Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mayberry


  • Here's a look at the Las Vegas Municipal Court elections. [RJ]
  • Boulder City is looking for a new city attorney. [RJ]
  • Silverstone Association is going to sue for restoration of their golf course. [RJ]
  • A panel of the Nevada Supreme Court reversed an attempted murder conviction. [RJ]
  • SpeedVegas responds to allegations of safety violations. [Fox5Vegas]

29 comments:

  1. Some judges just cannot take a hint. WATSON ROUNDS, P.C. VS. DIST. CT. (HIMELFARB & ASSOC.) (Case 69747). Gonzalez hits Watson Rounds for fees. WR runs a writ and the Nevada Supreme Court grants the Writ and send it back to Betsy with instructions on what to do. She grants the same award of fees against WR on remand. F-U Supreme Court. Well WR ran a writ and Supreme Court vacated the Award and basically told Betsy she didn't follow instructions. Couldn't happen to a nicer judge.

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    1. I'm not a Gonzalez fan. I've never thought her to be that bright or insightful. She's just a know-it-all that shoots from the hip and acts brilliant. Arrogant.

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    2. I've appeared in front of Judge Gonzalez on criminal and civil matters. I've found her to be intelligent and incisive. Getting slapped by the Nevada Supreme Court is not a reflection on Judge Gonzalez. I have far more respect for Judge Gonzalez than our embarrassment of a State Supreme Court.

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    3. Agreed @ 10:54 a.m.

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    4. @10:54 Do you respect her for giving the middle finger to the Supreme Court, when she is bound by their decisions? I'm not saying she's a bad judge (although she does scare me b/c I never know what she is going to do), but this just seems like a stupid thing for her to do.

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  2. She suffers from the disease that many really good litigators do which makes them less than adept judges, which is that she thinks she is smarter than the attorneys in front of her and decides the case based upon how she tries it in her head rather than how the trial/hearings actually proceeded.

    She thinks, no wait she KNOWS, she is smarter than anyone on the Supreme Court so she has no respect for them or their rulings.

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    1. And she probably is

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    2. "probably" is not strong enough

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  3. In reading the article on the Municipal races, it details all of Kerns' purported accomplishments, to a large extent based(apparently) on information he provided to the RJ reporter. So, it seems clear that, as a veteran campaigner, he skillfully handled this opportunity to provide info. and a narrative that resulted in his career record being portrayed in a fairly impressive manner in the article.

    On the other hand, Eller demonstrated her relative political inexperience and missed a golden opportunity. The representations she made concerning her own experience and accomplishments, and her ideas for the court, were competently handled. However, she provides no compelling reason for removing someone who the article generally portrayed as a stellar 20 year veteran of the bench. Hell, she didn't even provide a rational reason. She merely said because Kerns has been there 20 years he must be out of touch with the community. But most readers would conclude that someone who is on the bench that long, and who is involved with all the projects the article credited him for, must in fact be very in touch with the community.

    As to the Almase race, they did Robert Kurth a big favor by just referencing one prior attempt at a judgeship. I've in fact lost track of how often he has run. I guess the good news for him, despite him raising very little money, is that I assume he must have attained a fair level of name recognition by this time. That could help him--particularly since the public generally pays very little attention to, and has very little information on, judicial races.

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    1. Our community should want more judges like Kerns. I remember when Eller was traffic commissioner. She was fine. I guess. Kerns is as beneficial to our community as any judge in the city or county. Nothing that I've seen about Eller makes me feel that she would fill the void that would be left by Kerns' departure.

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    2. That's right. A challenger should be prepared to give voters very sound reasons to remove an entrenched incumbent.

      Eller has an excellent campaign manager, so it appears she may have prepared for this interview on her own, without consulting her manager. Therefore, the only reason should could think of to remove the incumbent is that he must be out of touch since he has held the job for 20 years. Yet the tone of the article would suggest to voters that based on all of Kerns' accomplishments, we would be well served to keep him for another 20 years.

      Whether or not he should in fact be re-elected, and whether or not Eller would be a better judge, is rendered largely moot. Kerns apparently prepared well for this interview, and was prepared to discuss all the court and community programs he believes he should be credited for. And when given a chance to counter all that, all Eller can say is hat those programs(particularly youth drug court) are great, but Kerns must be out of touch with the community because he has been there so long. Makes no sense. She should use this as a learning experience--and a very costly one as it may be the first and last interview the RJ conducts of the candidates prior to the primary.

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    3. I live in the City and I'm not voting for Kerns because I can't afford his ego. Throwing people in jail for lengthy incarceration because they offend him is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. I want someone with more sense.

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    4. Could be you're right, but the bloggers were making the point that Kerns had the political savvy to effectively present his case for re-election to the RJ, while Eller lacked the political acumen to advance any substantive argument to remove a 20 year incumbent who supposedly accomplished all the things the RJ gave him credit for.

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    5. Eller was not fine. She was booted from an easy job as traffic commisioner for multiple reasons. One big reason was she was an hour late almost every day. Nice lady but she made planning a morning of appearances extremely difficult.

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  4. i'm bored in my current job doing something that rhymes with funsuction treesex. Been doing it for 5 years now and am afraid I'm stuck here. I'm paid well, but obviously it is not rewarding. I'm constantly stuck answering to other people and don't really make decisions. Also, I have none of my own clients and am not really sure where to find them.

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    1. Been there. Done that. You aren't being paid well. If you want to continue being bored, do great work, and get friendly with your adjusters. They need to start sending you work, not just your boss.

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    2. according to this post https://lasvegaslawblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/bonus-round-2016-plus-compensation.html I'm well paid, but I digress. boss doesn't let me speak to adjusters.

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    3. No I digress. Seriously I thought that if there is a part of this profession that involves either funsuction or treesex, count me in. (Although I acknowledge that both of those activities are now prohibited in California, I think they are still legal here).

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  5. http://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/sex-crimes/arrest-report-says-las-vegas-cabdriver-returned-victim-s-home-after-sexual-assault

    "The surveillance footage from the cab shows Based picking up the woman from The Cosmopolitan just before 4:45 a.m. on March 6. The woman passes out in the back seat, according to the arrest report, and Based can be seen reaching back and touching her inner thigh.

    A couple minutes later, Based pulls the cab over on the 215 Beltway near Windmill Lane and tells the woman to get in the front seat. Based can be seen sexually assaulting the woman multiple times during the drive and while parked in her driveway, according to the report.

    When questioned by police, Based said he 'made a mistake, because a married man should not be doing this sort of thing,' according to the report. He also said it would 'be okay for a single man, but not someone who was married.'"

    How, in 2017, is this even what someone would think!

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    1. This is horrifying.

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    2. "When management confronted Based about the incident, according to the arrest report, he said he 'would give her some money to make it ok.'”

      *blink, blink*

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    3. Not that it makes things okay, but the driver is from a different culture and has not been in the US all that long. That's why his line of thinking seems so foreign to us.

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    4. It's still not okay, and it's definitely not okay that you're making excuses for him.

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    5. Definitely not ok. Not OK there. Not OK here. Not OK anywhere.

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    6. 8:44pm, you just spelled out the justification for Donald J. Trump immigration policy in two sentences. If you are correct, then maybe the ostensibly xenophobic policy is correct. If it is just the fact that this guy is a weirdo, even among his own culture, then maybe we are painting with an overly broad brush. But what is not okay is justifying by saying "we need to cut him a break because his culture is a little different." If that is his culture, his culture sucks.

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    7. I don't read 8:44's comment as an attempt to "make excuses" for this guy. Sounds like he/she's just giving context in response to 3:28. And to be clear, I don't think it's "ok" in the slightest, what has been alleged here.

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    8. 9:33-- I would give your point so additional credence if Donald Trump also did not think it was OK to touch women in inappropriate ways without consent.

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  6. Do you ever think "I don't think this capcha knows what it is talking about?"

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