Law group may not be playing straight

By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
The sign on the corner of 7th Street and Gass very clearly reads Sgro and Roger Law Office indicating that the two lawyers are in some type of partnership and they may not represent two defendants from the same case, as it is well known in the legal community, giving another law office the opportunity to take a bite of the same pie.
But this is Sgro and Roger Law Office, a powerful well connected law office and the law and the rules apply differently to other law groups or partnerships.
That is a game that is played and it is tolerated by our legal system in Nevada, the “country” of Las Vegas, because that is the way Nevada (Clark County) law is played.
A man can shoot an unarmed man in the back and it is considered murder, but if a man has the protection of the District Attorney, the case is dismissed and no one says a word or speaks up (Clark County law), because everyone is afraid of the Almighty District Attorney Steve Wolfson who makes the law as it goes.
Anthony Sgro, AKA Tony Sgro, is representing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Detective Lawrence Rinetti Jr. But that is not the case here; the case is that many wonder who is paying for one of the defendants and who is paying for the other since they are both represented under the same roof, yet they are using separate addresses to fool the system, the community and all those in the legal system who are already aware of this game.
Detective Lawrence Rinetti Jr. with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics Unit was charged with more than three dozen felonies and gross misdemeanors, including trafficking in a controlled substance, misconduct of a public officer, conspiracy, offering a false instrument for filing or record and fraudulent use of a credit card is represented by Sgro and most likely he is paying his way because the union is not. Michael Ramirez, the head of the governmental affairs for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, AKA PPA, faces one count each of conspiracy to commit a crime and offering a false instrument for filing or record according to media reports and is represented by Sgro law partner, David Roger, who at the same time is an attorney representing the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, AKA PPA, and the question is who is paying for whom, creating a possible conflict of interest. Or is “Texas” paying the price for being a Mexican with a badge, but nonetheless a Mexican in the eyes of the white officers, the union officials, and those in the Metro high ranks, including the so-called infamous “Ivory Tower” that has been in existence for many years within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
David Roger quit his post as Clark County District Attorney under a cloud right after winning his third term reelection because he wants “to spend more time” with his newborn daughter while his wife works full time as a Municipal Court Judge and he goes to work full time for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (PPA) and became a partner in the law firm of Patti & Sgro, which is Sgro and Roger now, leaving Patti out of the picture.
Is Sgro & Roger law firm double-dipping by charging the client and also accepting payment from the PPA to defend the head of the governmental affairs, Michael Ramirez?
David Roger is earning a salary from the Las Vegas Police Protective Association to defend members like Sgro & Roger’s new client, Michael Ramirez. Is Ramirez being represented by David Roger as a client of Sgro & Roger or as a union representative? Maybe some police officers would like to know where their money goes.
Many may be wondering if David Roger is still running the criminal division of the District Attorney’s Office and if he still has some clout over some of the Deputy District Attorneys making behind the scenes deals. Isn’t it too much of a coincidence that all Sgro & Roger’s clients walk free? Inquiring minds want to know.
It is not that Sgro all of a sudden became such a good attorney; many of his clients were not as lucky as Victor Cruz to walk out of the Regional Justice Center a free man, and they didn’t even punch anyone much less kill anyone.

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