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at Prison Themed Party in Newport Beach,
then a Judge Gives Him a Bon Voyage Present by
Throwing Out Buffalo Jim Barrier's Lawsuit!
and Steve fought a good fight. You
should be proud of yourselves.
I read everything Steve writes. I voted the way Steve suggested so I
could bring the item back, but nobody cared. It wouldn't have made a
difference. Incidentally, tell Steve I'm having the pot holes on his
street fixed." -
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian to Buffalo Jim Barrier the day after the
Crazy Horse Too received a permanent liquor license
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
May 7, 2007
Rick Rizzolo and O.C.
Sheriff Mike Carona, Freddie
Glusman, Carona and Gary Primm, Lois and Jerry
NEWPORT BEACH - My source in lush Newport Beach, California
described a bunch of Orange County and Las Vegas businessmen and mob
guys acting like amateur OB/GYN's "practicing
their love" with
a bunch of Sin
babes last Sunday at a
party to honor convicted felon Rick Rizzolo three weeks before he goes
off to the slammer.
Why was the party held in Newport Beach instead of Vegas? Possibly
because of who attended and their desire not to be identified. And
Newport and Laguna Beach are the sanctuaries
of Sin City movers and shakers.
It was a grand bon
voyage party at Freddie Glusman's Ritz Restaurant
(Rizzolo is the suspected hidden owner), but after the last guest
vanished into the foggy night, Rizzolo came to the realization he has
only three weeks left of
his freedom. On May 22, he'll turn himself in at the gate of Taft
Federal Prison Camp for a lonely
twelve month stay as pay back for years of racketeering and tax
Barrier was not invited to
Among the honored guests were casino owner Gary
Primm, and former UNLV
basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Inspired by my INSIDE VEGAS column, "Coming
Soon! The Frederick Rizzolo
spent thousands for authentic costumes and party favors.
This is how my source
described the melancholy evening: "I despise these
people. Rizzolo had Joe Pesci, Jerry Tarkanian, Gary Primm among other
old Las Vegas cronies of his that have one foot in the grave. They were
accompanied by silicon filled hookers that stood out at the Ritz like
the Grand Wizard of the KKK at a Martin Luther King rally. Others
present were very prominent professionals in business in the Newport
Beach area. Guests were all met by Ritz employees dressed in prison
outfits pointing machine guns at them. All guests were provided with
handcuffs and other prison/inmate related novelties. In addition, all
guests had their pictures taken while standing behind a makeshift
prison cell with jail bars with Taft Penitentiary booking number and
was meant to be a slap in the face to the Feds."
Frederick Designer Strait Jackets
Mr. Frederick Designer Bite Masks
Includes crotch strap to prevent slipping jacket over
head To be used with Wrist Cuffs (below)
Mr. Frederick Belly Chain-Separated Wrist Cuffs
Mr. Frederick Leg Irons (satin finish w/2 keys)
Rubber Suicide Smocks (one size fits all)
Full Body Restraint & Quit Smoking Bags
(Right) Mr. Frederick Spit
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when I
penned the column that
linked to the manufacturer and
distributor of real jail products, I never imagined inspiring a
sick going away party for a hoodlum, or the expenditure of
thousands of dollars to purchase bite masks, spit nets, straight
jackets, and hand cuffs to be used as party favors!
That said, two ironies occurred last Sunday. One of the guests, Gary
Primm, is the holder of an unlimited gaming license. In Nevada,
unlimited gaming license holders are not allowed to associate
known felons. But there he was, hob knobbing with Rizzolo and his
many of whom are very familiar with the inside of a jail cell.
Then there was former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. His
presence wouldn't be problematic other than his wife is a Las Vegas
City Councilwoman who had just voted to grant a mob
straw man a permanent liquor license to run Rizzolo's blood soaked Crazy
Horse Too topless bar in his absence.
Granted, Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said she purposely voted with the
majority to give her the option of bringing the item back for
reconsideration, especially after LV Metro Police and her own City
her to deny the license. But
alas, the five days allowed for scheduling a reconsideration passed
without her taking action.
Then there's Jerry Tarkanian's appearance at Rizzolo's farewell. Jerry
son Danny has ambition to run for high political
office, but his dad's friendship with mob guys may not be an asset to Danny's
political plans. One thing's for sure, the heaviest of Vegas' political
campaign contributors are regulars at the Ritz, and many were spotted
mingling with Danny's dad at last Sunday's event.
Another Ritz regular is Orange
County Sheriff Mike Corana. Suspected of having mob ties, Sheriff
Corana has access to secret organized-crime databases. Maybe
that's why he's the favorite son of Rizzolo's cronies who have second
homes in the beach cities. (Rick Rizzolo owns a 3,700 sq. ft. beach
front estate, but has not yet paid beating victim Kirk
Henry one cent from his personal assets, or those he transferred to
in a hastily arranged
divorce settlement during the middle of the Federal
investigation -- an action that can be reversed by the Federal Court.)
Reverberations from the City Council's ethical lapse keep coming. Weeks
after the permanent liquor license for the Crazy Horse was approved, a
story entitled "American
Success - Vegas Style" appeared on the front page of the Las Vegas SUN. City Hall reporter Mark Hansel wrote: "Several on the council said they went
along with a second temporary license only to give Metro time to finish
an investigation of the business. But when the report came back last month,
the council disregarded Metro's recommendations..."
"The City Council, though, ignored the
advice from its top law enforcement officials and awarded the license
to Signorelli... It's
also a question most council members are not eager to answer. Of the
five who voted for the license, two - Steve Wolfson and Gary Reese -
were willing to discuss the issue. Three others - Lois Tarkanian, Larry
Brown and Steven Ross - did not return the Sun's phone calls... Former Councilman Steve Miller, who has
accused Signorelli of being a front for owner Rick Rizzolo - under a
court order to sell the club after pleading guilty to federal
racketeering charges that this month will send him to prison to serve a
366-day term - threw up his hands in disgust," Hansel wrote.
Then a Vegas judge threw the baby out with
A seven year old harassment
law suit filed by Rick Rizzolo's next door neighbor Buffalo Jim
Barrier was capriciously dismissed last Tuesday by Clark County
District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. This after neither party
requested such a dismissal, at least not on the record.
I'd rather be attacked by a swarm of malaria-crazed mosquitoes
have Miller and Barrier on my case. - John L. Smith, LV Review-Journal, 07/27/05
Rick Rizzolo is followed out
of Las Vegas Federal Court House by Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier
after pleading guilty to
racketeering and tax evasion.
(AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ, 06/01/06)
Judge Gonzalez gave no
explanation for her dismissal of the harassment portion of the law
suit. It came at the same time as Barrier's motion to dismiss a years
old defamation of character lawsuit Rizzolo had against him. Nothing
else was supposed to be dismissed.
Rizzolo sued Barrier in 2000 for telling a reporter he thought Rizzolo
was involved in racketeering.
It's understandable why a judge would toss out a defamation lawsuit
against a person about to go to prison for racketeering -- the same word
Rizzolo claimed defamed him -- but the harassment
of the suit was well proven in over a half dozen small
claims cases Barrier won for Rizzolo's illegal towing of
Barrier's auto shop customer's cars, along with other solid evidence of
Rizzolo's actions to illegally evict his neighbor.
The only reason given by Judge Gonzalez for her decision was "Judicial
economy," whatever that means.
This was not the first time a portion of Barrier's lawsuit against
was scuttled. Judge
Nancy M. Saitta (now a Nevada Supreme Court Justice) in 2001
Barrier's original racketeering claim against Rizzolo that alleged a
activity that qualified under a civil RICO statute. After dismissing
his case, Saitta ordered Barrier to pay $4,500 to Rizzolo's lawyers for
"wasting their time," though Rizzolo pleaded guilty to racketeering
five years later. However, Saitta reluctantly left the harassment
element in Barrier's suit and gladly left the defamation element in
Rizzolo's counter suit. But Judge Gonzalez last week suddenly and without notice dismissed
both lawsuits after Barrier and his attorney Gus Flangas had spent
years preparing their harassment case.
Judge Saitta has accepted Rizzolo's campaign contributions. Judge
Gonzalez has not according to the Secretary of State. In Nevada, it's
completely legal for a judge to preside over a case in which a major campaign contributor is a
litigant, and at one time Judge Saitta had five
consecutive cases on her docket in which Rick Rizzolo was a
litigant including one to gag
Steve Miller. She said having so many cases involving the same
litigant was just a coincidence.
It's well understood why Barrier's remaining harassment case could not
to trial during the Federal investigation, but after Rizzolo was
sentenced last June, Judge Gonzalez had ample time before he reports to
prison to schedule a non-jury trial date, but never did.
Also, Judge Gonzalez never mentioned holding Rick Rizzolo in contempt
of court for failing to appear at five subpoenaed depositions.
Even though Councilwoman Tarkanian's apologetic words were spoken in
the past tense, Barrier says he's not discouraged. He
believes his civil rights may have been violated by the cursory
dismissal of his hard fought for harassment case, and is looking
forward to filing a new lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in the event
Judge Gonzalez refuses to reconsider her decision.
Posted on Rick
Porrello's Organized Crime Board, Mon. Apr 30, 2007:
|There is corruption in Vegas like any
other city. Vegas is NOT ran by OC. I have personally met Vinny and
Rick from Crazy Horse II and neither one is tied to OC. Personally
makes me sick that if your name ends in an a, i, e, or o your (sp) in a
family and tried with RICO. By the way... what is the proportion of
Italian Americans charged with RICO to other ethic groups? Talk about
racisim (sp).... Vegas has
crime problem but it isnt (sp) OC... Ask Miller what his solution is for the
black thugs that shoot off pistols in casinos and jump security guards
at the MGM. That is a major problem in Vegas... tourist are becoming
victims of street gangs and the mayor cant (sp) do nothing. By the way... Vinny doesnt (sp) have the right
to work?? What the **** is that?? I'm tired of this bullshit! - bd
And so am I. - SM
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