Third of a series
For the last few weeks in this series we have been reporting on the encounters of local disgraced attorney Scott Holper with the law, clients, employees and even one or two attorneys who have had the misfortune of dealing with Holper.
Holper has lied to judges, has forgotten to file cases on behalf of his clients, as well as being guilty of ripping them off, leading to an agreement with the Nevada State Bar to accept a suspension for all the above mentioned mischief.
Despite the agreement with the Nevada State Bar that took place nine months ago, Scott Holper continues practicing law on all levels of the judicial system supposedly waiting for the confirmation from the Nevada Supreme Court.
The combined efforts of the investigative teams of both Las Vegas Tribune and De Oro Media Group have not been able to confirm that someone in a high place (or you may read that “someone in the right place”) has been protecting Holper.
While digging into the Holper case the Las Vegas Tribune stumbled onto the long-running feud between Holper and a few other local attorneys.
Among those attorneys are Mark Coburn, William Knudson, David Otto and Bill Kennedy, who have filed protection orders against Scott Holper and records show that Mark Coburn has filed several police reports against Holper for slashing his car tires, vandalism (keying his car), and also for threatening to shoot him in the head at the Regional Justice Center, which Holper admitted doing during a video-taped deposition two years ago in 2015.
Once Coburn was charged with allegedly damaging one of Holper’s mobile advertising billboards, which Coburn emphatically denied and later was found not guilty of all charges in front of Judge Bennett-Haron.
Coburn stated that “Holper is a punk and a typical bully. He has been bullying people his entire life but, like most bullies, you stand up to him and he wets himself.”
At the time, Coburn’s attorney, Jess Marchese, stated that he didn’t find it necessary to call an additional past employee of Holper who has known him since their schooldays, who testified that he has seen Holper “before, during and after court, drunk on several occasions” and who often refers to that employee — as well as other black people — as “niggers smoking crack.”
That same employee also stated under oath that he knew that Holper had a severe bipolar disorder that he refuses to treat.
The amount of complaints, harassments and threats made by Scott Holper toward his employees, landlords, and new tenants in his old office after being asked to move out, and clients, were enough for both the Nevada State Bar and the Nevada Supreme Court to intervene and act on it but it may be a possibility that someone might be interfering with the possible action against Holper.
Other attorneys have been before the Nevada State Bar and have been officially suspended at a fast pace for much lesser complaints and evidence, while attorney Scott Holper’s charges are more sensitive and he only got a six-month suspension that the Nevada Supreme Court has
failed to act upon as yet.
A spokesperson for the Nevada Supreme Court last week told the Las Vegas Tribune that Holper’s case is open and the Justices cannot comment.
In defense of the Nevada Supreme Court, it is important to mention that recently a Las Vegas Tribune exclusive reported that District Court Judge William Kephart has been charged with five ethics violations by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline. The charges relate to allegations that he publicly interfered in the Kirstin Lobato case during a television interview broadcast in February 2016.
While Ms. Lobato’s petition was pending in the Nevada Supreme Court, Kephart gave an on-camera interview about her case to KSNV News 3 in Las Vegas.
During the interview broadcast on February 29, 2016, Kephart’s statements about her case included: “I stand behind what we did. I have no qualms about what happened and how we prosecuted this matter. I believe it was completely justice done.”
On May 9, 2017 the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline filed five ethics charges against Kephart related to his comments during the interview.
Ten days after the Las Vegas Tribune reported those charges against Judge Kephart on the front page, the daily paper reported on those Kephart charges; and despite the opinion of campaign consultant Lisa Mayo DeRiso that the Las Vegas Tribune is the newspaper that no one
reads, several calls to the downtown office of the weekly Las Vegas Tribune alerted us to the ten-day delay in reporting that important news item.
Even if campaign consultant Lisa Mayo DeRiso were right and the Las Vegas Tribune is “the newspaper that no one reads,” several people have already commented on this series of articles on Scott Holper and only two frustrated local attorneys that cannot stand the fact that
this newspaper is the only news outlet that does not bow to the old former icon of the legal community, all the comments have been favorable to the newspaper.
The Commission’s Formal Statement of Charges states: “Respondent’s television interview statements attested to his belief that Ms. Lobato is guilty as he indicated that justice was done, although these comments directly contrast with Ms. Lobato’s claim of actual innocence, which is a subject in the case.
Therefore, there was or is a reasonable expectation that Respondent’s interview statements could affect the outcome or impair the fairness of Ms. Lobato’s case.”
In all fairness to the Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court and to keep a balance in our reporting, Las Vegas Tribune has taken the Nevada Supreme Court’s inability to respond to our request for comments as fair in the case of Scott Holper.