July 26, 2014
A lawyer who advertises heavily in southern Nevada is facing a judge's wrath after missing the first day of his client's murder trial.
Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt blamed attorney Glen Lerner from the bench (Tuesday) for wasting the time of 50 potential jurors in the trial of 41-year-old Mario Lino.
A phone message Lerner left for a prosecutor was played in court.
It said Lerner was in Pennsylvania and didn't care if the judge punished him.
Lino is due to stand trial in the April 2007 slaying of a man suspected of having an affair with Lino's wife.
Leavitt took the murder case away from Lerner and assigned it to the public defender's office.
She set a hearing next Tuesday to schedule a new trial date.
The judge said she considered bringing contempt charges against Lerner and would report his behavior to the state bar.