Trials & Litigation

Government lawyer faces $12K in sanctions, plus possible jail time if he doesn't pay up


The clock is ticking toward a payment deadline for a Nevada lawyer facing some $12,000 in sanctions for improper court filings.

And if Robert Pool doesn’t pay up by Aug. 28, it’s possible he’ll be jailed for civil contempt, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

At a July 31 hearing in state district court in Las Vegas Township, attorney Ross Goodman, who represents an opposing party in a case over the jurisdiction of municipal constables, told Judge Susan Scann he intends to seek contempt time for Pool if he doesn’t meet the payment deadline.

The big bill Pool is facing stems from a dispute between his client, Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura, and constable offices in two other municipalities whose deputies have been working in Bonaventura’s jurisdiction.

Pool was fined over $11,000 last year for improper filings, including an amended complaint filed in district court while an appeal was pending in the Nevada Supreme Court, the newspaper reports. That amount remains unpaid, and Scann imposed another $750 fine at the July hearing.

Nearly $10,000 of the original amount represented reimbursement of legal fees paid by Bonaventura’s opponents in the case.

Related coverage:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “”Las Vegas constable deputizes lawyer to cover bills refused by County Commission”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Deputized attorney for Las Vegas constable faces sanctions”

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