Part Five of a Series
After four installments on this subject, and many readers supporting our comments, attorney Scott Holper is still practicing law in Nevada and no one seems to be moving a finger to stop him.
Despite the fact that we are “the newspaper that no one reads,” this series that the Las Vegas Tribune has been running for the last five weeks may have been the exception to the rule — or someone is making up stories about the lack of interest in our paper, if one considers the telephone calls, comments and emails that are daily proving the trouble-making storyteller wrong.
We are living in an era where it makes it difficult to lie or simply deny what one has previously said and then later claim that is not true. There are so many ways to prove what one has said, and while some might use the old “I don’t remember” or say that they have forgotten or don’t write such things about that person any more, most of the details come straight from court transcripts, signed affidavits and official statements.
However, that is part of the journalists’ work and that is why so many reporters keep their articles and their computer files preserved for future purposes, even if by law they are not obligated to show how, where and when they got their information for the report or the article; by law, reporters or journalists in general do not have to show their sources. In fact, in many cases, divulging the name of the source could ruin the reputation of a reporter, writer, or columnist.
As a matter of fact, during the 1994 murder trial of Las Vegas socialite Margaret Rudin, a local television reporter married to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Detective was in hot water for using her husband as the source of her story, losing credibility with her envious and jealous co-workers and other reporters in the local media.
Perhaps the aged half-campaign-consultant likes to believe and tell her small group of friends and some clients assigned to her by real campaign consultants and managers that the Las Vegas Tribune is “the newspaper that no one reads,” but the fact remains that when we write a story as controversial as this one about local attorney Scott Holper, who is suspended by the State Bar and still practicing law, many people have comments to make and clients have stories to tell.
Some attorneys, even those who are unknown to us but seem to hate the Las Vegas Tribune with a passion, keep saying one foul thing after another about the newspaper even if they had never exchanged a word or crossed paths with anyone at this publication, making comments about the verity of the facts from which our articles are being written.
Another attorney who once had his fifteen minutes of fame and some other local attorneys who are still bowing to him, plus his small circle of friends, most of them frustrated attorneys with not even fifteen minutes of fame, read the articles and have attacked this newspaper as always.
If anyone comes to our office with a legitimate issue, we always ask if they are willing to sign a statement and are very clear that once the statement is signed, there is no turning back and it is up to the newspaper to use that statement if we find it credible.
The newspaper always tries to avoid using names because we are well aware of how vindictive the legal community, at all levels, could be and if we use names they can lose business; they can have the entire prosecutors’ office or the Public Defender’s office — or whatever the case may be — to gang bang on the attorney.
Most attorneys come to us because they do trust the ethics and honesty we use in any article and they know their identity is safe with us, but we still have their statement.
Once a few attorneys came to the Las Vegas Tribune and complained about how they were treated by the Regional Justice Center marshalls and how many of them were verbally and physically abused at the front gate; we wrote the article, we helped to solve the serious problem that existed, and no names were used, even if they were not hesitant to publish their name.
Just two weeks ago an attorney that was interviewed by us for another story told us how he felt about the Nevada State Bar and how useless the organization is, but we did not use his name and he asked why we didn’t use his name.
We explained that we know how vicious the legal community is and we didn’t see the need to use his name, but he responded that he is not afraid of the Bar and what he told us he can tell the Bar and its staff at any time.
The fact is that this story is about an attorney who is out of control, abusing employees, disrespecting judges, taking advantage of clients provoking other fellow attorneys and private investigators, threatening landlords and he’s still practicing law with the blessing of the Nevada State Bar and the Nevada Supreme Court that for some inexplicable reason has the ultimate word on the suspension of any attorney that the Bar deems qualified to be suspended.
Scott Holper’s wife, the same wife that has filed protection orders against him and witnesses have testified that he (Scott Holper) has pulled a shotgun on her, called the Las Vegas Tribune office hysterically yelling and screaming blasphemous threats, perhaps
imitating her husband’s behavior, just because the couple has mended their relationship for now.
We would like to know who is protecting him and why; we would like to know what the Nevada State Bar and the Nevada Supreme Court are waiting for — until he goes and physically hurts someone badly?