officials who moon their constituents
Convicted Orange County
Sheriff Mike Carona,
Nevada Supreme Court
Justice Nancy Saitta,
Clark County District
Attorney David Roger,
Clark County District
Judge Jackie Glass,
and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar
of convicted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona mooning
(Orange County Weekly photos)
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
January 19, 2009
LAS VEGAS - He's best known
for paying off politicians, supplying loose women to high rollers, squandering
tens of thousands each night in casinos, not paying his bills, and
allegedly sharing the purest cocaine known to man with some of his celebrity
Protected racketeer Rick
Rizzolo (above on left) is out of prison and seen partying in two cities.
And he has something to celebrate. A crooked Vegas judge and DA just let
his delinquent son off with probation for trying to kill a man during a
botched extortion attempt.
But not everyone close to
Rizzolo and his Newport
Beach social circle was so lucky. Ousted Orange County Sheriff Mike
Carona (shown front and rear above) was just found
guilty of felony witness tampering after allegedly sharing his department's
classified national crime files with the mob, and appointing Vegas' mob
restaurateur Freddie Glusman as an Orange County Deputy Sheriff. Throughout
Carona's career, his links to LV mobsters were well
reported -- the stuff of legend.
Thanks to Rizzolo and other
LV expatriates with homes in Newport Beach, dot-com entrepreneurs in Orange
County are learning more than we ever want them to know about nearby Las
Vegas -- a town in which we'd love to see them relocate.
While this is going on, our
town's village idiot, Mayor Oscar Goodman, is turning us into a laughing
stock by making national
news asking for Federal Economic Stimulus Plan money to build a museum
dedicated to his former (and current) mob clients and cronies.
Not long ago, Goodman said
he already had over $40 million in private funds dedicated to his outrageous
idea, but who can believe a mob lawyer? Now he says the money should come
from the taxpayers. Evidently, most of the private money he bragged about
has dried up after his idea became the brunt for national jokes, so now
he's going to the the Federal Treasury asking for sixty million tax dollars
to memorialize himself and his friends.
I can assure you that a few
thousand local war veterans who have been begging for years for an $800,000
Memorial in a local park take serious issue with Goodman.
even his staunchest supporter Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left)
is giving the middle finger to the idea despite Reid's best friend and
business partner Jay
Brown being an alleged associate of organized crime, and Oscar Goodman's
Intelligent Las Vegas residents
have been attempting to attract new, high tech industries to this valley
for a long time. However, even with our state's highly favorable tax climate,
such industries have not given us a second look. And now a mob museum to
bolster our town's image?
The mob is not the only deterrent
to attracting diversified new industry. Our expenditure
per student is one of the lowest in the nation; high
school drop out rate the fifth highest; and our governor just announced
a plan to cut
36% from the funding of UNLV.
Then last week, the mayor
pops up in the national spotlight with his mob museum, and the San
Jose Mercury, the newspaper serving Silicon Valley in California,
along with the Orange County Weekly that serves the west coast's
other high tech Mecca near Los Angeles, published stories that link our
city to the mob.
The Mercury wrote
about Dominic Rizzolo, the 26 year old son of racketeer Rick Rizzolo, getting
a slap on the wrist for stabbing a man after trying to extort $20,000 with
the threat, "Do you know who my family is?. The Weekly wrote about
Rick Rizzolo's pal, ousted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, being convicted
of a felony.
This kind of news in the
heartland of high tech industry certainly does little to bolster confidence
in our judicial system, quality of life, or attract educated new residents
and clean non-gambling industry to our town. Instead, Vegas comes across
as a lawless place with rampant political corruption and a brain dead local
Las Vegas is also a one horse
town with a single predominant industry -- gambling. Casinos report a 57.3%
drop in gambling revenue in 2008, and no other source of revenue exists
to support Nevada's infrastructure. Dominic Rizzolo is the image of the
new Las Vegas in Silicon Valley, and his father Rick Rizzolo and
Mike Carona are our new image in Orange County, California; another Mecca
for computer based technology.
Rizzolo's case was originally assigned to Clark County District Court Judge
Douglas Herndon, but at the last minute and without explanation, on December
28, the case was reassigned to Judge Jackie Glass (left), wife of one of
Mayor Oscar Goodman's cronies, Councilman/criminal defense attorney Steve
Everyone thought Dominic
was about to be sent to prison because last December, Glass threw the book
Simpson. But without the national media in her court, she obviously
bowed to political pressure and sentenced Rizzolo to probation.
At 9:30 AM, PST on Tuesday,
January 13, 2009, Judge Glass looked at this writer seated in the back
of her courtroom and stated: "I as a judge have some concerns about this
She then looked back at the
baby faced Defendant standing before her and proceeded to sentence Dominic
to a 24 month suspended sentence and 5 years probation for pleading guilty
to stabbing William Moyer on January 21, 2008.
No mention was made of laws
against carrying a concealed weapon. Police
said prosecutors should consider attempted murder and conspiracy charges,
Attorney David Roger and Judge Glass ignored their requests.
Judge Glass called the case
by reference to the name of the Defendant's attorney. Laughter suddenly
filled the courtroom when local mob lawyer Tony Sgro stepped to the bar.
The judge and Sgro momentarily
exchanged off the record pleasantries. Judge Glass was overheard very quietly
uttering the words: "Spending quality time," and "No foot rub, " to Sgro.
The rest of her friendly comments were inaudible. The two shared a laugh.
I have no idea what she meant.
I consider this unofficial
banter worth mentioning in light of the minimum sentence this "no-nonsense
judge known for tough sentences" proceeded to apologetically give Sgro's
A young female attorney representing
Clark County District Attorney David Roger dutifully told the court that
"The state had no opposition to probation and restitution."
Then there was discussion
about Dominic paying University Medical Center directly for Mr. Moyer's
three hour emergency surgery and six days in intensive care. No mention
was made of Rizzolo paying Moyer for pain and suffering; follow up care;
and loss of income during his months of recovery.
It was stated that Dominic
is "gainfully employed in Florida," words that should inspire Moyer's attorney
to hire investigators in that state to find out if Rizzolo has a bank account
and assets that can be liened in the sure event Moyer would win a civil
law suit against his confessed assailant.
But most important was the
fact that Judge Glass had the authority to send Dominic to prison -- but
Glass looked me straight
in the eye when she tried to explain her reason. She said that she had
no other choice than to go along with DA David Roger's recommendation to
give Dominic Rizzolo probation. It was obvious she was trying to patronize
her critics by passing the blame to the DA, then said "The facts in this
case are troubling."
If the facts troubled her,
she need not go along with the DA's wishes. According to a veteran criminal
defense attorney; "The judge has complete sentencing latitude unless the
plea bargain was marked 'binding,' indicating the judge participated in
and pre-approved the bargaining conditions."
Dominic's plea bargain was
not marked "binding."
Judge Glass almost whispered
when she suggested that in two years, Rizzolo's attorney come back and
request she withdraw Dominic's felony plea and replace it with a gross
misdemeanor. No one asked her to do this, at least not in open court. She
voluntarily made this offer.
Judge Glass' criminal defense attorney husband Steve Wolfson (shown on
left with his mentor Oscar Goodman) disagrees with her coddling a dangerous
criminal. On his
law firm's website, he clearly states: "People convicted of violent
crimes have their prison sentences impacted by the harm done to their victims."
"Any person who uses a... deadly weapon... in the commission of a crime
shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term equal
to and in addition to the term of imprisonment prescribed by statute for
had the option to heed his words instead of sending a confessed thug back
out onto the streets to possibly harm another innocent victim. But she
chose to do otherwise.
Her husband is interested
in succeeding Rick Rizzolo's former criminal defense attorney-cum-mayor
Oscar Goodman, and will need Goodman's endorsement and financial help to
be elected our next mayor.
When Judge Glass looked me
in the eye and almost apologized for the sentence she was about to render,
then blamed the absent DA, I remembered that Dominic is the son of the
man who in 2003 raised over $50,000 for then-candidate David Roger's campaign
to become Clark County's next District Attorney and later to be Dominic
Rizzolo's prosecutor! I couldn't help but wonder if Glass, Roger,
Goodman, and Wolfson were involved in a quid pro quo?
One week after Dominic was
sentenced, in another case, DA Roger was quoted stating: “no
one is above the law.” However, the person he was referring to, and
O.J. Simpson, were not the son of his major political fundraiser, and did
not employ Tony Sgro who donated space for Roger's political campaign office.
Goodman's early career was
bolstered by friends of Rick Rizzolo who paid him handsomely to keep them
on the street in order to continue their criminal activities. At the time,
he was known for charging one half million dollar retainers -- much of
which was allegedly paid to crooked judges including Goodman's
mentor, disgraced Federal Court Judge Harry Claiborne, Goodman's first
law partner. In return, Goodman seemed to always win his cases though his
presentation in court was inferior to most other local criminal defense
"I apologize, and accept
responsibility," stated Dominic Rizzolo after hearing the young Deputy
District Attorney recommend that her boss David Roger wanted him to get
Then Judge Glass said, "Don't
get in any more trouble or we'll see you again," while giving him 20 hours
a month of community service; requiring him to maintain a curfew; take
an anger management course; and have no contact with his victim or the
Dominic Rizzolo stabbed a
man in the chest with a six inch switch blade knife. The man almost died
from his wound.
An accomplice of O.J.
Simpson threatened several men with a gun. No blood was drawn.
A court house source told
me that robberies such as Simpson's happen every day in local hotels. If
no one is physically injured, the perpetrator -- if he has no criminal
history -- usually gets probation. Also, that the DA's and Department of
Parole and Probation's recommendation is not set in stone.
Neither Simpson or Dominic
Rizzolo had a previous felony conviction. But that's where the similarity
My court house source told
me that Dominic Rizzolo's attempted murder case was "ten times more serious"
than Simpson's because someone almost died.
Simpson got over 9 years
for threatening someone with a gun during a robbery. Dominic got
probation for sticking a knife in a man's chest during an extortion attempt.
"If you have any trouble
with your probation, I will send you to state prison," were Judge Glass'
"tough" parting words to Dominic.
Most telling was that not
one member of Dominic Rizzolo's family was present in court when he was
sentenced. Also, the District Attorney's office did not bother to interview
victim William Moyer at any time since the January 21, 2008 stabbing. These
two facts make it perfectly clear that the fix was in.
And according to the Review-Journal,
DA Roger also ignored the Metro Police request that Rizzolo be prosecuted
for attempted murder and conspiracy!
Dominic called Moyer to see
if he was home before driving to Moyer's house in an SUV with the license
plate covered by a T-shirt. That qualifies as a conspiracy.
As a small consolation, we
can now clearly identify two very corrupt politicians by their actions:
Judge Glass and District Attorney Roger. Both violated the public's trust
and demonstrated that they are not fit to serve in public office.
Unfortunately, based on our
town's history, I predict both Glass and Roger will follow in the footsteps
of other corrupt local politicians including Oscar Goodman and Nancy
Siatta, and be rewarded by election or appointment to higher office.
Remember it was then-Clark
County District Court Judge
Saitta that somehow presided over five concurrent "randomly" assigned
cases in which Rick Rizzolo was a party. In one case, a defamation of character
action brought by Rizzolo against his next door neighbor the late Buffalo
Jim Barrier, Saitta made this prejudicial statement on the record:
"Mr. Rizzolo has a good name in the community." She was later observed
at Rizzolo's Canyon Gate estate hugging
and kissing her generous host. Shortly thereafter, Saitta was elected
to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Saitta is also the judge
who instructed the jury to not consider blunt force trauma as the cause
David Fau's death following his 1995 beating by Rick Rizzolo's bouncers
behind the now-defunct Crazy Horse Too topless bar.
Speaking of "foot rubs,"
last Thursday, January 15, Rick Rizzolo's ex-wife Lisa
filed a document in Federal Court stating she would not reveal the whereabouts
of her and and her husband's hidden
assets unless unpaid
beating victim Kirk Henry's attorneys signed a Confidentiality Agreement.
She did so in complete defiance of an earlier court
According to her latest document,
she fears that "other individuals" would be named if she complied with
Federal Judge Foley's ORDER.
Could some of those "other
individuals" possibly be public officials who like to moon their constituents?
Document 60 Filed 01/15/2009 Page 7 of 10
At present, the only information
which has not been disclosed, is that which Ms. Rizzolo is concerned
is subject to privacy issues which she does not have the authority
to ignore because they involve the financial information of Rick
Rizzolo which he himself refused to disclose to Plaintiff or third
parties unrelated to this action. That information includes potential
insurance beneficiary information (Request to Produce No. 11), 2 joint
trust agreements and individual trust agreements involving other individuals
(Request to Produce Nos. 13 & 16).
(Emphasis added by SM)