Friday, July 7, 2017

No Sex In The Champagne Room


  • Alexis Plunkett was indicted on a dozen felony charges for allowing a client/inmate to use her cell phone. Her current attorney Michael Becker says she believed the use was permitted under the CCDC guidelines. [RJ; Fox5VegasDaily Mail]
  • Attorney Curtis Cannon, who made headlines a few years back for engaging in a sex act with an inmate client, was sentenced to five years probation yesterday. [RJ]
  • For those of you wondering, Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct 1.8(j) says, "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced. This paragraph does not apply when the client is an organization." [We'd link to the rules, but the Legislature's site is still down/inaccessible because of fires [RJ].]
  • Kathleen Drakulich was appointed as the newest judge in Washoe County. [KTNV]
  • Here's the latest on Legacy Golf Club, including language that requires it to be a golf course until 2038, as lawyers start to get involved. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Some of you have written us complaining about the new e-filing site--please feel free to continue your complaints in the comments as some of the people who make decisions about these types of things read the blog.

59 comments:

  1. Extry Extry Read All About It: Daily Mail Puts Local Coverage to Shame!

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    1. How so? The virtual rag that is Daily Mail literally took facts reported by the RJ in several stories and just reposted them. No new facts, no new quotes.

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  2. I wished the powers that be actually read this site and knew what a complete abject failure the new E-File system is. Horrible. Atrocious. You will not find a larger dissident against Tyler Technologies than I was but I can unequivocally state that they took a system which worked and replaced it with a complete disaster. We took the training class. That does not change the fact that it lost all functionality.

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  3. Agreed. They took a crap system and made it way worse. Their online help is zero help. It just sucks. Makes what used to take 5 minutes now take 20 minutes. Stupid.

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  4. So you can have sexual relations with an organization? Good to know.

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    1. Yeah, I plan on incorporating all my hot clients. Now I just need to find hot clients.

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    2. Every month when the bills go out, I give it to the insurance company nice and slow, yeah nice and slow.

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    3. Right before the insurance company gives it right back to you with vengeance when they cut your bills. The only one really getting f*&ked there is you.

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    4. Does that mean that when your client is an organization, you are ethically permitted to screw it?

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  5. More than any other Nevada firm lately, the path to the bench seems to go through McDonald Carano. Andy Gordon, Miranda Du and now Kathleen Drakulich.

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    1. Pretty bizarre in my opinion. It's a good firm, but I'm shocked there aren't more contenders from the other big firms. It's not like McDonald is the undisputable big dog.

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    2. Of the half dozen or so top firms in the state, it's the only one with a more dominant presence in northern Nevada than Vegas. Also, since LSC folded, its the last of the true "Nevada" firms, and the powers that be eat that kind of thing up.

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    3. The bigger question is how many lawyers from bigger firms even apply for the sate court positions? Very few lawyers are willing to take a pay cut for a job that requires them to campaign and shmooze. That is why we end up with so many judges who became a judge for a pay increase. In most cases (yes, there are exceptions, but they are just that -- limited exceptions), if a lawyer is getting a pay increase by becoming a judge, they are not what most would consider the cream of the crop.

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    4. And Magistrate Judge Cooke.

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  6. Anyone know anything about the new judge in Reno? And thoughts on Jim Keller getting passed over twice despite making it to the top 3?

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    1. Drakulich is a great attorney. Well rounded. Experience both with the District Attorney's Office and with complex civil matters. If you have ever done energy law you know who she is and that she is well respected. Keller has never tried a case in the state courts in the State of Nevada. I searched and could not find any record in Washoe or Clark that Keller had ever even APPEARED in State Court in the State of Nevada. Seriously you want to be appointed a Judge presiding over a Court you have practiced before--that takes balls.

      Drakulich is well respected in the legal world in Washoe. I know there was a comment about McDonald Carano but they (along with Woodburn) are old-school Nevada firms that are well respected. In Vegas our big local firms have either blown apart (LSC/G&S) or have merged out of existence (Hale Lane/Beckley/Jones Vargas). Conversely there is no record in either Federal Court or State Court of Keller ever handling a civil case in the State of Nevada on any level-- ever. I handle quite a bit of work up north and asked people about him and no one had ever heard of him. He is like a middling attorney in the US Attorneys Office that no one knows and has accomplished nothing. Plus I read numerous comments on this blog by people who indicated that he is not the most ethical attorney.

      Finally Drakulich is a 30 year attorney and resident of Reno who has been appointed to numerous state committees and panels and is active in the Reno community. On Keller's application when he was asked about community service and involvement, his answer was something like "I consider prosecuting criminals for the Federal Government to be my service to the community." Its your job. He has no community involvement. The last time he was an applicant someone made a comment that the Committee picks finalist who is out of the league to protect the candidate who they want to get it. I am wondering if that is the case with Keller because on paper you wonder "How did this guy get through?"

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    2. Eric Johnson was also a lawyer who never practiced in Nevada state court. He seems to have turned out just fine.

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    3. Barney Rubbel sucks aka Eric Johnson

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    4. Eric Johnson turned out fine? On what planet are you living?

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    5. All you Eric Johnson haters need to go. He's a solid judge. His wife is a fucking nightmare.

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    6. Barney Rubbel is hot. I like his jogging getup.

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    7. Get down you hot sweaty Bam Bam.

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    8. I need a bone in my hair like Baby Bam Bam, Baby Johnson.

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  7. Nothing about Alexis getting plowed in the visiting room of her buddy.

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  8. I don't know Alexis Plunkett. But the whole thing seems like a witch hunt and waste of time and resources. It looks like a payback because she apparently sued CCDC so they thought they would catch her doing something inappropriate. We really care that much that she kissed a client and let him use her cell phone? Give me a break. There are real crimes out there worth investigating, and real ethical issues like Rob Graham's stuff worth looking into. The whole thing is just ridiculous.

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    1. Uh, she didn't sue CCDC. She sued NDOT, which operates High Desert State Prison. CCDC is operated by Metro.

      And yes, we do care that she let him use a cell phone. Prisoners' communications are monitored, with the only exception being conversations subject to Attorney-client privilege. Just how hard was it not to call his family from her cellphone and leave it on speakerphone while he chatted away? And, it is a "real crime." If you don't like it, take it up with the legislature.

      Shit like this makes us look bad and makes it harder to do my damn job. I already can't bring my cell phone into HDSP. That Rob Graham screwed up and left clients high and dry in no way excuses her conduct.

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    2. *NDOC (Corrections, not Transportation)

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    3. @2:51. You are, of course, correct. My apologies. I glare at NDOT signs enough that I mistakenly typed in the wrong agency.

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  9. Alexis, please stop posting stuff (only you would use the word witch hunt).

    Also, I wonder if anyone at the state bar has looked at the timeline of your relationship with your BF and your admittance to the state bar.

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    1. Why the fuck would that timeline matter?

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    2. Yeah--he has felony convictions dating back to prior to her admission to the state bar. It is possible she met him at the local gangbanger block party, but more likely that she started dating him after she started representing him.

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    3. Her defense will be that she is fucking the gang, not the individual gang member. ROFLMAO

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    4. 1:39 here. I am not Alexis, but a fellow member of the NV state bar. I genuinely don't understand why this is getting so much attention. And attention/publicity aside, it seems to me that there are real crimes and real ethical complaints that warrant investigation and prosecution. I do not practice in criminal law so maybe I'm just not adequately informed.

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    5. Really? You "genuinely" don't understand why this is getting so much attention? Really? At all? Not even one little tiny fraction of a reason is popping into your head? Not one glimmer of comprehension? Nothing? At all? Really? REALLY?

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    6. I can't stop laughing about the claim that "1:39" is not Alexis.

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    7. 1:39, I get it if you don't do crim. I'm a crim defense attorney. When inmates communications are not monitored they can do things like intimidate witnesses, coach people to lie, and just all around suck balls. Thus making our jobs harder and pissing off the prosecutors. And its against the law. By giving her phone to an inmate she allowed him to do all of these things. The reason it is such a big deal is that she didn't STFU and try to make this go away, thus making it a bigger story than it needed to be and putting a target on her back. Look at Curtis Cannon, he STFU, he went away, and if he does what he's supposed to, he won't even be a felon. That's how you take care of shit like this.

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    8. This is 1:39 again. 3:12--good explanation and that helps. I'm a little surprised that I actually got a civil response and knew when I posted what I did that plenty would respond like 2:44 and 2:55. And that's cool, whatevs. Cheers.

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    9. It was really dumb of her. But indicting her over it seems ridiculous. Maybe fining her and suspending her from the practice of law for six months plus a whole lot of community service would be more appropriate. Although 3:12 makes some really great points that shouldn't go unnoticed, it appears to me that she was just being dumb and needs enough of a punishment to make sure no other attorney does this. Indicting her seems way too extreme.

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    10. I agree with 1:53. I don't believe anyone except Alexis would use the term "witch hunt." And if 1:39 is not Alexis and is an attorney who could not comprehend what is wrong with the behavior, then 1:39 shouldn't be a lawyer.

      I love Alexis' new lawyer's explanation - she believed what she did was permitted. Doesn't everyone know ignorance of the law is not a defense - especially for a criminal defense attorney. I guess the lawyer is doing the best he can with the shit sandwich that is this representation.

      I also wonder if she would not have gotten slammed so hard if she had acknowledged what she did was wrong and stupid instead of being a smack-talking loudmouth about how she did nothing wrong, she was going to show the Man who's boss, and seemed to suggest she would be very likely to continue the conduct if she was not delivered the message very strongly. Jamming a red hot poker in the eye of the system when you are dead wrong is not usually a great strategy.

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  10. Alexis is a not so hot mess.

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  11. Rob. Graham.
    Who. You. People.

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  12. Sorry to burst your sh!t bubble but I don't post anonymously on here, unlike you people who spend all day draggin me. Get a life.

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    1. @Alexis, you stole a move right out of HBO's The Night Of's playbook with the whole unlawful/sexual acts with inmates. Bravo. Have fun in jail - come out like Martha

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    2. I am charged solely with using a cell phone and not anything else.

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    3. Alexis- I think they're making it more than it should be. You need to be punished, but not indicted. That's a waste of taxpayer dollars. Unless there's evidence that some wrong was actually done with whatever calls were made, it appears that you were just being dumb. Being dumb isn't or shouldn't be a criminal offense. A precedent can be set in a much fairer way. Good luck. I know that people like to pile on a bit and talk about others, especially anonymously, but I think you deserve better. My comments don't excuse what you did, but this isn't like a Rob Graham level of "crime".

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    4. Nobody said what she did is the equivalent level of evil as Rob Graham. But "being dumb" when you are a lawyer and pretty much your entire job is to know the rules? Sorry, doesn't cut it. No one has ever mistaken the RJ for the New York Times. Why would anyone be surprised at the local media attention this silly circus gets in our Kardashian & Trump-loving world when it has tabloid-esque elements and Alexis just continues to fuel the fire.

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    5. Sorry to burst your bubble Alexis but no one spends more than a few moments commenting on your situation once in a while. This isn't that important to anyone except you - this is a gossip website. But I guess when a person does stupid stuff then doubles down on it, and it's all out there in the public eye, there's not much else to say except call people who remark on it "haters," say "get a life," and convince oneself that it's a "witch hunt." I don't wish you any ill. I do wish you would stop digging the hole deeper but you don't seem to have the judgment to realize that's what you are doing. I feel bad for you. Your behavior makes people suspect that you have drug and/or mental health problems.

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  13. I spoke to the RJ one time, almost 2 months ago. Never spoke again. And I just broke both legs so any of the 50 doctors who have my blood can confirm I'm drug free lol. But thanks for your concern!! ��

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    1. Please get help.

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    2. How did you break both of your legs?

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    3. Broke both your legs or they were broken by someone? (Surenos don't mess around).

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    4. @ 9:12 - Haha!

      But on that note, let's hope Alexis doesn't find out who the anonymous posters are and send her boyfriend(s) after them. As noted, Surenos don't mess around!

      Alexis - you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say and continue to post online can and will be used against you. Amazingly enough, when you commented about Langford's reason for not wanting to represent you to the RJ, it was a privilege waiver. As a criminal defense attorney, you should know this.

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  14. Go away. You are not even or barely a criminal defense attorney, at least in Nevada. It appears your only cases are for the Surenos. And even Langford bailed on you because you are too whacky and won't be quiet. Listen to advice from the person above who said be quiet.

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    1. And sorry about the broken legs.

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  15. Totally agree that the new e-filing system sucks....it needs to go away.

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    1. It needs to be completely abandoned. It is ATROCIOUS. I would not expect a filing system this archaic in the rurals.

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  16. I hate that I can't download .pdf documents, if I go into a case it just gives me a picture of a pleading.

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  17. Hate the new e-filing system so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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