Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day Weekend 2018

  • The results are in from the investigation in to Phil Kohn at the public defender's office.  It confirmed that "Mr. Kohn engaged in making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature in the workplace and engaged in inappropriate physical behavior toward employees." No word on what disciplinary action will be taken against him, but completely unrelated to the investigation, Kohn is retiring on January 11. The investigation, which took several months, was conducted by Robert Freeman at Lewis Brisbois. [RJ]
  • Be smart this weekend: don't drink and drive. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Marijuana Money

  • An immigrant mother separated from her daughter remains in custody and in limbo in Henderson. [TNI]
  • You think PERS is nice? What about a state retirement system for private industry workers? [TNI]
  • With loads of money being made from legal marijuana, there is still the issue of where to keep the money as banks close down a CEO's account. [LasVegasNow]
  • Click here if you want to read Judge Boulware's order regarding Dennis Hof with findings of fact detailing the history leading up to the Court reinstating his brothel license.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Endangered Juries

The CCBA and NYU Civil Jury Project are hosting a lunch to get input from former jurors about how to improve the Nevada state and federal court jury system. [eighthjdcourt blog]  What do you think about our jury system in Nevada? Is it working? Are changes needed? Are juries a thing of the past?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Court Is Not Impressed

  • Judge Richard Boulware granted preliminary injunctive relief to Dennis Hof and the Love Ranch. Hof is represented by Marc Randazza. [TNI; RJ
  • ill traffic violations be decriminalized? [Nevada Current]
  • Henderson is trying to regulate beekeeping. [RJ]
  • Here's a piece on how how Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe dealt with parties who engaged in excessive briefing. [Ukiah Daily Journal]

Monday, August 27, 2018

Trial By Peers

  • Despite being recently indicted, Mark Peplowski may sue to get his job back at CSN. [RJ]
  • The court with the teen attorneys. [News3LV]
  • Nevada's rising poverty population results in unmet legal needs. [TNI]

Friday, August 24, 2018

Champagne Wishes

  • A Republican attorneys general group is calling on Aaron Ford to release his bar applications for Nevada and Texas. [RJ]
  • A woman, represented by a California attorney, is suing Caesars over being hit in the face with a drone during the Fourth of July celebration. [KTNV]
  • Two weeks after charges of gross lewdness were dropped against Mark Peplowski, he was indicted yesterday on two gross misdemeanor counts of open or gross lewdness. [RJ]

Thursday, August 23, 2018

RIP Mark Hinueber

Mark Hinueber passed away today at age 66. [RJ]

The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hildago

  • Cliven Bundy, represented by Craig Mueller, filed another lawsuit against Nevada and Clark County. [RJ; TNI]
  • The man who sold ammo to Stephen Paddock was indicted on one count of manufacturing ammunition without a license. [RJ]
  • Nevada inmates held in an Arizona private prison are on a hunger strike. [TNI]
  • Now's your chance to join the ranks of the Inns of Court. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Manafort And Cohen

Yesterday there was news about a jury convicting Paul Manafort and, separately, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen entering into a plea agreement implicating President Trump in violations of campaign finance law. Here's a look at six takeaways from the Cohen plea from the NY Times.  Any predictions on where this goes now?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

They Tried

Monday, August 20, 2018

Conjugal Visits

  • Here's the latest on the Boulder City First Amendment/Crosswalk case. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's the latest in the Oracle v. Rimini Street legal battle. [diginomica]
  • Here's an update on bill draft requests for the 2019 legislative session, including one submitted by Tick Segerblom to allow conjugal visits. [TNI]
  • Two lawyers were killed near Chicago recently--one by his brother-in-law and another by an elderly client. Just a little reminder to be safe out there. [Chicago Tribune and]

Friday, August 17, 2018

More Federal Job Openings

  • From a press release: 

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada announces the pending retirement of United States Magistrate Judge George W. Foley, Jr. and United States Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman, Jr. After 14 years of dedicated service to the Court, United States Magistrate Judge George W. Foley, Jr. will be retiring on August 5, 2019. Judge Foley has diligently served as a Magistrate Judge in the District of Nevada since August 4, 2005. In addition, after eight years of dedicated service to the Court, United States Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman, Jr. will be retiring on August 4, 2019. Judge Hoffman has diligently served as a Magistrate Judge in the District of Nevada since August 5, 2011. 
The Court extends its gratitude to Judge Foley and Judge Hoffman for their years of service to the federal judiciary and to the community. Applications for the position of United States magistrate judge to fill these vacancies will be available on the Court’s website in the fall of 2018.

  • An alleged con man decided to skip sentencing and lose his plea deal. [RJ]
  • Judge Ron Israel made a favorable ruling for the AP potentially allowing them to recover their fees under anti-SLAPP laws against Steve Wynn. [USNews]
  • Nevada courts rely on criminalized traffic tickets. [Nevada Current]

Thursday, August 16, 2018


  • Judge Miranda Du dismissed a lawsuit over an alleged fake western painting. [RGJ]
  • Dennis Hof is suing Nye County (for the fourth time in a year). [RJ]
  • Hundreds of newspapers coordinated editorials to denounce President Trump's attacks on the media. [KNPR]
  • Michigan erroneously added AG Adam Laxalt's name to an amicus brief. [TNI]
  • Save the date of October 12, 2018, 5-11 p.m. for the 22nd Annual Craig P. Kenny & Associates Open House.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

West Virginia Impeachments

Someone mentioned it in the comments yesterday, but if you haven't heard what is going with the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, you should read this article from the New York Times to catch up. The short version is that the West Virginia House of Delegates passed 11 articles of impeachment against the 4 sitting justices on the Court, much of which is related to lavish spending.

There is no direct Nevada connection to this story that we know of, but it is a reminder that the judiciary is not immune from accountability. What do you think about this story?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Eagle Feathers

  • There have been a flurry of filings in the execution case before the Supreme Court. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • What is going on at the PD's office? [RJ]
  • Here's a profile on Greg Brower. [Vegas Inc.]
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently learned it is illegal for non-Native Americans to possess bald eagle feathers. [LasVegasNow]
  • You can get a free half credit of addiction CLE if you attend the civil bench bar meeting today. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, August 13, 2018

Back To School 2018

  • A federal judge rejected a drug maker's request to block Nebraska from using its drugs in an execution next week. [Washington Post]
  • Meanwhile, the Nevada Supreme Court is stepping in on the issue here in Nevada. [FoxReno]
  • A tech billionaire and crime victims' advocate (whose sister is the namesake of Marsy's law) was arrested in Las Vegas for drug trafficking. [NBCNews]
  • The Las Vegas City Council is set to vote on building a new courthouse for its municipal courts. [RJ]
  • Stephen Stubbs is resorting to public shaming to get legislative support. [Nevada Current]

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Grand Opening Of I-11 Bypass

  • A reader wants to know what measures your firm has taken with regard to cyber security. Apparently, some firms in town have been hit by hackers and taken for cyber ransom. Do you have a plan in place? Are you the victim of breach? Here is a recent article about legal cybersecurity from the National Law Review for your consideration.
  • Judge Joe Hardy got after Metro for withholding public records requested by the RJ regarding sex trafficking and prostitution. [RJ]
  • The lewdness case against Mark Peplowski was dismissed. [RJ]
  • The City of Henderson is hiring four firms (Garman Turner Gordon LLP; Peterson Baker PLLC; Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey, and Thompson; and Snell and Wilmer LLP) at $350/hr for attorneys and $100/hr for paralegals in the lawsuit brought by former police chief Patrick Moers. [RJ]
  • An SEC filing reveals that outgoing Wynn general counsel Kim Sinatra is getting a $1.8 million settlement; it also reveals that her successor Ellen Whittemore will be paid $600K a year plus benefits. [RJ]
  • The I-11 bypass will open today cutting about 30 minutes off the trip to Arizona. [news3LV
  • We're going to take advantage of that bypass opening and get out of Vegas to enjoy this last weekend before school starts. We'll be back next week. Remember to watch out for school kids on Monday morning!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gov's Getting Married

  • Governor Brian Sandoval is getting married this weekend. [TNI]
  • Danny Tarkanian, represented by Marc Randazza, sent a cease and desist letter to Susie Lee, represented by Todd Bice. [TNI]
  • The DA race is over, but the push for reform of the bail system isn't. [Nevada Current]

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Student Council For Adults

In the sports-themed August Nevada Lawyer, Richard Pocker uses his message from the president to talk about the team sport of bar leadership. He writes, "There is a tired, inaccurate myth that state bar leadership and politics are nothing more than student council for adults, populated by insider cliques who only look out for themselves." He then goes on to say why that is not true today and invites "all of you to join the debate and search for solutions, regardless of where you stand on the issues." Thoughts, comments, questions?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Facts Of Life

  • Federal court caseloads in Nevada grow as vacancies on the bench go unfilled.  [RJ]
  • Judge Rob Bare denied a motion by CCSD to vacate an arbitration award in favor of teachers. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Did the new  Clark County administrator of human services violate ethics law? [RJ]
  • There have been 12 arrests so far as the rape test kit backlog gets reduced. [news3LV]
  • The mother accused of killing a four-year old boy was going to be released on her own recognizance by Pro Tem Justice Court Judge Jeannie Hua. [LasVegasNow]
  • If you want to apply to be a pro tem in Justice Court, the deadline is August 15. [CCBA]

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Identity Theft Central

  • DA Steve Wolfson wants to conduct a public review so that people understand why the grand jury did not indict an ex-Metro officer in the death of Tashii Brown. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court said inmates aren't getting a healthy diet. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Here's a look at probation, parole, and the Day Reporting Center. [TNI]
  • Nevada is the top state for people to become victims of identity theft. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The City of Las Vegas hired the Eglet firm to sue opioid makers. [RJ]

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Old Las Vegas Lore

  • One of our readers tipped us off about a recent 9th Circuit opinion finding the Nevada Supreme Court in error and retelling the fascinating facts of the case involving a bank robbery, Mexico, torture, FBI agents, Judge Jack Lehman, an intolerable risk of bias, and [then] attorney David Wall. 
  • Any other tales of old Las Vegas you want to share?