‘Old-boy network’
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Alleged Corruption and the Courthouse

‘Old-boy network’
A sheriff’s deputy looks out on the Las Vegas Strip from the new $185-million Clark County courthouse. “I don’t think what goes on in Nevada bears any resemblance to a justice system,” one Southern California lawyer said. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
In the courthouse’s shadow
Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. But many of its courts have not grown with it, much less grown up. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT)
Ethical questions
District Judge Nancy M. Saitta awarded more than $1 million in fees for a certified public accountant and his attorneys, two of whom held a campaign fundraiser for her while she was ruling on their case. “People who appear in my courtroom are all on equal footing,” she said. (Las Vegas Sun)
‘There’s a bowl for the checks’
A thank-you note that Saitta sent to attorneys who contributed money to her campaign. ()
Judge Nancy M. Saitta
Judge Nancy M. Saitta ()
Judge Gene T. Porter
Judge Gene T. Porter ()
Judge James C. Mahan
Judge James C. Mahan ()
Judge Sally Loehrer
Judge Sally Loehrer ()
Judge Joseph S. Pavlikowski
Judge Joseph S. Pavlikowski (Ethan Miller / Las Vegas Sun)
Judge Donald M. Mosley
Judge Donald M. Mosley ()
Follow the money
Judge Donald M. Mosley listens to lawyers’ concerns during a 2002 trial. Mosley gave $10,000 in unspent campaign funds to a girlfriend. He called it a loan. She said it was a gift. The judge’s campaign fundraising reports show that the money was neither withdrawn nor paid back. (Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun)
Family ties
Mosley with former girlfriend Terry Figliuzzi and their son. “He brought it home in cash and tossed it on the table. It wasn’t a loan,” she said. ()