After conducting an extensive investigation into the attempted bombing of the IRS offices in Reno with a fertilizer bomb, charged two subjects with perjury and false statements (convicted one after trial, the other was convicted after trial by another AUSA). Indicted Bailie and Hurst for Conspiracy, Attempted Arson by Explosives, Use of Firearm (to wit: explosive – 30 year mandatory sentence). Debriefed and pled Hurst pursuant to a cooperation agreement. Bailie was convicted after trial by another AUSA. This case was personally monitored by Attorney General Reno.
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A True Las Vegas Crime Story: U.S. v Rick Lee Archer and Gene DiUlio (“The Ultimate Escape Artists”)
This true Las Vegas crime story is about Rick Lee Archer and Gene DiUlio. These two defendants, members of the Aryan Brotherhood, were the last prisoners to escape from a federal maximum security facility (Lompoc, CA). They then traveled to Las Vegas and committed bank robbery and several car jackings. [Read more…] about The Ultimate Escape Artists: A True Las Vegas Crime Story
Prosecuted a defendant who had traveled to Las Vegas from Louisiana to construct and mail pipe bombs and tarot cards to President Clinton at the White House; to Texas televangelist John Hagee in San Antonio, and to the ATF offices in Las Vegas. The Clinton bomb detonated in a Post Office tractor trailer in Washington D.C.; the Hagee bomb detonated at a U.S. Post Office bulk mail center in Dallas; the ATF bomb was recovered at a Las Vegas Greyhound Bus terminal, undetonated. Additional bomb making materials and tarot cards were recovered from the defendant’s hotel room. Alexander pled guilty to several possession and use of destructive devices and was sentenced to life. This defendant ranked with Jerald Burgess (discussed infra), Buford Furrrow (who went on a shooting spree at an L.A. Jewish Day Care Center, then murdered a mailman) and Billy Bright (a scrawny hitman for the New York mob, later murdered in prison himself) as one of the most chilling defendants I’ve stood next to in a courtroom.
At the request of Las Vegas Metro Vice, prosecuted a notorious childabusing low-life who called himself “Gorgeous Dre” or alternatively “The Big Pimp”. Metro identified him as a major interstate panderer of juveniles. We learned that the defendant was being featured in the Hughes Brothers (Menace to Society, Dead Presidents, etc.) documentary film “American Pimp, which was then in production. Consequently, subpoenaed the raw footage and used it against Taylor at trial. Called a hostile Allen Hughes as a Government witness, impeaching him with his prior Grand Jury testimony. This published Ninth Circuit opinion created highly favorable new precedent re: elements of Mann Act, use of government experts on subject of pimp / prostitute relationship. Incredibly, Taylor later surfaced as a guest lecturer for a UNLV Criminal Justice course – taught by his Probation Officer! (with whom I had an animated and lengthy discussion regarding ethics, conflicts of interest, etc.) Only in Vegas.
See U.S. v. Taylor, 239 F3d 994 (9th Cir, 2000) (published opinion)
In 2000, prosecuted Christopher Moseley, husband of DuPont heiress Lisa Dean Moseley, and others for Murder for Hire. Moseley traveled from his Delaware estate to Las Vegas and recruited Diana Hironaga, a former stripper and porn star, to kill Patricia Margello, a drug addict/prostitute and the girlfriend of Lisa Dean Mosley’s son, Dean. Hironaga in turn enlisted Ricardo Murillo, her former boyfriend. The victim was lured to a Strip motel, brutally murdered, and her body literally broken in half and stuffed in an air conditioning duct. (Plans to dismember her were abandoned due to the fact that she reportedly had AIDS). Mosley and Hironaga pled guilty cooperated with the government and testified at Murillo’s trial. He was convicted and received a life sentence. Moseley died in prison. The prosecution was praised by author Dominick Dunne, who covered the trial, and featured the case in his book ”Justice” as well as on his true crime television show. I was again nominated for a Director’s Award for this case.
See U.S. v. Murillo 288 F3d 1126 (9th Cir, 2002) (published opinion)