“A sanction payable only by Righthaven would not be an effective form of coercion,” Opsahl wrote in his court filing. “Righthaven already owes Mr. DiBiase over $120,000, but has refused to pay a single penny. Righthaven has already been sanctioned $5,000 by Judge Roger Hunt. As with this court’s other judgments and orders, Righthaven ignored Judge Hunt’s sanctions order.”
Opsahl wrote in his declaration that his review of the Righthaven bank statement shows it had more than enough money on Aug. 11 to pay the $5,000 sanction — but instead made a $4,475 payment to an entity called Stephens Investments Holdings.This seems like a rather serious problem--a court ordered fine doesn't get paid, but a payment of similar size does. And who is Stephens Investments Holdings? There is a billionaire named Warren Stephens who owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal and half of Righthaven. Might this be an attempt to hide assets in preparation for bankruptcy?
I confess that the slowness of the courts to punish Steve Gibson for his behavior utterly mystifies me. What allows this guy to get away with these stunts as long as he does?
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