Thursday, December 25, 2014
Las Vegas HOA fraud trial will stay in Las Vegas
Why? Because it happened in Vegas. The judge on this massive fraud trial ruled that the trial will stay right where it is, denying a change of venue motion based on the level of publicity. The defense is particularly upset at the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Jeff German for obtaining documents concerning Leon Belzer's plea bargaining talks with the US Attorney's office. Those talks didn't result in a deal, so off to trial they go. The funny part: the only reason German was able to get the documents is that one of the defendants put them in the court record and they were available to the public for two days. So the most damaging publicity is their own fault.