Rizzolo & Signorelli appeal to the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals
Two cases in the jurisdiction of Federal Judge Philip Pro
involving the Crazy Horse Too are on appeal to the US Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A third case may be waiting in the
The first APPEAL was filed on Wednesday March 12 by current Golden
Steak House owner
Signorelli. He claims he was defrauded by Rick Rizzolo who allowed
the restaurateur to operate the topless bar while he was in prison.
Signorelli, Rizzolo had promised him that $100,000 - $200,000 per month
could be made
in profits from the club if it was operated in a certain way
During the first weeks of Signorelli's operation, several
club employees said he was spending most of his time sleeping in the
back room while Bart, Annette, Dominic, and Ralph Rizzolo ran the day
to day operations in total violation of City of Las Vegas orders.
this to the City Council
and they scheduled a
special hearing. At the hearing the Council (Mayor Goodman abstained)
asked Signorelli about the violation. Signorelli tried to explain that
he employees over 3000 persons, and does not have time to become
familiar with the last names of all his employees even though the
last names of his book keeper, general manager, assistant manager, and
shift boss were "Rizzolo." (It's not known where his 3,000 employees
Thank goodness the Council didn't believe him or the pleas
from his attorney Jay Brown (Mayor Goodman's law partner and Sen.
Harry Reid's business partner), and proceeded to throw the Rizzolo
out of the operation of the Crazy Horse. Shortly thereafter, the
business failed dismally, and on June
30, 2007, the city permanently revoked Signorelli's liquor license. The
club permanently closed several days later. Since then the property has
since been overtaken by transients, graffitti, and litter, while the
building's interior is infested with rats and scorpians. The US
Marshalls are keeping the lights on at taxpayer's expense and paying
for a security guard that sleeps in his car.
In his APPEAL, Signorelli claims he was defrauded by Rizzolo and
receive $7.2 million from
the proceeds of the purported sale of the saloon and its property. He
Rizzolo misrepresented how much the place (under the secret management
of the Rizzolo family) would have made. However, it was obvious that
the city threw
the Rizzolos out, Signorelli lacked the criminal skills to run the
place at a profit -- skills proven by 17 indictments and guilty pleas
by Crazy Horse employees.
Judge Pro soundly DENIED all of Signorelli's claims, hence
his APPEAL to the Ninth Circuit.
Several days after Signorelli's APPEAL was filed,
attorneys for Rizzolo filed their own APPEAL for his "The Power
Company, Inc." with the Ninth
Circuit Court presumably requesting a reversal of the court's
Racketeering conviction and the corporation's requirement to sell the
bar and real estate.
The Power Company's APPEAL along with the APPEAL filed by
Signorelli may cloud the
title and further hinder a sale until the Ninth Circuit rules.
It's antiipated that Security Pacific Bank will also appeal
Judge Pro's ORDER. If so, with three cases pending
review before the Ninth Circuit -- all involving the title to
the real property -- it looks like it could be years
before the Crazy Horse Too building and property can be sold with a
In the meantime, Kirk Henry and his family cannot pay their medical
bills, and the Rizzolos have hidden
their personal assets
so well that the defunct bar and its property
appraised at only $5.4 million may be all that can be recovered to pay
for decades of criminal activity.