parraguirre.

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  10. Me, too. If you run against them, you will get financial support.

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  11. I have a procedural question that nobody can give me a firm answer to and I'm hoping somebody here can tell me for sure or point me to the rule: When serving or disclosing documents by e-service on the deadline, do they have to be served by close of business, or is midnight the cut-off?

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    1. NEFCR 8(d): https://www.leg.state.nv.us/CourtRules/NEFCR.html

      (d) Time of filing.  Any document electronically submitted for filing by 11:59 p.m. at the court’s local time shall be deemed to be filed on that date, so long as it is accepted by the clerk upon review.

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    2. and NEFCR 9(f) (f) Time of service; time to respond.  Electronic service is complete at the time of transmission of the notice required by subsection (b) of this rule. For the purpose of computing time to respond to documents received via electronic service, any document served on a day or at a time when the court is not open for business shall be deemed served at the time of the next opening of the court for business.

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    3. Thanks, fellow blog commenters! That dick who says the blog is dead can shove it!

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    4. If you need to serve something by Friday, and you eserve it at 5:01, there's an argument that you blew the deadline. That's because the court closes at 5, so your service is effective the next judicial day.

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    5. 10:02, I think that is mostly misleading. Per NEFCR 8(d) a document filed by 11:59 is deemed to be filed on that day. the 5pm rule under NEFCR 9(f) is applicable to calculating the time to respond.

      For example, EDCR 2.24 specifies that a Motion for reconsideration must be filed "within 10 days after service of written notice of the order or judgment". Service of the written notice is made by electronic filing on January 15, at 7:02 pm. Since the filing occurred after 5pm the time for counting the ten days starts on the next judicial day, or January 19 (due to court holiday). The ten days is then up on Feb 1, with three days added for mailing. Thus the person filing the motion for reconsideration must do so by February 4 at 11:59 pm.

      This is a fair situation as it allows the party who has to file an additional 7 hours, but precludes ambushing a party with late friday filings.

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    6. Sure, if you're filing a document with the court, you can rely on NEFCR 8(d). But what about RFAs? You don't file those, so you're relying on NEFCR 9 to determine when they are deemed served. Send 'em out at 5:05, and you might as well have sent them out the next day. The counterargument, of course, if that with the advent of e-filing, is there truly a time during which the court is considered closed for business, absent a disaster that disrupts filing?

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    7. You can rely on NEFCR 8(d) to determine the date of filing for any document. The 5pm deadline of NEFCR 9 applies only "For the purpose of computing time to respond to documents". So on RFAs you use Rule 9 to determine when the other side has to answer (ie serve at noon on Jan 15, due Feb 17, served at 8 pm on Jan 15 - due Feb 22). For the other side's response to RFA, they are timely if served before 11:59 on the date due.

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    8. Pretty sure that January 17, 2016 at 10:02 AM is a member of Boyd '13.

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  12. Check out the e-filing rules, but I believe it is midnight.

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  13. This is no different than postmarking your document before Midnight for service. 11:59:59 is fine.

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  14. It depends what the the deadline is. If the deadline is "Close of Business," the documents have to be served by 5:00 pm.

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  15. We are a newbie Judicial review PAC, but we w will be tackling the issues many of you have raised and more in our review and endorsement process. We will be publishing information on each judge regarding their experience, research we have conducted and interviews with each candidate. We are completely non partisan and intend to stand up for judges and candidates who display ethical qualities in practice and in life. I hope you would join us in this effort by supporting us through financial donations, in kind donations and information regarding or questions for judicial candidates.

    C4EJNV@GMAIL.COM

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    1. This is another phoney "independent" organization. Started by individuals associated with the judicial candidates from the 2014 election, including Melody Howard, JEA to Richard Scotti

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    2. Having members of the Judiciary (either directly or through their staff members) review and putatively endorse judicial candidates I would be concerned would run afoul of the Canons.

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    3. I would completely understand, however those people are no longer involved, the board was disassembled. A new president was elected and given reign to re-do the entire organization. The new process is research based and the goal is to get information to the masses about judges in an unbiased manner. Still working out the kinks as it is basically starting over, but seems like something worth its while. They are doing endorsements this week or next, I think.

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  16. So who is behind Citizens for Ethical Judiciary? Didn't Terry Coffing at MAC do something very similar with Edjudicate? Transparency is crucial if you want credibility

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    1. http://lasvegastribune.net/dirty-campaign-tolerable-lying-misleading-voters/

      http://nvsos.gov/SOSCandidateServices/AnonymousAccess/CEFDSearchUU/GroupDetails.aspx?o=U%252f5nSVkVLXG9HHi1IGJ9xA%253d%253d

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  17. http://nvsos.gov/SOSCandidateServices/AnonymousAccess/ViewCCEReport.aspx?syn=2t0m1eoa2CX0XDPUV4rAjQ%253d%253d

    http://jerrytao.com/judge/endorsements
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/voter-guide/candidates/william-b-gonzalez
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/voter-guide/candidates/richard-scotti
    http://www.hardyforjudge.com/supporters.html
    http://robertkurth.com/endorsements/
    https://www.facebook.com/ochoaforjudge
    >> 2014 judicial endorsements by C4EJ - https://www.facebook.com/citizens4EJ/

    Funny interesting the similarities between contributions and endorsement list (and the same similarities between Policy Communication (Dave Thomas) clients and the endorsements... can you say pay to play?

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  18. I would love to sit down and talk to any of you about C4EJ at any time. I have taken over as president and am completely revamping it. I created a questionnaire with input from various organizations, community leaders, judges (not those previously involved and they only help with question ideas, not with evaluating candidates) and attorneys. We are now working to be objective and the main goal is to inform voters. I now have information from most of the judges and candidates (about 85% responded) and will be posting objective information on each person to our Facebook page (our website is still under construction).

    As the widow of a Las Vegas attorney, pro tem hearing master and judicial candidate as well as having worked for a law office with a great passion for law, I have a unique perspective and personal involvement with our judicial system. The group has been handed over to me and I fully intend to honor my husband and his memory by changing the rhetoric of judicial elections of corruption, political favors and uninformed voters.

    As I previously stated, I would love to hear from you or anyone who is interested and wants information regarding the races or the organization. I would also love any input or suggestions as I am the new president of only 2 months and welcome new information. You can visit our Facebook page to see our information and endorsements, which will be posted today and are based on factual information in addition to the candidates' own words.

    Melissa Eccles
    President
    Citizens for an Ethical Judiciary
    www.c4ejnv.com
    C4EJNV@gmail.com

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