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Depositions kept from public gaze in hepatitis cases
Friday, July 31, 2009
At a time when the Nevada Supreme Court is calling for more transparency in the courts, Las Vegas attorney Floyd Hale apparently doesn’t get it.
New attorneys assist in Harrah’s probe of high roller’s intoxication claims
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Harrah’s Entertainment has retained a national law firm to assist in an internal investigation into allegations that two of its casinos supplied a high roller with a steady flow of alcohol and drugs as he racked up tens of millions of dollars in gambling losses.
Vegas attorney thrust into Jackson family spotlight
Friday, July 24, 2009
Las Vegas attorney David Chesnoff has had quite a few high-profile clients over the years, but his latest one puts him smack in the middle of the story that has captured the world’s attention for the last month.
Return of Bogden to U.S. attorney post not going Reid’s way
Ensign’s support for reappointment may be factor in stalled nomination
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Four months after Sen. Harry Reid recommended bringing back a former Bush appointee as U.S. attorney for Nevada, the Obama administration is still vetting Daniel Bogden.
Government hater back in jail after skipping court date
Marshals to send ‘sovereign’ man charged in money-laundering case to Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Shawn Rice, one of the leaders of the sovereign citizens movement, is back in federal custody.

Clinics tied to hepatitis outbreak seek bankruptcy
Monday, July 20, 2009
Companies at the center of Nevada's hepatitis scare filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation Friday, potentially affecting the recovery of financial damages by patients at clinics operated by Dr. Dipak Desai.
High-roller fights law regarding collection of gambling debts
Experts: Man has a case that bad-check law does not apply
Friday, July 17, 2009
In the quarter-century since the Legislature passed a law allowing authorities to prosecute unpaid gambling markers as bad checks, no one charged with failing to pay back a casino has been able to persuade a court to overturn the oft-criticized law.

Casinos say former NBA star owes $822,500 in gambling debts
Walker charged with three felony counts of bad checks
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The district attorney’s office has filed a criminal complaint against former NBA all-star Antoine Walker alleging he failed to pay back $822,500 in gambling debts at three Las Vegas casinos.
Proposal to appoint judges seen as hot issue
But Reid, governor’s races may limit air time available to advocates, opponents
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Next year’s ballot initiative to appoint rather than elect judges appears to be on its way to becoming a hot-button issue on the campaign trail.
Judge green-lights suit against Gibbons
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Chief U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt is refusing to toss out Chrissy Mazzeo’s civil rights lawsuit. The former cocktail waitress alleges that several people conspired with Jim Gibbons on a cover-up after his encounter with Mazzeo outside a Las Vegas restaurant less than a month before his gubernatorial election.
CSN construction theft case will progress with 30 charges, not 34
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
District Judge Donald Mosley said Tuesday he is tossing out four counts that had been filed against construction chief William “Bob” Gilbert because, after researching case law, he concluded that a college associate vice president is not a public officer in Nevada.
Not a year into his job, courts chief leaving for New York
Friday, June 26, 2009
Ed Friedland had big plans to modernize the county court system and bring the Regional Justice Center into the 21st century.
Fox News had Hampton’s letter earlier than it said
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Fox News received Doug Hampton’s letter about Sen. John Ensign’s adulterous affair three days earlier than the network reported, according to information obtained exclusively by the Las Vegas Sun. Fox said it didn’t receive the letter until June 15, when it arrived as an attachment to an e-mail. But FedEx tracking of a “priority envelope,” which a reliable source said contained the hard copy, shows it was delivered on the morning of June 12. That would mean the national news organization had additional time to investigate and report Ensign’s affair before the senator’s own admission of the relationship with Hampton’s wife.
Spouse in Ensign affair sought help in letter to Fox News
Husband’s account of how wife’s affair with Ensign ‘ruined our lives and careers’ comes to light
Friday, June 19, 2009
In a letter dated five days before Sen. John Ensign’s confession of an affair, Doug Hampton pleaded to a national Fox News anchorwoman for help in exposing the senator.
Lawmaker: DA’s office used intimidation
State senator says it tried to head off his testimony
Friday, June 19, 2009
State Sen. Dennis Nolan has filed a sworn affidavit accusing the district attorney’s office of intimidating him into tempering his testimony for a family friend accused of sexual assault.
Unanswered: Why he told
Ensign and his staff silent as more details — and more questions — emerge on his affair with a former staffer.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Neither the FBI nor Metro Police are investigating any claim that Sen. John Ensign’s former mistress or her husband tried to blackmail the senator, spokesmen for the agencies confirmed Wednesday.
Herrera will serve out sentence in Las Vegas
Former commissioner who took bribes likely to spend six months in halfway house
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Former Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera is expected to return Thursday to serve out the remaining six months of his sentence at the Las Vegas Valley's only federal halfway house, the Las Vegas Community Corrections Center.
T. Arthur Ritchie Jr., Chief judge, District Court
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
T. Arthur Ritchie Jr. is the first Family Court judge to serve a two-year stint as chief judge in District Court in Clark County. He oversees 37 judges, 24 in District Court and 13 in Family Court.
Video of stabbing helps defendant get plea deal
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
To the casual observer, the district attorney’s office appeared to have an airtight murder case against longtime political activist and consultant Michael Chambliss.

To some, Bogden + Reid doesn’t add up
The senator says he’s recommending reappointment because the former U.S. attorney was fired unjustly
Saturday, June 13, 2009
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s recommendation that Daniel Bogden return as Nevada’s U.S. attorney has demoralized some prosecutors in the office and astonished other members of the legal community. The prospect of Bogden’s return “is disheartening,” a prosecutor said.
Former political consultant pleads guilty in stabbing death
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Michael Chambliss, a retired city employee and longtime political consultant, pleaded guilty this morning in the Nov. 9, 2005, stabbing death of a convenience store clerk.
Accused hate the system, so they use tricks to tie it up
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Members of the anti-government sovereign citizens movement have a reputation for flooding the courts with frivolous paperwork, and that’s exactly what two of the movement’s leading ideologues are doing in their federal money laundering case.
Hepatitis C trials unlikely to be moved
Plaintiffs lawyers: Case too big for Carson City
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When defense lawyers sought to move the upcoming trials over the 2008 hepatitis scare to Carson City two months ago, a plaintiffs attorney likened the legal strategy to a “Hail Mary in the first half of the ballgame.”
Lawmakers pave way for vote on appointing judges
Backers of plan that includes retention elections gear up for referendum next year
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Scarcely noticed in the final days of the Legislature was the approval of a plan to appoint rather than elect state judges. If voters say yes to the plan next year, advocates say, Nevada would greatly reduce the chance that someone as unqualified as Elizabeth Halverson would ever don a black robe.
Gilbert case may turn on investigator’s testimony
Attorneys for CSN official claim his remarks mislead grand jury
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
District Judge Donald Mosley on Monday refused to buy into the brunt of the defense’s attack on the theft case against College of Southern Nevada construction chief William “Bob” Gilbert and three other college employees.
Judge blasts CSN police probe of alleged theft
Investigation by construction chief called ‘slipshod’
Saturday, May 30, 2009
District Judge Donald Mosley on Friday slammed the College of Southern Nevada’s police investigation of its construction chief, William “Bob” Gilbert, as “slipshod” and said it looked as if the college’s primary aim had been to contain fallout from a Las Vegas Sun story. CSN Police Chief Sandy Seda sent his deputy chief, Daniel Bennett, and a sergeant to inspect the associate vice president’s Mount Charleston estate five days after a March 26, 2007, newspaper story alleged that Gilbert was using college construction equipment and materials to build his dream home on the 4.26-acre property. “These people went up there to do a little damage control,” Mosley said during a hearing on whether the judge should dismiss criminal theft charges against Gilbert.
Corruption allegations against prison guards shadow Aryan gang trial
Monday, May 25, 2009
Authorities have said all along that one of the most disturbing aspects of the Aryan Warriors case is the way the violent prison gang corrupted Nevada corrections officers.
Fusion center’s attention on prevention
Example: Suspicion raised by photo-taking at casino
Friday, May 22, 2009
Taking photos on the Strip is about as common as the betting at its blackjack tables. Thousands of tourists go unnoticed every day capturing their favorite Las Vegas attractions on film.
White supremacists will be tried before jury
One member’s decision to reject plea bargain kills deal for all six defendants
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Aryan Warriors racketeering trial came close to being called off Monday, as federal prosecutors and lawyers for the six defendants tried work out plea bargains at the last minute.

Gambler who lost millions claims he was plied with alcohol, drugs
Monday, May 18, 2009
High roller Terrance K. Watanabe is mounting an unusual defense to charges he failed to pay $14.7 million in Strip gambling debts. He is accusing Caesars Palace and the Rio of providing him with a steady flow of alcohol and — in the case of Caesars Palace — prescription painkillers as his losses increased. The Las Vegas Sun has obtained a copy of the seven-page letter, which maintains that Watanabe was in such an incoherent state that he was “incapable of forming the criminal intent” to avoid paying his gambling debts.
Aryan Warriors trial to begin amid threats of violence
Witness identities secret as prison gang members face racketeering charges
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Leading members and associates of the Aryan Warriors, a violent white supremacist prison gang, are set to stand trial on federal racketeering charges Monday under heavy security.
Widespread failure to pay business fees prompts plan
Proposed Web site intended to help companies, agencies
Monday, May 11, 2009
The revelation that Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chairman Morse Arberry let his companies slip into default with the state for not paying annual corporation fees has highlighted Nevada’s struggle to recoup millions of dollars in uncollected fees.

Judge to decide on confidentiality order status
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the massive endoscopy litigation filed court papers this week asking a judge to lift a year-old confidentiality order that has kept key depositions under wraps.
Killed crane oiler’s family sues MGM Mirage, others
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Dustin Tarter’s death on May 31, which at the time was the sixth in 18 months at the mammoth Strip project, sparked a one-day walkout by his fellow workers over unsafe working conditions.
NLV court ramps up as county tries to cut back
DA, others can’t keep pace, officials of cash-strapped Clark County say
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The severity of the budget crunch has Clark County clashing with North Las Vegas Justice Court over the court’s costly decision to ramp up its work on criminal cases. “We’re being made the whipping boy for the fiscal woes of the county,” Terri March, the North Las Vegas Justice Court administrator, said.
Assemblyman seeks unlikely title: Victim
Arberry, no real estate novice, sues his lender
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
In his lawsuit against Countrywide Home Loans, Las Vegas Assemblyman Morse Arberry portrays himself as naive to the cutthroat ways of the mortgage business.
Grand jury indicts high roller in $14.7M casino debt case
Watanabe charges expected to be filed in court this afternoon
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A county grand jury has indicted Nebraska philanthropist Terrance K. Watanabe on felony charges of theft and passing bad checks stemming from $14.7 million in gambling debts.
Assemblyman feels pinch of real estate market slump
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Las Vegas Assemblyman Morse Arberry is going to court to try to stop foreclosures on two of his rental properties and pushing for state laws that would address situations like his.
Mazzeo levels harsher claims against Gibbons
His attorneys say new conspiracy allegations are without proof
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Chrissy Mazzeo has filed court papers seeking to amend her civil rights lawsuit again, this time to directly name Gov. Jim Gibbons as a participant in a cover-up conspiracy she alleges occurred after her October 2006 encounter with the governor outside a Las Vegas restaurant. Mazzeo also says she was “blacklisted” as a cocktail waitress by the casino industry after a crush of publicity over her claims that Gibbons had assaulted her outside McCormick & Schmick’s three weeks before he was elected governor.
Developer accused of fraud taking a few hits
While under investigation, he loses lawyer, is threatened
Friday, April 24, 2009
Life is not getting any easier for bankrupt Pahrump developer Hans Seibt who, according to court records, has received threats of bodily harm.
Lawsuit: Health District mold that killed inspector also sickened others
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The family of a Southern Nevada Health District inspector who died in 2007 after being exposed to toxic mold at the district’s main office has opened a new front in its legal battle with health officials.
System sees threat in judge’s bid for pension
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
District Judge Doug Smith is suing the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System because he wants to collect retirement pay while drawing his $160,000 salary.

Judge rules against Culinary Union over ballot questions
Friday, April 17, 2009
District Judge David Barker today refused to order the city of Las Vegas to put two redevelopment ballot measures backed by the Culinary Union on the municipal ballot. Culinary Research Director Chris Bohner said the union would appeal the decision to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Goodman makes his (public) entrance
This time, the mayor comes to high court through front door
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman now has to use the public entrance at the Regional Justice Center, but he still enjoys some preferential treatment.
Lawyer asks state’s high court to throw out ... judge
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A Las Vegas attorney has asked the Nevada Supreme Court to consider removing Family Court Judge Robert Teuton from the bench.
Anesthesiologist who feds said was fall guy sues surgeons
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A Las Vegas anesthesiologist filed a slander and conspiracy lawsuit in District Court late Tuesday against key figures in a federal investigation into corruption within the legal and medical professions.
Battle over Las Vegas City Hall lands in District Court
Friday, April 10, 2009
Culinary Union leaders today filed a lawsuit in District Court seeking to force the city of Las Vegas to put two redevelopment initiatives on the June 2 ballot. The Nevada Supreme Court earlier this week refused to take action against the city, saying issues in the case must be addressed in District Court.
Mayor’s security end-around nags
Official condemns special treatment of Goodman, two other council members
Friday, April 10, 2009
The man who bears the brunt of responsibility for security at the Regional Justice Center says city marshals violated protocol this week when they bypassed public metal detectors and escorted Mayor Oscar Goodman and two city councilmen through a back route to a 17th-floor Nevada Supreme Court hearing.
Lawyers try to get hepatitis trials moved to Carson City
Defense attorneys say Desai can’t get a fair shake because of media coverage
Thursday, April 9, 2009
A year ago Dr. Dipak Desai wasted little time hiring a well-connected public relations firm to help him drum up favorable publicity in a growing hepatitis scare linked to his endoscopy clinics.
A push for open outbreak litigation
Lawyers in hepatitis C cases to argue for lifting confidentiality order
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Southern Nevadans and their lawmakers are eager to learn as much as possible about failing to prevent last year’s hepatitis C outbreak. But massive litigation over the outbreak has been mired in secrecy, keeping the public in the dark about exactly how and why thousands of patients were exposed to the potentially deadly virus.

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