How to catch corrupted politicians
Does this signature look like a rubber
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 24, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Sometimes I just can't contain myself. Last week at his
press conference, Sin City Mayor Oscar Goodman insulted the
intelligence of anyone who's been paying attention. He told
the LV Review-Journal
"...the crimes employees and owners of the Crazy Horse Too Gentleman's
Club pleaded guilty to didn't merit the maximum fines the city could
Then he was asked about the admission by the company that owns the
Horse that the club "sought to extort payment from patrons through
explicit or implicit threats of violence, or through actual use of
Goodman answered, "That is a lot
different than bribing a politician
. That's the integrity of the system. This is just
a business practice that's entirely unacceptable.
He was referring to former topless bar owner Michael Galardi who plead
guilty to bribing San Diego and Las Vegas politicians, compared to
topless bar owner Rick
who is partly responsible for at least two deaths and
In response to the mayor's disingenuous
"just a business practice" statement, I submit the following
Mike Galardi's victims:
Disgraced ex-commissioners Lance Malone,
Erin Kenny, Dario Herrera,
Mary Kincaid-Chauncey, disgraced ex-councilman Michael McDonald
Rick Rizzolo's victims:
David Fau (deceased), Paul
Simieou, Eban Kostbar, Eddie
Henry, and others
Back in 1990, I had the honor of authoring and sponsoring the City
of Las Vegas Ethics in Government Law. It forced public officials to
turn on the microphone and disclose anything and everything that could
be construed as a conflict of interest. The law did not say the City
Attorney would make such decisions, or that a public official could not
vote after fully disclosing his or her perceived conflict -- it just
said that the public has the right to know.
As soon as he was elected mayor, Goodman abolished
my law. Now we know why!
At the July 12 council meeting, Mayor Goodman failed to disclose a
number of important conflicts before voting to bring the Crazy Horse
on a disciplinary action. His omissions were so blatant that I
couldn't help myself. I immediately filed a complaint with the
Nevada Commission on Ethics -- one
of several in his political
career. The last time he was accused of being unethical, he was
found guilty of violating the state ethics law.
The photo below clearly shows his rage. Then there's this interesting
photo of Judge Nancy M.
Saitta, but that's
Review-Journal photo by Cariño
(Las Vegas Sun photo by Steve Marcus)
Back to Goodman. He's clearly a guy who cannot take criticism!
Review-Journal City Hall
reporter Dave Schwartz expressed Mayor Goodman's
frustration best when he ask him about my ethics complaint. Goodman's
response? "Tell Steve Miller to suck my big toe!"
But while Goodman was fuming, a few blocks away at the Clark County
Regional Justice Center, a secret was about to be revealed.
Back in August of last year, I had become disgusted with a local judge
and filed a complaint against her with the state Judicial Discipline
Commission. Coincidentally, she was involved with the same sleazy
as the mayor, and also didn't recuse when she should have. More on her
For those of you who also want to expose crooked politicians, I offer
the two following examples of how its done.
Here's the first example of how to catch a corrupted politician. It's
|July 24, 2006
G. Fralick, Esq.
State of Nevada Commission on Ethics
3476 Executive Pointe Way, Suite 10
Carson City, Nevada 89706
RE: Request for Opinion No. 06-42
Dear Ms. Fralick:
Thank you for your prompt reply to my
Request for Opinion dated
July 10, 2006 and for the thorough explanation as to what constitutes a
minimal level of reliable proof.
Based on the information you
provided under NRS 281.511, I
would like to resubmit my complaint with the following newly postured
July 13, 2006, during
Mayor Oscar Goodman’s weekly press conference, Las Vegas Review
Journal City Hall reporter David
Schwartz asked the mayor about
his ties to the law firm known as “Goodman & Chesnoff, A
Corporation,” located at 520
South Fourth Street, Las Vegas,
Nevada, and the
firm's ties to a local
topless bar. Mr. Schwartz also asked whether the mayor continued to
working relationship with his law partner David Chesnoff?
Mr. Chesnoff currently represents
Vincent Faraci, an executive
with the Crazy Horse Too, a topless bar scheduled to come before the
Las Vegas City Council on September 6 for a disciplinary action.
Mayor Goodman admitted that his
name continues to appear on the
letterhead of Goodman and Chesnoff, but said he no longer receives
remuneration from this firm other than an insurance policy. He offered
no proof of this however.
On July 19, 2006, Las Vegas Sun
columnist Jon Ralston wrote:
“…in the Martindale-Hubble entry, Goodman and Chesnoff are described as
‘interlocking pieces of a puzzle, forming a complete picture.'"
On September 21, 2004, the Las
Vegas Sun reported: “Chesnoff
said he speaks frequently with the mayor about cases and clients. ‘The
mayor is actively and regularly consulting with me." (EXHIBIT 3)
At his news conference, Mayor
Goodman went on to say he would
vote against revoking the Crazy Horse Too’s privileged license. He made
this promise without hearing testimony of witnesses, police, or
prepared by the City Attorney for presentation at the Show Cause
Hearing scheduled for
The Crazy Horse Too employs
Albert Rapuano, a former law client of Goodman and Chesnoff. (EXHIBIT 4)
Rick Rizzolo, the owner of the
Crazy Horse Too, was a Goodman and Chesnoff law client. (EXHIBIT 5)
In 2003, Rick Rizzolo donated
$40,000 to Oscar Goodman's uncontested reelection campaign.
Joseph (Joey the Clown) Lombardo
was a Goodman and Chesnoff
client. Joseph’s brother Rocco Lombardo is currently a floor man at the
Crazy Horse Too.
Joey Cusumano is the godfather to
three of Rick Rizzolo’s
children, and was described by Rizzolo as his “Best friend in the
world” in the Las Vegas Review Journal on April 28, 2002. Mr. Cusumano
was a client of Goodman and Chesnoff, and though listed in Nevada’s
Black Book, was an invited guest at the mayor’s home according to the
Review Journal on March 17, 2003.
Known as the preeminent Mob
attorney in the United States prior
to being elected mayor, Oscar Goodman made his fortune defending Mob
associates, many with ties to the Crazy Horse Too.
At his July 13 press conference,
Mayor Goodman said he would
vote to allow (his former and present clients at) the Crazy Horse Too
to remain in business in the face of guilty pleas to racketeering and
tax evasion by the corporation that owns the bar.
This is a clear violation of Las
Vegas Municipal Code 6.02.330(H).
The mayor, in in spite of this
overwhelming evidence, insists
that the Crazy Horse Too should stay open, and suggested -- like a good
criminal defense attorney -- that its' potential two million dollar
fine be lowered.
Mayor Goodman also made this
unusual motion at the July 12
council meeting: "I move to accept the first amended complaint for
disciplinary action and set the September 6 date as a time certain for
the hearing on the matter if
it can't be resolved before then (emphasis added)."
Mayor Goodman made his motion
following a plea by Rizzolo's
attorney Tony Sgro (one of Goodman's protégés), that he
be given the
opportunity to meet one-on-one with all the council persons to try to
come to a compromise resolution prior to the public hearing.
Mayor Goodman encouraged the City
Council to meet privately with Mr. Sgro.
With Mayor Goodman's help, it is
obvious that Mr. Sgro is
trying to resolve the Crazy Horse license revocation matter outside the
public's view - a possible violation of the Open Meeting Law. This
demonstrates the Star Chamber mentality of Mayor
Goodman when it comes to Goodman and Chesnoff clients, though he
insists that he will vote if the item comes before the Council.
This contridicts when,
on March 24, 2004, the mayor
recused claiming he had a conflict of interest because his son
represented the owners of Treasures, an adult business in direct
to the Crazy Horse Too.
I submit that Mayor Goodman has a
bias favoring his past and
present Goodman and Chesnoff clients; therefore a conflict of interest
exists and he should not vote or participate in discussions during the
up coming Show Cause Hearing.
I request that the Nevada
Commission on Ethics open a complete
investigation into the ties between Mayor Oscar Goodman and the law
Goodman and Chesnoff, including the firm’s past and present clients who
represented before the Las Vegas City Council on September 6.
Then came Clark County District Court Judge Nancy Saitta. Amazingly,
she is beholden to the same bunch of felons that got Goodman in
trouble. Last Friday, the photo of the pissed off judge was
taken by Las Vegas Sun
photographer Steve Marcus shortly after she was informed that the state
Commission on Judicial Discipline had sent her a "letter of caution"
based on my August 23, 2005
This while she is in the midst of running
for a seat on the Nevada Supreme Court. (I swear I had nothing to do
the timing of the caution letter.)
Here's the second example of how to catch a corrupted politician. A
complaint to the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline:
The judge did the following
things that I believe constitute misconduct (please be as specific as
possible about the event or action and attach additional pages, if
On 05/29/02, Clark County District Court Judge Nancy M.
Saitta reassigned Case 00-A-424456 to Judge Togliatti.
On 05/22/04, Judge Togliatti reassigned the same case to
On 07/24/04, Judge Douglas reassigned Case 00-A-424456 to
On 08/25/04, a hearing was held in the court of Honorable
Judge Gonzalez in Case No: A452269 in the matter of BARRIER v.
RIZZOLO regarding issues relating to parking.
Also on 08/25/04, a hearing was purportedly held in Judge
Saitta's court (twenty months after her reassignment of the initial
Case 00-A-424456) in Case No: A424456, also regarding the same parking
Parties present in Judge Gonzalez' court on 08/25/04 state
they did not attend a hearing the same day in the court of Judge
Saitta on any matter regarding Barrier or Rizzolo.
An "ORDER" was prepared and submitted for Judge
Saitta's signature by Anthony Sgro, ESQ., the attorney for Rizzolo.
Said "ORDER" was signed by Judge Saitta on 09/28/04, over
two years after her reassignment of the case. Judge Saitta states in
her "ORDER" that both parties and their attorneys were "present" in her
court on 08/25/04.
This is a "FALSE STATEMENT."
I feel that what the judicial
officer should have done is the following (for misconduct complaints
Judge Nancy Saitta should not have signed the "ORDER"
on 09/28/04. The order was prepared by the attorneys for Rizzolo, (the
owner of an adult business currently under federal investigation for
RICO, Tax evasion, and Political Corruption). This occurring on a case
she had removed herself from some two years previously.
I feel she did so due to gross negligence, or as an apparent
favor to Rizzolo, (in fact, a political contributor and fund raiser to
Judge Saitta's campaign, see attached exhibit). I also feel the fact
that Saitta's issuance of an order 5 days after a similar order by
Judge Gonzalez, is worthy of further inquiry and/or investigation.
It appears to me that the first order failed to please
I feel that Judge Saitta signing a falsified order for a
campaign contributor sends a horrific message to the good people of
this community, and of Nevada.
The week after Saitta got her letter, a three-quarter page story
appeared in the Sun
about killed her chances for winning
higher office, or even getting reelected for that matter:
|July 21, 2006
Judge lands in middle of feud
Saitta's stamp at issue in parking-space flap between strip
By Sam Skolnik
Las Vegas Sun
Was it nothing more than a clerical slip-up, the kind that
occasionally happens in the busy offices of Clark County judges?
Or was it something less innocent when, at the behest of
a strip-club owner, a clerk in 2004 stamped a judge's signature on an
order in a civil case - a case the judge hadn't presided over for
Miller - a Rizzolo critic who reportedly owns land beneath a competing
topless club - filed a complaint with the judicial discipline
commission on Aug. 23. In it, he claimed that Saitta had signed the
order either because of gross negligence or as an "apparent favor" to
FULL STORY: http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/text/2006/jul/21/566679859.html
I'm not an attorney. In fact I flunked my law class
at Las Vegas High. All I know about law is based on suing and being
sued a bunch of times. So why did I become such a pain in the ass when
it involves corrupt lawyers and judges?
Because I hate corrupt politicians. I'm very patient. I watch people. I
check to see who they hang
out with. In Goodman and Saitta's cases, both frequent the same Mob
hang out, Piero's. In fact, Saitta held a fund raiser there for her
last campaign. She's also been seen hugging and kissing Rick Rizzolo at
social events, though she told the Sun
she hardy knows him.
She and Goodman are birds of a feather -- sucking up to
After seeing enough, I went to work. First I downloaded
complaint forms from the appropriate state agencies. I collected
newspaper clippings and video tapes to back me up. Then I
spent a few bucks
and overnighted my complaints, news clips, and video tapes to the
appropriate state and Federal agencies. In the case
of Saitta, I kept my mouth
shut for almost a year while the Judicial Discipline Commission
conducted their investigation while I made a file
I received a number of calls from the Commission's private
investigators, and I fully
cooperated knowing they were working at taxpayer expense. Today,
because of their efforts, Saitta has the egg on her face she deserves.
I believe I just caught her in another
In the LV Sun
"Judge lands in middle of feud," she falsely told court reporter Sam
Skolnik that her clerk "stamped" her name on Sgro's "ORDER."
It is not possilbe that the quality of signature shown on these pages
is from a rubber stamp.
Mr. Skolnik wrote, "a clerk in 2004 stamped
a judge's signature on an
order in a civil case." "Her name came up in
connection with Rizzolo in an FBI investigation when another strip-club
operator and convicted felon, Michael Galardi, told agents that Rizzolo
claimed he had paid Saitta $40,000 to $50,000, in under-the-table, cash
trial, the jury believed Galardi and convicted a slew of crooked
politicians based on his testimony, though Saitta was never charged.
At the end of the story, "She (Saitta)
added that the clerk who affixed the
, whom she declined to name, followed proper procedures
when doing so. Three District Court judges, including Saitta, say that
typically, when an order is dropped off in a judge's chambers, it is
first processed by a secretary. Then it goes to the judge's clerk, who
verifies that the substance of the order matches what was reported by
the courtroom clerk on an electronic filing system."
Evidently, Sgro's "ORDER" skipped being "processed by a secretary;" or
the judge's clerk forget to "verify that the substance of the order
matches what was reported by the courtroom clerk on an electronic
filing system;" or forgot to check "the electronic record to make sure
order landed in the correct courtroom."
Because no such hearing ever
place in Judge Saittta's court on that day, nobody followed proper
procedures; there was no report on the electronic filing system of the
hearing in Saitta's court; no electronic record; and no correct
Talk about insulting the intelligence
of anyone who's been paying attention!
The part of the story that says, "The order then goes to the judge
to review and sign. In some
situations, however, the clerk will stamp
the judge's signature on
If that happened, and it obviously didn't, the day she received her
caution letter, Saitta should've named the clerk or fired him on the
The Sun article ends,
"She confirmed that
the commission issued her a 'letter of caution,' to make sure, she
said, that her staff understood the procedures on the use of her signature stamp."
"Saitta said her staff uses the
signature stamp to sign orders
for her occasionally, when she's too busy."
Evidently, she was not "too busy" on September 2004 because Saitta
most likely took pen in
hand and signed Sgro's "ORDER" herself!
Here is her signature for all to see. If someone can prove this is from
a simple rubber stamp, I will gladly stand corrected.
Its not that hard to catch a crooked politician. I'm not a cop, lawyer,
or FBI agent. I'm just patient, set traps, sit back, and wait until
they step in it. Most politicians are too self absorbed and arrogant to
cover their tracks, and fall prey. I actually use their own system
against them. I've learned that if the evidence is indisputable, public
agencies will take action against corrupt public officials.
Now I need to prove to the Commission on Judicial Discipline that Judge
Saitta may have once again lied -- this time about her signature.
In the meantime, I offer the "esteemed"
Mayor" and "honorable" Judge this advice: With friends like Sgro and
Rizzolo, you sure don't need enemies!
As Mayor Goodman said,
this is all about "the integrity of
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