In the month before the Las Vegas Review-Journal publication’s new owner was revealed to be the Sands Corp. The publication
say that three of its reporters were ordered last month by a top GateHouse Media executive to spend two weeks monitoring three Clark County judges without being told why the assignment was needed.
One of the judges, District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, is overseeing Jacobs v. Sands, a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands by Steven Jacobs, a former Sands executive in Macau.
Gonzalez also fined Sands and its Chinese subsidiary for deceiving the court and withholding documents, the Review-Journal reported. Adelson also sought to fund a campaign to unseat Gonzalez, the Review-Journal reported.
Now the identity of the paper’s owner has raised some suspicious new questions about the assignment: As it happens, one of those judges was presiding over a long-running lawsuit against Adelson, the Review-Journal reported in a comprehensive story on Friday.