Steve Miller is a former Las Vegas City Councilman. In 1991, the readers
of the Las Vegas Review Journal voted him the "Most Effective Public
Official" in Southern Nevada. Visit his
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Apr. 02, 2006 "Innocent"
people don't need
immunity from prosecution!
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
April 3, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Its all coming together now.
Seven years of investigative writing is finally about to meld into a
cohesive story. My hundreds of news
since 1999 have been dominated by a mob infested strip joint and its
corrupting effect on local cops
As one racketeering trial starts its second week, another much bigger
one waits in the wings -- a trial that will validate dozens of
AmericanMafia.com INSIDE VEGAS columns describing one of Sin City's
biggest disgraces -- the Crazy Horse Too.
This sordid story came to a head on September 20, 2001, when a Kansas
tourist disputed a $99 bar tab, and in response, a Crazy Horse Too
manager broke his neck. Kirk Henry was permanently injured -- paralyzed
from the neck down following his night on the town. The bar tried to
deny that the injury occurred on their premises, but a quick thinking
next door neighbor snapped photos of Henry being lifted onto a gurney
by paramedics, and the rest is history.
I originally broke the Kirk Henry story
on October 3, 2001. My front
page "Another beating reported at local topless bar," started a
chain reaction leading to the following top stories in last week's Las Vegas Review-Journal, and LV SUN.
© Las Vegas Review-Journal
L. SMITH: UNLIKE GALARDI, CRAZY HORSE TOO OWNER SEEMS DISINCLINED TO
Word is the Rizzolo case is approaching a critical stage.
One road leads to a negotiated settlement, the other to a trial that
threatens not only Rizzolo and Co., but his family members as well.
It's no secret his father, Bart Rizzolo, and sister, Annette Patterson,
have been associated with the cash-rich business for many years. In a case that's
one-part income tax probe, that could mean real problems for the family...
question is: How much would Rizzolo have to give up to clear up the
Crazy Horse Too mess? There's money, of course. Millions, in fact. Not
only in penalties to the government, but to the family of Kansas
tourist Kirk Henry, who suffered a broken neck in the parking lot of
the club after a long night of partying.
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
says time proving his innocence
By ALAN MAIMON
Apr. 01, 2006
Sources familiar with both strip club investigations say the trial of
Herrera and Kincaid-Chauncey probably is only the prelude to a Rizzolo trial
one that could feature public officials either as witnesses or
defendants...Wright said McDonald would
testify against Rizzolo
at a potential trial only if he is
offered immunity from prosecution
. Rizzolo, his family and his
business associates have contributed
at least $40,000 to Mayor Oscar Goodman's
campaigns. Rizzolo has
supported Goodman, and the mayor is quick
to defend the strip club owner
..."I like Rick Rizzolo," Goodman
Galardi dishes up
dirt on club rival
Rizzolo fingered in secret FBI reports
By Jeff German and Steve Kanigher
March 26, 2006
As Galardi sought to strike a deal with the government to fend off
corruption charges, according to secret FBI reports obtained by the
Sun, he supplied agents with
derogatory information about Rizzolo. That information included
allegations that Rizzolo, like Galardi, was providing cash under the
table to public officials
elected official Galardi linked
to Rizzolo was described in the FBI reports as "Judge #1." As with
Rizzolo, this official has been identified by the Sun as District
Saitta through the descriptions of Judge #1 in the FBI reports matched
independent research and information obtained from sources familiar
Following my original Tribune
on the Henry beating, the newspaper's editor received a "shoot the
messenger" type letter
from Rick Rizzolo, the first and last time he has ever personally
responded to adverse stories about his place of business. I was also
the subject of a failed motion for a gag order filed by Rizzolo's
attorneys Dean Patti and Tony Sgro in the court of an overly friendly
judge. The judge had come under federal scrutiny because she had sat on
several cases involving Rizzolo. Michael Galardi, the government's key
witness in the current trial, recalled Rizzolo telling him that he had
"taken care of (Judge) Saitta." At a settlement conference, Galardi
also recalled, Judge Saitta gave Rizzolo "a big hug and kiss like they
were friends," according to Review-Journal
In his Letter to the Editor, Rizzolo wrote: "Mr. Miller is the landlord
of Club Paradise. Club Paradise, an adult dance establishment, is a
direct business competitor of the club I operate, Crazy Horse Too. A
mere glance at the titles to Mr. Miller's articles clearly reveals Mr.
Miller's bias against his competitor, the Crazy Horse Too and myself,
and his complete lack of journalistic professionalism... Mr. Miller
also refers to another alleged beating that occurred at my club on
September 20, 2001. No 'beating' ever occurred on my premises on that
day. A customer leaving the club drunk did trip, but in no way was this
man 'beaten,' About the only accurate fact reported by Mr. Miller was
the club personnel were standing over the injured man. Of course, Mr.
Miller does not mention that my employees were assisting the injured
man, as that would ruin his insinuation that my employees had 'beat up'
After two Clark County District Attorneys refused to prosecute Kirk
the tragic story caught the attention of the FBI who dispatched 80
elite members of their Organized Crime Strike Task Force to Sin City.
Upon landing, they contacted me to request copies of three year's worth
of Las Vegas Tribune
AmericanMafia.com articles I penned on the subject of beatings and
robberies at the Crazy Horse, along with my stories of alleged political
. I gladly complied with their requests.
Then agents began interviewing
witnesses including the Crazy Horse's next door neighbor Buffalo
Jim Barrier who shot the photos that time-stamped the Henry beating.
From Barrier they learned that Mr. Henry's brutal experience was not
the first of its kind -- that many others had met a similar fate at the
hands and boots of Crazy Horse employees including the beating death of
, and baseball bat beating of Rick
that led to his death three years later. Again agents
learned that local District Attorneys refused to prosecute in either
Wire taps were placed on Rick Rizzolo's phones. Soon new subjects of
interest emerged. It was evident that Rizzolo hated his competitor
Michael Galardi. According to sources, Rizzolo would talk openly of
Galardi bribing public officials, and how other officials who had
loyalties to the Crazy Horse would work to thwart Galardi's business
efforts. This brought then-city councilman Michael McDonald into the
Michael Galardi had loaned his brand new Ferrari to Joey Cusumano, a
close associate of Rizzolo
, and member of Nevada's infamous Black Book of
undesirables. It was well known that Michael's father, Jack Galardi,
had wanted his son to avoid any contact with Rizzolo or his crew. The
Ferrari episode broke any confidence the father and son shared.
Michael Galardi must have thought "If you can't beat em, join em" when
he suddenly put Rizzolo's biggest political stooge, McDonald, on his payroll
All of a sudden, according to sources, the city stopped harassing
Galardi's Cheetahs club, located in the city limits.
However, Jack Galardi despised McDonald, so much so that he openly
contributed $5,000 to his recall effort in 2000.
According to wire taps obtained by Jeff German of the LV SUN
, even Rizzolo was
shocked at the new relationship between McDonald and Michael Galardi,
so he temporarily took McDonald off his payroll. The SUN's
wire tap transcripts stated,
"Ultimately, club owner #1 quit paying McDonald, at least for a time,
because of McDonald's efforts to collect cash from both club owner #1
Then, with McDonald's alleged help, Galardi made a slew of new friends
on the Clark County Commission, hence this week's Galardi racketeering
As stated in the above Review-Journal
story, this week's Galardi trial probably is only the prelude to
a Rizzolo trial. The original mission of the Organized Crime Strike
Task Force was coined "Operation Crazy Horse," and to this day, that
remains their priority.
But the most revealing statement was made by Michael McDonald's well
respected attorney Richard Wright. Wright
told RJ Special Projects
Reporter Alan Maimon that McDonald would testify against Rizzolo at a
potential trial only if he is offered immunity from prosecution.
That being the case, it's obvious that McDonald has a lot of important
information if he needs immunity. Innocent people do not need immunity
to do their civic duty. If McDonald gets immunity and takes the witness
stand, the IRS will certainly be listening. Then Rick Rizzolo and his
family will have much more to fear.
As far as speculating that Rizzolo would turn Federal witness, a long
time Chicago law enforcement officer put it this way: "Rizzolo
is too well connected to cut a deal....he'd be in witness protection
the rest of his life....or in solitary in a prison."
If the above statement is true, Rick Rizzolo has nothing to lose by
fighting the Feds to the bitter end.
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