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    From: Stevemiller4lv@aol.com
    Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006
    Subject: Justice Vegas Style
    To: griftzen@yahoo.com

    Buffalo Jim Barrier and I are proud to have assisted the Los Angeles Times by providing research on several of the judges exposed in this week's national story on judicial corruption in Las Vegas. Though we know there are many dedicated, honest judges and elected officials in our state, there are those few who give the rest a bad name. Now it will be up to the FBI and the US Attorney to prosecute those few judges including Nancy Saitta, District Attorney David Roger, and the former and present city council members including Michael McDonald who have for years been paid to protect and profit persons involved in organized crime in our city. - SM

    In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck
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    Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers.
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    By Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writers
    June 8, 2006 | LA Times

    LAS VEGAS — When Judge Gene T. Porter last ran for reelection, a group of Las Vegas lawyers sponsored a fundraiser for him at Big Bear in California. Even by Las Vegas standards, it was brazen. Some of the sponsors had cases before him. One case was set for a crucial hearing in four days.

    ...continued here - http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...ck=1&cset=true
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    For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another
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    James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts.
    Things turned out well for Swarts too.
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    By Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writers
    June 9, 2006 | LA Times

    LAS VEGAS — Without help from a friend, James Mahan might never have become a Las Vegas state judge. Certainly he wouldn't have gotten one of the top judicial jobs in town: a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.

    Then again, without Mahan, his friend George Swarts would never have gotten to run an Internet porn business, a hotel-casino hair salon or a Southern California software company. Indeed, the careers of Judge James C. Mahan, 62, and his friend George C. Swarts, also 62, whom he appointed again and again as a receiver to manage troubled businesses, might be the ultimate example of how juice replaces justice in Las Vegas courtrooms.

    ...continued here - http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...home-headlines
    Last edited by zengrifter; June 9th, 2006 at 10:27 PM.

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