Palms Owner Gets Court Date For His DUI

Palms Casino Owner George Maloof Jr. Gets Trial Date For DUI

George Maloof Jr.

by Jagajeet Chiba, – Las Vegas casino magnate and Sacramento Kings co-owner George Maloof Jr. has a trial date for his DUI case.  Maloof Jr. is the owner of the Palms Casino.  On October 9 [2010] he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while under the influence just southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

Maloof later told The Associated Press that he had four beers at a wedding and that his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.086%.

That’s just over the legal limit in Nevada of 0.08%, but Maloof said he thought he was “nowhere near intoxicated.”

Maloof’s attorney Wade Rabenhorst stood before the judge this past week in his client’s absence.

A May 31 trial date has been set.

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Palm Casino Owner Arrested for DUI

Palms Owner George Maloof Arrested for DUI

George Maloof Jr.

by The Associated Press [LAS VEGAS]  — Palms Casino Resort owner George Maloof Jr. was arrested for drunken driving after being pulled over by police late Saturday night [October 9th, 2010].

George Maloof Jr. was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Spanish Trail Country Club, where he lives, police said Monday. Maloof, 46, told The Associated Press he was driving home with his assistant from a friend’s wedding at The Mirage hotel-casino about six miles away.

Maloof said the assistant asked him to drive. “I just didn’t think I needed her to drive — I should have had her drive — because I didn’t drink that much,” said Maloof. He said he thought he was “nowhere near intoxicated” and would likely fight the arrest in court.

Maloof said he had four beers and his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.086 percent. That’s just over the legal limit in Nevada of 0.08 percent. He said he asked if he could go home but was told he would be arrested.

Police searched his car and his assistant’s purse but found nothing else out of the ordinary, Maloof said. Police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said Maloof was speeding 21 to 30 mph over the limit, made an illegal left turn and was driving without a valid license or proof of insurance.

Maloof said he didn’t post bail and didn’t want to call anyone, and was released from jail Sunday morning.

Maloof owns the resort with his brothers and sister. His family also owns the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

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Nevada Supreme Court Doesn’t Know Jack nor Pot

Nevada High Court Rejects Pot User’s Driving Bid

Nevada “High” Court By Martha Bellisle – A California woman who legally smoked marijuana in her home state and then drove across the Nevada state line with an “inactive” marijuana metabolite in her system still is guilty under the state’s impaired driving law, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled.

Shira Garfinkel was convicted in Incline Justice Court of being over the legal limit of marijuana metabolite, which is the “inactive” substance the body produces to get ride of marijuana’s active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Her lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Priscilla Nielson appealed, arguing that since the metabolite is an “inactive” substance, it “does not affect the person’s ability to drive,” and the law is unconstitutional.

Justices Nancy Saitta, Michael Cherry and Mark Gibbons disagreed.

In an unpublished decision, which means the ruling only applies to this case and does not set legal precedence, the justices said they already ruled in another case that the law appropriately applies to both marijuana’s active ingredient and the metabolite, and they don’t need to “revisit that decision.”

They also dismissed Garfinkel’s claims that the law “interferes with her right to travel” because she is a legal user of marijuana in California and Nevada’s DUI law would keep her from crossing the state line.

The law does not prohibit her from traveling, the justices said, “it criminalizes her driving a motor vehicle through the state with prohibited substances in her blood and urine.”

Nielson said she was “somewhat discouraged” with the ruling and that she has not yet decided if she’ll ask the full court to review the case.

“I’m disappointed that they did not apply a legal analysis, they just looked at the bottom line of the Williams case,” Nielson said.

Case details

Jessica Williams was convicted in 2002 of running over and killing six teenagers after smoking marijuana.

She appealed, and the high court affirmed her conviction, saying the law served two legitimate state interests: promoting highway safety and deterring the illicit use of drugs, Nielson said.

Nielson said that neither of those points apply in this case. The metabolite does not impact driving ability because it’s inactive, and the drug use in this case was legal, she said.

According to William Anderson, chief toxicologist at the Washoe County crime lab, regular users of marijuana would have an almost continual level of metabolite in their systems.

Garfinkel was stopped for speeding on Tahoe Boulevard early in 2010 and charged with driving with a prohibited amount of a prohibited substance. She has a doctor-approved cannabis card that allows her to use the drug, under California law.

The courts

At her trial in Incline Village Justice Court, Judge Alan Tiras said she was not guilty of having THC in her system. Her test showed she had two nanograms of the THC, the legal limit.

But since the test is plus-or-minus 1 nanogram, he did not convict her. But he found her guilty of having the metabolite in her system. The test measured 20 nanograms of metabolite, and the legal limit is 5 nanograms.

She appealed to Washoe District Court, and Judge Robert Perry affirmed Tiras’ ruling.

The next appeal took her argument to the Supreme Court, but the justices affirmed the conviction.

“Garfinkel’s attempts to distinguish her case from Williams by arguing that in Williams this court grappled only with the prohibition on active marijuana and did not meaningfully analyze the constitutional implications of the prohibition of driving while carrying marijuana metabolite in the blood are unavailing,” the ruling said.

In the Williams decision, the justices said, they “rejected the arguments of those who claimed that the law ‘lacked a direct correlation between the prohibited drugs in a driver’s system and impairment.'”


In this case clearly the justices did not even look at the law, nor he facts of the case.  The intent of the law is to stop someone who is impaired from driving a very heavy, speeding vehicle that will do serious harm to someone else.  In this case, there was no evidence of any potential harm coming to anyone since the substance in question was not the marijuana, but the bodies production of a substance which cleans out marijuana.  It is like saying having bleach or bathroom cleaner is evidence there was illegal substances in your bathroom and therefore you’re criminally liable.

Now, I don’t mean to cast aspersions on a fine Nevada DUI Attorney, but how do you lose a case on these facts?  Yes, the DUI attorney was looking for the court to declare the law unconstitutional, but it seems nearly a slam dunk.  That last sentence makes assumption of the reader.  I apologize and will correct that assumption now.  The DUI attorney was looking for the Nevada Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional.  It is my personal opinion that all courts and police are completely corrupt and run amuck of the constitution ad nauseum.  There is almost no way that any court in the land would declare any law unconstitutional these days, UNLESS, it was so blatantly obvious that even the ignorant, unwashed masses could plainly see it was unconstitutional.  It is the same reasoning we have a 2 billion dollar HIV industry.  They haven’t located actual HIV, but they can see antibodies to HIV.  This is the same reasoning.  There was no THC, the substance in marijuana that makes you high, but they found metabolite in her system, nor was she potentially dangerous while driving.

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Las Vegas The Drinks Are On Us

About My DUI Website

In this day and age where life is quite tragic for so many in America, I’d like to think I bring hope in a hopeless situation. Quite a few of us fall through the cracks. We cannot let so many fall by the wayside. If left to fate our downtrodden would also bring us down. I’d like to think I reach out a helpful hand where none was sought.

I’d Like to say my site is sexy. I’d like to say my site is the cat’s meow. [how old is that phrase] I’d like to say my site brings all the boys to the yard. But if you mention DUI, I admit, it’s a party pooper. However, it is centered in Sunny Las Vegas, where the men are men and the chicks are topless, well at least in the shows. Some shows even have the men and women totally nude, but it’s behind a sort of see through bed sheet, so it’s considered “art.”

Well what does this exciting discussion of topless women and shows have to do with DUI. Simply this, I bring a fresh new take on a very touchy subject. I present the lighter side of DUI arrests, like articles about the “silver man”, where a man arrested on halloween was found to be completely covered in silver paint, including hair, wearing nothing but shorts, video clip included. Unfortunately, he actually was drunk. However, I humanize a topic most would shun and quite a few would demonize.

What might that mean you ask? Simply that not every boy dressed in blue is there to “serve and protect”. It is the reality that police departs have political issues to contend with, and arresting poor saps on horrible charges like DUI pads their coffers. I’m not saying every “sap” on the road is innocent, just that a cop sitting outside a club isn’t the Mother Theresa we’d like to think he is.

Daily I give, “non-legal”, advice on such sites as Yahoo Answers to would be victims. Some of the articles I come across are tragic: i.e. football starter looses all scholarships and eligibility from being CHARGED for DUI. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for pulling drunks off the road that would kill themselves or others, but ruining someone’s life due to shoddy police work and a zeal to get traffic ticket money I think is just as egregious if not more so. Public officials have a duty to uphold the law, just as much as they have a duty not to abuse it themselves.

I give MADD their due. I have even been the voice of reason when they point their rage at some kid that was stopped after 2 beers on the side of the road and is facing untold horrors from the ramifications at school, home and job. I feel their loss due to losing a loved one to drunk drivers, but not everyone on the road is a reckless sloppy drunk, a tragedy waiting to happen. We can no more throw away some kid’s future because of your pain than we can throw the key away on the 13 year old homeless kid begging for change on the street.

Let me end my pontification here. If you’re ever in Las Vegas and want information about DUI, visit my site for enlightenment:

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MADD Mad About Female DUI Arrests on the Rise

MADD Speechless Over Female DUI Arrests

Recently a trend was noticed, recorded, and reported on in the national media: Drunken driving arrests on the rise — for women.

Oh no Martha, say it ain’t so!!!

nevada dui attorneyDUI arrests have rising by 28% from 1998 to 2007. This is according to the Transportation Department reports. For men DUI arrests have actually fallen off by 7.5% during that time. The numbers, however, for male arrests for DUI are simply staggering. In 2007 there were over 620 thousand DUI arrests for men, for women the figure is a mere 162 thousand.

Here’s where it gets sticky. They sought a statement from MADD, mothers against drunk driving, an all female organization that lobbys to reinstate prohibition lawas against alcohol. MADD was very caught off guard by the reports, and very angry that the national news media outlets reported it. [ I assume the national media has to run everything by MADD these days? ]

When asked what did they make of the findings, they had this to say:

Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told the Associated Press she could not explain the jump in arrests of women. “There’s no hard data on that,” Dean-Mooney told AP. “What you’re hearing more is that women are under more pressure, they’re now perhaps the breadwinner because of the unemployment rate.”

Riiiiiight! Last time I checked, 1998 wasn’t back in the stone ages. We’re talking about the last 10 years. There has been no tremendous change in female occupation stature in the last 10 years.

It is amazing that feminists will stoop to victimization tactics to explain away, criminal activity? Well, to you working bread winner moms out there, here’s to you. MADD, might get their way and stop your choice to have any alcohol one day, but for now, this bud’s for you.


Seriously, don’t drink and drive… well at least not over the limit.

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No Last Call

Drinking and Driving

Today I’d like to discuss drinking and driving. I feel it’s especially appropriate for this holiday season. Specifically I’d like to discuss the city of Las Vegas.

Like New York, the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas has no “last call”. Merry makers, party goers, boozers, bums and alcoholics alike can all indulge to their heart’s content, and at all hours of the day. I do not have the statistics but Las Vegas boasts some of the highest rates of DUI in the nation. It is an incessant problem. These people crawl behind the wheel of a car and take their own and others’ lives into their hands without a thought. They tell themselves they can handle it. They tell themselves they will never be caught. I have one acquaintance who says they drive “better” with a few drinks in his system.

Mayhaps they are not aware of the areas of the brain intoxicants can affect:

  • depth perception
  • reaction speed
  • near sightedness
  • far sightedness
  • vision in general
  • motor skills
  • inner ear
  • equilibrium

Just to name a few. The list is of course not comprehensive nor exhaustive. What’s most bazaar is that Las Vegas has gamblers anonymous group and the casinos voluntarily assign a concierge or liaison to identify players with a problem, which is probably in their best interest, better to keep the fool working and playing than have him go broke today and not be able to return. But there is no prevalent push or awareness of hiring someone specifically to identify alcoholics. In fact the Gaming Board rarely convicts or punishes casinos who allow a clearly intoxicated player to over-leverage themselves. I mean there are cases, but walk around any casino on any given day and you can identify 20% of the place inebriated. And, yet still they let these same people to walk out the door and get behind the wheel of an SUV.

The Long Term Affects of Alcohol on the Brain and Body


Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.


Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.


People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease.

For example, thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism and results from poor overall nutrition.


Most people realize that heavy, long–term drinking can damage the liver, the organ chiefly responsible for breaking down alcohol into harmless byproducts and clearing it from the body. But people may not be aware that prolonged liver dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, can harm the brain, leading to a serious and potentially fatal brain disorder known as hepatic encephalopathy

This post was just made as a short awareness post to bring attention to the problem.

In my next post I will discuss the reasons why in: Drinking Philosophy

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Lesson Learned LaBeouf DUI

Shia LaBeouf and the DUI

Actor had charges of drunk driving in Los Angeles dropped, but he still loses license for a year.

Shia LaBeouf was arrested early on suspicion of drunk driving, after he tried to make a left turn at an intersection of West Hollywood and instead got into a car crash when he ran into another vehicle. LaBeouf rolled the truck he was driving, injuring his hand and knee in the process.

Actor LaBeouf, star of INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL and the blockbsuster TRANSFORMERS, was booked for a misdemeanor DUI and then released for medical attention for his injuries. A female passenger of LaBeouf’s and the driver of the vehicle he hit were not seriously hurt.

Insufficient Evidence to Prosecute

Shia LaBeouf had his driver’s license suspended stemming from the accident and a case of suspected drunk driving in Los Angeles, California. LaBeouf was involved in a two vehicle accident in West Hollywood last July. While he was initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, the LA County Sheriff’s Department later said there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

At the time of the accident, the ‘Transformers” star refused to submit to a breath test to check for blood alcohol content. Even though he was cleared of CA DUI charges, that refusal was used by the Department of Motor Vehicles to automatically suspend LeBeouf’s license.

These Illegal Per Se Laws are Illegal

California DUI law states that a person’s license shall be suspended for up to one year when he/she refuses to submit to a chemical test (blood, breath or urine) when drunk driving is suspected.

It was later determined that the other motorist ran a red light and struck LeBeouf’s Ford pick-up truck while he was making a left turn. LeBeouf, 22, had his hand crushed in the accident and has had two surgeries since the July 27 accident.

Do you see the DUI charges normally relieve the police of having to do any actual POLICE WORK. In a normal case, they would have charged LaBeouf with DUI, gotten their DUI fees and penalties and everyone would have gone home. It wasn’t until LaBeouf refused to take a breath test did the officers have to continue with the investigation OOOOOoooops it was the other driver’s fault all along.

What’s the Lesson?

What can we the public learn from this? Now for him to lose his license, probably won’t impact him that much. He could get someone to drive him where ever he wants to go. For the average person though losing their license would seriously hamper their lifestyle. But the lesson is, you have a constitutional right to refuse submitting yourself to state invasion. Regardless of the legislation the state passes, they really have no authority to invade your privacy. If more people woke up and realized this we wouldn’t be headed toward the Nazi fascism we are today. It might hurt at first, i.e. losing your license, but I feel it’s a small price to pay for freedom. [ that picture is just wrong. but when you’re an actor you’ll do anything for money. i wonder what his mom says about this picture. shame on you kid. i include it, because it’s hilarious. i think he looks like a retard. ]