District Judge Jackie Glass
Resigns In Middle
Of Judicial Discipline Commission
Evidence indicates she squelched
against defendants represented
by her husband,
then stopped a state probe
of her actions by
resigning from the bench
and taking a job
on CBS TV as judge
on "Swift Justice"
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
May 30, 2011
Ex-Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass
LAS VEGAS - The producer of the nationally
syndicated court program "Swift
Justice" may have done the citizens of Clark County an inadvertent
favor. He hired one of our town's lowest
rated judges (60% retention rating according to the Las
Vegas Review-Journal) to replace Nancy
Grace on the daily program. His job offer has required Clark County
District Court Judge Jackie Glass to relinquish her seat on the state court
bench, and some court observers believe the offer came at a most opportune
time in the jurist's highly controversial history.
But Glass' sudden resignation last Wednesday
to pursue a Hollywood career may have disappointed some of her most ardent
local supporters; the Rizzolo
crime family; mob lawyers Dean
Patti and Tony Sgro; and clients of her husband's criminal
defense law firm, some of whom may have had profane influence over
her court rulings during her 8 1/2 year tenure.
Glass and her attorney husband Steven Wolfson's
criminal friendships may not have singularly led to her demise as a judge.
An aggressive ongoing investigation by the Nevada Commission on Judicial
Discipline is thought to contain a smoking gun, and may be the real reason
for Jackie Glass' abrupt departure from the bench, i.e., to stop the investigation
in its tracks.
INSIDE VEGAS obtained the following COMPLAINT
from a reliable source close to the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.
The Exhibits included with this COMPLAINT
(below) purport that then-Judge Glass may have had a conflict of interest
that clearly violated the Nevada
Code of Judicial Conduct, specifically RULE 2.4: External Influences
on Judicial Conduct (B): "A judge shall not permit family, social, political,
financial, or other interests or relationships to influence the judge's
judicial conduct or judgment."
The purportedly "confidential" COMPLAINT
stems from a lawsuit involving an incident that occurred on June 22, 2007
when a local businessman was severely beaten inside Treasures Gentleman's
Club. The 150 lb. victim sued Treasures and four professional martial arts
fighters who assaulted him.
Although the criminal aspect of the case
was brought by the DA to Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr., Judge
Glass, a District Court Judge, somehow ended up making the ruling in Bonaventure's
Justice Court; a ruling to deny any criminal charges against her husband's
After making her lone ruling in the lower
court, she returned to her duties in the District Court section of the
Clark County Justice Center.
(More information on this case: http://www.americanmafia.com/inside_vegas/5-11-09_Inside_Vegas.html)
According to sources at Treasures, beating
victim Michael Grasso's lawsuit was recently settled out of court for over
$1 million dollars. Criminal charges against his four assailants identified
in the above complaint were never filed due to the ruling by Judge
Glass who failed to disclose that her husband was their attorney.
According to Judge Bonaventure's assistant's best recollection, this is
the only case Judge Glass ruled on from Judge Bonaventure's docket that
Based on overwhelming evidence including
court records of Glass's denial of Warrants, and the LVMPD Declaration
of Warrant that clearly showed the judge's husband represented the Defendants
she denied prosecution, the Judicial Discipline Commission's future decision
seemed cut and dry, but now is in limbo based on the judge's sudden resignation
and the Commission's lack of jurisdiction over a private citizen TV judge.
Based on the above case, and several other
cases on her docket that contained obvious conflicts of interest (see links
below), CBS TV producer John
Terenzio should have looked deeper into Jackie Glass' background before
he hired her.
Now, Glass is in a new ruthless game --
but this one's on a more level playing field without mob attorneys and
crooked politicians to protect her. She's about to compete head to head
in the same time slot with Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, and Judge Marilyn
Milian of People's Court!
Hopefully, "TV Judge" Jackie Glass'
checkered judicial past will not surface on "TMZ," "Entertainment Tonight,"
"Access Hollywood," "Extra," "Inside Edition," or "Hard Copy" to interfere
with her lust for fame and fortune.
CBS described Glass as a judge who
has a "no-nonsense courtroom style" and hands
down long sentences. It looks like the network only looked at one case
when she handed down a long sentence, the O.J. Simpson case.
Here's information on two other cases that
were "randomly assigned" to Judge Glass. Unlike Simpson's case in which
no bodily harm occurred but he was given a life sentence, the cases referenced
below (and the Michael Grasso case) involved substantial bodily harm and
politically connected defendants. The results speak for themselves.
"Good Riddance Judge Glass!" Our city will
be a safer place without you.
Copyright 2011 © Steve Miller
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rizzolo's Parole Violation Hearing Continued Until
July 19, 2011
After three days of testimony held on May 9, 10, and 11, U.S. Judge
Philip Pro originally scheduled a final hearing for June 14, so attorneys
for Rick Rizzolo, and attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice can
argue why Rizzolo's parole should or should not be extended and he be incarcerated
for an additional period of time for violations of his terms of supervised
release. During the hearings, testimony was taken from Kim Tran Rizzolo,
widow of Rick's father Bart Rizzolo, and from John E. Dawson, the Rizzolo's
asset protection attorney. On May 23, Judge Pro ordered a five week continuance
until July 19, based on a court conflict in scheduling. At that hearing,
attorneys for unpaid beating victim Kirk Henry will be allowed to address
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.americanmafia.com/Inside_Vegas/5-9-11_Inside_Vegas.html