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New Developments In Vegas Massacre


It’s been four months since the deadly Las
Vegas shooting, and yet the survivors and families of those who did not survive are
still facing major legal challenges. In the last weeks, many new revelations have
come about after a federal judge released hundreds of court documents to the public. On top of that, a different judge just ordered
the Las Vegas Police Department to release all digital records that were contained about
that shooting October 1st. Joining me to talk about that is attorney
Robert Eglet. Robert, what new things have been discovered
that’s going to help this lawsuit forward? Well, there’s been radio silence from the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for months. For days following the shooting and for weeks
following the shooting, there were routine briefings to the press about what was going
on in the investigation. And then because there was some misinformation
that had come out initially, some time tables were off, timing of different incidents were
off, mistakes were made. The police department here basically just
shut down all information to the public. The press has been working tirelessly here
through court proceedings to try to get more information released. They’ve now had a lot of success recently,
so now we’re finally getting a lot of the information that you think would have been
released much earlier to the public. They have taken the position that there was
an- Robert- Go ahead. What was that silence about? It doesn’t make any sense that you’d have
silence about a tragedy like this. The more information that’s out there, the
better people are able to perceive. What in the world is the justification for
silence to begin with? Before this judge ordered them, “No, do what
you’re supposed to do and put this information out there.” What was the rationale? Our local sheriff’s department was taking
the position it was an ongoing investigation and therefore it was imperative because they
had an ongoing investigation that they shouldn’t have to release information to the public
that may affect their ongoing investigation. Of course, the other side that we were arguing,
well, the shooter’s dead, there’s been no evidence to show that there was more than
one shooter. So why is this information not being released? Finally the courts have intervened and started
forcing the police department to release this information to the public. MGM Properties was said to have botched their
response to the security guard that was shot by Paddock. Now it’s reported that MGM personnel had many
interactions with the shooter in the days leading up to this attack. MGM says they were normal interactions, but
lawyers say it’s hard to believe that these were normal interactions. What’s your take on that, Robert? Well, I mean, it’s hard to say these are normal
interactions. Steve Paddock had checked into these two rooms,
this suite, days and days before this incident happened. There was security camera of him bringing
in dozens of very, very large suitcases or trunk, using the service elevators on most
of the occasions, and by himself without other hotel personnel there and sometimes other
hotel personnel assisting him bringing these bags up. He was literally bringing these bags up then
leaving the hotel, driving back to his house an hour north of Las Vegas in Mesquite, and
picking up more guns, more ammunition that was packed in these suitcases, and bringing
them back to the hotel. To the point where he brought something north
of a dozen of these large suitcases up. This behavior in itself was strange. He wasn’t a conventioneer who was bringing
stuff for a convention there. He was a guest. He was a high roller. Why is he bringing all of these heavy items
and why are being allowed to be brought up? Robert, I think the operative word is high
roller. They spread out a lot of tips in places like
that. They hand out chips, they hand out money,
and you know that’s kind of an ingratiating process that as I look at the facts in this
case, it looks like that took place right here. You filed a case last week against Steve Wynn. Are you able to talk about that? Well, that’s in the early stages. In fact, just I came from a hearing, that’s
why I was delayed today. But it’s a derivative lawsuit against Steve
Wynn and the Board of Directors of Wynn resorts for their failure to provide proper oversight
of Wynn as the CEO and allow this continuing systemic activity of sexual assaults and inappropriate
sexual behavior go on by the chief executive for Wynn properties for decades. Right. You’re kind of known as the lawyer to see
out in Las Vegas. And the reason I asked you about the Wynn
case is together with … You’re kind of the person leading the charge against MGM, now
you’ve got Wynn when involved. Do you feel like you’re a little bit of a
target out there in Vegas because you definitely are pushing back on this MGM case. You’re developing facts that nobody else has
developed. What is your take? I know you’re used to conflict, you’re used
to controversy, but I think you’re … This is a big effort both in the Wynn case and
in this MGM shooting case. You see repercussions from that type of thing
sometimes, don’t you? Well, I mean, I’m used to that. When we had the largest medically caused a
hepatitis C outbreak in US history here in Las Vegas, I was the lead counsel who pursued
that litigation and to ultimate resolution after three or four trials in more than a
billion and a half dollars in verdicts. I’m used to the adversary. I’m used to being pushed back by casinos. I’ve been in the business of suing these casino
properties for 30 years for some of the negligence and misconduct that goes on there. It’s nothing new to me. So it’s the same old process that we’ve seen
here for 30 years. Let me be clear, there are people probably
all over the United States that had been affected by this shooting case. Families are spread out all over this country
that had been affected by it. Are you taking cases from all parts of the
country and consolidating them in Las Vegas or what is your approach to this case? So this case, the cases themselves will not
be consolidated into one lawsuit, they’ll be filed as separate lawsuits. And, yes, we’re taking cases from all over
the country for both the families of victims who lost their life on 1 October, as well
as people who are severely injured from shooting injuries, as well as being trampled in the
mayhem that occurred there afterwards. They’ll be coordinated in an effort. The cases will be coordinated here in our
state courts, there’ll be a presiding judge, but each of the cases will be handled individually
and that’s how we’re handling these cases. And right now I’m leading the charge. I’m leading the attorneys around the country
who are presenting these cases. We’ve already had one organizational meeting
in my office. We have another one scheduled for next month
and we’re proceeding in due course, and at the right time, at the right place, we’ll
be filing these lawsuits collectively. Robert, I’ve followed your career many years. You’re always there on the biggest of the
big cases, you always seem to pull it out. A lot of people are counting on you for this
one, so good luck out there. If I’m taking a bet since we’re talking about
Las Vegas, I would say MGM has a lot to worry about. Thank you for joining me. Thank you, Mike.

Cesar Sullivan

19 thoughts on “New Developments In Vegas Massacre

  1. I find it funny and stupid how somebody like a white boy would shoot a bunch of people from on top of a hotel in Las Vegas???!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So much for 'if you see something, say something'…staff must have been curious. Wonder how well they were tipped. Smells bad.

  3. Parents should start sueing the state of Florida after this latest tragedy. It is entirely the fault of your legislators who are paid shills for the NRA. I would sue the bastards!

  4. Omg! He’s telling stuff we already know and not really answering Mike’s question as to WHY the Las Vegas police department has been so sealed off or closed up til now

  5. Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unfortunate as it is, Paddock’s luggage was his personal business, so it’s not wrong that he wasn’t questioned about his bags.

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