Justice -- Vegas
DA will throw the book at
heiress, but let a Mafia son off.
TV cameras In the court
make all the difference.
Can you see another set
up in the works?
This time there's no plea
Venue change vitally needed!
Paris Hilton mug shot
Dominic Rizzolo mug shot
DA David Roger
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
September 6, 2010
LAS VEGAS - A local Mafia son on October
28, 2008, stabbed a man in the upper abdomen with a six inch switchblade
during a botched extortion attempt. The blade came within one half inch
of the victim's aorta. The perpetrator was offered a plea bargain by the
DA and received no jail time with one year probation. His felony charge
was later reduced to a gross misdemeanor and he was given an "Honorable
Discharge" by a friendly local judge four years before his sentence was
A famous hotel heiress is caught with less
than a gram of cocaine. The local District Attorney smells blood in the
water, says he will not consider plea bargaining, and wants to throw her
I don't believe in coddling spoiled brats,
and I'm not a fan of Paris Hilton, but I do believe in what's fare and
just. Sometimes in Vegas, fairness and justice are sadly based on
campaign contributions, or TV cameras in the courtroom.
According to the
Las Vegas Review-Journal; "Authorities
accused Dominic Rizzolo of trying to extort $20,000 from a man whom he
suspected of credit card theft. Dominic Rizzolo ended up stabbing the man,
according to a Las Vegas police report. He was charged with extortion and
battery with a deadly weapon but police said prosecutors should consider
attempted murder and conspiracy charges. In October, Dominic Rizzolo
pleaded guilty to one count of battery with use of a deadly weapon."
Instead of honoring the police request,
Clark County District Attorney David Roger did not charge Rizzolo, then
26, with carrying a concealed weapon, did not recommend he go to jail,
and asked the judge to give him only one year probation, and she
was more than happy to comply!
Dominic's father is convicted
racketeer Rick Rizzolo, someone with Mafia ties who was not
prosecuted in 1985 after beating
Rick Sandlin nearly to death with a baseball bat. In 1989, Sandlin
died of beating related injuries. During the next seventeen years, the
elder Rizzolo contributed
heavily to political campaigns while he ran the blood soaked Crazy
Horse Too strip club. David
Roger and several local judges were regular recipients of Rick Rizzolo's
After his election as District Attorney
in 2002, David Roger obligingly threw out five Request For Prosecution
cases brought by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police involving the Crazy
Horse Too including the 2001 crippling of Kansas tourist Kirk
Dominic Rizzolo's victim William Moyer
almost died from his stabbing. Click HERE
to see Moyer's complete hospital record. Nonetheless, DA Roger did not
put Moyer on the witness stand. In fact, Moyer was never interviewed by
anyone from the DA's office prior to or following Dominic Rizzolo's sentencing!
In total contrast to the Dominic Rizzolo
case will be the treatment Paris Hilton is expected to receive.
On Friday night, August 27, 2010, a Las
Vegas police officer smelled marijuana coming out the window of a Cadillac
Escalade that 29 year old Paris Hilton was a passenger in. During a police
interview following the stop, Hilton accidentally knocked .08 grams of
cocaine out of her purse and onto the floor while she was looking for her
lip balm. She was arrested for felony possession of cocaine and awaits
arraignment, scheduled for Oct. 27. Hilton faces four years in prison.
Unlike Dominic Rizzolo's attempt at murder,
Hilton's victimless crime did not cause physical harm to another human
EVIDENCE FROM TWO VERY DIFFERENT CRIMES:
Baggie of cocaine
Which crime deserves greater punishment?
Hilton lamely says the purse that contained
cocaine was borrowed from a girlfriend, and that she thought the coke was
chewing gum, therefore she claims innocence.
Rizzolo used his father's political juice
to bargain with the DA, and pled guilty to Battery With Use Of A Deadly
Weapon. His victim spent six days in intensive care.
After serving one year probation in Florida,
County District Court Judge Jackie Glass -- without explanation --
dropped Rizzolo's charges from a felony to a gross misdemeanor, and granted
him what she called an "Honorable Discharge." Today, because she restored
all his rights, Dominic can vote, and be granted a permit to legally carry
a concealed weapon such as a switchblade knife.
Some think Judge Glass rewarded Dominic
Rizzolo for attempted murder!
Revised Statutes Section 200.481 - Crimes and Punishments - (2) Substantial
bodily harm to the victim results, for a category B felony by imprisonment
in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum
term of not more than 15 years, and may be further punished by a fine of
not more than $10,000.
This was Dominic Rizzolo's first known
offense. In Dominic's case, David Roger inexplicably ignored the
statutes and police recommendations. But in Hilton's case, Roger is expected
to the mat to get her jail time, and try to appear on national TV as
"tough on crime" in a town where he
lets prostitution run wild.
Revised Statutes Section 453.011; NAC 453.510 - Crimes and Punishments
- (Cocaine) Possession 1-6 yrs. and $5000; Subsequent offense: 1-10
yrs. and $10,000; Third offense: 1-20 yrs. and $20,000.
This is Paris Hilton's third alcohol or
narcotics related offense, none of which caused physical harm to another
person. She needs counseling, not prison.
David Roger has higher political ambitions
and loves being in the news as in the O.J.
Simpson case. Coincidentally, the Simpson case and Dominic Rizzolo's
case were both "randomly" assigned to the same judge, Jackie Glass.
The media all but ignored the Dominic Rizzolo
case. The upcoming Hilton case will be a very different situation because
of heavy news coverage. Therefore, she faces the kind of legal trouble
Dominic was so generously spared.
Online.com in their August 30, 2010 story "Plea Deal For Paris
Hilton Unlikely, Prison Sentence Looms," reports; "District Attorney David
Roger is highly unlikely to offer Paris a plea bargain deal on her cocaine
possession charge, a source close to the case told RadarOnline.com exclusively."
They're probably right because, to the
best of my knowledge, the Hilton family has no Mafia connections, and have
not held fund raisers for, or donated to David Roger's political campaigns.
Based on DA Roger's and Judge Glass' grandstanding
during the Simpson case, and the same duo's neglect to seek justice in
the stealthy Dominic Rizzolo case, the upcoming Paris Hilton trial deserves
close scrutiny, especially if Judge Glass or another attention seeking
local jurist is assigned the case.
I believe Hilton is being set up to lose
in our local court system!
Hilton should be made aware that her attorney David Chesnoff (right) is
a close friend of DA David Roger, and also loves the spotlight.
Chesnoff is the law partner and protégé
of LV Mayor Oscar Goodman (left) who was Rick Rizzolo's criminal defense
attorney and corporate agent. Goodman was long suspected of paying off
local judges, and shamelessly seeking publicity during his career as a
Hilton should immediately ask for a change
of venue before her first court appearance on October 27. I know this town
better than anyone, and I see a set up coming at Hilton's arraignment in
front of Las Vegas' youngest judge, Joe Bonaventure Jr.
If Hilton appears in any Clark County
court -- even for only a few minutes -- she loses her legal ability to
request a venue change, and will be stuck here throughout the trail at
the mercy of a motley crew of some of the most corrupt DA's and judges
in the nation.
Even Paris Hilton deserves a better fate!
Judge Joe Bonaventure Sr.
(right), Bill Nelson of Knockout Inc.(center), Judge Joe Bonaventure Jr.
According to the September 20, 2007 New
York Daily News story, "Vegas handles O.J.
Simpson case with kid judge;"
(Jr.) graduated from law school six years ago and had only two years of
legal experience before being elected a justice of the peace in 2004.
was accused of deliberately deceiving voters about his inexperience by
masquerading as his father - a high-profile district judge with the same
campaign literature didn't differentiate between himself or his father
in any way,' said Steve Miller, a former Vegas councilman. 'He wasn't qualified
for the position. He won because voters thought they were electing his
father. I have no doubt about it.'
complaint to the state attorney general (Catherine Cortez-Masto) was dismissed.
dad called the allegations nonsense.
his own man,' said Joseph Bonaventure Sr., 64.
told the Daily News he's awfully proud of how he handled Simpson: 'I've
seen judges who want their 15 minutes of fame but he wasn't playing for
the cameras. He got his business done quick.' "
Sr. referred to "playing for the cameras," he knows what he's talking
about! During the Ted Binion murder trial. he hammed it up daily
on international television so much so that his rulings were overturned
by the Nevada Supreme Court, and the case had to be re-tried.
Satellite trucks parked at Clark County Justice Center during Binion and
If your life is on the line like Paris
Hilton's is, I recommend she bring in lawyers from Los Angeles and stop
dealing with our local yokels who will gladly take her money, plaster their
faces on national TV, and when she's imprisoned, say they did their best,
but that their client is to blame for screwing up their case.
Anyway, the media needs a change of scenery
and rural Nevada would appreciate the publicity. There are ample Nevada
District Court facilities in Battle Mountain, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne,
Lovelock, Reno, Tonopah, Minden, Elko, Ely, and Winnemucca. And these charming
rural communities sure could use the business!
If Hilton decides to be tried in Clark
County, after co-starring with her and David Roger during the trial,
Chesnoff will continue to nurture his close relationship with Roger, and
continue charging his real criminal clients a fortune for gaining
Roger's favoritism in arranging plea bargains.
If I were the Hiltons, I'd fire Chesnoff,
get a more trustworthy lawyer with no ties to Roger, and immediately
ask for a change of venue before any hearings take place in one of Clark
County's incestuous courts.
This is Vegas, baby!