Friday, July 29, 2016

Deal Me In


  • School Choice oral arguments start at 10:00 a.m. You may be able to stream it here. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Eric Johnson sentenced a man to back-to-back life sentences for impersonating cops and raping escorts. [RJ]
  • Chief Judge David Barker granted the DA's request for a third grand jury in Clark County. [news3lv]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court orders retrial for a homeless sex offender. [RJ]

52 comments:

  1. re: oral arguments, does anyone know the identity of the woman who is arguing against the vouchers? I didn't hear her name.

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  2. She is from Munger, Towles in CA

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  3. Why is it that California lawyers/law firms are hired so often to handle Nevada legal issues? Do they out market NV lawyers? Do clients see CA lawyers as superior to NV lawyers? I am just curious and looking for opinions and/or answers to a question about this ever more common practice.

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  4. The CA firm took the case pro bono

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  5. Thank you to the person who responded to my question about JCCR.

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  6. Yep, because appellate justices love being read to.

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  7. I think she did well. I wish Pickering and Hardesty did not dominate every argument. I would like to see how the other justices are responding to the arguments. I think it's outrageous that Nevada spent 1/2 million on Clement. He's good, but what's the point of having the AG's office and its Solicitor General. $500,000 is a ton of money given the circumstances and other possible uses for that money.

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    1. Pickering and Hardesty dominate because either (1) they are writing the opinion and/or dissenting; and/or (2) the other justices usually have a more quiet style on the bench. Douglas doesnt ask much unless its a sensitive crim issue, Cherry is usually ambivalent, Paraguirre is relatively quiet, Gibbons isnt very vocal to begin with, and Saitta is on her way out. At least this is my view from my time when I clerked for one of the justices.

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    2. "I think it's outrageous that Nevada spent 1/2 million on Clement. He's good, but what's the point of having the AG's office and its Solicitor General."

      This is what Nevada gets for electing a carpetbagger who "lacks a basic skill set" as an attorney. That whole office is ridiculous.

      Clement was fine but what a waste

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    3. If I were one of the Nevada Supreme Court Justices, I'd be insulted that the AG thought he needed to bring some hot shot to town to teach me what the law is. It would hard for me to hear his argument over my resentment.

      Nevada's justices are almost all graduates of low-ranked schools, and they all practiced in Nevada before they were elevated to the Supreme Court. It seems like they'd appreciate an advocate with a less stellar resume that gave a damn about Nevada. But maybe I'm wrong.

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    4. Clement is an ass.

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    5. Yeah, save the ivy league shit for an ivy league bench.

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    6. The AG had to hire a big shot for this case because he hired an SG who is not permitted to argue in a Nevada court.

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    7. Are we talking about Jacques Clemente? That guy is an ass.

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    8. There is no ivy league bench except for Andy Gordon, right? For law school?

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    9. Jacques Clement is sexy. That accent. He will peel a French grape for you.

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    10. I had to look that up:

      Peeling the Grape
      when two people are liplocking
      the term refers to two people peeling the grape with their with mouths
      originated from latin
      I caught them peeling the grape
      I cant believe she peeled the grape with my boyfriend!

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    11. BYU is not ivy league.

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    12. In defense of the AG, saving the ESA is critical for the future of our children, both in Nevada and nation wide. Our kids are worth it.

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    13. Can you tie a cherry stem with your tongue, then you are ivy league.

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    14. Eric Johnson thinks Kansas is ivy league.

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    15. 3:14,

      BYU is the Bob Jones University of the Inter Mountain West. Basically Ivy League.

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    16. Umm. We're talking about state supreme court, not federal district court. Gordon is federal district court. Boulware came from one of the ivy league schools.

      Cherry went to Wash. U. St. L. That's the highest ranked one on the Nevada Supreme Court.

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    17. Ivy League credentials are overrated. It just means you are insanely smarter than everyone else (unless you were a quota baby, in which case you are no better than a Boyd grad). In the real world, the ability to sell matters. The law is just window dressing, except maybe in the highfalutin federal appellate law arena.

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    18. Highfalutin is my favorite lasvegaslawblog word.

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    19. Yup, time to scrub up for dinner. Wash those grapes and those BYU Idaho taters. The Cougs are on.

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    20. Wash your elbows read good, and behind the ears. We have company a comin. We are pulling out the finest, Chinet and water. Only the best for our fellow Cougs.

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    21. I like douche and asshat, my two favorite legal blog words.

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    22. Ivy league does not always equal smart. Some people are so smart they don't buy into ivy leagues.

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    23. Damn, I guess Becks Pintar is going to have w/draw the megabucks contribution to the Eric Johnson's campaign, since she is in the hole for 250k.

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    24. Get me my harmonica, I am going to play the blues for Pintar.

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    25. 2:02, I think it's a fair question, but just look at the Sands. It brought in Dershowitz to argue before the Supremes and just received a favorable verdict. I don't think they care if the lawyer is local or not. I think they care 90% about the briefing and 10% about oral argument.

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  8. Shoot. I mssed it. Can I still watch?

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    1. The audio will be available at a later date (maybe tomorrow, maybe not). The sound quality on the audio recordings is worse than it is on the live video feed, but it's better than nothing. http://nvcourts.gov/Supreme/Arguments/Prior_Oral_Argument_Recordings/

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  9. Nope. It's only streamed live.

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  10. Who the heck thinks that Ivy League doesn't mean smart? Do you know what the minimum and average GPA and LSAT scores are to get into say, Harvard Law School? And how hard it is to stay there? Absolutely NOT the same as a Boyd grad. And "quota baby," aside from being offensive, is also whistling past the graveyard. It means a Hispanic grad got a 169 LSAT and 3.6 GPA instead of a 3.9 and a 180.

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    1. Boyd average is 4.1 and 190 lsat. Booya

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    2. You DO know the ABA publishes those stats, right? So when I call bullshit and show you that the 50th percentile (https://law.unlv.edu/admissions/aba-required-disclosures) is 3.43/148, which a monkey could get while taking shots to get over a hangover, I've got evidence to support it, right?

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    3. 9:08 here. ABA is a liberal rag that publishes false info about Boyd to help the "ivy" league. Boyd has an average 190 LSAT score. How you like them apples.

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    4. A 169 has no business being in the same class as a 180. The reality is that most Quota Babies score way under 160, and thus really should not be on any Ivy campus, unless scooping slop onto trays in the dining hall.

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    5. ^^^^ Is Donald Trump trolling this website now?

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    6. Trump is Ivy League. Not sure why the future POTUS would waste his time trolling this site. But if he did, he would be the best troll ever. This blog would then become YUUUGE. And all he would ask in exchange is that you put his name on the banner. That's it.

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    7. I got a 168 and had a 3.6. But I'm male and of European heritage. McGeorge, baby.

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    8. Too bad. If you were "of color" you could have gone to Yale. Serves you right. I bet your daddy owned slaves.

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    9. 8:41 -- Where did you get your undergraduate degree? University of Phoenix? Median McGeorge LSAT score is 151. But, obviously, much easier to blame "quota baby."

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    10. 8:41 here. UC Irvine, if you must know.

      Based on my numbers, McGeorge offered me tuition and housing. I took it. If I'd have had my same numbers and also filled a diversity slot, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard would most likely have offered me at least tuition and maybe housing. I was admitted at all three; but it would have been on my dime. That's the truth, not a statement about whether offering a more flexible admission standard for minorities is a good or bad thing.

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  11. Hi. I'm a lumpy white guy. I'm stunned that "quota baby" is being thrown around by members of the bar. I would expect that kind of pejorative at a Trump Rally, but I am sickened to read it here.

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    1. You need a safe space, buddy? Someplace where only thoughts you agree with are expressed? How does your inability to engage with conflicting view points help you as an attorney?

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    2. 12:06... preach!! :)

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