His name now officially added to the wall of shame associated with the G-sting public corruption investigation, today begins the rest of Don Davidson’s life.
The local real estate consultant caught a 24-month federal prison sentence Thursday after being convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud in connection with a 2002 scheme to bribe then-City Councilman Michael McDonald. That’s much lower than the government’s 63-month recommendation.
Although his name has been mentioned often in the press and in a federal courtroom, McDonald has never been charged with a crime.
Unlike some others convicted in the FBI’s lengthy investigation, Davidson was able to generate letters of support from community leaders and public officials.
I wonder whether it’s any solace for Davidson that his sentence was six months shorter than the one issued to one of his chief accusers, former County Commissioner Erin Kenny.
I also wonder whether we’re ever going to see Davidson’s son Lawrence Davidson again. The younger Davidson is charged with federal money laundering and has been on the lam since 2006.
Most of all, I wonder whether information generated in the G-sting investigation eventually will lead to more trouble for former local politicians.
DEMOCRATIC DUST-UP: The presidential caucus is over, but Democratic challengers Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are still fighting over Nevada. Clinton won the popular vote, 51 percent to 45 percent, but Obama edged her in the apparent national delegate count, 13-12.
Now Obama’s camp is accusing Clinton of suppressing the vote through underhanded tactics. Clinton responds that it’s the other guys who didn’t play fair.
In my favorite whining quote of the day, Clinton lawyer Lyn Utrecht said Obama’s side “engaged in a planned effort to subvert the party’s caucus procedures to its advantage.”
Oh, my. Vote subversion right here in the Silver State.
Isn’t that the whole point of the caucus process?
ALLF’S AUDIBLE: Veteran Las Vegas attorney Nancy Allf has changed her mind about running for District Court Department 25. Instead, she has filed for the Nevada Supreme Court vacancy created by the departure of Justice William Maupin, who recently announced he won’t seek re-election. Allf is the president of the State Bar of Nevada and was previously appointed by the Supreme Court to serve on its Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Commission and Business Court Task Force.
CHARITABLE TOUCHDOWN: This is my kind of Super Bowl party. The Riviera is playing host to Legends in Sports, a poker tournament, autograph fest and silent auction on Super Bowl weekend that will benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. The celebrity poker tournament is set to include former NFL greats Hugh Green, Mark Duper, and many more. The entry fee is only $100 with half going directly to the charity.
RUNNING MAN: KVBC-TV, Channel 3, anchor Kendall Tenney is set to lead his seventh annual 5K run to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, which does wonders for the spirits of children afflicted with life-threatening illnesses. The run is scheduled for Feb. 2, and you can register online at runforawish.kintera.org/2008.
A charity run is a great idea. I’d like to try it some time, but first I have to be able to jog more than 45 yards without stopping.
TERROR GAME: Imagine my surprise that terrorists were threatening Las Vegas and the local press had missed the story.
During a Google search, a BusinessWeek article by Robert Workman jumped out at me with the title, “Terrorist Hunting in Las Vegas.”
Before you run to lock and load and start searching for Osama, the story is about the many entertaining qualities of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 video game.
“The sequel will take you all over Vegas, from the monorail stations and strip clubs to the seedy industrial areas, where oil refineries toil away in the desert,” Workman writes.
ON THE BOULEVARD: Locals are wondering where they can find the actual tally of votes compiled by Democrats and Republicans on caucus day. … Attorney David Rivers, the former Clark County Bar Association board member, has filed to run for Department 10 in District Court. … UNLV is regularly criticized for not having much soul or political awareness, but who remembers “The Kitchen” at the university and the folk rock singers who performed there?
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