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$1 million dollars put in escrow for Buffalo Jim Barrier.
Crazy Horse Too sale to Mike Signorelli craps out.
Judge throws the book at Rick Rizzolo after
seeing a CONFIDENTIAL Agreement!
INSIDE VEGAS by
June 4, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The Sin City legal
community is buzzing over garage owner Buffalo Jim
Barrier winning three motions in Clark County District Court last
Thursday against his landlord, convicted racketeer Rick
Buffalo Jim Barrier
(LV Review-Journal photo by Clint
Karlsen) (AmericanMafia.com photo by Gene Kilroy)
First; District Court
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez agreed
with Barrier's attorney Kim D. Price that Federal stays had been in
effect that stalled Barrier's
harassment case for almost three years. She ruled that
NRCP 41(e), the five year rule, should be waived and Barrier's
case allowed to go to trial.
Second; Judge Gonzalez
against Barrier. In September 2000, Rizzolo sued his next door neighbor
for accusing the strip bar owner of
-- one of the charges Rizzolo pleaded guilty to last summer.
Third; Judge Gonzalez ordered that a
Writ of Attachment be granted
against Rizzolo for $1 million dollars to be deposited immediately into
an interest bearing escrow account in the likely event Barrier wins at
reading a Purchase Agreement never meant for her eyes, Judge Gonzalez
determined that Barrier may not be able to collect if he wins.
Therefore, the judge made sure the funds would be available if and when
they are needed.
Prior to last Thursday, in his
old harassment lawsuit
against Rizzolo, Barrier had met with nothing but
Angeles Times photo)
Nancy M. Saitta sanctioned Barrier $4,500 for "wasting the time" of
Rizzolo's attorneys. She did this after making the statement: "Mr.
Rizzolo has a good name in the community." Saitta ordered Barrier to
pay the law firm of Patti & Sgro before leaving
courtroom. Then she dismissed the racketeering portion of his
suit calling it "meritless."
In an effort to humiliate Barrier, he was forced to write Rizzolo's
lawyers a check while she watched from her bench.
Her ruling and complimentary statement about Rizzolo inspired me to pen
AmericanMafia.com column "A
Judge in Their Pocket," and share my Saitta files with the Los Angeles Times and FBI.
It was later discovered that Rizzolo was one of Saitta's heaviest
campaign contributors and that she enjoys a close personal relationship
with him and his family.
Saitta is now a Justice on the Nevada Supreme
Court and was the subject of the June 2006 Los Angeles Times story JUICE
VS. JUSTICE | A TIMES INVESTIGATION; "In Las Vegas, They're Playing
With a Stacked Judicial Deck.
Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients
and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their
campaign coffers," by Michael J. Goodman and William C.
Even with this baggage, she won election to higher office.
A complete turn of events took
place last Thursday in Barrier's favor when Judge Gonzalez decided to
grant the million dollar attachment after Rizzolo's attorney Mark Hafer
told the court that the
sale agreement with Mike Signorelli fell
through. After being questioned by the judge, Hafer said: "Signorelli
did not perform. He was supposed to have put $38
million into escrow by today but hasn't deposited one dollar. The deal
will not close. There is no imminent sale."
(Hafer changed his story the following day saying the deal was still
Barrier's attorney reminded
that Rizzolo had been
ordered by the court to give his client ten days notice of any pending
sale, but he failed to so so possibly because the sale was fraudulent
on its' face and Signorelli was nothing more than a straw man used to
keep the place open to buy Rizzolo time
with the city council and postpone his imprisonment.
To add fuel to the Signorelli - straw man fire, award winning Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist
John L. Smith devoted his Sunday May 3 column to the
scam: "Informed sources confirm officials from the FBI, IRS and U.S.
attorney's office are preparing to take over the Crazy Horse Too and
liquidate it now that Rizzolo's thinly veiled attempt to sell the
notorious jiggle joint to suspected straw man Michael Signorelli has
turned into a bona fide belly laugh," Smith wrote.
"Despite a police report that linked Rizzolo to the new 'owner,' the
City Council voted in April to grant Signorelli a permanent liquor
license for the Crazy Horse Too. Now the council looks like a bunch of
rubes..." "In light of the flimsy facts surrounding Signorelli's
personal finances, that defense document is sure to be scrutinized for
its truthfulness. And don't be surprised if you start hearing about
possible obstruction of justice charges in this case," stated Smith.
At the April council hearing, several FBI Special Agents sat in the
back of the chambers watching, hence Smith's "obstruction of justice"
Last Thursday in court,
attorney argued unsuccessfully
is no need for the million dollar Writ of
Attachment since his client still owns the club and will not be
transferring title on June 30 as was previously stipulated in the
purchase agreement. His plea caused his client even more damage.
His amazing statement came several weeks after another sealed document
reached my hands. In this document filed under seal in Federal Court,
Rizzolo attorney Tony Sgro also revealed that Rizzolo is still in
charge of the Crazy Horse.
I sent the entire sealed document including the above statement to the
city council who previously ruled that Rick Rizzolo's ongoing
involvement in the business was totally unacceptable. In fact, it was
their own City Attorney Brad Jerbic who on Oct. 4 told the council: "We
want a divorce from those who pleaded guilty and the operation and
management of this business."
But that didn't bother the council who did nothing even with full
knowledge that their orders are being violated. They were too timid to
act. When a reporter asked Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese about ongoing
problems at the Crazy Horse, he replied: "I don't go to those type
And Thursday, Mr. Hafer told
the court that the
purchase agreement was a sealed
document and that an "impropriety" had occurred to allow it to be
entered into evidence in the Barrier case.
I proudly published the CONFIDENTIAL
document prepared by Mayor Oscar
Goodman's law partner and protégé David
Chesnoff on May 22 in my INSIDER
E-BRIEF. My missives are sent to
every attorney and reporter in Las Vegas.
If that's an impropriety, so be it.
Having heard enough, Judge
Rizzolo who is presently
incarcerated in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center to
$1 million into the escrow account for Barrier.
He's obviously still running the joint from his cell, so her order was
"The judge's ruling opens the
for Mr. Barrier and I to travel to California
and conduct a videotaped deposition of Mr. Rizzolo in prison -- a
he's been ducking for over five years," stated attorney Kim Price after
courtroom, Barrier was all smiles. "This was the kind of victory I've
been praying for. I can't wait until Rizzolo hears that he's got to
fork out a million dollars. He'll probably choke on his bologna and
The admission on the court
the sale of the Crazy Horse
Too had fallen though triggers a receiver being placed to
liquidate the business by June 30 according to separate rulings by
Judge Pro and the city council.
It's doubtful the council will do anything with Goodman breathing down
their necks, but Judge Pro is expected to take action within the next
Judge Pro and the council did
give latitude for any
further extension of operation in the event the
Signorelli deal fell through. Since no qualified buyer has
surfaced, and unless Mayor Oscar Goodman can pull a rabbit out of
his hat as a favor to his law firm's former and present
clients, it's anticipated the business and real estate
will be auctioned off later this summer.
Furthermore, Mike Signorelli holds the only liquor license on the
address. Though he was granted the license in only six weeks without
required police investigations (an obvious favor from Oscar Goodman),
it would take an ordinary citizen at least six months to apply for and
be granted a new license. In the meantime, the business must go dark.
Before Judge Gonzalez made her ruling, Rizzolo's attorney began to tell
court, "If the court wants to continue this punishment," but the judge
angrily cut him off before he could complete his sentence.
Her action reminded courtroom observers that Rizzolo has yet to pay
beating victim Kirk Henry one penny of the $10 million dollars he
agreed to in his plea agreement. Henry was rendered a quadriplegic
a dispute with Crazy Horse bouncers over an $88 bar tab. I believe the
misplaced word "punishment" inspired Judge Gonzalez to cut off Hafer's
that he intended would cause sympathy for his incarcerated client.
Steve Miller is
writing a true crime book on the mob's battle to keep the
Crazy Horse open.
Gardner Jolly, David Chesnoff
Here are highlights from the agreement prepared by Goodman
-- a document never shared with
the LV City Council and Judge Gonzalez (until I disclosed it), and
withheld from the Federal Court until after Rizzolo was sentenced in
June 2006. Note the paragraph about Confidentiality and
Rizzolo may grant Signorelli an "extension"
The mob doesn't go down without a fight! Sources close to Rizzolo
report that he's planning to try to pull
fast one on the court and city council and exercise his supposed
Paragraph 8.03 to grant Mike Signorelli an "extension" to obtain the
finances to purchase the topless bar
-- finances that Signorelli has no way to obtain in his lifetime
without Rizzolo's covert help.
Fred Doumani Jr.
(AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ)
I suspect that Fred Doumani Sr., one of Rizzolo's closest
waiting in the wings to try to help Rizzolo et. al. He may
try to use his son Fred Jr. as a "Mr. Clean Face" to replace
Signorelli, but it would still be
the same gang
running the joint if the council or Judge Pro goes along.
The Feds are fully aware another straw man may step up, and obstruction
of justice charges could follow.
An extension of time or a new buyer was never agreed to by
Judge Pro who was
not privy to the latest Purchase Agreement until May 17. And had I not
sent it to them last week, the city
council may have never have seen the secret document so they could
have been duped into thinking Signorelli was ready to close the deal
for no money.
Rizzolo et. al. are desperate to remain in possession of the strip
skimming the nightly cash flow while the supposed "owner" sleeps in
However, after today's column in the Review-Journal, that won't be an
easy task. The cat's out of the bag.
The city council are all afraid of offending Goodman and his law
partners Jay Brown and David Chesnoff who are major political campaign
fund raisers. But Judge Pro is independent of Goodman's influence and
is expected to drop the hammer on Rizzolo by June 30.
In the meantime, a new attorney has vowed
re-open the wrongful
death case of Scott David Fau. Judge Nancy M. Saitta on three
occasions dismissed the 1995 beating death case as a favor to Rizzolo,
then after the Nevada Supreme Court was about to reverse her
decision, she acquiesced. But she wasn't through trying to
help her friend get away with murder. At trial Saitta dutifully
advised the jury to disregard
blunt force trauma in their deliberations
because it took Mr. Fau three hours to die after being beaten by
The jury followed Saitta's instructions to the letter and Mr.
Fau's wife and children received nothing. For her efforts, Rizzolo
in 2006 helped her win election to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Rick Rizzolo and his lawyers lied to the City Council and US Federal
the sale of the Crazy Horse Too. Now its up to Judge Pro and the Las
Vegas City Council to prove
John L. Smith
for describing politicians as "rubes" and "suckers."
And if the Crazy Horse is closed down, I hope the Feds keep a close eye
on the property. I understand that Rizzolo has a generous insurance
policy on the structure, contents, and loss of business earnings in the
event of a fire.
Buffalo Jim Barrier and Steve
Miller on the day the City Council (temporarily) closed the Crazy Horse
Oscar Goodman went
to Steve's house to to talk him out of going after his friends at the
Frankly, I'd rather be attacked by a swarm of malaria-crazed
than have Miller and Barrier on
my case. -
John L. Smith, LV Review-Journal, 07/27/05
Rick Rizzolo is followed out of
Las Vegas Federal Court House by Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier
pleading guilty to racketeering and tax evasion.
photo by Mike Christ, 06/01/06)
One of Oscar
Goodman's City Hall subordinates used
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his official position to keep the Crazy Horse Too open
Straw man Mike Signorelli with Goodman subordinate
CLV Director of Business Activity, who supported keeping the
Crazy Horse open. (AmericanMafia
photo by Mike Christ)
Mayor Goodman's law partner and
business partner is the Crazy Horse Too's lawyer
Jay Brown (left) represents mob straw man Mike
Signorelli who claimed
to be buying the Crazy Horse Too. Brown, who's name has surfaced in
investigations, was also Goodman's law
he and Goodman once served as Rick
photo by Clint Karlsen)
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