Fruits of the Poisonous Tree
It is usually considered to be a very uncomfortable experience for those who have to attend to personal business in any court in any state, making them feel they are “on display” for others to see their now public shame and hear the charges about the matter at hand brought before the judge in such a public way.
It gets even more uncomfortable when you also see a newspaper reporter “lurking” in the hallways and byways of the courthouse, intent on reporting the news, and informing the public of the proceedings that directly affect their daily lives and well-being.
Secretly, inside your own mind and body, you – as the person brought before the judge – hope and pray that the reporter, considered an emissary of the “Free Press,” is not really interested in your plight or your court business, especially if you consider yourself highly respected, even though you know in your heart that you are guilty of wrongdoing and have been getting away with it for a very long time, and with complete impunity.
Such is the Federal Case against Randolph Goldberg Esq, of the GGRM law firm. Coincidentally, while covering the Federal Case of Detective Gordon Martines vs. LVMPD, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie et al., a Las Vegas Tribune reporter happened to come across the Randolph Goldberg Esq. – GGRM law firm court case, and the Sanction Hearing and Order reporter’s documents of the Federal Bankruptcy Court’s Department 14, by hearing Federal Judge Mike K. Nakagawa.
What this newspaper reporter was hearing was definitely not going well for Randolph Goldberg Esq., nor for everything and everyone associated with Attorney Goldberg and his law firm of GGRM.
There are a couple of very old sayings that are so apropos to the Attorney Goldberg Federal sanctioning case: “What goes around, comes around,” and “Everything has to do with everything else.”
In this particular case, this newspaper remembers publishing an article about Detective Gordon Martines’s Federal legal fight with his employer, LVMPD, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, et al., and also mentioning that Detective Martines had retained and later fired and terminated associate Attorney Gabriel Martinez, Esq., of the law firm of GGRM (Greenberg, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez).
This newspaper also recalls that Det. Martines filed a Nevada State Bar complaint against Attorney Gabriel Martinez, Esq., for very poor performance and possible collusion with LVMPD Director Jeffrey Roch of the Health and Safety Section of the Police Department. The Nevada State Bar later dismissed the complaint against Attorney Martinez, Esq.
In the complaint, Detective Martines alleged that Attorney Gabriel Martinez, along with other associates of the law firm of GGRM, conspired to arrange to automatically deny workman’s compensation claims submitted by police officers who were injured in the line of duty, and then later offer their usual legal assistance to eventually achieve the granting of that claim in exchange for a lifetime fee of 25 percent of any monetary award.
As in Detective Martines’s workmen’s comp claim, which was first denied by LVMPD, Director Jeffrey Roch, in December of 2010, contracted Attorney Martinez for legal assistance; but it wasn’t until April of 2012 that the Appeals Court convened and immediately granted Det. Martines’s claim under the Heart and Lung Bill.
According to Detective Matines, the entire Appeals court hearing took about five minutes, without hearing his testimony, and was actually handled by an associate – although not Attorney Martinez – of the law firm of GGRM.
From the outside looking in, there does not appear to be anything wrong, but when you take a closer look inside and see that Detective Martines’s accrued leave of over 2,000 hours of sick time is now exhausted and lost, along with his accrued sick time, vacation and bonus leave, after thirty-plus years of faithful and loyal public service, one has to realize that Detective Martines was intentionally and maliciously placed in a very untenable situation, being forced and obligated to take any/all offers to retire from the LVMPD, and encouraged to do so by his attorney, Gabriel Martinez, Esq.
Detective Martines refused to accept this obvious fraudulent scheme perpetuated on him and on several other former police officers who were injured in the line of duty, and had their workman’s compensation claims automatically denied by the LVMPD and then later mysteriously approved, with the help of the GGRM law firm, for that usual 25 percent lifetime fee of any reward that is given to the injured police officer for the rest of his/her life.
This newspaper believes that this alleged beautifully constructed, complex criminal scheme, and the obtaining of money under false pretenses by the GGRM law firm to profit from the workman’s compensation fund, could not in any way – in an attempt to look ethical – be accomplished without the direct cooperation of the LVMPD and its administrators, since LVMPD directly controls the workman’s compensation fund, medical insurance and union benefits, and is self-insured, and also controls all bargaining contracts, and approvals and denials of claims.
We think this smells of severe similarity to the recent HOA Scandal.