Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day


  • No comment from DA Steve Wolfson on the Rippo case following the Supreme Court's decision. [RJ]
  • A former prospective juror in the War Machine trial brought him a gift to the courtroom yesterday. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland is being represented by Al Marquis with regard to a laundry list of ethics charges. [RJ]
  • The investiture for Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich, which was previously postponed due to weather, is set for tomorrow March 9, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Carson City. [nvcourts]
  • Attempted murder charge for the man who bludgeoned a dummy. [RJ]

39 comments:

  1. Is Resnick and Louis a legit law firm? They advertise jobs but it seems more like a contract basis operation, like a bunch of solos under one umbrella.

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  2. I have heard from recruiters that they pay well and are a great firm to work for.

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    1. Sarcasm? I have heard the exact opposite...

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    2. Recruiters make money by getting people to move. They don't make money if they can't get people to move. Consequently, some common phrases in scum recruiter spam are "great fit," "above-market compensation," "great benefits," "collegial atmosphere," and "great place to work." Of course those labels have nothing to do with reality.

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  3. Didn't Wolfson represent Rippo in the murder case? If he did, shouldn't he have conflicted off at every level once he became D.A.?

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  4. What I'm I missing, how can you attempt murder a dummy. I admit I don't know the particulars of the case, so please explain.

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    1. This is a crim law final question for sure. Short version: over a month, two homeless men are found bludgeoned to death by some blunt object. Metro, wanting to prevent it from happening again and believing that it will, install a dummy/mannequin at nearly the same location as one of the earlier murders. The dummy is made to look like a human homeless person sleeping. Police install cameras waiting for someone to strike the dummy. Another dummy, the suspect, comes along and starts hitting the dummy with a ball-peen hammer. Police arrest the suspect and he is charged with attempted murder.

      Question 1: Do the charges stick?
      Question 2: What are the suspect's defenses?
      Question 3: Can any evidence obtained during investigation of the dummy charges be used to tie him to the prior murders?
      Ques

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    2. Question 4: Who you people?

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    3. Wonder if it is a question of "first impression"? No pun intended. Remember on the bar exam they always said the victim must be human. Is a dummy a human or simulated human???

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    4. Whatever the outcome, we need more people like the officer who thought up the dummy, put surveillance cameras out and had enough officers to quickly apprehend this guy. Job WELL DONE.

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    5. 12:13 wins the internet

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    6. You are right. You cannot attempt to murder a dummy, but you can attempt to murder a person, which is what this guy allegedly did. Whether you attempted to murder a dummy or a person depends not on whether it actually was a dummy or a person, but on what you thought it was when you committed the act. It has to do with mistake of fact versus mistake of law. Attempt crimes only have to do with the suspect's state of mind (specific intent) and how far he went toward trying to accomplish the crime. I you think a dummy is a real person and you try to kill it, you have committed attempted murder and no argument about it being a dummy is going to save you (except the argument that you really knew it was a dummy and just hit it for a joke - if you can convince the jury of that). As to the intent element, it doesn't matter that you shot a dummy any more than if you had simply shot at and missed a real person. In neither case is there any actual harm, but you are punished for specifically trying to do something you knew was wrong. The act element differs from state-to-state, but actually hitting what you think is a person in the head with a hammer would satisfy the standard anywhere.

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    7. If I were the DA, I would not touch this case with a ten foot dummy. Sorry for the pun. I feel like I need to pop in the "Lars and the Real Girl" DVD into my player. Insanity.

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    8. The DA's office should get Baby Johnson as the star prosecutor.

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    9. Put into words a law student should see at some point during their first year: factual impossibility is not the same as legal impossibility. Even though it was factually impossible for him to commit murder, if the circumstances had been what he had supposed them to me (i.e. that was a sleeping hobo), he would have successfully carried out the crime. Thus, Attempted Murder.

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    10. Not a criminal practitioner, but seems like the same situation as when some creep thinks he's contacting a 12 year old, and then gets a a rude surprise when he shows up at the Budget Suites with a car full of.... supplies and devices.

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    11. Yes @1.29, but the statutes specifically provide for conviction of a crime (not attempt of that crime) if the person does what you said. I don't think there's a statute that specifically addresses the dummy situation, so it'll have to fall within what the law provides.

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    12. Nobody puts Baby Johnson in the corner. Let alone sitting next to a dummy.

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    13. I love this dummy thread!

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  5. http://www.reviewjournal.com/local/las-vegas/grand-jury-indicts-nevada-guardian-270-charges-racketeering-theft-and-exploitation - Word is that the guardian's attorney was also indicted. Anyone know the details?

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    1. Jared Schafer, what about his skank CPA who helped orchestrate the deal?

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    2. This is actually about April Parks, who learned all her tricks from Schafer. There should be multiple other people held responsible, but this is a start.

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    3. According to Colton Lochhead's twitter, April Parks and her husband have been arrested in Pennslyvania.

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  6. Word on the street is that Stiglich will likely be the Elizabeth Halverson of the Nevada Supreme Court. Any word on that? I know nothing about her.

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    1. 2:12 - that is insane. Her approval ratings in Washoe County were outstanding. I've watched oral arguments since she hit the Supreme's bench and have found her questions to be very good - it's clear she knows the record and is familiar with the case authority. I think she'll be a shining star on a bench which does not have much depth most of the time. You need better sources.

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    2. What street? She's smart, prepared and excellent. Likely will end up on 9th Cir.

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    3. Oh, she is from up north. Maybe that's why my sources discounted her. Stereotypes! Not everyone from Washoe County is a hillbilly.

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    4. Sesame Street

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    5. Stiglich is very smart and well prepared, a clear step up from the judicial and ethical trainwreck that she replaced.

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    6. Happy International Women's Day Judge Stiglich!

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    7. I just looked at her photo. Intelligent eyes. Her hair suggests she plays on the other team, if you know what I mean. Is she a big lefty?

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  7. Not sure who is saying that. Stiglich was very respected as a judge in Reno.

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  8. The only concern we should have with Justice Stiglich is keeping her from ending up on the 9th Circuit. She is going to be excellent.

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  9. Anybody know where we can read a copy of the April Parks indictment?

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  10. Here you go.
    http://ag.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/agnvgov/Content/News/PR/PR_Docs/2017/16AGJ151-IND-(Parks__April)-001..pdf

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  11. BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN!

    www.BoycottBitches.com

    I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don't know how to cook or clean, don't want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

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    1. So weird that Donald Trump would pick this blog for his new rant.

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    2. I absolutely 100% agree with 7:41 AM. Of all the women in America, the most likely to cause you problems (in an absolute sense, not by percentage) are American women.

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  12. Who cares about who you people? Re 7:41, who dat?

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