Monday, February 1, 2016

Iowa Caucus Day


  • A pilot program in the family court will ensure one judge oversees a child welfare case from start to finish. [RJ]
  • If a judge allows a convicted felon to use a false identification one more time to retrieve some funds he had in an account under that name, are any laws being broken? [RJ]
  • Here's a look at attorney Homa Woodrum, co-founder of the Allergy Law Project.[RJ]
  • Approximately 2/3 of the funding for the proposed UNLV/Sands/Raiders? stadium would come from public financing. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, the RJ has an editorial lauding the proposal and Ralston is pointing out the conflict of interest.
  • There is a guardianship bench bar meeting today at 11:30. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Some local attorneys have taken to citing blogs, like Compelling Discovery and Nevada Insurance Law Blog, as authority in their briefs. If you'd like to cite us, we recommend you don't. 

25 comments:

  1. Forget public funding for a stadium. What a joke. The location is horrible and there are going to be major traffic issues with the T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand arena, proposed UNLV stadium and Thomas and Mack all within 2 miles of each other. There needs to be some serious discussion about public transportation before this goes down.

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    1. I don't care so much about the traffic issues because I largely avoid that area anyway. But there's no way in hell I'll agree to one cent of public funds going to build a stadium for a billionaire. Then 10 years from now when they realize what a bad idea it was to bring an NFL team to Vegas, the public will be stuck paying hundreds of millions for a vacant stadium.

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    2. Maybe Vegas will get its fucking act together on light rail. Our public transportation is appalling.

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    3. No city has *EVER* gotten its investment back when contributing to or subsidizing a stadium.

      http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665

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    4. "But there's no way in hell I'll agree to one cent of public funds going to build a stadium for a billionaire. " Yep. It's disgusting. Sheldon has the money to pay for this himself, but he'd rather that you and I pay for it for him. And to help him take our money, he gets to use his newspaper and the politicians he bought. I fear there's nothing we can do to stop him. This is his town now. This sure feels like a 19th century oligarchy.

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    5. His money and his influence are at all time highs but he can't live forever right?

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    6. He is 82. Could easily live another 10+ years. Plus, he has kids. Sam Walton died decades ago, but the House of Walton continues in power.

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  2. Why should the bank just be allowed to keep money from the passport guy? The judge can just issue an order to turn it over since nobody contends that it is proceeds of any criminality.

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    1. (Constable's hat on here)That was my thought as soon as I read this. A writ of attachment to sequester the funds seems simple enough. It would seem to my simple layman's mind that the application of equity should cut through any fog of a missing statutory authority.

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  3. I love it when attorneys treat other attorneys like shit. You are really dumb. You have to deal with the other attorney down the road, etc.

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    1. I hear stories of fellow defense attorneys being crazy jackasses to nice prosecutors, not just zealously advocating for their clients. Then the prosecutors tell every other prosecutor and that idiot defense attorney cannot even deal a traffic ticket when the word gets out. Their practice became very, very difficult overnight and unless they want to take every case to trial,....you know the rest. They end up family attorneys or construction defect ones. A little professional courtesy and common sense goes a long way

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    2. Prosecutors have a long memory and they tend to be bitter towards attorneys who make them work harder than they should have to. If you're dumb enough to make them work, you're dumb enough to pay the price. The only attorney I have ever seen work them to the point he gets what he wants is Pariente, Mueller and his type get nothing. Wildevelde is another one who tends to get punished.

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    3. So, the moral of the story is to always convince your client to take whatever plea bargain is offered by the DA's office. Because justice!

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    4. @3:21 here. I didn't say don't make them work. Just don't be a knuclehead. I don't totally agree with @2:13.

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  4. I refuse to believe that a $1.2B price tag for a stadium is representative of anything less than 50% fraud, graft, and corruption.

    If I were Sheldon and really believed my Republican rhetoric, I'd say fuck public portion and just build a $500M stadium out of my own pocket if I really think it's going to pay.

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  5. Maybe I don't know what "public/private partnership" means. If the proposal is that the private investment guys come up with 1/3 of the dough, and the public come up with the 2/3, doesn't that mean that "the public" owns 2/3 of the stadium and collects 2/3 of the revenue it generates? Parking, concessions fees, whatever?

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  6. Hey 2/1 @11:56 thanks for that link just for the link within it to fieldofschemes.com. That's a beautiful site!

    I hate the Adelson's proposing this idea because I'm libertarian minded and I've always kinda felt like he's got a legitimate point about the LVCVA being subsidized to compete with him. I don't know why I let myself believe that there was every any kind of principled stand there. I hope the local newspaper pins him down on whether or not he sees any hypocrisy in that posi...oh...wait. Nuts.

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  7. Another issue to keep in mind is saying you might be getting the Oakland Raiders does not mean you will get the Oakland Raiders. The folks in the Bay Area will offer concessions to keep the team. The stadium is a boondoggle and everyone knows it. They defeated it downtown. This is not progress but a a white elephant on the backs of the taxpayers.

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    1. Taxpayers who are not citizens of this state... its all based on tourist dollars. So who suffers? The LVCVA?

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  8. Wouldn't this also be UNLV's stadium? And two corporate citizens are offering to pay for %40 it.

    Good God. All of you cheap, not-a-single-public-cent people are why the local university sucks and this city has so few public amenities. Both result in difficulty developing or attracting talented professionals and businesses.

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    1. Apparently, we just can't have nice things.

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    2. The university sucks because it scares off any real talent or diversity of thought. As to sports, if it is true that there is a healthy demand for a stadium, then they can raise money on the bond market, with all that entails. If the taxpayers have to subsidize it, you know the demand is not there.

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    3. “scares off … diversity of thought”

      How so? More than any other university?

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  9. Meh...I'm libertarian enough to be less than excited about the idea of public universities anyway, but if the University wants to kick in 60% of the cost of a stadium (and own 60% of it and the money it generates) that's as fine with me as having a public university at all. But the amount that the university kicks in and owns should be what they can afford, not what the private investors want. If University of Nevada is in a position to drop, say, $180 million on a new stadium, then Adelson et. al. can kick in their $400ish and we have a $580 million stadium that I'm inclined to think will have as much impact on tourism as one that runs $1.2B. The extra $620M in my mind just gilds the walls.

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    1. If they want extra gilding, I know of a PI attorney in town who may have some left over after building his palace...

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