Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /usr/www/virtual/liftstudios/www.titusandryan.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 1003 Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan Investigation » Blog Archive » Judge Glass stays on the case - Titus calls her “wicked” and “mean”

Judge Glass stays on the case - Titus calls her “wicked” and “mean”

Glenn reports on the motion to remove Judge Glass as the judge on the case. Titus and his lawyer were denied an such removal. Will this come back to bite them? We’ll have to see when the trial begins in April. Visit the Last Vegas Review Journal for the full story.

Judge stays on murder case
Bodybuilder loses bid to have Glass removed from trial

By Glenn Puit | Las Vegas Review Journal

First Craig Titus badmouthed District Judge Jackie Glass, calling her “wicked” and “mean.”

Then Titus’ attorney sought to have Glass removed from the bodybuilder’s murder case, contending that the judge engaged in misconduct by holding a prohibited conversation with a prosecutor and another attorney.

But on Friday, Clark County Chief Judge Kathy Hardcastle reviewed the allegations against Glass and determined that the judge did nothing wrong, and now Titus faces a murder trial in front of the judge he criticized.

“No matter what the circumstances are, I’ll be able to manage,” Titus’ attorney, Marc Saggese, said Friday.

One veteran attorney said that despite the way Titus and his attorney criticized Glass, he has no doubt the defendant and his attorney will get fair treatment in the courtroom.

Attorney Charles Kelly, who has practiced in front of Glass, said Glass will do what a judge is required to do under the circumstances: ignore all the distractions and simply rule on the facts of the case.

“She’s a human being, but my experience with her has been pretty damned good,” Kelly said. “I’ve been very impressed with her, how she handles herself. They have basically put her judicial tender to task by virtue of these motions, but I have no doubt that, given my experiences with her, she’ll do fine.”

Titus, 42, and his wife, fitness champion Kelly Ryan, 34, are charged with killing their personal assistant, Melissa James, in December. Authorities allege that the couple then burned James’ body in the trunk of Ryan’s Jaguar off state Route 160. A third defendant, Anthony Gross, has been charged with helping the couple dispose of the body.

In October, police arrested a Titus acquaintance, Nelson Brady Jr., on charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill three witnesses in Titus’ murder trial. Titus has not been charged in the plot.

During the murder-for-hire investigation, however, police suspected that Titus was involved in the plot, so they staged the death of Gross, one of the alleged plot’s targets. But Gross’ supervising house arrest officer was not told of the ruse, and he pursued a warrant for an arrest of Gross, believing the young man had fled the jurisdiction.

On June 26, Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas and an attorney for Gross, James Oronoz, met with Glass about the matter. According to a Las Vegas police report, “Glass was informed of the actual circumstances regarding Gross’ disappearance and his current location/status.”

Saggese said this indicated to him that Glass was told of the particulars of the murder-for-hire investigation, yet Glass never disclosed this fact to defense attorneys and then ruled against Titus on subsequent legal motions.

Daskas, a detective and Oronoz each filed affidavits saying Glass was not informed that Titus was a suspect, and Hardcastle determined Friday that Glass should stay on the case.

“What is presented here is nothing more than a bare motion supported by suspicions and assumptions about why events turned out the way they did,” the judge said. “This court cannot disqualify a judge on such a motion.”

Saggese said he was disappointed with the ruling and felt that a hearing on the matter should have been held. He said given the facts presented to him, he had a legal obligation to pursue Glass’ removal.

“I just want to make sure everyone is playing by the rules,” Saggese said. “Don’t fault the defense for taking the words of an officer as true.”

But Daskas said the motion was meritless, and he also took issue with Saggese previously suggesting that either he was lying or police had filed a false police report.

“What he essentially said is, I’m lying,” Daskas said. “Well, if I’m not telling the truth, neither is the judge and neither is Jim Oronoz because we all filed affidavits on this under the penalty of perjury. That is a bold accusation to make.”

22 Responses to “Judge Glass stays on the case - Titus calls her “wicked” and “mean””

  1. Disgusted Says:

    OOPS!

  2. chainsaw Says:

    You can’t fault the defense for trying. If I look back at past post’s, many have thought a violation here. I know little about law, but I belive she shouldn’t have been part of the Brady thing. I belive she can be unbiased and fair anyway. Either the evidence will convict or aquite (sic)… I don’t believe she will let lie’s into a courtroom… I have been known to be wrong, but not that much.

  3. WTF Says:

    It appears the Saggese has publicly slandered Daskas. To openly state that the County Prosecuter was lying is a bold statement that he no doubt is regretting. I wouldn’t hire him. Who the hell was he tryiung to impress?

  4. Gym Rat (drug free) Says:

    A hugh loss for Saggese, better get used to it.

  5. darkstar Says:

    Saggese is beat on the evidence, so all he can do is to try and find some procedural error; the so called “technicality…”

    Even if a new judge took over, it wouldnt affect the criminal evidence going forward, and it likely wouldnt delay the trial much, either.

    CT and Saggese still have the same problems…

    d*

  6. A Thought Says:

    I think it’s amusing that everyone talks like this is the first violent crime case Saggese has ever worked on and how he’s going to be at a loss if he loses this case. It’s neither his first murder case, nor is it his first high-profile case. Anybody remember a little case known as the Ted Binion murder trial? Or perhaps the father-son case against the Palms Hotel and Casino? This is hardly his end all-be all case.

  7. darkstar Says:

    Saggese was not involved in the first Binion trial, at least not to my knowledge, and I followed that case on a daily basis from start to finish…maybe he had some role in the retrial, perhaps you can fill me in? I didnt follow the second trial near as close, as I had my fill from the first one…

    Who did he represent in the Binion trial?

    Im not sure I recall anyone here saying this was Saggese’s first violent crime case…and whether he wins or loses this case probably wont mean diddly to his future…In Vegas, attorneys are a dime a dozen, and there are some sly dogs working the courtrooms there…Saggese is young…this will be good experience for him.

    d*

  8. A Thought Says:

    Second trial. He was part of Sandra Murphy’s defense team with Michael Cristalli.

  9. Chainsaw Says:

    Well there you go, ol’ Craiggers aint as in ept as many people thought, (or whoever hired him) as well as Saggase. Even though he might not have been the lead lawyer (he may have been, I don’t know), that was a huge 2nd trial. Sounds like he may have quite a resume. I’ll have to research this.

    And if he doesn’t, nothin a phone call away can’t handle.

  10. darkstar Says:

    I see Cristalli was apparently the lead attorney for Murphy in the second Binion trial. After reading through most of Puit’s articles on the second trial, Saggese doesnt appear, at least not that I found…not that he wasnt involved,necessarily, but he didnt get any press either…

    Not that any of this matters…Vegas is full of capable lawyers. Saggese is not the best, and not the worst.

    We will see what happens when the shooting starts in April…

    d*

  11. Disgusted Says:

    After researching the Binion case archives I see absolutely no mention of Saggese.

  12. darkstar Says:

    His only connection seems to be that he was in the same firm as Cristalli…
    Saggese has been a member of the Nevada bar since October 1999.
    Still pretty young. I wonder what his record is…

    d*

  13. Chainsaw Says:

    Well, I used a younger attorney from a big firm before for my business. He performed very very well for me, and always had long/big timers at his finger tips for advice. Saggase man as well. I’m most certain of it.

    I’m gonna buy Glen Puits book next Saturday, he’s signing down the street from me. It looks interesting. I read the table of contents.

  14. darkstar Says:

    Let me know what you think of the book…My bet is that there wont be much else in it that we havent read so far, and will be missing the stuff that has happened since it was published…

    I’m sure Saggese has other attorneys he is consulting with…they all do on cases like this, especially big time felony cases…

    d*

  15. Administrator Says:

    We’ve seen a bit of what is in the book and there is a great deal of info that has not been put out. The witness statements are very informative and do show some new info.

  16. darkstar Says:

    Can you share some of that info?

    d*

  17. Chainsaw Says:

    d*

    I will try to next week with the hopes that everyone here will purchase it. I wouldn’t want to infringe on Puits hard work.

  18. darkstar Says:

    Chain, thanks.

    I wouldnt worry too much about “Puit’s hard work…” he works for the LVRJ, so it isnt like he isnt getting paid to write these stories.

    Im wondering why if he is a reporter for the paper, why these other details didnt make it into the stories he wrote for the LVRJ?

    Then, for them to end up in a book he “wrote”…well, Im just wondering if he doesnt have a conflict of interest with his employer…

    Very interested to know of anything new from the book..

    d*

  19. shockandawe Says:

    Dark, you do raise an interesting issue… one of conflict of interest.
    Of course, when you are doing a book, you want your book to have the most information of any source. You want inside sources, you want hidden agendas and you want to have things that no one can read in a newspaper - otherwise, why buy the book?

    But it brings up an interesting bit of ethics in journalism:
    How can you do justice to the daily news and reporting of that news, when you are holding back facts for personal gain and the element of surprise? Isn’t that really an issue of robbing Peter to pay Paul?

    Puit may disagree with me on that, but I think that while that is good marketing, it’s poor journalistic practice and certainly, dicey ethics.

  20. darkstar Says:

    Shock,

    My point exactly…
    Take most any professional job…your first priority is to whoever is writing your paycheck. If you were to begin selling a competitive product on the side, I dont think most companies would allow that to continue for long…it is a direct conflict of interest…
    Is that any different than Puit writing articles for the LVRJ and also cranking out a book based on the same characters? It would seem so to me, not to mention, he is ostensibly cheating the readers of the LVRJ (not to mention his employer) of all the facts of the case, instead, making the rest of the story available if one is willing to pay for it…
    Is the LVRJ getting any compensation for the use of materials arguably gathered at their expense, that ended up in the book but not in their newspaper?

    So far, the responses from Mr. Puit have been weak and unconvincing.

    Just wondering…

    d*

  21. chainsaw Says:

    Stevens Press is the parent company of the LVRJ. They told me that at the book store.

  22. darkstar Says:

    “Stephens Media” owns the LVRJ and many others,and they also publish books, although their web site is pretty vague on the books they publish.

    Nonetheless, assuming Puit works for the LVRJ, and seeing that Stephens media publishes well over 30 newspapers, I still see the potential conflict.

    Anytime you profit from a side project which is compiled on “company time” I think you have a very high potential for a conflict of interest.

    Puit may have an agreement with the LVRJ to produce these side projects, but my question remains: if you are a writer for a newspaper, and you leave out some juicy bits in order to compile a book on the same topic, arent the newspaper you work for and the readers who buy it entitled to the full story instead of having to pay for it in a book?

    Or perhaps he is also employed by Stephens (who is located in Las Vegas) to write books…

    Still seems to me, the newspaper and its readers are getting the short end of the story….or stick….

    d*

Leave a Reply