Vegas is a second chance town
INSIDE VEGAS by
June 20, 2005
Barbara Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
LAS VEGAS - Its rumored that sullied rock idol
Michael Jackson may be considering making his come back in our desert
town. In that case, he might be interested in knowing just how
forgiving our town really is.
In 1985, I reluctantly found
myself on the stage of the Desert Inn presenting the Opportunity
Association for Retarded Citizens (OV) Man of the Year
Award to the late Moe
No one seemed to care that the elderly man was once an associate of
"Murder Inc." and a known gangster. He'd been forgiven and was now
considered a pillar of the Vegas community -- a man given a second
The next year, as President of OV, it was my
duty to do the same to Steve Wynn
For both men, the awards
were purchased with $25,000 donations since neither honoree had ever
done a minute of
volunteer work with the OV clients to earn such a title.
In Dalitz' case, the D.I. showroom was packed to the rafters with his
admirers, some who looked like the cast from "Goodfellas." By
presenting the award, I was doing my ceremonial duty as the head of the
charity, though I had serious personal reservations about the recipient.
In Wynn's case, I made the presentation in his Golden Nugget showroom.
During the standing ovation, I whispered "Thank you for the generous
donation," saying it would pay for six mentally
handicapped adults in OV's workshop program. He coldly replied,
Speaking of second chances, there's Wynn's financier
Michael Milken who was convicted
of illegal securities trading in 1990. The "Junk bond king" did less
than two years behind bars, and was able to keep $500 million from the
people he swindled.
While in prison, Michael was visited no less than fifty-seven times by
Wynn. A gaming licensee associating
a felon serving time is a giant No No in Nevada gaming law -- but
officials turned the other way for these two special people.
Soon after his release, Milken put on a lavish Forth of July party at
his Lake Tahoe estate attended
by Wynn, then-Governor Bob Miller, and the A-list of Nevada luminaries.
Milken was also photographed with Wynn and Michael Jackson
on the pirate ship during the grand opening of the Treasure Island
hotel. This association
raise an eyebrow in the Silver State even though NRS 463.170 -
Qualifications for license, states: "The commission (must be) satisfied
that the applicant
is: (b) A person
do not pose a
threat to the public interest of this state
or to the effective regulation and control of gaming..."
(Sam Morris, LV SUN)
One reason the late Ted Binion reportedly lost
his gaming license was because he was observed associating
with an ex-felon, the
late Herb Blitzstein. Blitzstein lacked the financial resources and
social prominence to make him a special ex-felon in the eyes of
I realize Jackson was found not-guilty, but I still like to use the
Milken example to show the forgiveness of Nevadans when it comes to
prominent people who have had run-ins with the law.
After the six week
trial revealed so much about his personal life, its no doubt Jackson
will need a lot of forgiving if he wants to continue his career. But,
if he chooses to seek social acceptance in Sin City, he'll be making
If he settles here, Michael Jackson won't be
alone in the Las Vegas Social Register. There is this fascinating story
of Steve Wynn's brother Ken who is also an alleged fan of child
On February 26, 2004, the Las Vegas SUN headline
read: "Feds search house of Steve Wynn's brother."
"Las Vegas executive Kenny Wynn, the brother of casino-hotel magnate
Steve Wynn, recently was served with a search warrant at his home in
connection with a child pornography
investigation, according to law
On March 29, 2004, the SUN reported
"No charges have been filed against Wynn, and
federal officials would not comment on the search warrant, which is
Unfortunately, we may never know the outcome
because these were the only stories ever
written on the subject (such
stories are commonly blacked out or sealed if they offend prominent
Nonetheless, Ken Wynn, whether or not he's involved with child porn,
currently holds a key gaming license at the new Wynn resort and is an
accepted member of Vegas society
Kenneth Wynn, president of Wynn Design & Development
speaks during a panel discussion at the Urban Land
Institute 2002 Fall Meeting at the Venetian.
LORI CAIN / LAS
Prior to the child porn investigation,
Ken's gaming license was suspended for two years for a narcotics
violation. Immediately after surrendering his license, then-Mayor Jan
appointed Ken to be in charge of the largest
public works project in the history of the City of Las Vegas; the $64
million dollar canopy that distracts from historic Fremont Street.
Under her direction, the City Council failed to put the project out to
public bid as is always required.
Though he did not hold a Nevada General Contractor's License,
Kenneth Wynn was nonetheless allowed by the City Council to supervise
the construction and appoint sub contractors.
Jones, like so many other prominent people
in this overly tolerant town, didn't care that placing a convicted
druggie in charge of such a huge project might send the wrong message
to kids. She knew that Ken Wynn's name and social status would easily
overcome such criticism.
Michael Jackson loves teenagers. He also likes parading around nude in
front of them
trial testimony, so he'll get along famously with our city's current
mayor, Oscar Goodman, who made this statement
about teenage girls titillating grown men for profit: "There's no
prostitution taking place... and if there was, they should arrest them,
not make some big fuss as to what some 18-year-old girl is doing to
The Mayor was referring to the city ignoring
prohibiting teenage girls
stripping in local topless and total nude clubs.
And Michael, who allegedly serves little
boys fine wine, may also find it acceptable that Goodman told
a class of vulnerable forth graders that if he were stranded on a
desert island, the first thing he would want was a bottle of gin, and
that his hobby is "drinking."
Mayor Goodman with some big boys
Mayor tells forth graders his
hobby is "drinking"
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas SUN
After promoting liquor to fourth graders at an "at risk" public
school in a poor neighborhood, Mayor Goodman was rewarded
with an appointment to
the prestigious Clark County
Public Education Foundation Board of
whose mission is "...to support and enhance public
education through projects and initiatives designed to improve student performance
for the challenges of this century."
Was the mayor endorsing alcohol to improve "student performance?" If
so, this could only be tolerated in the new Las Vegas (or
Neverland)! The members of the Foundation Board, without comment,
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." That being the case,
Jackson's now infamous interludes with little boys would have gone
unnoticed, and certainly un-prosecuted under recent Sin City standards.
The Clark County District Attorney, David Roger, during his 2003
-- then purportedly returned -- over $50,000 from a well known suspect
in a highly publicized federal investigation of
racketeering. His benefactor was once referred to as a "Pillar
of the community
," so Roger must have thought it was OK to take his
After taking, then reportedly returning the money, Roger dropped three
robbery and assault cases against his benefactor. The cases were
brought to him for prosecution
by the Metro Police, but it ended up that Roger was more
interested in giving his benefactor a second chance than prosecuting
Based on this example, Michael Jackson could
accept little babies with rouged butt cheeks offered up by ambitious
mothers all day long in Vegas, and never have to worry about a local
catching him. Ech!
D.A. David Roger
On the many occasions when Jackson was in Vegas,
often in the
company of small boys, he and the un-chaperoned
boys slept and played together in a specially decorated suite in
Steve Wynn's hotel and had free use of Wynn's private jet. Jackson also
went on extravagant local shopping sprees with the
boys buying them anything they desired. Wynn found nothing unusual
about this behavior and was often seen in the company of Jackson and
his pubescent "entourage."
When Jackson went on trial, he listed Steve Wynn
as a character witness. So
whether he wants to admit it or not, Wynn could very well be the first
offer his good friend a long
gig in the showroom of his new resort. Of course, the show will be "G"
rated so little boys can attend.
Today, as in the past, there will always be a warm
place in our city's heart for the wealthy downtrodden seeking a second
Welcome to Vegas, Michael.