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Dwight Schar, the owner of Ryan Homes and Bella Collina, and the minority owner of the Washington Football Team, is represented by “corrupt” attorney Marc Randazza. This same Marc Randazza has been suspended by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
After Randazza was suspended by the Nevada State Bar, the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline requested that the Director of the USPTO impose reciprocal discipline identical to the discipline imposed by the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada. The Patent Office complied.
“Marc J. Randazza (“Respondent”) is hereby suspended from the practice of trademark and other non-patent law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “Office”) for one year, stayed for eighteen months subject to conditions, for violation of 3 7 C.F.R. § 11.804(h),” decreed the Patent Office.
WHAT DID MARC RANDAZZA DO WRONG?
The Patent Office clearly outlined Marc Randazza’s misdeeds. They included: “, for knowingly violating duties owed to his client ( conflict of interest) and the legal profession (restrictions on the right to practice) arising out of a matter in which Mr. Randazza loaned money to his client without informing the client in writing of the desirability of obtaining independent counsel, and by negotiating with opposing counsel to receive, as part of a settlement, a retainer for future legal services.”
Dwight Schar, founder of NVR, Inc., Ryan Homes and owner of Bella Collina, Florida, chose Marc Randazza, an attorney who represented also porn sites, InfoWars, and a neo-Nazi, to do his dirty work to cover the truth.
The State Bar of Nevada charged Randazza with alleged violations of Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4 (Communication), 1.7 (Conflict of Interest: Current Clients), 1.8 (Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules), 1.10 (Imputation of Conflicts of Interest), 1.15 (Safekeeping Property), 1.16 (Declining or Terminating Representation), 2.1 (Advisor), 5.6 (Restrictions on Right to Practice), and 8.4 (Misconduct). On July 23, 2018, an automatic appeal was filed with the Nevada Supreme Court regarding a guilty plea and disciplinary recommendation made by the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Panel. The Disciplinary Panel had recommended a one-year suspension, stayed for 18 months, with the requirement that he avoid subsequent ethics complaints for the 18 months following entry of the order, complete 20 hours of CLE classes, and pay the costs associated with the proceedings within 30 days. The plea and disciplinary recommendation were only for the violations of Rules 1.8 and 5.6; the remaining charges were dismissed.
FIVE STATE BARS FILED AGAINST MARC RANDAZZA
On January 14, 2019, the Arizona State Bar issued a public reprimand and a suspension based upon some of the misconduct that took place in Nevada. A new disciplinary case was opened in Arizona and California based upon further information and documentation of alleged misconduct by Randazza, to include allegedly lying in court documents related to the Alex Jones case in Connecticut. However, beyond the reciprocal disciplinary proceedings, Randazza was not charged with any new violations and the Arizona suspension was not put into effect.
On May 2, 2019, in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a state bar disciplinary proceeding styled In re: Mark John Randazza, Case No. BD-2018-110, a hearing was conducted, which included an additional alleged ethical violation that the bar counsel claimed the State Bar of Nevada ignored. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court did not find this additional ethical violation existed and issued a stayed suspension of the same term as Nevada. The Florida Supreme Court conducted a similar reciprocal disciplinary proceeding; it found no aggravating factors, with the Referee finding that there was “no clear and convincing evidence to suggest that anything [Randazza] may have done on behalf of his other clients was actually adverse to” his complaining clients. Thus, Randazza was given a reprimand and one year probation in Florida.
MARC RANDAZZA DEFENDS PEDOPHILIA
How are all of the above and more linked? Attorney Marc Randazza, who was fired by Infowars founder Alex Jones, represented several porn companies in his early career in Nevada. He later had his legal license suspended by the State Bar of Nevada because of some of the shady dealings involved with these companies.
In some pieces written for humor/legal blog Popehat, Randazza made the advocated in an argument for legalizing child pornography. “I am going to make the case for legalization of child pornography,” he wrote. He argued that photos of babies in bathtubs, pictures of girlfriends, and children in bathing suits could be classified as child pornography. Randazza even admitted, “I expect to have this very post used against me in the future.”
He also suggested in the blog that public masturbation could be considered freedom of speech. “I think that the Gatewood decision leaves the question open as to whether you might be able to beat off in public there because you ‘fucking hate Portland,’” he wrote.
A Connecticut judge wrote that Randazza had been guilty of “serious misconduct,” among other reasons for why he could not represent Alex Jones in court.
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