Two court systems.
Two standards of justice.
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
September 21, 2009
Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass
LAS VEGAS - While convicted racketeer Rick
Rizzolo waits to hear his fate at a Contempt of Court hearing scheduled
for October 7, 2009 in United States Federal Court, his delinquent son
Dominic was just granted a waiver of his twenty hours per month community
service requirement by a Clark County District Court Judge nine months
after she sentenced him to probation for an attempted
Since 2001, Dominic's father Rick Rizzolo
has been the subject of a convoluted civil law suit to collect $9
million dollars he agreed to pay beating
victim Kirk Henry in exchange for a one year and one day prison
sentence and supervised probation for three years. As a further part
of his plea deal Rizzolo agreed he will never work in the adult entertainment
industry again. However, after getting out of prison, Rizzolo welched on
the $9 million, and he's a nightly fixture in several local strip clubs
purportedly owned by former associates at Rizzolo's former topless bar
the Crazy Horse Too.
The Henry case was first assigned to Clark
County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, but languished in her court for
years until it was transferred into United States Federal Court. Since
then, progress has begun to be made to help Mr. Henry who was rendered
a quadriplegic from his beating, receive his settlement.
Henry's neck was broken in October 2001
after he disputed an $88 bar tab at the Crazy Horse Too. The bar
was later closed after the FBI discovered "35 to 40 beatings had occurred
at Crazy Horse Too in three years," according to Las
Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic.
When it comes to violence, the apple doesn't
fall far from the tree.
On January 21, 2008, at approximately 10
PM, Dominic Rizzolo, 26, accompanied by an unidentified man and woman,
drove to William Moyer's home in a dark colored SUV with the license place
covered by a T-shirt.
Moyer, 26, told police he received a phone
call earlier that evening asking if he was staying home? Fifteen minutes
later, Dominic, in a premeditated extortion attempt, knocked at Moyer's
Moyer's mother answered and summoned her
son. The two men conversed on the front lawn for several minutes until
Rizzolo reportedly asked Moyer, "Do you know who my family is?" then demanded
Moyer said he refused the demand and ordered
Rizzolo off the property. Rizzolo hit him in the face. A fight ensued.
Rizzolo pulled a switch blade knife and stabbed Moyer in the upper abdomen.
The blade came within a half inch of Moyer's aorta. Rizzolo fled the scene.
After three hours of emergency surgery,
and two days recovering in the intensive care unit of a local hospital,
Moyer was released. He went home with a $20,780.00 medical bill for the
life saving treatment he received.
to read William Moyer's complete hospital records.)
However, the medical bill was the least
of Moyer's problems. He was left with a lingering fear that Dominic Rizzolo
may someday return to finish the job.
Moyer filed charges, but Dominic was nowhere
to be found. Six weeks later, he was arrested while hiding out at the home
of a family friend. Within hours, $13,000 in bail was paid and he was back
on the street.
Why should William Moyer still fear for
his life? Because Dominic was not punished adequately for his crimes which
police described as attempted murder, extortion, and carrying a concealed
weapon. This, thanks to one of his father's friends on the Clark County
District Court bench, Judge Jackie Glass, wife of Las Vegas City Councilman
and criminal defense attorney Steve Wolfson -- a married couple with lofty
Dominic's only lesson in this case is that
parents have the political clout to get him off with a slap on the
wrist in Nevada State Courts for any crime he may commit -- even something
as serious as attempted murder!
The Rizzolos have a long established reputation
for getting what they want in local courts, and those who aid them have
an uncanny ability to rise to higher office.
In 1997, in response to a Wrongful Death
lawsuit filed in state court against the Crazy Horse Too, Dominic's grandfather
Bart Rizzolo told the Las
Vegas Sun: "There has never been a suit filed that we haven't beaten
and I'm hoping our record will stay that way."
The most glaring example of the Rizzolo's
ability to corrupt politicians is current Nevada Supreme Court Justice
Saitta. At one time when she was a local District Court Judge, she
had five "randomly assigned" consecutive cases on her court's docket in
which Rick Rizzolo was a party. Rizzolo prevailed in all the cases.
In 2002, Rizzolo along with lawyers Dean
Patti and Tony Sgro hosted a fund raiser for Saitta at Piero's
restaurant, a known mob hang out and a less-than-appropriate place for
a judge to be seen. She was also seen attending parties at the Rizzolo's
Canyon Gate Country Club estate, and was observed hugging
and kissing her host while Rizzolo's cases were still pending in her
questionable ethics inspired the Los Angeles Times to author the
June 2006 story: "In
Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck," and publish
this less-than-flattering photo.
I believe that Jackie Glass is Nancy Saitta's
protégé, and that Glass' husband will tap Rizzolo's cronies
for cash in the next race for Mayor of Las Vegas, hence a quit quo pro
in Dominic's case.
During Dominic's "trial," Clark
County District Attorney David Roger, another Rizzolo stooge, did not
call Moyer as a witness. In fact, Moyer was never interviewed by the DA
between the time of the attempted murder and Dominic's sentencing!
There's no doubt that David Roger and Judge
Glass obstructed justice in this case as a favor to Dominic's
politically influential family. They let a potential murderer walk
free, and because no lesson was learned, Dominic will probably succeed
in taking the life of his next victim.
The above example explains why Kirk Henry's
attorneys fought so hard to get their client's case out of Glass' local
court and into the Federal Court system. Even though Henry's case was successfully
transferred, Rick Rizzolo -- for obvious reasons -- filed multiple Motions
to have it returned to Glass' court.
At the hearing held on September 15, 2009,
Presiding U. S. District Judge Philip M. Pro denied fifteen Pro Se motions
made by Rizzolo including several to have the case transferred back to
Judge Glass, or to the local family court of Judge
Steve Jones who signed the couple's divorce decree.
While the Kirk Henry case was in her jurisdiction,
Glass stopped all Discovery into the whereabouts of Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's
the couple divorced
in June 2005, Judge Jones (shown in mug shot) ruled to let Rick transfer
bulk of his fortune to his ex-wife. She immediately mortgaged their
three houses and transferred the proceeds along with millions in cash to
off shore banks to avoid paying Kirk Henry and the IRS.
Only after the case was taken out of Glass'
and Jones' state court jurisdiction were Henry's attorneys able to Depose
Lisa Rizzolo and learn that the couple hid their ill-gotten assets
in the Cook Islands with the help of the
brother of another Federal Court Judge.
Judge Pro by his actions last Tuesday,
displayed the stark difference between the legitimacy of the Federal Court
system, and Nevada State Court system; the difference in the legitimacy
of the two classes of judges; and the way moneyed litigants are treated
in each jurisdiction. (State Court judges are elected. Federal Court judges
are appointed for life.)
this AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ, a disappointed and frightened
looking Rick Rizzolo is shown talking to mob lawyer Mark Hafer moments
after all Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's Motions were denied in Federal Court.
During the ninety minute hearing, Judge
Pro listened patiently to Hafer argue the Motions filed by Rizzolo and
authored by his ghost writer James E. Kimsey, alias Spud (see Sept. 14,
Judge Pro allowed Hafer of the prestigious
law firm Patti
& Sgro to temporarily represent Rizzolo, though Hafer told the
court that in the event he was not allowed to speak, Rizzolo was prepared
to present his own arguments.
Attorney Stan Hunterton representing Plaintiff
Kirk Henry told the court that Hafer should not be allowed to participate
"whenever he feels like it," but Judge Pro ruled that allowing a licensed
attorney to one-time-only represent the Defendant would bring "clarity"
to the proceedings.
Attorney Don Campbell who also represents
Kirk Henry stated that Rick and Lisa Rizzolo have mislead the IRS, and
"repeatedly lied" to the court in order to keep their fortune. That the
Rizzolos have created two newly discovered legal entities; the "LMR Trust,"
and "RLR Trust" to further hide their ill-gotten assets from Henry and
the IRS. (The Rizzolos owe the Internal Revenue Service over $7 million
dollars in back taxes, fines, and interest.)
Before issuing Denials against all of Rick
and Lisa's Motions, Judge Pro stated: "I reiterate my previous position,"
when asked to transfer Henry's case to Judge Glass' court, or to the Nevada
Supreme Court where Justice Saitta is now seated. Judge Pro again told
attorneys for the Defendants that their client's obligation to pay Henry
is not dependent on the sale of the Crazy Horse Too name and property as
was ordered by Glass. That the Rizzolos are personally responsible for
paying their debts no matter whether the property sells or not.
Don Campbell informed the court that he
and Hunterton are preparing Motions to hold Rick Rizzolo in Contempt for
his refusal to cooperate during the Discovery portion of this case.
Judge Pro adjourned the hearing at 11:45
AM. The next day, to Rick Rizzolo's dismay, the following NOTICE OF HEARING
Seven years after Kirk Henry's neck was
broken, Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's son Dominic pulled a switch blade and stuck
it into a man he was trying to extort $20,000 from.
At last Tuesday's hearing in Jackie Glass's
state court, Dominic was not even required to be present, but Judge Glass
continued coddling the attempted murderer as a favor to his dad and the
Rizzolo's criminal defense attorneys Dean Patti and Tony Sgro who supported
her and her husband's political campaigns.
At Dominic's sentencing last January, Glass
told Sgro: "If your client stays out of trouble, he can come back to this
court in a year and ask that his crime be reduced from a Felony to a Misdemeanor."
In stark contrast to the treatment being
given Dominic in state court, in July 2009, a Federal Judge compelled the
protection lawyer John Dawson of the prestigious law firm Lionel
Sawyer & Collins to comply with Henry's subpoenas, and that his attorney-client
privilege is similarly waived. Dawson was ordered to immediately turn over
any documents he produced that helped the Rizzolos hide their assets in
off shore accounts through his association with Southpac
Offshore Planning Institute, and provide documents relating to transfers
of cash to Rick Rizzolo that Dawson and Lisa Rizzolo authorized from those
secret off shore accounts. It was soon discovered that Dawson and Lisa
had secretly transferred at least $700,000.00 from the Cook Islands bank
to Rick Rizzolo.
On October 7, the Federal Court will get
another bite of this rotten apple. Hopefully it will send Rick Rizzolo
back to prison, and recommend the United States Department of Justice proceed
with the long overdue criminal indictment of Lisa Rizzolo for showing total
Contempt for the Federal Court, beating victim Kirk Henry, and the Internal
Otherwise, the Rizzolos will have succeeded
in making a total mockery of the IRS, and our State and Federal Judicial