Months before the Las Vegas Review-Journal ownership drama began, Michael Schroeder offered to pay a freelancer $5,000 for a story on Nevada judges

Three months before a story appeared in a Connecticut newspaper on a judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Sheldon Adelson, New Britain Herald publisher and editor Michael Schroeder offered a freelance reporter $5,000 for a story “looking at Nevada judges who were handling business cases and mentioned Adelson’s name.” The reporter, Scott Whipple, says he decided to pass on the assignment because it sounded “unorthodox”: “I couldn’t understand the relevance to Connecticut and the Herald.”