Friday, June 09, 2006
IN LAS VEGAS THEY'RE PLAYING WITH A STACKED DECK
In the photo above a sheriff's deputy looks out on the Las Vegas Strip from the new $185-million Clark County courthouse. One Southern California lawyer said "I don't think what goes on in Nevada bears any resemblance to a justice system," referring to reports that some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and these judges rule in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. Coincidentally, state casinos raked in $989.8 million in winnings from gamblers in April, a 12.7% increase over the previous year and the highest amount ever for the month, state regulators said in Carson City. Of the April total, the state collected $52.9 million in fees. For the fiscal year that began July 1, statewide casino winnings total $10.1 billion, 12.5% over the same time last year, regulators said.