carson politicsDECEMBER 14, 2014
If you were hoping Santa was going to bring us something wonderful for Christmas, don’t look at December 18th’s agenda for the Board of Supervisors. John Barrette of the Nevada Appeal did the obligatory glossy treatment, giving highlights to the impending negotiations between the law enforcement collective bargaining units and the Board for raises.

See the original story (and comments) here:

Frankly, the Sheriff’s Office is the one City entity that consistently proves its worth on a daily basis. The Office remains on the top-heavy side but Carson City is still a safer place to live than many other places and that’s worth the money we pay. money blackhole

Amongst the agenda laundry list was yet another sole source contract, this time by Parks and Recreation for $63,250, for an unspecified amount of food and beverages, for an unspecified purpose. With the unusual sloppy staff work permitted by City Manager Nick Marano, we could be buying one giant hot dog and a soda, or just stocking up on Pop Rocks in case there’s a shortage. Is it worth dragging your self down to the Community Center to engage in public comment on the subject? Probably not. It won’t change the fact that we’re buying unspecified commodities from the vendor who faces no competition. Unless you’re a potential competitor, no one on the Board will likely stifle a yawn as this agenda item sails through. Not saying we’re not getting good value for the money but the sole source contract has become a tool of lazy convenience by City Staff and without the details in the supporting documents, you and I will never know.

The 800 pound elephant on the agenda was the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. It’s a beast of a document and unless you’re an accountant, reading it will make your eyes glaze over and most likely cure insomnia…until you get to the part about our debt. On page 4J, the audit reports that we have a total bonded outstanding debt of $152,836,828.

In that report the city has various lawsuits that can substantially increase this debt by millions.


The City is a defendant in various lawsuits. Although the outcome of these lawsuits is not determinable, it is the opinion of the District Attorney, the City’s counsel, that resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition of the City.  


And on the subject of never knowing…the recent “reassignment” of Marina Works from Deputy City Manager to Director of the Senior Citizens Center answers the Moass Adams question about what a Deputy City Manager is supposed to do. Lacking a good answer, she’s moved herself to a position with less visibility. Given Works’ underwhelming performance as Acting City Manager and then Deputy City Manager, her absence at City Hall is likely to achieve little notice. Hiding out at the Senior Center may be more within her skill set but if the City ever get its “pay for performance” plan figured out, we’re likely due a refund on this one. money burning

The downtown Commercial Area Vitalization District update will also be presented. The plan is to outline the progress of unifying the major property owners to decide what Carson Street businesses will pay for maintenance of the renovated areas. Look for dissent from smaller business and those who won’t benefit from the scheme. Then look for the larger properties to make those people irrelevant. No doubt about it, the downtown will be different in the coming years and it should surprise no one when the little guys are forced out.

The 800 pound elephant on the agenda was the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. It’s a beast of a document and unless you’re an accountant, reading it will make your eyes glaze over and most likely cure insomnia…until you get to the part about our debt. On page 4J, the audit reports that we have a total bonded outstanding debt of $152,836,828. Details specifying what this debt is for start on page 34. Details matter but there’s nothing anyone who lives on a budget will understand about how our City owes over $152 million for “stuff” and instead of looking for ways to reduce costs and live within our means, our Board is looking for ways to raise taxes, and bond and spend more. If Christmas is lean around your house this year (and it is for many of us), there are things on this list that are needed but more than a few that are not. This is debt we leave for our children’s future and as they grow and look for cities with better opportunities and lower costs of living, this is part of the reason they don’t stay here. As most of us have learned growing up, just because you have good credit doesn’t mean you should use it.

So now that we’re all depressed…the shenanigans at City Hall should provide more than enough sadistic entertainment for the next few weeks. (Better than watching the Hallmark Channel.) Marano claims to want to leave the Deputy City Manager position vacant while he continues to tout his LEAN management philosophy. Apparently this acronym stands for “Less Effective Administration Now” and we suspect the vacant position will be filled…in January when a newly unemployed DA is looking for a job.

Here’s hoping you have a merry Christmas and that we all have a better new year! Don’t forget those among us who are less fortunate.


Nick Marano

Nick Marano

JOHN H. DECEMBER 15, 2014 AT 6:28 AM
Musical chairs at the city. Hire incompetent people behind closed doors, they show their incompetence so the community can see, the public shows discontent with their performance or behavior, the city moves them to another position high paying position. Sounds about right. To me, if a person takes a job, they should do so knowing that if it doesn’t work, they will have to either apply for another position in an OPEN process within the agency they currently work, or go somewhere else. The switching around of these HIGHER UPs, just gives people on the outside of the city out who are qualified and looking for work no hope when it comes to gaining employment in carson city. Just look at the last few appointments. Joel Dunn, the library director, Marena works, so forth and so on. I am all for upward mobility within an office, but must we continue to engage in nation wide searches which cost money to hire consultants to conduct, just to hire what is already here in our backyard??? Marano was the exception here, I believe Stacy Giomi was the real choice of the board, but since the public was watching, and since the board had been called out for having a home town and good ole boy bias, they needed to show they were fair in their process of appointments when they knew the public was really watching. Marano got lucky and just was in the right place at the right time.NEIL ROMBARDO TAKES IT UP THE ASS

On to the Marena situation. So were there not any other qualified individuals with actually experience running a senior center who might have wanted to throw their name in the hat for the job Marano so leniently handed Marena Works? Guess we will never know. Should the current Director of Health and Human Serices be worried about Marena somehow overthrowing her to go back to her old position if this new position doesn’t work out for her? I can’t say for sure, but if it were me in Aker’s spot, I would be a little nervous. We have seen that the city (Marano)will do whatever he feels necessary to suit his agenda, then take it to the board for the rubber stamp.

And the speculation of Neil Rombardo taking over Marena’s job as Deputy City Manager. What is it with these folks from the DAs office and wanting to be jacks of all trades. First Melanie Bruketta goes from Civil Deputy Chief in the DAs office to being the City’s HR director, to Rombardo somehow thinking being a failure of anything but a respectable and competent DA to being a Deputy City Manager. Make him go and find a job in this tough job market like many of the 43 plus employees who left the DAs office under his watch had to. Let these folks see the real world struggle of how hard it is to find work, better yet, how hard it would be to go somewhere other than Carson City to get paid as much as they do. Sure they might get paid more in Reno or Vegas, but there are way more people and a lot more headaches to deal with in those places. I am guessing Mark Krueger will be appointed Juvenile Court Master since Kristin Luis will takeover his position as Assistant DA come January 1st. After all of the Shenanigans Rombardo and Krueger have engaged in over at the DA’s office, city administration still even considers putting them in another city position??! What a slap in the face to those people who voted against having Krueger as their DA, and the people Rombardo has belittled and bullied over the years of his failed DA tenure. Nice way to do your research Marano. What a way to come in and change things from the status quo……..

DECEMBER 15, 2014 AT 10:59 AM
WOW – Maybe the title on the story should be “Carson City Taxpayers owe over $152 million for “stuff” and instead of looking for ways to reduce costs and live within our means, our Board is looking for ways to raise taxes, and bond and spend more.”

DECEMBER 15, 2014 AT 11:06 AM
The new DA (Jason Woodbury) should charge the old DA (Neil Rombardo and his corrupt sidekick Mark Krueger) with an array of criminal complaints for the clear civil rights violations carried out under that regime. Perhaps a grand jury if there is one in Carson City… Rombardo and Krueger were criminals themselves.


City of Berkeley told police to use restraint, avoid tear gas, on second night of protests

Mayor Tom Bates said Monday that he and other Berkeley City Council members had been disturbed by the aggressive tone of the demonstrations Saturday night, when Berkeley police shot rubber bullets, other projectiles, and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave Telegraph Avenue. He conveyed this concern to Daniel, who apparently was also concerned. She then told Berkeley police to refrain from using tear gas unless absolutely necessary.

The result was that protesters smashed more than a dozen windows and sprayed graffiti on businesses up and down Shattuck Avenue, as well others on Telegraph Avenue. While a few businesses were damaged in the Saturday protests, including Wells Fargo Bank on San Pablo Avenue and Radio Shack on Shattuck, which was hit both nights, the damage was more severe the night of the stepped-back police response.

We regarded “the use of tear gas to be questionable,” said Bates. “We didn’t want to see it happen again unless absolutely necessary…. There was a backing off.” … Continue reading »

Carson City Sheriff Kenny FurlongThis is a group created for the people of Carson City who are tired of having there constitutional rights violated by Carson City sheriff’s department! Please feel free to add members and share the page.

I also ask anyone who has ever had a run in with ccso to Please share your story whether it be good or bad! The town needs a change. We need to be respected as we are all citizens who live in this town that Carson City sheriff’s department is sworn to SERVE AND PROTEC. The cops around here will profile you and violate your rights.. this group is hopefully going to stop this madness… big plans yet to come!!

This is a group created for the people of Carson City who are tired of having there constitutional rights violated by Carson City sheriff’s department! Please feel free to add members and share the page.

I also ask anyone who has ever had a run in with ccso to Please share your story whether it be good or bad! The town needs a change. We need to be respected as we are all citizens who live in this town that Carson City sheriff’s department is sworn to SERVE AND PROTEC. The cops around here will profile you and violate your rights.. this group is hopefully going to stop this madness… big plans yet to come!!

Carson City DA-elect Woodbury names Adriana Fralick as chief deputy of Civil Division

Carson City District Attorney-Elect Jason Woodbury today announced he will appoint Adriana Fralick to serve as Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Civil Division of the District Attorney’s office.

“I am very pleased to have someone of Adriana’s caliber step in to lead the civil division,” said Woodbury in a news release. “Her experience and background — especially with ethics and the Open Meeting Law — make Adriana a perfect match for the position.”

Ms. Fralick was raised in northern Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, and earned her juris doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“It is an honor to be chosen by Jason to serve the people of Carson City. I look forward to working with the Board of Supervisors, city commissions and department staff on issues important to the citizens,” said Fralick.

Lawyers, Guns & Money: David Houston interviews Jason Woodbury, candidate for Carson City District Attorney

Kaempfer Crowell - Jason D. Woodbury

Carson City DA Jason D. Woodbury

Ms. Fralick is presently the Executive Secretary of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. She previously served as Legal Counsel to the Nevada Commission on Ethics, General Counsel to Governor Jim Gibbons and Assistant General Counsel to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Fralick also served as a member of the State Board of Education for two years from 2010-2012.

Fralick will replace outgoing Chief Deputy Randal Munn, who is retiring in December. Of Munn, Woodbury said, “Everyone in the City has appreciated the high level of service Randy provides. I join all those who wish him the best in retirement.”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the songI’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled againThe change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next warI’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
No, no!I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Are now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!


Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

MUST READ: With the city’s dismal record involving Grand Juries and the lethargy of state and federal agencies seemingly unresponsive to citizen complaints, Woodbury and Fralick more than have their work cut out for them. The problem will not be what to do but where to start.

Regime Change Mark Krueger defeated Congratulations to the new Carson City DA Jason Woodbury

CC POLITICS: Amazingly enough, the Nevada Appeal interview of the candidates for Carson City District Attorney revealed…nothing we didn’t already know. Although both candidates spoke to the high turnover of personnel in the DA’s office, Mark Kruger spoke to personnel seeking “better” jobs elsewhere for reasons of higher pay and broader opportunities, while Jason Woodbury focused on a poor work environment and leadership issues.

Adriana Guzman Fralick bio

2012: Adriana Fralick, state Board of Education candidate, District 2

  • Adriana Fralick, state Board of Education candidate, District 2

    Adriana Fralick

  • District: 2

Age: 43

Hometown: Ajijic, Mexico (grew up in Sparks, Nevada)

Occupation: I have served as a public lawyer for the State of Nevada since 2005, including for the Governor, the Ethics Commission, and the Public Utilities Commission. I am currently employed by the Gaming Control Board.

Family: I live in Reno with my husband David Fralick and our two school-aged children. My mother and two sisters live in California and I have a brother who lives in Texas. I have 16 nieces and nephews, most of them live and attend school in Washoe County

Endorsements: family and friends; Associated General Contractors; Barbara Vucanovich, former Member of Congress, 2nd District, Nevada; Mark E. Amodei, Member of Congress, 2nd District, Nevada; Kevin C. Melcher, Regent, University System of Higher Education, District 8; Stacy Woodbury, Member, Nevada P-16 Advisory Council; Patricia Cafferata, former Nevada State Treasurer and former state assemblywoman

Political party affiliation: Republican



How would you improve graduation rates state-wide?

By focusing on core subjects (English, math, reading and science) so that students have a solid foundation, including rigorous literacy programs in grades 1 through 3 – students must read by third grade; by identify failing students and working with them and their families; by rewarding good teachers; and by rewarding the students that graduate.

What is the most important school issue facing your district?

With Clark County School District as the country’s fifth largest, it’s often the focal point. However, each district is unique and a one-size fits all system won’t work. Northern Nevada’s school districts must be fairly represented and particularly in the coming legislative session when funding and reforms will be considered.

Many Nevada school districts face budget cuts in the coming school year. How do you at the state level plan to improve student education and preserve recent gains while balancing diminishing budget resources?

Each school district must be empowered with authority and flexibility to do what works best for its students. The State Board must bring together school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and students to create a collaborative system to exchange information, share resources and develop strategies to improve our education system statewide.

Letter: Former Carson City DA supports Woodbury

NEIL ROMBARDO TAKES IT UP THE ASSNeil Rombardo, the outgoing district attorney, submitted an opinion letter to Carson Now on October 10, supporting the candidacy of his assistant, Mark Krueger, for D.A. in Carson City. His letter briefly praises Krueger for his work experience and attention to crime victims. He then proceeds to criticize the other candidate for D.A., Jason Woodbury, through ad hominem attacks upon the people who support his election. Every first-year law student learns that engaging in personal attacks upon another person or his friends, instead of challenging that person’s ideas or principles, is very popular, but both illogical and somewhat sleazy.

Unfortunately, such attacks have become very popular with Mr. Rombardo and his favored candidate. For instance, the letter asserts a defense attorney supporting Jason Woodbury violated a court no-contact order (the district judge ruled it was unintentional), and another was recently charged (not convicted) for a drunken altercation with a police officer. He asks, “Do the people of Carson City want their District Attorney elected by these types of defense lawyers?” That is classic ad hominem nonsense, folks. Let’s look at some facts in evaluating who is the best choice for Carson’s next D.A.

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

The Nevada Appeal on October 2 reported that the Nevada Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the dismissal of 12 felony counts of sexual assault and lewdness upon two children under age 14 at the time of the alleged offenses. The Supreme Court ruled that the district judge properly dismissed the charges because the lead prosecutor (who was Mark Krueger) failed to make diligent efforts to determine the dates of the alleged offenses, a constitutional violation of the Sixth and 14th Amendments and a statutory violation of NRS 173.075, which requires that crimes be charged with reasonable specificity. The case is State of Nevada v. Jefferey David Volosin, Case No. 64082 (opinion filed September 29, 2014), for those who wish to read it for themselves.

The Supreme Court’s order in this case noted that the initial case investigation was done by South Lake Tahoe police detectives, and charges were brought in that jurisdiction. The matter was forwarded to Carson City police authorities because the two girls made allegations of sexual abuse occurring years earlier, in Carson City. The lead prosecutor, Mark Krueger, filed Carson City criminal charges without conducting any additional investigation. Here’s what the Court said: “The report arising from the California investigation was forwarded to the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, but the Carson City District Attorney appears to have filed the information without performing any independent investigation.” (Order of Affirmance, p. 6). The Court added: “Indeed, the State appears to have failed to even interview the victims who were, at that point, eighteen and fifteen years old, and presumably more capable of conveying useful information than younger victims would be.” (Order, p. 8).

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

When the public defender lawers representing Volosin objected on constitutional and statutory grounds to the lack of effort given to determining the dates of the alleged offenses, District Judge James Wilson had to agree. He also found the charging document was deficient because it charged multiple crimes in each count (Order, p.2). However, the judge gave the prosecution the opportunity to amend the charging document with more specific dates of the allegations, and to separate multiple charges. Mr. Krueger, apparently confident that Judge Wilson was wrong about the law, flatly refused to do this. So, all the charges were dismissed before trial, and the State appealed. The three-judge panel of the Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the district court judge, and the case remains dismissed with prejudice. Mr. Rombardo says he is planning an appeal to a full panel of the Supreme Court. Do that. Please.

Here is another factual circumstance to consider in evaluating fitness for the D.A. job: a lawsuit Mark Krueger filed in Lyon County, as a deputy D.A., against Lyon County and its county commissioners. This is Case CI 22576 in the Third District Court, which was initiated in August, 2012. At that time, Krueger was a senior deputy D.A. in Lyon County. He brought a civil lawsuit as the attorney of record for various county elected officials and employees, including himself, against the county commissioners in a salary dispute over the county commissioners’ decision to freeze merit pay increases. Anyone see a problem with this? Lyon County, and its commissioners, is the client of the D.A.– in the real world, you can’t sue your own client!

A senior district judge, appointed from outside the area to avoid conflicts of interest or bias, ruled that Nevada law (NRS 244.235 and NRS 252.180) prohibits a district attorney from filing a claim against the county for which he is legal counsel, and NRS 252.120 prohibits a district attorney or deputy from representing persons suing the county for which he is the legal counsel (Order, by Senior District Judge Charles McGee, filed October 23, 2012, pages 1-2). The court order dismissed the lawsuit because of the statutory prohibitions against a district attorney or deputy suing his client county. The court’s final sentence in the Order reads: “On any re-filing, Attorney Krueger shall not act as counsel unless he shows this Court a clearance for such representation from Nevada Bar counsel.” (Order, p. 2).

The Lyon County Commissioners had to retain outside legal counsel to represent them in this lawsuit: Madelyn Shipman, of Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd., in Reno. Krueger tried to defend his actions by saying he left his employment to join the Carson D.A.’s office on August 22, 2012. However, the demand upon the county was made the previous July 31, and the lawsuit was filed August 9, while he was a deputy D.A., in violation of NRS 244.235, 252.120 and 252.180.

I am mindful that the election is fast approaching, and that it is easy to take unsubstantiated pot-shots. Therefore, I am enclosing with this letter to the editor electronic copies of the Supreme Court’s 11-page Order upholding the dismissal of child sexual abuse charges in the Volosin case, and the 2-page dismissal of Krueger’s 2012 lawsuit against his own client, Lyon County.

I expect to be criticized as another low-life defense attorney supporting Jason Woodbury. I will admit, proudly, to being a defense attorney in Carson City for the past 6 years. On the other hand, I also served 25 years in the D.A.’s Office, 21 of them as the elected district attorney. As the D.A., I respected the role of the defense bar in the criminal justice system, and counted many of them among my friends, and, indeed, as my supporters during five elections. I served at least three terms as president of the Nevada District Attorney’s Association, taught police academy P.O.S.T. classes for many years, and was given the William Raggio Prosecutor of the Year Award by my peers in 2006. I believe I’m entitled to my informed opinion that Jason Woodbury should be elected as our next District Attorney, and I hope you will agree with me.

Noel Waters
Nevada State Bar #48
Carson City resident since 1962.

I have my motion in to strike as untimely filed. The attorney general’s office Reply and request for submission was due on September 2, 2014.

They did not file their Reply until September 5, 2014. And their Request for submission on the motion for judgment on the pleadings until September 8, 2014

The first judicial district court rule 15 (4), 15 (5), 15( 6). Shows they were late.

Judge James Wilson has my Motion And I will file my Motion for Reconsideration too

The judge in my case dismissed as to rule 15 (5). I didn’t file the motion in time Rule 15 (5) as being late.

Rule 15 (4) 15(6) states that either parties can file I request for submission, upon the expiration of the reply the request for submission must be filed. They were late. She is an attorney and I not

I always do, however, this time the printing place did not print it off for me. I filed over 500 documents with my Opposition that showed the defendants breached the terms of the settlement agreement after it was signed and continue to do so now. My request for submission didn’t get printed off and I believed it was. That was until I received their request for submission on September 9, 2014. Then I realized my request did not get filed so I file it on September 10, 2014

The judge cited the rule for being late. The ag’s office was late first so based in the judges ruling for dismissing my case as being late it should hold true for the ag’s office.

I had motions still pending that showed the ag’s office interfered with a. Complaint I filed with the ag’s office in September on a violation of the open meeting law that one of the defendants if not all blocked anyone from my public documents that showed the computer glitch audit was flawed

The ag that got my complaint talked to the ag representing the defendants in my breach of settlement agreement and told him that those documents I posted o the record that were blocked were confidential records per settlement agreement. They were not! This ag interfered with me getting my Discovery and my complaint

who shot judge tatro


CarsonNOW assures us the story will come next week! Good Job.

Is the Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?
It appears so.

UPDATE: CarsonNOW assures us the story will come next week! Good Job.

The Carson City newspaper and the on-line Carson City news site both appear to be censoring the news regarding Ty Robben’s latest round of victories against the corrupt Carson City and State of Nevada officials.

downloadSee the story the news is not reporting here: 

More scandals at the notoriously corrupt Carson City Courthouse – This time corrupt Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”



Call the Appeal and Carson NOW and tell them to print the real news about Ty Robben’s cases. 


Adam Trumble

Phone Number: 775-881-1224
email or call (775) 339-1165 and leave a message.

cencityfol2-570Both the Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW reported on Ty Robben’s arrests on false trumped-up charges that were all dismissed/reversed leaving Robben an innocent man.

Along the way, Robben has exposed numerous meritorious corruption scandals in both Carson City and the State of Nevada, especially the Carson City Sheriff, corrupt Judge John Tatro and the corrupt Carson City DA office under Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger.

The Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW are not reporting the following: coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval

Carson City DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

… office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the …

Story – editor – 04/25/2014 – 19:20 – 0 attachments

Hearing for Ty Robben in hit man case set for April 23

… an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hitman to kill Carson …

RSS Story – Karel – 04/03/2014 – 10:51 – 0 attachments

Man accused of libeling judge denied lower bail

… Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal Ty Robben, who is facing charges he libeled and tried to intimidate Justice of the …

Story – editor – 11/26/2013 – 11:48 – 0 attachments

Prosecutor drops charges against man accused of murder-for-hire plot

… inmate to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Ty Robben, a former Nevada Taxation Department employee, was being held on the … and his family, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that Robben was stalking him and his family, and that Nevada’s libel law was vague. …

Story – admin – 04/11/2014 – 08:22 – 0 attachments

Fired state employee faces charge of soliciting murder of Carson City Judge Tatro

… sometime between Jan. 18 and Jan. 27 of this year Robben, “did counsel, hire command or otherwise solicit another to commit murder.” The criminal complaint states Robbenasked a fellow Carson City jail inmate to kill Tatro either directly or …

Story – Jeff Munson – 01/27/2014 – 22:49 – 0 attachments

South Lake Tahoe man faces felony stalking, three gross misdemeanor charges

… of intimidating a public officer. Todd Christian Robben was transported Nov. 9, 11 a.m. from El Dorado County Jail to Carson City Jail on a Carson Township warrant. Robben had signed a waiver of extradition in Superior Court in the state of …

Story – Jeff Munson – 11/11/2013 – 12:58 – 0 attachments


  • Below are the Appeal stories:
nevada appeal story

Ty Robben makes front page story, where is the follow-up ROBBEN WINS Carson City DA Rombardo and Krueger LOSE AGAIN – Score: ROBBEN 9 Carson City DA 0

Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from
Published: April 25, 2014
All charges against Ty Robben have now been dropped. Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson, the special prosecutor named to handle the cases, previosly dismissed libel and harassment charges. He served notice Thursday that he was dropping the charge Robben tried to hire a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Jackson was brought in after the
Published: April 11, 2014
Reno Justice of the Peace Harold Albright has ordered an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Robben remains in jail. He has been there since the original charges were filed last year that accuse him of
Published: April 3, 2014
The special prosecutor handling charges against fired ex-Taxation employee Ty Robben has ordered one of the two cases dismissed. But Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said he and his staff still are investigating the second and much more serious case accusing Robben of trying to hire a hit-man to kill Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro. The
Published: March 27, 2014
Ty Robben, the fired state taxation employee charged with two counts of intimidating Justice of the Peace John Tatro, now is charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro. Robben, who is in jail awaiting trial on the original charges, reportedly tried to “solicit another to commit the murder of Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro either
Published: January 27, 2014
Nevada Appeal August 17, 2012 Ty makes bail

Nevada Appeal August 17, 2012 Ty makes bail

Jailed ex-Taxation worker convicted

Ty Robben, the fired state Taxation employee who has been waging a campaign against the state and Carson City’s criminal justice system for more than a year, was convicted Friday of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The conviction results from what the judge ruled was his failure to meet conditions of his plea agreement in a case involving his alleged assault on
Published: December 16, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying “we’ve
Published: December 5, 2013
Ty Robben, who is facing charges he libeled and tried to intimidate Justice of the Peace John Tatro, on Monday lost his bid to disqualify the district attorney from prosecuting him. But he won a partial victory when Senior JP Harold Albright of Reno granted him a stay so he could appeal that ruling to district court. Robben was charged
Published: November 25, 2013
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Appeal Susan Martinovich lies to get TPO NV appeal

Nevada Appeal Susan Martinovich lies to get TPO NV appeal


“If it was a baseball game, Robben 9, Carson DA 0″

Tordery Robben has prevailed again against the corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo and his corrupt assistant Mark Krueger.

On Friday July 18, 2014 Ret. Reno Judge Charles McGee (who was assigned the cases since every Carson City judge was recused) issued an order that officially dismissed the previously dismissed false charges filed against Robben for allegedly libeling Corrupt Carson City Judge John Tatro and then solicitation the murder for the corrupt judge Tatro.

Robben also has prevailed in his appeal of the original breach-of-peace conviction that corrupt judge Tatro presided over untill he was eventually disqualified for accusing Robben of “shooting up Tatro’s front door with a .45″.

After Tatro was kicked off the case, corrupt Las Vegas judge Nancy C. Oesterle was assigned the case and completely disregard the law and facts of the case to cover-up for her corrupt pal, judge Tatro and convicting Robben to a record setting 60-days in jail for the breach-of-peace charge.

Judge McGee overturned that conviction and did reassign that appeal to the Carson City DA. However, McGee warned the DA that he has issued an “interlocutory” order reversing the conviction against Robben and if the DA pursues the matter, the DA risks malicious prosecution clams by Robben.

judge tatroRobben has filed a federal civil complaint in the matter and is in the process of amending the complaint and/or filing a new complaint to include all the false charges filed by Tatro and the Carson City Sheriff and DA including the recently dismissed libel, solicitation, stalking and intimidation charges.
John Tatro filed these changes as an individual not a judge, he has no immunity” says Robben.

Robben has also filed FBI complaints and also recently discovered his former lawyer William Routsis was working against him in the case.

“I protested William Routsis last week and he wigged out and tried to fight me” said Robben who plans on keeping up the protests against Routsis, Tatro, Krueger and others involved in this scandal. “I want them in prison” says Robben who has kept up the pressure as his website is close to a quarter million views this month.

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“These scumbags are as bad or worse that child molesters” said Robben. In fact, Robben even has evidence to back up a claim that Judge Tatro was involved in child molestation.

“They tried to put me in prison to keep my voice silenced” said Robben who has exposed numerous facts related to scandals with corrupt judge Tatro, Sheriff Furlong, DA Rombardo and others.

The range of corruption includes Tatro having to breathalyze before taking the bench, sex with court workers and underage men, the shooter of Tatro’s home did in fact confess and the CCSO cover-up that to protect Tatro’s family. Robben also made DA Rombardo un-electable by exposing  Rombardo sexual affairs with employees and deputy DA’s in the Carson City offices.

“If it was a baseball game, Robben 9, Carson DA 0″ Says Robben.

“These scumbags need to be removed from office and charged with the crimes they committed. They also need to pay me back for the damage they created.” says Robben who said “They will pay one way or another”.

The Nevada Appeal ran the original story here:

nevada appeal storyCarson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.

But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level. He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

He got into legal trouble after an incident in which he said he was trying to serve papers on then-NDOT Director Susan Martinovich on behalf of another fired state worker. He became angered with Tatro after the judge convicted him in that case. His anger escalated, and his conduct resulted in the first batch of charges. He was in jail when he allegedly tried to get another prisoner to connect him with a hit man to murder the judge.

Robben was released from jail after the charges were dropped this month.


ty robben charges dismissedReno Judge Charles McGee reversed trumped-up “breach-of-peace” conviction for Ty Robben who attempted to serve a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich who clearly evaded service when she left the NDOT building through the back door and took a decoy car driven by NDOT employees to the Smith’s grocery store in Carson City, NV.

The order issued Wednesday July 09, 2014 also appears to render the Carson City District Attorney’s attempt to reinstate other dismissed charges including Libel, Intimidation and Stalking as well as Solicitation of MURDER against corrupt Carson City Judge John Tatro as moot.

The “contempt of court” conviction should also be rendered moot and reversed too since corrupt Judge Tatro’s order was illegal and void of any law or due process when Judge Tatro added conditions to Robben’s bail conditions with no hearing after a request by the Carson City Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) ordered Robben to wear a GPS device and then ordered Robben to be placed on “house arrest” with a “daily check-in” to the DAS office in Carson City from his home in South Lake Tahoe. The original order never included a “daily check-in” or “house arrest” according to Robben who has proof of the actual transcripts of the hearing conducted by corrupt Judge Tatro. Even the District Attorney Travis Lucia agreed in a written stipulation that Robben was not on house arrest or daily check-in.

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Furthermore, the DAS never had jurisdiction over Robben who was a pre-trial defendant t the time. DAS only had jurisdiction over convicted “probationers” not “pre-trial defendants” according to the law under NRS 211A that governs DAS. The law was modified in July 2013 by Senate Bill 101 (“SB101″) to give DAS jurisdiction over pre-trial defendants, however Robben’s issues occurred in 2012.

This shows a clear pattern of abuse of power and acting under the color of law to carry out a personal vendetta against Robben and a cover-up of the hit-and-run by former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich.

Robben has a pending lawsuit in the Reno Federal Court related to this case and now he can show the “malicious prosecution” claim is valid since the conviction was reversed in Robben’s favor.

Robben has been very vocal about the rampant corruption in Nevada and especially Carson City where a corrupt Sheriff department, DA and Court system conspired and acted outside the law to harass Robben using the criminal justice system. Robben has performed numerious high profile protests in front of the State capitol and the Carson City court related to an array of issues including backdated court filings, withheld evidence, NHP corruption (editied dashcam video) the CCSO cover-up for Susan Martinovich’s hit-and-run and Judge Tatro, DA Neil Rombardoand ADA Mark Krueger’s corruption and abuse of office.

See the order here: Robben order.mcgee. appeal


Las Vegas Review Journal - Tonja Brown "The Nolan Klein Story"

Nevada ranks number one in the Country for the most corrupt attorneys… We need to clean up the corruption within our judicial system and it starts with arresting and prosecuting the corrupt attorneys and judges!

Massive CRIME SCENE at Nevada attorney General Office in Carson City because of the rampant corruption in the CORRUPT Nevada Courts 
LVRJ News source:

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Prosecutors have noticed an “alarming” number of lawyers convicted of serious crimes in federal court in the past several years.tatro corrupt

A total of 23 lawyers, mostly from Las Vegas, have been convicted since 2008, according to the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

Since 2011, the number of convictions have increased nearly five times over the previous three years, records show.

There were four convictions between 2008 and 2010, but 19 between 2011 and this year. Eight attorneys either pleaded guilty or were convicted by a jury in 2013 alone.

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Dan Bogdenusdoj“In the last several years, the number of lawyers charged with federal crimes has increased dramatically,” U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says.

“Although we cannot speculate as to the reason for the rise in numbers, we can say that it is embarrassing and sad when lawyers violate the very laws they have taken an oath to uphold.”

Bogden calls the growing rate of attorney prosecutions “alarming” in his 2013 annual report on the accomplishments of his office.

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He isn’t alone in noticing the increase.crime

“There’s been a significant uptick,” says David Clark, the chief counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, which regulates lawyers. “It’s a combination of economic realities and the increased vigilance on the part of federal prosecutors to go after lawyers.”

Clark says attorneys have struggled in the failing economy just like everyone else and have been forced to look for other ways to make money, sometimes landing in legal and professional trouble.

Of the 23 convictions since 2008, a total of 19 involved financial crimes such as tax evasion, bank fraud and mortgage fraud, records show.

Bankruptcy attorney Randolph Goldberg pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year and is now serving a 1½-year sentence in federal prison. Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Paul Wommer, who was convicted by a jury of tax evasion last year, is serving a nearly 3½-year prison sentence. Both are temporarily suspended and can expect more disciplinary action from the State Bar when they get out of prison.

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disbarredBusiness Woman Series 24Four Las Vegas attorneys — the late David Amesbury, Jeanne Winkler, Barry Levinson and Brian Jones — pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the federal investigation into the massive takeover of Las Vegas-area homeowners associations.

Amesbury killed himself weeks after he pleaded guilty, and the other three lawyers are cooperating with prosecutors and waiting to be sentenced.

Another attorney, Keith Gregory, is to stand trial in October in the HOA case, and one key target, attorney Nancy Quon, committed suicide before federal authorities could charge her.

Winkler was disbarred in 2011 for stealing money from her clients, and Levinson agreed to disbarment as part of the plea deal he struck with federal prosecutors earlier this year. He is currently suspended from practicing law.

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Other well-known lawyers have run afoul of the law:

■ Harvey Whittemore, a onetime political power broker, was convicted last year of unlawfully funneling more than $133,000 to the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. He was sentenced to two years in prison and must surrender in August. Whittemore is temporarily suspended from practicing law while the State Bar considers further action.

■ Noel Gage, who specialized in personal injury cases, pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstruction of justice in a federal investigation into an alleged fraud scheme involving a network of lawyers and physicians. He was sentenced to three years probation. Gage is off probation and his law license is temporarily suspended until the end of July. He must apply for reinstatement.

■ Lawrence Davidson, caught up in a political corruption probe a dozen years ago, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering and several other charges, including those related to his unlawful flight to Israel in 2006 to avoid standing trial. Davidson agreed to disbarment in 2005 after he was originally charged. He eventually returned to Las Vegas and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison.

■ Gerry Zobrist, once a part-time Las Vegas justice of the peace, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar scheme to use straw buyers to unlawfully purchase homes in the valley. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. His law license has been suspended pending further disciplinary action.

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drunk lawyerThomas Pitaro, a respected criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing in Las Vegas for 40 years, says the stress of the legal profession likely has contributed to the rise in criminal prosecutions of attorneys.coke

“I think there are very few attorneys who steal for the hell of it,” Pitaro says. “It’s systematic of other problems — drugs, alcohol, gambling and living above their means.”

Pitaro also believes federal authorities are spending more time investigating white collar and financial crimes that have a higher probability of involving lawyers and other professionals.

Clark says his organization has stepped up its own vigilance of lawyers in recent years and has been working closely with law enforcement authorities.

“We’ve been sharing more information and developing more contacts with law enforcement,” he explains.

Clark points to the Levinson case as a prime example of the State Bar’s strong working relationship with police and federal authorities.

At one point, Las Vegas police, federal authorities and the State Bar all were working cases against Levinson at the same time, Clark says.


In his federal deal, Levinson not only pleaded guilty in the HOA fraud case, but he also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and embezzling more than $243,000 from his clients. His deal calls for him to receive no less than two years in prison. Any time behind bars he gets in state court on theft charges will run concurrently with his federal sentence.

Levinson’s willingness to agree to disbarment in his federal plea was a first for prosecutors and the State Bar. Goldberg last year agreed to a two-year suspension in his federal plea agreement.

“It shows the evolution of our cooperation with law enforcement authorities,” Clark says.

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Something else that is evolving is the State Bar’s approach to disciplining lawyers.

bad lawyers nevadaA Nevada Supreme Court rule says the State Bar can move to temporarily suspend a lawyer upon a “final judgment of conviction,” and the bar has waited over the years until a lawyer is sentenced. That’s when the federal courts, which see most of the criminal cases, recognize a final judgment of conviction.

But two criminal cases against lawyers, one in Clark County District Court and another in federal court, has Clark looking for temporary suspensions before sentencing.

The District Court case is against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in December to felony charges stemming from a fraud investigation into a sweeping courthouse counseling scheme. Bloomfield has continued to represent clients in court the past six months while waiting to be sentenced.

The federal case involves Brian Jones, who pleaded guilty in the HOA case more than two years ago and is also waiting to be sentenced. Jones has since moved to Utah and is not practicing law in Las Vegas, but his license remains

Last month Clark filed a petition with the state Supreme Court seeking a temporary suspension for Bloomfield while the State Bar prepares to file a complaint against him that could lead to his disbarment.

The State Bar counsel filed a similar petition last week to get Jones temporarily suspended.

Clark is hoping the Supreme Court will more clearly define the broad rule, which also allows the State Bar to seek a suspension after a guilty plea or jury conviction.

“In the past this hasn’t been so much of a problem because there hasn’t been a long disconnect between a guilty plea and a sentencing,” Clark recently said. “But lately, we’ve been seeing a greater delay.”


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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest



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Have a problem with the Carson City Courts, Sheriff or DA?reno fed court

Call the FBI and the local news sources and demand an investigation, and charges filed against the corrupt licensed criminals like “Judge” Tatro, Sheriff Ken furlong and DA Neail Rombard and his corrupt sidekick Mark Krueger.

We’re also calling all Nevada Senators and Representatives to demand that FBI do their damn job and investigate that rampant corruption and criminal activity including “Acting under the color of Law” and RICO.



  • Backdated court filings.
  • Judge Tatro filing false criminal complaints against Ty Robben.
  • Carson City Sheriff and DA fabricating evidence.
  • Cover ups including MURDER and the Judge Tatro shooting because Tatro had an affair with the shooters mom!
  • NHP editing audio video dash camera footage.
  • DAS operating outside jurisdiction.
  • CCSO poisoning food in the jail, not giving inmates required meds, tainted jail water, etc.
  • And much more.


FBI Color of Law Abuses


U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to enforce the law and ensure justice in our country. These powers include the authority to detain and arrest suspects, to search and seize property, to bring criminal charges, to make rulings in court, and to use deadly force in certain situations.

Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency.

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating color of law abuses, which include acts carried out by government officials operating both within and beyond the limits of their lawful authority. Off-duty conduct may be covered if the perpetrator asserted his or her official status in some way.

During 2012, 42 percent of the FBI’s total civil rights caseload involved color of law issues—there were 380 color of law cases opened during the year. Most of the cases involved crimes that fell into into five broad areas:

  • Excessive force;
  • Sexual assaults;
  • False arrest and fabrication of evidence;
  • Deprivation of property; and
  • Failure to keep from harm.

Excessive force: In making arrests, maintaining order, and defending life, law enforcement officers are allowed to use whatever force is “reasonably” necessary. The breadth and scope of the use of force is vast—from just the physical presence of the officer…to the use of deadly force. Violations of federal law occur when it can be shown that the force used was willfully “unreasonable” or “excessive.”

Sexual assaults by officials acting under color of law can happen in jails, during traffic stops, or in other settings where officials might use their position of authority to coerce an individual into sexual compliance. The compliance is generally gained because of a threat of an official action against the person if he or she doesn’t comply.

False arrest and fabrication of evidence: The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches or seizures. A law enforcement official using authority provided under the color of law is allowed to stop individuals and, under certain circumstances, to search them and retain their property. It is in the abuse of that discretionary power—such as an unlawful detention or illegal confiscation of property—that a violation of a person’s civil rights may occur.

Fabricating evidence against or falsely arresting an individual also violates the color of law statute, taking away the person’s rights of due process and unreasonable seizure. In the case of deprivation of property, the color of law statute would be violated by unlawfully obtaining or maintaining a person’s property, which oversteps or misapplies the official’s authority.

The Fourteenth Amendment secures the right to due process; the Eighth Amendment prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. During an arrest or detention, these rights can be violated by the use of force amounting to punishment (summary judgment). The person accused of a crime must be allowed the opportunity to have a trial and should not be subjected to punishment without having been afforded the opportunity of the legal process.

Failure to keep from harm: The public counts on its law enforcement officials to protect local communities. If it’s shown that an official willfully failed to keep an individual from harm, that official could be in violation of the color of law statute.

Filing a Complaint

To file a color of law complaint, contact your local FBI office by telephone, in writing, or in person. The following information should be provided:

  • All identifying information for the victim(s);
  • As much identifying information as possible for the subject(s), including position, rank, and agency employed;
  • Date and time of incident;
  • Location of incident;
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witness(es);
  • A complete chronology of events; and
  • Any report numbers and charges with respect to the incident.

You may also contact the United States Attorney’s Office in your district or send a written complaint to:

Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Criminal Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20530

FBI investigations vary in length. Once our investigation is complete, we forward the findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office within the local jurisdiction and to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which decide whether or not to proceed toward prosecution and handle any prosecutions that follow.

Civil Applications

Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141 makes it unlawful for state or local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or U.S. laws. This law, commonly referred to as the Police Misconduct Statute, gives the Department of Justice authority to seek civil remedies in cases where law enforcement agencies have policies or practices that foster a pattern of misconduct by employees. This action is directed against an agency, not against individual officers. The types of issues which may initiate a pattern and practice investigation include:

  • Lack of supervision/monitoring of officers’ actions;
  • Lack of justification or reporting by officers on incidents involving the use of force;
  • Lack of, or improper training of, officers; and
  • Citizen complaint processes that treat complainants as adversaries.

Under Title 42, U.S.C., Section 1997, the Department of Justice has the ability to initiate civil actions against mental hospitals, retardation facilities, jails, prisons, nursing homes, and juvenile detention facilities when there are allegations of systemic derivations of the constitutional rights of institutionalized persons.

Report Civil Rights Violations


The various Judges(Judge Harold “Hal” G. Albright, Judge Charles McGee and Federal Judge Miranda Du)  involved in the various legal proceedings involving Ty Robben and the Carson City DA Neil Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Judge Tatro have a mandatory duty by law under the Nevada Judaical Code of Conduct and canons to report John Tatro, Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger to the appropriate authorities. In this case that would be the FBI, the State Bar and the Commission on Judicial Discipline.

Nevada Judaical Code of Conduct:

Rule 2.14.  Disability and Impairment.  A judge having a reasonable belief that the performance of a lawyer or another judge is impaired by drugs or alcohol, or by a mental, emotional, or physical condition, shall take appropriate action, which may include a confidential referral to a lawyer or judicial assistance program.


      [1] “Appropriate action” means action intended and reasonably likely to help the judge or lawyer in question address the problem and prevent harm to the justice system. Depending upon the circumstances, appropriate action may include but is not limited to speaking directly to the impaired person, notifying an individual with supervisory responsibility over the impaired person, or making a referral to an assistance program.

      [2] Taking or initiating corrective action by way of referral to an assistance program may satisfy a judge’s responsibility under this Rule. Assistance programs have many approaches for offering help to impaired judges and lawyers, such as intervention, counseling, or referral to appropriate health care professionals. Depending upon the gravity of the conduct that has come to the judge’s attention, however, the judge may be required to take other action, such as reporting the impaired judge or lawyer to the appropriate authority, agency, or body. See Rule 2.15.

      Rule 2.15.  Responding to Judicial and Lawyer Misconduct.

      (A) A judge having knowledge that another judge has committed a violation of this Code that raises a substantial question regarding the judge’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a judge in other respects shall inform the appropriate authority.

      (B) A judge having knowledge that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question regarding the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects shall inform the appropriate authority.

      (C) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that another judge has committed a violation of this Code shall take appropriate action.

      (D) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct shall take appropriate action.


      [1] Taking action to address known misconduct is a judge’s obligation. Paragraphs (A) and (B) impose an obligation on the judge to report to the appropriate disciplinary authority the known misconduct of another judge or a lawyer that raises a substantial question regarding the honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness of that judge or lawyer. Ignoring or denying known misconduct among one’s judicial colleagues or members of the legal profession undermines a judge’s responsibility to participate in efforts to ensure public respect for the justice system. This Rule limits the reporting obligation to those offenses that an independent judiciary must vigorously endeavor to prevent.

      [2] A judge who does not have actual knowledge that another judge or a lawyer may have committed misconduct but receives information indicating a substantial likelihood of such misconduct, is required to take appropriate action under paragraphs (C) and (D). Appropriate action may include, but is not limited to, communicating directly with the judge who may have violated this Code, communicating with a supervising judge, or reporting the suspected violation to the appropriate authority or other agency or body. Similarly, actions to be taken in response to information indicating that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct may include but are not limited to communicating directly with the lawyer who may have committed the violation or reporting the suspected violation to the appropriate authority or other agency or body.

      Rule 2.16.  Cooperation With Disciplinary Authorities.

      (A) A judge shall cooperate and be candid and honest with judicial and lawyer disciplinary agencies.

      (B) A judge shall not retaliate, directly or indirectly, against a person known or suspected to have assisted or cooperated with an investigation of a judge or a lawyer.


      [1] Cooperation with investigations and proceedings of judicial and lawyer discipline agencies, as required in paragraph (A), instills confidence in judges’ commitment to the integrity of the judicial system and the protection of the public.

      [Added; effective January 19, 2010.]



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This corrupt “judge” gets exposed here:

  • Judge John Tatro, like former Judge Robey Willis, is an alcoholic who must take a breathalyzer before he gets on the bench.
  • Judge Tatro had a breathalyzer installed in has car to prevent him from driving drunk.
  • Many people report seeing the “judge” on the bench appearing to be drunk and under the influence of drugs.
  • :Judge: Tatro has no legal training or law degree – see his bio below.
  • Judge Tatro is mentally unstable according to numerous lawyers who deal with his outbursts every day
  • Judge Tatro had an affair with a court clerk who’s son shot his door in December 2012.
  • Judge Tatro lies and tried to send Ty Robben to prison by filing false charges against him. Tatro must, by law, be charged for filing a false criminal report that led to the arrest and incarceration of Ty Robben. Tatro committed a felony and MUST pay the price for his action and MUST be removed from the bench “permanently”. all charges were dismissed against Robben because what he reported was in fact true!
  • Witnesses have reported Tatro has also paid for sex with a young man under age 18. This constitute “child molestation” – Tatro is a child molester.
  • The CCSO even has the secretly recorded jail cell recording to backup Robben’s claims of Tatro’s “ChoMo” story from source.
  • Witnesses have reported Tatro buys and uses cocaine. This is believable since the person reporting the coke use is very close to Tatro’s former wife\girlfriend.

Robben can back up his claims that Tatro is in fact the scumbag that he is.


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Welcome to the Carson City Sheriff WATCH website.  We were inspired to create this website to help transform the Carson City Sheriff Department from a corrupt police force under Sheriff Kenny Furlong into a modern Sheriff department with Transparency, Trust and Accountability.

We will post the Good, the Bad and the Ugly information about the CCSO.

We want your feedback both positive and negative.


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Carson city sheriff WATCHWelcome to the Carson City Sheriff WATCH website.  We were inspired to create this website to help transform the Carson City Sheriff Department from a corrupt police force under Sheriff Kenny Furlong into a modern Sheriff department with Transparency, Trust and Accountability.

We will post the Good, the Bad and the Ugly information about the CCSO.

We want your feedback both positive and negative.

Keep checking back as we develop this website and be sure to see out main website for Nevada based stories here:

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New blog sites to focus  on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.




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Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested early Sunday morning after hitting a convenience store clerk with a banana


Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested early Sunday morning after hitting a convenience store clerk with a banana and later crashing his vehicle into a nearby casino.

According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested after a vehicle and foot chase at 1:41 a.m. in the area of East Long Street. Ruiz crashed his vehicle into a natural gas line at Dotty’s Casino and caused the temporary evacuation of the casino. bannana

Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Carson City Fire Department both responded to the incident, but no injuries were reported.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said Ruiz has a long criminal history in the Carson City area. Ruiz was booked into the Carson City jail and his bail is set at $68,300.

Stephanie Mariskanish a Teachers’ aide from Eagle Valley Middle School  accused of sex with 14-year-old

Stephanie Mariskanish SEX OFENDERA teachers’ aide at Eagle Valley Middle School has been charged with four counts of having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Stephanie Mariskanish was charged in a criminal complaint filed Friday in Carson Justice Court.

Sexual conduct between a school employee aged 21 or older and any student is a Category B felony under Nevada law.

If convicted, each count carries a possible six years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the complaint filed by Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger, Mariskanish had sex with the boy at her apartment on Roop Street several times beginning in February of this year.mark-krueger-is-corrupt

The sexual contact allegedly happened Feb. 1-28. Mariskanish was described as a Para-Pro or teacher’s aide for special needs students.

She was arrested on the charges Friday after the complaint was filed.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team arrested a 27-year-old Dayton man Thursday after a needle filled with heroin was found after a traffic stop. David Scott Illig was arrested at 7:52 p.m. in the 3300 block of Highway 50 East.

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Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.

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Join the Newseum Institute and the American Bar Association for a special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. A new book, “The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan,” tells the story of the late justice’s struggle to persuade a unanimous court to embrace the First Amendment doctrine established in this landmark case on freedom of the press.

Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, will talk with co-authors Lee Levine and Stephen Wermiel about the book, which draws from Brennan’s previously unreported papers and interviews with Wermiel. The book explores the collegial and sometimes contentious exchanges between justices of the Supreme Court as well as the line of 31 cases that deal with defamation and privacy aspects of First Amendment law decided since Sullivan was announced on March 9, 1964.
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Criminal libel law declared unconstitutional


libelNEVADA–A federal judge in Las Vegas declared Nevada’s criminal libel law unconstitutional in late September after the Nevada Press Association challenged the law and the Nevada Attorney General agreed that the law was unconstitutional. uncon

The statute defined criminal libel as “malicious defamation” that tended “to blacken the memory of the dead,” or “impeach” the honesty or integrity of living persons, “thereby exposing them to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.”

we the pepUnder the statute, the truth of a published statement was no defense against a criminal conviction, unless the statement was published “for good motive and for justifiable ends.”

In accordance with an agreement between the Nevada Press Association and the Attorney General, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson issued a final judgment stating that the law was unconstitutionally broad and violated the First Amendment by providing punishment for the publication of truthful statements. (Nevada Press Association v. Del Papa; Media Counsel: Kevin Doty, Las Vegas)

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Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

Taxpayer money spent on RETALATION

Taxpayer money spent on RETALIATION

By Geoff Dornan

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

Ty Robben "gangsta blogger"

Ty Robben “gangsta blogger”

But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.

judge tatroSee the Carson City DA filing here: MOTION – Request to re-appoint (1)

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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Front page story: DA Moves to retaliate against Ty Robben

In the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

However the Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed all 6 charges and counts due to lack of probable cause, the lower standard and the highest standard beyond a reasonable doubt.

Those charges included 3 felonies, gross misdemeanors and the most serious class B felony of solicitation of murder on a judge.

Levi Minor

Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

The libel charged was dismissed because what Robben said was in fact, true.

Robben reported on his website that Carson City resident Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

Robben reported the motive was that Minor’s mother, who also worked at the courthouse,  had an affair with Judge Tatro.

Robben confirmed that Minor told him this in person when he was in custody in the Carson City jail.

judge tatro shooting video

judge tatro shooting

judge tatro shooting

Robben also reported on the alleged breathalyzer test requirements for Judge Tatro before he takes the bench and related DUIs.

judge tatro scandal

judge tatro scandal

Judge Tatro also was offended when Roben made him look like the joker.

JUDGE TATRO JOKERjudge john tatro team

The bottom line and the facts are Robben did  not solicited murder on Judge Tatro, instead it was the other way around when Robben’s cell-mate (cellie) named Keith Furr attempted to solicit Robben. Robben informed his lawyers and the FBI about the situation prior to being charged. Robben could not report the incident to the Carson City Sheriff (CCSO) since they were the one setting him up. The CCSO would not respond to Robben’s inmate request forms and stole his legal papers. The CCSO still has Robben’s computers after the Douglas County DA has released the property.

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

The CCSO alleges Furr wore a “wire” to secretly record Robben in his cell conspiring with Furr to hire a hit man for a “roofing job”. The recording show Furr solicited Robben and Robben declined. Robben has recording to his lawyers on the phone telling them to contact the FBI immediately because the CCSO is covering up the Tatro shooting incident and they are setting me up with a guy selling me a hit man to kill Judge Tatro. Why would Robben be calling the FBI if he was going to have a hit man kill the judge?

hit man contract out for Judge TatroHowever, Furr later admitted to other inmates in jail he did not were a wire and instead the CCSO secretly surreptitiously listened to the conversations in the cell via the intercom system normally used for emergencies. The CCSO coerced Furr into saying he wore a wire and fabricated a header on the digital audio to make it appear Furr wore a wire. The audio was illegally edited which is tampering of evidence. jp tatro ruthless and toothless

The CCSO and DA needed Furr to allege he wore a wire in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. However, by fabricating the evidence and witness testimony, the CCSO and DA have actually committed crimes against Robben. Robben also said the CCSO listened to all his phone calls which is legal, however the CCSO also listened in on all his attorney conversations in the visiting area via the intercom system just like they did in his cell 24 hours a day. Everything was digitally recorded and mined for anything that could be used against Robben. Inmates are not entitled to privacy in jail, however the secretly surreptitiously recorded data would test the law and show how far the CCSO and Carson City DA went to set up Robben.

Kenny FurlongThe CCSO, DA and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright  (presiding over the cases due to conflict of interests with all Carson Judges and Justice of Peace including JP Tatro and JP Armstrong) dismissed all pending charges against Furr in order to coerce Furr to testify against Robben, however the audio shows Furr doing the solicitation.  Keith Furr has a long criminal record and is currently in jail in Lyon County for serious charges including arson.

Judge Harold G. Albright Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

Judge Harold G. Albright
Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

The CCSO, DA Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright let off Keith Furr for very serious crimes that can be found by a google search of Keith Wayne Furr in Carson City:

April 21, 2014:

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court:


9:45 p.m.: Keith Wayne Furr, 51, was arrested on a felony possession-of-stolen-property warrant. Also arrested was Melanie Sandomierski, on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and possession of a controlled substance.


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Lyon Deputies Arrest Dayton Man Wanted on Several Charges

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM PDTUpdated: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

Keith Furr

Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton

Lyon County deputies have arrested a man they say was wanted on drug and stolen property property charges.

Deputies had been searching for 51-year-old Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton all weekend after receiving a felon warrant for possessing stolen property.

Around 9:45pm Sunday, they received a tip Furr was spotted at his trailer located in the 1000 block of Highway 50. When deputies arrived, they found Furr packing personal belongings into a vehicle. They say when he saw them, he ran away, and after losing him for a brief time, they found running east along Highway 50.

Furr was eventually arrested after a brief struggle.

During the investigation, deputies say an associate of Furr — 43-year-old Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton — was also arrested for harboring a fugitive for possession of a controlled substance.

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Furr is charged with principle to possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal contempt (Carson City Justice Court Warrant), possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of extended protection order.

Furr’s bail is set at $15,920 while Sandomierski’s bail is set at $12,500.

Carson City sheriff’s officers make numerous drug, misdemeanor arrests over weekend

Two men were arrested Sept. 27 and face felony drug charges after Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers found methamphetamine in a console of a van. Both men denied the meth was theirs.

Keith Wayne Furr, 51, and William Dale French, 42, of Dayton were arrested in the 4900 block of Highway 50 East at 5:28 p.m.

According to the arrest report, an officer was patrolling eastbound Highway 50 near Sunrise Road when he noticed a Chevy van with an expired California plate traveling westbound. The officer followed the van to a mobile home park where it drove into a space. The men got out of the vehicle and went around to the back of a mobile home. The men were given instructions to stop what they were doing and put up their hands, which they didn’t do, each rummaging through their pockets, according to the arrest report.

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French told officers that he was a passenger in the van and was just getting a ride. He stated that Furr saw the officer on Highway 50 and stated he knew it was a cop. French told officers that Furr was nervous and drove quickly into the mobile home park. He said they didn’t know anyone who lived in the mobile home park.

A K9 did a drug sniff of the yard of the mobile home park where the dog located a small amount of marijuana along with some cash near a grill. French was asked about the marijuana and he stated it was Furr’s and he is the one who hid it. Officers spoke with Furr who stated that French was the one with the marijuana and was hid it. Furr also stated he knew the officers who stopped him were part of the SET team from the sheriff’s office when he was driving on Highway 50, according to the arrest report.

Department of Alternative Sentencing assisted with the investigation as it was learned that Furr was on a list that allowed for searches. The K9 conducted the search of the van. In the van a hypodermic device was found along with a small amount of methamphetamine and another open bottle of alcohol in the middle console of the van, within reach of both men, the arrest report states.

Officers again asked both about the meth and hypodermic device. Furr said it belonged to French and French said it belonged to Furr, the arrest report states.

Officers then learned that the rear plate of the van had a valid 2014 registration sticker however the registration was expired as of 2010, according to California DMV. The plate was taken for evidence and later booked at the sheriff’s office for fictitious registration. Dispatched advised Furr did not have a valid license in Nevada or California.

Both men were booked. Furr faces the following charges: felony possession of methamphetamine, gross misdemeanor destruction of evidence. Misdemeanors include possession of marijuana, no valid driver’s license, expired registration, no proof of insurance, possession of a hypodermic device, violation of conditions, open container and fictitious registration. Bail: $11,179. French faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence. He also faces the following misdemeanor charges: Possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic device and open container. Bail: $6,874.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office report details initial arrest that led to recovery of 60 stolen weapons

More details have emerged following the arrest Friday of a Dayton man that led to Carson City and Lyon County authorities to recover approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen vehicle and narcotics. Three others were also arrested.

Keith Furr, 52, was arrested on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, contempt of court and criminal contempt and is being held in Carson City with a bail of $23,500.

According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched Friday at around 3 p.m. to the area of Clearview Drive and South Edmonds after a person called dispatch to advise there was a vehicle stuck on top of the next to Prison Hill.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

The man immediately attempted to walk past the officers and appeared nervous, making movements like he was about to run from the officers, the arrest report states.

The officers asked the man who the gun belonged to and Furr said a man that he did not know handed the weapon and a case to him and told him to carry it to the top of the hill. Furr stated the man would meet him shortly thereafter, the arrest report states.

Deputy Kepler walked to the vehicle and checked the license plate through dispatch and advised the plate came back to a subject in Lyon County and then walked back to speak with Furr. As the officer returned, Sgt. Humphrey informed the deputies that Furr was a felon. Furr also admitted to this, the arrest report states. Deputy Kepler and Trotter took the man into custody at 5:12 p.m. for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Dispatch advised Furr was on alternative sentencing, which then placed a hold on Furr for violation of conditions of probation and violation of a court monitored sentence.

Through the combined efforts Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, four people were arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges and parole violations. During the investigation approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen Chevy pickup with a camper shell and illegal narcotics were recovered, authorities from both agencies said.

Both Carson City Sheriff’s Office SET and Lyon County Gang Unit are still following up on leads to other crimes and suspects as a result of the arrests. Because of the investigation and leads into the case, the names of the three other suspects have not been released.

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger


Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

neil rombardo is corrupt

Carson City DA Neil Rombardo is corrupt

Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level.

He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

See Robben’s website here:

Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

Robben claims the termination was retaliation for exposing corruption in the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper did a story on Robben’s claims that the new $50 million dollar computer IT system had serious problems costing the State money. Robben also complained about other issues including the mine audits and personnel issues with other employees engaging in inappropriate behavior. Robben’s co-worker Morgan Canfield send numerous pornographic emails to other employees over the State email system and IT director Vince Cherpeski used inappropriate language and discriminated against employees. A Taxation employee other than Robben was so upset with Cherpeski they defecated on his desk!

Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say

CARSON CITY — The state is losing tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue because of an inefficient computer system that prevents department auditors from reviewing the tax records of companies in a timely manner, according to two former Nevada Taxation Department employees.

Dino DiCianno explains everything

They place the blame primarily on a computer system that, while not antiquated, is slower and not user friendly, saying that a new system is needed.

The department’s annual report, released Jan. 15, shows 1.24 percent of businesses in the state were audited during the past fiscal year, almost half the total in the 2006-07 year, just before a new $40 million tax accounting system went online.

They also said that mismanagement by former Taxation Director Dino DiCianno has contributed to the department’s inability to perform more audits and that he deliberately stopped audits of the mining industry. DiCianno closed the agency’s Elko office in June 2010 as part of a cost-cutting plan by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, though the mining industry was booming and the auditor there could have recovered millions in unpaid mining taxes, they said.

DiCianno, who did not return a phone call seeking comments Tuesday, abruptly retired from state government in March, a day after telling legislators that mining companies had not been audited for two years because he lacked qualified auditors to check their records.

Taxation Department executives told legislators that the mining industry operated on a “self-reporting” tax system.

After DiCianno’s departure, new Gov. Brian Sandoval required the department to undertake mining industry audits.

That work produced $1.2 million in additional revenue from audits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, although the employees said much more could have been secured except for a three-year statute of limitations on unpaid taxes.

Still the employees and their union representative said far more revenue could be secured if the number of audits returned to the total of past years.

“It is our members’ assertion the total number of audits is down because of the computer and software system,” said Vishnu Subramaniam, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041. “Individuals have to pay their fair share of taxes. We should expect the same from Nevada businesses.”

Although no one was critical of his performance, new Taxation Director William Chisel did not return three messages left by the Review-Journal on his office phone over the past week and a half.

Sandoval, however, expressed support Tuesday for Chisel, adding it is the director’s plan to concentrate audits on companies where the returns can be greater.

“I will have a conversation with the director,” Sandoval said. “Mr. Chisel’s background is as an auditor. They are developing systems to go after the higher returning entities.”

Subramaniam arranged for the two former Taxation Department employees to speak with a Review-Journal reporter. They both requested anonymity.

One is still employed in state government. He said he told legislators before the meeting in March that DiCianno was not having the department audit mining companies.

He said he previously worked for a mining company and is proficient in auditing their records. Instead, he was assigned to audit businesses where the return for the state was far less.

This employee said no net proceeds of minerals audits were performed for 10 years.

“We did sales tax audits. We did business tax audits. We did everything but net proceeds of minerals,” he said. “I was stifled by Dino (DiCianno).”

The other source, who said he is familiar with the computer system, said, “It wasn’t right from the beginning. It has been completely dysfunctional.”

The system will not even properly add up numbers, he said.

As an example, he said the system software would show a 990 answer for adding up a group of numbers with an actual sum of 1,000. Replacing it with a new system would cost $100 million, he added.

Auditors for the Taxation Department do not need accounting degrees but can take a couple of night courses to qualify for the job, according to the former taxation auditor. He said pay is too low to attract highly qualified people.

According to the state Personnel Division, tax auditors are paid $39,108 to $69,029 a year, depending on their experience.

A person with a high school degree with previous auditing experience who has completed six credit hours of college accounting classes can be an auditor.

“I would always collect or recover five times or more what I earn,” he said. “The jobs pay for themselves.”

The annual report shows salary expenditures by the Taxation Department increased by about $450,000 to slightly more than $20 million a year in the past fiscal year.

Subramaniam said Sandoval needs to take the leadership to ensure the Taxation Department does more audits and businesses know they are being watched so they will pay their taxes, but with a 1.24 percent audit rate, businesses realize they can fudge their taxes with impunity.

“The least we could be doing is to ensure that Nevada businesses are paying their fair share in taxes — that they are paying what they’re supposed to be paying,” Subramaniam said.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at or 775-687-3901.

Nevada Department of Taxation Audits

Year Audits Revenue
Pct. of businesses
2010-11 1,066 $16.2 million 1.24%
2009-10 1,254 15.0 1.35
2008-09 1,397 16.2 1.51
2007-08 1,346 13.4 1.45
2006-07 1,994 19.3 2.08
2005-06 1,668 12.45 2.32
SOURCE: Nevada Department of Taxation
annual report, 2010-11

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Nevada crime scene

Nevada crime scene

In 2012, Ty Robben, a Nevada citizen, led lawful and peaceful protests against corruption in Nevada’s Attorney General’s Office and judiciary. After several high profile demonstrations – with the “World’s Largest Crime Scene Banner” at 4 ft tall x 150 ft long on display – in front of the AG’s Office and the courthouse spurred significant media coverage, he was arrested on a trumped up misdemeanor assault charge. He spent a total of 22 days in jail – eight in solitary confinement – and nearly another month under house arrest with an ankle monitor. The judge who signed the arrest warrant was Judge John Tatro, the same judge who Ty had attempted to disqualify from his civil case due to judicial bias.  The assault charge was eventually dropped.
In December 2012, Judge Tatro woke up to the sound of gunfire at his home around 4:30 am. Two shots entered the front door, passed through the living room, and exited through a sliding glass door. Ty Robben was questioned and immediately cleared. There has been no reported arrest to date but the police reviewed the judge’s court calendar in search of suspects. This incident followed the highly publicized June 2006 shooting of Judge Chuck Weller. Judge Weller was shot in the chest through the window of his third-floor courthouse office in Reno, Nevada, by a sniper in the parking garage across the street. The sniper, Darren Mack, had appeared before Judge Weller in Mack’s divorce case. Both Judge Tatro and Judge Weller had less than stellar reputations for rendering honest decisions in cases that came before them.
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In previous chapters I’ve cited some examples of the questionable actions of judicial officers I encountered and hinted at the impropriety of other judges and of the entire judicial system in which they function. It would be beneficial for you, the reader, to have an in-depth overview of the State of Nevada judicial system – aside from my specific case. It will provide the proper backdrop for what I was up against in my encounter with Nevada justice and will bring the blatant incompetence and corruption of the judges and courts in Nevada into proper perspective. The Ty Robben’s story is stunning, disturbing, and incomprehensible. It is also demonstrative of the lawlessness that exists in the state of Nevada, where the most fundamental constitutional rights are not recognized. In preparing for this and the next chapter, I have referenced the reports of reputable news reporters and the reports of legal experts and opinion makers all of which have been made public through the print and online media. The documented behavior of several Nevada judges during the course of their careers is relevant when assessing the Nevada judicial system as a whole. I was unfortunate enough to have my own personal experience with one of the judges highlighted in these reports.
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In an extensive three-part series published in the Los Angeles Times in June 2006, entitled “JUICE VS. JUSTICE | A Times Investigation: In Las Vegas, They’re Playing with a Stacked Judicial Deck,” Los Angeles Times reporters Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel wrote in great detail about the questionable, even illegal, behavior of a number of Nevada judges. If the title wasn’t enough to draw a picture for their readers, the reporters included this provocative statement as a subtitle:

Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates – and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers.

One Thousand Showers: A University Immersed in a Culture of Retaliation and an Avalanche of Lies
by Terri Patraw (Author) , Kathleen Keithley (Contributor)
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TERRI PATRAW established herself as one of the top Division I coaches and recruiters in the NCAA. She built two highly successful Division I soccer programs at Arizona State University and the University of Nevada. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration. KATHLEEN KEITHLEY is a professional author and screenwriter. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

This book was easy to read and laid out nicely.


Amazingly, the media also fails in doing its job in ferreting out and reporting the truth.

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I was blown away by this story and what this woman had to endure.

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We are looking or stories of Government, Judicial and law enforcement corruption in all of Nevada and especially Carson City.


We want to make Sheriff Ken Furlong unelectable in the 2014 elections. We want Judge Tatro off the bench.


Do you have a Nevada corruption story? Send it to us at

We made DA Neil Rombardo, DA Dick Gammick and Catherine Cortez Masto unelectable and we will continue to expose their rampant, wholesale corruption.

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You might wonder why Nasa is interested in exploring Venus, but it actually has a lot of similarities with our homeworld.

Not only is it our nearest neighbour, but it has the same size, mass, density, gravity and composition as Earth.

There is one slight problem, however: it is the hottest planet in the solar system with surface temperatures reaching 465C.

Oh, yes, and we almost forgot: there are clouds of sulphuric acid there, too.

Enter the HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) airship – a method of transport which would allow astronauts to explore the planet without having to risk contact with a surface hot enough to melt lead.

These solar-powered flying machines would allow scientists to spend up to a year studying the planet.

Nasa Langley Research Center have even theorised they could build floating ‘cities’.

NASA Wants To Establish A Floating Cloud City To Study Venus  Source: photo credit: NASA Langley Research Center

Nasa wants to establish a floating cloud city to study Venus (Picture: NASA Langley Research Center)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have arrested three women who apparently followed a 99-year-old woman from a casino to her Carson City home and robbed her of hundreds of dollars.

Police say they arrested the three women on Tuesday, about two weeks after the elderly woman was apparently robbed in her garage near downtown Carson City.

The victim reported that a woman confronted her Dec. 4 and forcefully took her purse, which contained $300 to $500 in cash and other belongings. She was not injured in the encounter.

Detectives say that during the booking process, they found one of the women still had a Nevada driver’s license with the 99-year-old woman’s name on it.

The three women are accused of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery against a person age 60 or older.

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Tonight on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report, renowned author, researcher and talk show host Steve Quayle will be teaming up with the equally renowned watchman and former law enforcement officer Greg Evensen to discuss the real state of our world, and what we can and must do to keep from the hangman’s noose.

19 December 2014: Amid the twinkling of the Christmas lights and the shimmering glow emanating from the garland strung over the light posts across America, the captured corporate media is busily reassuring people that our economy is getting stronger, our country is moving forward in all important areas, and overall, the United States is better off today than at any other time in the recent past.

Economists appearing on the cable news channels are dutifully reading their scripts of deception to a distracted and unwitting public, playing an important part of the illusion in which we are…

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Following the Sony hacking scandal IT expert says pretty much everyone has broken into our US power grid.

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One of the more entertaining stories of the day has to do with the crackdown by Instagram to purge millions of fake users, in the process exposing “celebrities” who were such only thanks to the excessive purchasing of followers, but worse, once again revealing that on the margin, the biggest growth for social media services such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on, continues to be from fake accounts originating at shady clickfarm spin offs, whose only job is to collect modest fees in exchange for “following” or “liking” with non-existent accounts that will never engage with the user, or with advertisers.

Here is what the NYT said:

This week, we got a look at just how many junk accounts there really are on Instagram, the four-year-old photo and video sharing service owned by Facebook. In what has been called the “Instagram Rapture,” the company is deleting all the…

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SHERIDAN, Wyo., Dec. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Wyoming said a man was shot in the arm when his dog stepped on a loaded gun in the back seat of his pickup truck.

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Richard Fipps, 46, of Sheridan, was standing next to his pickup truck Monday when his dog climbed from the front seat to the back seat and stepped on the loaded .300 Winchester Magnum, which did not have its safety activated.

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The gun fired off a round that struck Fipps in the left arm, Kozisek said.

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Polish researchers say they have developed a method to check blood alcohol levels through car windows

For police officers, pulling over drivers who may be intoxicated is something of a guessing game. Are they swerving between lanes? Are they driving unnecessarily slow or fast? They might be overtired, they may have had too much to drink. An officer won’t know the answer for certain until they pull the driver over and give him or her a sobriety test or use a breathalyzer.

But a new laser detector developed by a team of researchers at the Military University of Technology in Poland might one day remove that guesswork. The device can sniff out high blood-alcohol levels from 20 meters (about 65.5 feet) away by measuring the reflection of a laser beam through a car window.

How it works: A laser emitter and receiver sit on one side of the road, while a mirror sits on the other. As a car passes, the emitter sends a laser beam through the vehicle’s window and bounces it off the mirror. The beam is sent at a wavelength that can be absorbed by any alcohol vapor—so, any power loss equates to the presence of booze in the car, researchers say.

“If there is no alcohol, there is no absorption,” Jaroslaw Mlynczak, a researcher on the project, told “The higher [the] concentration of the alcohol inside the car, the lower [the] power we measure, because the beam is absorbed by the alcohol.”

The method is known as standoff detection. Currently, the military uses similar methods to sniff out chemical weapons, hazardous materials, and IEDs. Speed guns also rely on a reflected laser signal, but bounce the light off of passing cars instead of stationary mirrors.

So far, the researchers have only tested the laser in a lab on a stationary vehicle and on private roads on university grounds. In the lab trials, they were able to detect a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent. The legal limit in most states is 0.08, but the National Transportation Safety Board has suggested in recent years that states lower it to 0.05.

The laser could change how police are able to monitor our roads, though Mlynczak says the system, still a prototype, requires refinement to increase both its accuracy and the distance at which it can measure alcohol levels.

Another issue researchers will face: working with car windows. The system still needs a better way to compensate for laser power lost not from absorbing alcohol, but from the act of passing through a car’s windows.

The second, and larger, issue is the effect open windows can have on the accuracy of a reading. If “there is air turbulence, and the concentration of alcohol is decreased … we can’t measure it appropriately,” Mlynczak says.

An intoxicated passenger, not driver, could also trigger the laser.

Though there isn’t a way to work around those shortcomings right now, Mlynczak stressed that his system isn’t meant as a silver bullet—it’s “designed to cooperate with a policeman,” not replace one.

In order to pull a driver over, police still need to have reasonable suspicion that a driver may be intoxicated. It’s too soon to tell if Mlynczak’s system will meet that standard. But should a police department wish to implement the system, Mlynczak says, it could be ready for commercialization within a year. Law permitting, of course.

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​The Federal Bureau of Investigation will for the first time on Friday officially weigh in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.

According to Reuters, the FBI will say that North Korea was responsible for the major breach, but did it by way of Chinese computer networks to cover their tracks.

The intrusion into the Hollywood studio’s internal networks last month has since caused a trove of sensitive files, including stolen company emails, records and unreleased films, to surface on the web.

Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would be cancelling plans to release “The Interview” next week, a comedy in which North Korea President Kim Jong Un is assassinated, following threats perpetrated by the purported hackers.

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cDecember 19, 2014

If this could happen tho them, what could happen to citizens some ask….

Conservative Tribune:

The First Amendment is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights. It guarantees every American the right to express their political opinions, no matter how unpopular they are.

However, in this day and age, the First Amendment is under assault. And it’s under assault by the very people who claim to stand for the freedom of speech — liberals.

Brandon Raub is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who decided to post critical opinions about Barack Obama on Facebook. What happened to him then will strike fear into the hearts of any good American and make them wonder what country they’re living in.

According to the Rutherford Institute, Raub was arrested by “a swarm of FBI, Secret Service agents and local police,” and detained without charges for “mental evaluation.”

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Julia Roberts and Steve Tyler make unusual lookalikes - but the similarity is there (Pictures: Rex)

Julia Roberts and Steve Tyler make unusual lookalikes – but the similarity is there (Pictures: Rex)

We’ve had celebrities who look like their children, and celebrities who look like each other… but this is downright spooky.

Here are a handful of celebrities who look like each other – despite the fact that they are male and female.

They are different ages, and they come from different countries and backgrounds, yet there’s more than just the fact they are stars linking them together.

OK, so Jared Leto couldn’t have stood in for Courteney Cox on an episode of Friends without anyone noticing (especially Matthew Perry) – but there’s no denying they duos have more than a passing resemblance.

See what you think now that we’ve put them together…

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Holder Decrees Crossdressing Protected Under Federal Law

PJ Media ^ | December 19, 2014 | J Christian Adama

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Patton on Prayer ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey

Posted on 12/19/2014, 9:49:54 AM by NKP_Vet

Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.”

George S. Patton signed photo by U.S. Army

George S. Patton signed photo by U.S. Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The famous “weather prayer” of General Patton was written by a Catholic Chaplain, Colonel James H. O’Neill, Chief Chaplain of the Third Army. Here is his article on the incident written in 1950. The incident of the now famous Patton Prayer commenced with a telephone call to the Third…

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Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year?  Just keep an eye on junk bonds.  Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first.  And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again.  The primary reason for this is the price of oil.  The energy sector accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of the entire junk bond market, and those energy bonds are taking a tremendous beating right now.  This panic in energy bonds is infecting the broader high yield debt market, and investors have been pulling money out at a frightening pace.  And as I have written about previously, almost every single time junk bonds decline substantially, stocks end up following suit.  So don’t be fooled by the fact that some comforting words from Janet Yellen caused stock prices to…

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There are 34,000 illegal aliens between the ages of 3-17 currently enrolled in North Carolina’s Public Schools, according to the .

The state of North Carolina spends an average of per student in taxpayer supported schools across the state, which results in $285,906,000 being spent on illegal alien students.

However, when you add or U.S.-born children of those here illegally, a rather astounding $958,626,000 is being spent annually in the Tarheel State on education, thanks to our unprotected border.

Of course, there are undoubtedly many 18-year-olds here illegally who are enrolled in the state’s public school system as well, and considering the recent surge of so-called ‘unaccompanied minors” (many of whom settled in North Carolina), the yearly expenditure is pushed well over $1 billion.

It is also important to remember that the state of North Carolina is ranked 45th in the nation in per-student spending in public schools. The national…

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The New White House Fence Could Wind Up Being Really, Really Tall

National Journal ^ | December 18, 2014 | Marina Koren

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STATELINE – Mark Twain was on to something when he said, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.”

And when it comes to Douglas County, the fighting has been going on for years.

“I’m sure that I speak not only for myself when I say that if we are expected to pay for the most expensive little water system on the lake, then we expect something in return. We want to have a say in how our money is spent,” Jim Wire told the county commissioners at the Dec. 18 meeting. “What we expect is more accountability and more control. I propose that you establish a water advisory board with more power.”

Ratepayers are furious about having to continually pay exorbitant prices for water, not get adequate service and being left with an uneasy feeling about where all of their money has gone. The county has been operating the water systems for 25 years, but takes no responsibility for why things are the way they are and ratepayers feel they are being blamed for problems they did not create.

Resident Dana Tibbetts pointed out that Skyland is paying $100 less a month for water.

“Why?” she asked. “They are using the same water, the same pumps and getting the same service.”

No one answered her question.

No matter how many customers of the Cave Rock/Uppaway Water System spoke, the commissioners were resolved to vote for the staff’s recommendation on that and the Skyland Water System rate structures.

The vote was 4-1 on the Cave Rock plan, with Commissioner Barry Penzel dissenting. He wanted an advisory board. It was a 5-0 vote for Skyland.

Cave Rock/Uppaway customers will see rates drop from $202.46 per month to $172.68 in fiscal year 2015 and rise to $195.37 the following year.

In Skyland the monthly water bill for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 will drop by nearly 26 percent to $84.56.

While a couple people spoke against the Skyland proposal, most of the testimony was against the Cave Rock/Uppaway plan.

Most ratepayers anywhere would welcome a drop in rates. But when the reality is rates are projected to be $300 month for Cave Rock in the coming years, the ratepayers want a solution so that bill is not equivalent to their property tax.

They were practically begging the commissioners up to come with a solution, as well as to let them have a seat at the table for a resolution. They got neither.

John McCall, after the meeting, told Lake Tahoe News that residents hired an engineer years ago to come up with a plan. It reportedly would have cost one-third of what the county implemented and would have been half paid for at this point.

Residents want commissioners to listen to them – not just county staff because they believe staff isn’t relaying the whole story.

Water rates have been on commission agendas for years. The problem at the lake is that there are multiple agencies with their own budgets, so the cost of maintenance and other items is greater than it would be if expenses were shared with a larger pool of customers.

In the spring commissioners agreed to consolidate the lake water districts. But that unraveled when others protested in having to pay for debt that wasn’t theirs.

Commissioners agree a long-term solution needs to be created. Commissioner Nancy McDermid believes meters would be one solution – at least to get people to pay for what they use.

But there will always be fixed costs no matter how much one uses so the base rate could still be high.


Featured Image -- 9682Law enforcement labor agreements approved Thursday by Carson City’s Board of Supervisors will cost city government in excess of $1.3 million more in coming years.

The bargaining agreements, the largest of which calls for 3 percent more regular pay this and next fiscal year for the deputies at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, carries a price tag of more than $946,000, said City Manager Nick Marano. It covers the current fiscal year, Fiscal Year 2015 and FY 2016-17, when the boost drops to 2 percent, he said. That agreement and two others were approved after public hearings and with no dissenting votes.

“It puts labor items on hold for three years,” said Supervisor John McKenna, commenting in his final board meeting. “We can get back on track.” McKenna, who lost to Supervisor-elect Lori Bagwell in November, explained the three-year pact comes after a recession and during a recovery, so it gives city government time to move forward with such costs fixed and known in coming budget years,

Both McKenna and Marano said negotiations were tough and McKenna stressed neither side got everything sought, adding it is time to move blackhole

Details of the largest agreement forged with the Carson City Deputy Sheriff’s Association, according to Marano: for the first year, retroactive to mid-2014, regular pay goes up 3 percent for a cost of $170,845; next fiscal year, it increases 3 percent and costs $175,970, and in the final fiscal period of 2016-17 the raise is 2 percent and costs $120,865. Longevity pay and health coverage benefits swell the total considerably.

money burningWith the Carson City Sheriff’s Supervisory Association, which bargained on behalf of 13 sergeants, the agreement reached and approved will hit city coffers for more than $374,000 over four years through FY 2017-18. It also includes pay, longevity and health care costs.

The third pact reviewed and approved was two alternative sentencing officers after it was reached with the Fraternal Order of Police, Northern Nevada Lodge #8. It will cost the city $35,000 more and covers three years. It includes a 2 percent cost-of-living hike retroactive to July 1, plus merit pay based on the city’s Pontifex pay study, officer uniform allowances, bonuses and health coverage costs.

No one from the crowd testified during the public hearings that preceded the board’s votes, though several interested law enforcement personnel dotted the audience.

In other action, the board in its afternoon session renamed William Prowse to the city’s Audit Committee and Mark Kimbrough to the city’s Regional Transportation Commission.

At the beginning of the morning session, during public comment, the board heard from Linda Bellegray about Carson City’s second international film festival weekend set on the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2015. She said the first was held in a church, but next year’s will be in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Community Center. It is free and features a trio of films from New Zealand, Nepal and the Basque Pyrenees Mountain region of France and Spain.


Gov. Brian Sandoval traveled to Nevada State Park’s Spooner Lake near Tahoe on Wednesday to be the first visitor to a Nevada State Park to have his park passport stamped, officially launching a new program.

The Passport Program is designed to challenge and encourage Nevada residents and visitors to experience the diverse natural, cultural and recreational resources that span all of Nevada’s 23 state parks.

During the event, the Gov. Sandoval reminisced about his visits to parks throughout the state, calling Cathedral Gorge State Park “our own mini Grand Canyon” and saying he caught his first fish at Wild Horse State Recreation Area.

“There is a lot of history, a lot of tradition and a lot of memories that can be made if you take the time to visit our state parks,” he said.

The Passport booklet, which can be picked up at any state park, serves as a travel aid as well as a travelogue for park visitors and includes photos, a description of each park, lists of amenities, travel journal pages and spaces for validation stamps which have been designed to reflect each unique state park.

Once passport holders have their booklets stamped at 15 different parks, they will earn one free annual pass to any and all Nevada State Parks.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 23 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.

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The Anti-Media, by Joseph Lemieux, 12/2014

The Posse Comitatus Act was enacted to prevent any federal military force from implanting itself on american streets, and enacting as a civilian law enforcement. Many consider such an act as Martial law, or military rule. Don’t fret, the federal government has found a way around this act, and its called the 1033 program that began in the 90′s!

The 1033 program has flooded our local police forces with military equipment, and has turned them from Peace Officers, to a domestic army. The founders have warned us that a domestic army would be the greatest threat to american freedom, and they might just be right. It’s not hard to see as our police forces respond to not only warrants for non violent drug offences, but protests with an overwhelming military style presence. Officers has stopped looking like officers, and more like soldiers…

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WINGFIELD SPRINGS, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Sparks Police are looking for a “Grinch” who stole Christmas from some Waste Management employees in Wingfield Springs Thursday morning.

Neighbors tell News 4 this is a new low. “You know, I can’t even imagine, I can’t even imagine why somebody would want to do that,” said Kurt Baker.

Some trash collectors did not get their holiday tip money from Wingfield Springs residents Thursday morning because someone stole it. “It’s just not right. I just can’t believe that anybody would even think about doing something like that on Christmas.”

Sparks Police said two different neighbors reported that someone took envelopes of money off their garbage cans that was intended for the workers that pick up their garbage as a Christmas gift. One happened in the 4600 block of Tobago Drive and the other in the 3100 block of Banestone Road.

Many neighbors tell News 4 they are shocked to hear that someone would steal around the holidays, especially in the quiet neighborhood.

“It’s quiet, it’s out of town and I love it, it’s peaceful out here,” said Baker.
“It’s quiet, we usually don’t have any problems with crime or anything,” said Larry Ceccarelli.

Ceccarelli and his wife have lived in the area for 10 years. He said he has never heard of someone pulling a Grinch move around Christmas. “Maybe they’re more desperate and they feel like they need to get something that other people have or are trying to give away, I’m not really sure what goes on in people’s minds, but the broader picture is that it’s a little bit sad.”

Police said witnesses told them the suspect drove a white pickup. Police also said they have a license plate, but are not releasing it at this time.

Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced its overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending, Buffett’s apparent lack of faith in these companies’ future prospects is worrisome.

Unfortunately Buffett isn’t alone.

Fellow billionaire John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. Paulson’s hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14 million shares of JPMorgan Chase according to a recent filing. The fund also dumped its entire position in discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods maker Sara Lee.

Finally, billionaire George Soros has sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.

So why are these billionaires dumping their shares of U.S. companies?

After all, the stock market is still in the midst of its historic rally. Real estate prices have finally leveled off, and for the first time in years are actually rising in many locations. And the unemployment rate seems to have stabilized.

It’s very likely that these professional investors are aware of specific research that points toward a massive market correction, as much as 90%.

One such person publishing this research is Robert Wiedemer, an esteemed economist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Aftershock.

Editor’s Note: Wiedemer Gives Proof for His Dire Predictions in This Shocking Interview.

Before you dismiss the possibility of a 90% drop in the stock market as unrealistic, consider Wiedemer’s credentials.

In 2006, Wiedemer and a team of economists accurately predicted the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States. They published their research in the book America’s Bubble Economy.

The book quickly grabbed headlines for its accuracy in predicting what many thought would never happen, and quickly established Wiedemer as a trusted voice.

A columnist at Dow Jones said the book was “one of those rare finds that not only predicted the subprime credit meltdown well in advance, it offered Main Street investors a winning strategy that helped avoid the forty percent losses that followed . . .”

The chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s said that Wiedemer’s track record “demands our attention.”

And finally, the former CFO of Goldman Sachs said Wiedemer’s “prescience in (his) first book lends credence to the new warnings. This book deserves our attention.”

In the interview for his latest blockbuster Aftershock, Wiedemer says the 90% drop in the stock market is “a worst-case scenario,” and the host quickly challenged this claim.

Wiedemer calmly laid out a clear explanation of why a large drop of some sort is a virtual certainty.

It starts with the reckless strategy of the Federal Reserve to print a massive amount of money out of thin air in an attempt to stimulate the economy.

“These funds haven’t made it into the markets and the economy yet. But it is a mathematical certainty that once the dam breaks, and this money passes through the reserves and hits the markets, inflation will surge,” said Wiedemer.

“Once you hit 10% inflation, 10-year Treasury bonds lose about half their value. And by 20%, any value is all but gone. Interest rates will increase dramatically at this point, and that will cause real estate values to collapse. And the stock market will collapse as a consequence of these other problems.”

See the Proof: Get the Full Interview by Clicking Here Now.

And this is where Wiedemer explains why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros could be dumping U.S. stocks:

“Companies will be spending more money on borrowing costs than business expansion costs. That means lower profit margins, lower dividends, and less hiring. Plus, more layoffs.”

No investors, let alone billionaires, will want to own stocks with falling profit margins and shrinking dividends. So if that’s why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros are dumping stocks, they have decided to cash out early and leave Main Street investors holding the bag.

But Main Street investors don’t have to see their investment and retirement accounts decimated for the second time in five years.

Wiedemer’s video interview also contains a comprehensive blueprint for economic survival that’s really commanding global attention.

Now viewed over 40 million times, it was initially screened for a relatively small, private audience. But the overwhelming amount of feedback from viewers who felt the interview should be widely publicized came with consequences, as various online networks repeatedly shut it down and affiliates refused to house the content.

“People were sitting up and taking notice, and they begged us to make the interview public so they could easily share it,” said Newsmax Financial Publisher Aaron DeHoog.

“Our real concern,” DeHoog added, “is the effect even if only half of Wiedemer’s predictions come true.

“That’s a scary thought for sure. But we want the average American to be prepared, and that is why we will continue to push this video to as many outlets as we can. We want the word to spread.”

Warning: Stocks Will Collapse by 50%

 Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 08:34 PM
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The shit will hit the fan

By Newsmax Wires

It is only a matter of time before the stock market plunges by 50% or more, according to several reputable experts.“We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.”

Unfortunately Spitznagel isn’t alone.

“We are in a gigantic financial asset bubble,” warns Swiss adviser and fund manager Marc Faber. “It could burst any day.”

Faber doesn’t hesitate to put the blame squarely on President Obama’s big-government policies and the Federal Reserve’s risky low-rate policies, which, he says, “penalize the income earners, the savers who save, your parents — why should your parents be forced to speculate in stocks and in real estate and everything under the sun?”

Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The “Warren Buffett Indicator,” also known as the “Total Market Cap to GDP Ratio,” is breaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment.

So with an inevitable crash looming, what are Main Street investors to do? One option is to sell all your stocks and stuff your money under the mattress, and another option is to risk everything and ride out the storm.

But according to Sean Hyman, founder of Absolute Profits, there is a third option.

“There are specific sectors of the market that are all but guaranteed to perform well during the next few months,” Hyman explains. “Getting out of stocks now could be costly.”

How can Hyman be so sure?

He has access to a secret Wall Street calendar that has beaten the overall market by 250% since 1968. This calendar simply lists 19 investments (based on sectors of the market) and 38 dates to buy and sell them, and by doing so, one could turn $1,000 into as much as $178,000 in a 20-year time frame.

Editor’s Note: Sean Hyman Reveals His Secret Wall Street Calendar in This Controversial Video, Click Here.

“But this calendar is just one part of my investment system,” Hyman adds. “I have also designed a Crash Alert System that is designed to warn investors before a major correction as well.”

(The Crash Alert System was actually programmed by one of the individuals who coded nuclear missile flight patterns during the Cold War so that it could be as close to 100% accurate as possible).

Hyman explains that if the market starts to plunge, the Crash Alert System will signal a sell signal warning investors to go to cash.

“You would have been able to completely avoid the 2000 and 2008 collapses if you were using this system based on our back-testing,” Hyman explains. “Imagine how much more money you would have if you had avoided those horrific sell-offs.”

One might think Sean is being too confident, but he has proven himself correct in front of millions of people time and time again.

In a 2012 interview on Bloomberg Television, Hyman correctly predicted that Best Buy would drop down to $11 a share and then it would rally back up to $40 a share over the next few months. The stock did exactly what Hyman predicted.

Then, during a Fox Business interview with Gerri Willis in early 2013, he forecast that the market would rally to new highs of 15,000 despite the massive sell-off that was haunting investors. The stock market almost immediately rebounded and hit Hyman’s targets.

“A lot of people think I am lucky,” Hyman said. “But it has nothing to do with luck. It has everything to do with certain tools I use. Tools like the secret Wall Street calendar and my Crash Alert System.”

With more financial uncertainty than ever, thousands of people are flocking to Sean Hyman for his guidance. He has over 114,000 subscribers to his monthly newsletter, and his investment videos have been seen millions of times.

In a recent video, Hyman not only reveals the secret Wall Street calendar, he also shows how his Crash Alert System works so that anybody can follow in his footsteps (click here to watch it now).

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Are you one of the approximately 35 million people who receive a traffic ticket each year?

fuck policeOf the 5% that are actually contested, one half are dismissed. The remaining half usually enjoyed reduced fines or other plea bargain arrangements that were less than the original mail in fine amount. Since you are reading this you may be one of the small and silent minority who successfully fights a ticket each year.

Unless you get a contempt of court charge for some outrageous behavior, your fine will be exactly what you would have mailed in originally. You will only be out your time invested. Remember, it’s not just the fine but also the increased insurance premiums you’re trying to save with your time investment.

A recent study by an attorney specializing in traffic tickets showed that 60% of his contested cases were won. Of that amount, over 40% were won by lack of prosecution – No Officer = Not Guilty. An additional 25% were won through the inability to prove the charges.

As you can see, just by going to court and contesting your ticket, the odds are swinging in your favor.

It is important to remember that traffic laws and codes differ from state to state and are constantly changing. You must do your homework to insure that you are current in all matters relevant to your particular situation. In addition, the information in this Guide is intended as basic strategies and tactics. Consider this Guide as your game plan, but you still need to get in there and pitch. This Guide is NOT LEGAL ADVICE.

When the officer approaches your vehicle he will likely ask you one of two standard questions:

  • Do you know why I stopped you? — Your response is, “No officer, I don’t.”
  • Do you know how fast you were going? — You have three levels of response: 1) “I’m not really sure.” 2) “The speed limit, I think.” 3) “I wasn’t speeding and I checked my speedometer right before you stopped me.”

fuck police tagsThe key element here is not to admit anything. You have a right to remain silent but the officer isn’t required to advise you of this right (Mirandize). Do not respond by saying, “Well I think I was doing about 62 when you know you are in a 55 mph speed limit. This is called admitting your guilt!

When the officer asks for your license, registration and proof of insurance tell him where they are located and ask to get them before reaching for anything. If you are in a state which allows concealed weapons, by all means notify him of the weapons location. If your documents are in the glove box or console, get them and close the compartment. This way the officer isn’t worried about you reaching in for an illegal weapon while he is writing your citation.

This brings us to the request for a vehicle search. If the officer asks permission to search the vehicle he doesn’t have any probable cause. Under no circumstances agree to this search. If he threatens to get a search warrant, politely tell him to go ahead and get one. The crucial element here is probable cause. The officer must have probable cause prior to the search. If your vehicle has smoke pouring out and smells like a Cheech and Chong reunion, he will search without asking. The same is true if you have alcohol on your breath. In either of these cases you have some other serious issues that you are about to come face to face with other than your speeding ticket.

It is also important to remember that this is not the time to plead your case or argue the issue. You are trying to stay low profile and arguing or giving some lame excuse that the officer has heard 200 times is not getting you anywhere. You should realize that as soon as his pen hits the ticket book he is committed to issuing the citation. He can’t void out the ticket and say he made a mistake. Once he starts to write, the citation is yours to keep.

While the officer is writing your citation (usually back at his vehicle) it is time to start your defense process. Begin to assimilate as much data as possible. Small details are essential. These are the kind of things that the officer will not remember when it comes time to appear in court. Some of the basic information you should be trying to gather is as follows:

  • Make, model, license plate number and unit number of the officer’s car.
  • Note your exact location and try to determine the distance between where you stopped and where the violation occurred.
  • Even though your citation will list the basic weather conditions, make note of all the weather conditions such as temperature, wind, cloud cover, etc.
  • Note any passenger names and be sure that your passengers remain totally silent during the entire stop unless they are asked a specific question.
  • Make note of your shirt or coat color.
  • Make note of any distinctive characteristics about your vehicle such as any noticeable dents, two tone paint, mag wheels, etc. Again, you are after as many small details as possible.
  • You also need to remember and note everything the officer said during the stop. If he talks on his personal radio during the stop, try to note these items as well. A lot of times the officer who stops you will not be the officer who was running the radar unit. It is crucial to your case that you establish this point.
  • Note the current traffic conditions and remember the surrounding traffic at the time you were pulled over. If you were surrounded by a sea of traffic try to remember anything and everything about that sea of traffic.

When the officer returns with your citation he will generally ask you to look it over and sign it. This signature, as the officer will explain to you, is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgement of actually receiving the citation. Before you sign the citation, ask to have your court appearance moved to the county seat. This option is not always available but should be pursued. If the officer refuses, politely ask him to note your request and his refusal on the citation. If he again refuses, sign the citation and keep quiet. You can make your own notes later.

After you sign the citation, ask the officer if you can see the radar read out. The officer isn’t required to do this due to your own safety. The police department doesn’t want you run down by a passing motorist while you were heading back to the squad car to look at the radar. If the officer allows you to view the radar, make no comments whatsoever. Do try to make a note of the manufacturer or model number. Under absolutely no circumstances should you ask to see the calibration fork. That is a major red flag that you know the ins and outs of radar and you are going to fight the citation. You have now moved into the memorable category and that’s counterproductive to your case. After the officer returns to his car, stay at the scene making notes for no more than two minutes if he remains at the scene. He will usually be making notes on the back of his copy of the citation. Again, do not make yourself memorable by staying at the scene until the officer leaves. Your fight has just begun and there will be plenty of time to prepare your case without waiting at the scene. It is accessible 24 hours a day for you to study.

As you pull away from the scene, do so calmly and safely. Spinning tires and slinging gravel across the officer’s hood are not a good ideas. Head out with the confidence that you will likely never see the officer again since the odds favor him not showing up at your final court date. Then again, there is also the satisfaction of knowing that the next time you face the officer it will be in a courtroom with him under oath answering your questions. If you adhered to the information discussed above, you will be no more than another of a string of citations he wrote in the past month. Smart money bets he darn sure won’t know what color shirt you had on or how windy it was.

Fight, Plea or Pay

Now that you have your citation in hand it is time to decide if you are going to Fight, Plea or Pay. Remember, even if you fight and lose, your fine is no higher than you would have paid initially. You also need to weigh the fact that you will be paying the fine plus the added insurance premiums. If you’re still in doubt, here a the most common reasons why people choose to fight their citation and have their day in court:

  • I can’t afford or don’t want to pay the fine.
  • I don’t want the ticket on my record.
  • I can’t afford the points on my license.
  • I didn’t do anything.
  • OK, I did do it but everyone else was doing it too.
  • The officer was a major jerk and I want pay back in court.

If you fit into one of these scenarios, it’s time to move forward and start your long trip down the halls of justice.

What should I plead?

There are typically four types of pleas you can enter for a traffic citation:

Guilty – I’m a bad boy and here’s my money. Please raise my insurance.

Guilty with an explanation – I’m a bad boy but let me tell the court why before I pay my money and you raise my insurance.

Nolo Contendere – Latin for No Contest, otherwise known as I’m guilty but don’t want to say so. Here’s my money, go ahead and raise my insurance.

Not Guilty – This is the plea you are interested in if you want to save money.

It is important to remember that Not Guilty, by law, does not necessarily mean you didn’t commit the alleged offense. What it means is the prosecutor now has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did commit the offense. The burden of proof is now on the prosecution and not you. If the officer doesn’t show up at your trial, that is the prosecution’s problem and your salvation. The extent of your defense is a simple motion to dismiss due to lack of a prosecution witness. One last item concerning the not guilty plea: If you have to emotionally fight the moral issue of a not guilty plea, you don’t have the conviction (no pun intended) to see the fight through to the end. You probably don’t even have any real fight in you. In this case, you would be best served by paying the fine and clearing your conscious. Then again, you might want to decide if your conscious can be cleared by time spent in driving school rather than paying the fine out right.

Should you hire a lawyer?

The only true test in deciding if you need an attorney or not is whether jail time is a possibility in your sentence. Any citation, such as:

  • DWI / DUI
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Hit and run accident
  • Any felony involving the use of your vehicle (drug or weapons possession, manslaughter, robbery, etc.)

If your case involves any of the items listed above, you definitely require the services of an attorney. If not, you then need to weigh the cost of the attorney’s fee against the fine and insurance premium increase. There are some attorneys who specialize in traffic ticket dismissal and generally charge between $50 and $100 for their services. These attorneys typically specialize in obtaining continuances, arranging for probation sentences or, in a worst case, arrange for a driving school plea bargain. These are all options that you are quite capable of handling without an attorney. The advantage with these services is they have ongoing relationships with the prosecutors and are usually able to work within the system better than a stranger. If the price is right and it appears that you could get an arrangement other than driving school, you might consider one of these traffic ticket specialists for the pure convenience. Similarly, any attorney brings with him his knowledge of the law and legal system, his trial experience and his fee. Once you hire an attorney you lose control over the case. Unfortunately you have the most knowledge of the actual particulars and details that your attorney does not possess. You also need to remember that this case is not going to land your attorney on the cover of the latest legal journal; therefore, his attention span to this case is going to be somewhat limited. One industry statistic shows that unless you testify on your own behalf and inadvertently convict yourself during that testimony, 90% of all traffic case would not have benefited from the services of an attorney. If you still feel compelled to use an attorney, you should consider joining the National Motorist Association. The NMA offers a variety of resources (see additional information in the section titled “Additional Resources”) including an attorney referral service. This service maintains a database of attorneys, by region, who specialize in traffic ticket defense.

Driving School and Other Pleas

The most popular form of plea bargain available is usually referred to as Driving School or some other variation of the same theme. In this situation the defendant agrees to attend and provides a certificate of completion from a school that is licensed by the local jurisdiction. In exchange for your attendance, the charges against you will be dropped. This option is generally a once a year arrangement. In some states you can even qualify for an insurance discount with your certificate of completion so long as you don’t let it slip that you actually attended due to a speeding citation. Generally speaking, this scenario is a painless way to eliminate the charges against you. Many schools work in a comedy theme and try to make the ordeal as enjoyable as possible. The only other factor is cost. A typical driving school will cost between $35 to $50, You might also have to pay a court cost charge in addition to the school’s fee. The total cost is still likely to be less than your fine would have been. You might want to seriously consider this option if your case appears weak and unlikely to be dismissed. On the other hand, if you have a fairly strong case, save the driving school option for another time and place since it is usually a once a year type option.

Necessity of Speed Defense

Simply put, the Necessity of Speed defense says that while you admit that you were speeding, you had mitigating circumstances that forced you to exceed the speed limit for your own safety. One such instance might be when all the traffic around you is doing 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. To do the posted speed limit actually creates a dangerous situation while the ebb and flow of traffic attempts to go around you. Another scenario might be when you have a driver tailgating you combined with another car immediately adjacent to the left of you while yet a third car is attempting to merge into you from the right. Clearly you had to blast the accelerator up to 80 to get out of this harmful situation. The odds of the defense working are extremely small. Do not base your hopes for a dismissal solely on this defense. In fact, this defense is best left alone.

New York DMV Transit Adjudication Board

The State of New York offers a unique challenge for successfully fighting traffic tickets. Actually this challenge exists in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City. If you receive a citation in these cities you are essentially doomed. These cities utilize the DMV Transit Adjudication Bureau. This facility is not a real court. You have no right to discovery, you don’t get a supporting deposition, you cannot plea bargain and you don’t even get a real judge. Appeals are virtually non-existent and according to a recent report, the Bureau is required to maintain a 65% conviction rate in order to maintain revenues. The only positive is that the Administrative Law Judge doesn’t have the power of incarceration so you won’t end up in jail.

The only hope for a small measure of success in this venue is to file as many continuances as possible and hope that the officer finally doesn’t show for your appearance date. This is the only way you will manage to beat a citation in this skewed excuse for a court system. As hard as it is to believe, this system is legal and constitutional. Continued efforts to revise this system have been vetoed by the governors at the time since it is realized that this system is a money machine. The best advice is not to get a ticket in any of these locations.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Now that you have decided to stand up and fight, there are a few things to check on as you get started in the preparation of your defense. Some of the more important items are:

  • Check with your auto insurance agent to see what effect your conviction would have on your insurance policy.
  • Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to determine your current point status and how many points your possible conviction will carry.
  • Dispense with any automotive administrative work such as registration renewal, inspection, etc. These issues should all be resolved before the trial.
  • Resolve any outstanding “Fix It” or parking tickets before your trial.
  • Determine if you are eligible for Driving School.
  • Review your upcoming schedule so you can have an idea about what possible conflicts might exist with your likely court date.

Once these administrative matters are resolved, or in the process of being resolved, it is time to start preparing your defense strategy.

Setting the Court Date

In order to have a need for a defense strategy you first have to enter a plea and set your trial date. There are three typical methods for entering your plea with the court:

  • Personal appearance at the Court Clerk’s Office to request a trial date.
  • Appear before the Judge and enter your Not Guilty plea combined with a request for a trial date.
  • Mail in a COPY of the citation along with your request for a trial date.

During all three of these scenarios you will likely need to post bail in the amount of the fine. Be prepared and check with the court ahead of time to insure that you have the proper amount and proper method of payment. Now that you have posted bail in the amount of the fine you have two things in your favor. First off, you have essentially paid your fine up front. If you lose your case in court, you have already paid your fine and will not be out any additional money. Secondly, if you are unable to appear on the trial date your bail is forfeited and there will be no additional fines. However, if you do not post bail and do not appear for your trial a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear will be issued and you could be subject to arrest. Now instead of just a simple traffic citation you have an additional misdemeanor charge pending. Do not let a simple case turn into a complex case by missing your trial date.

Once you have a trial date, you need to be aware that the Constitution guarantees “a fair and speedy trial.” Speedy trial is accepted to be 45 days from the date of arraignment (date which you enter your plea). It is important to monitor this time line very carefully. If the prosecution or the court contact you about changing your trial date you will have to waive your right to a speedy trial. The only advantage to waiving this right is that the longer the trial date is from the actual citation date, the better the odds are that the officer won’t be able to remember the details.

On the other hand there are several disadvantages to not waiving your right to a speedy trial. The court can now assign any date for the trial it deems appropriate within the 45-day time frame. This date might pose a real schedule problem for you and could force you into forfeiting your bail and the entire trial. In addition, the case details are likely fresher in the officer’s mind and you have the added pressure of getting ready for the trial at a faster pace. If you are not ready for your trial in 30 days you will not be ready in 60 days. As for the officer, you best hope is the officer not appearing at all. His notes are the main source of his memory since he likely wrote several citations on the same day your citation was issued. The bottom line is do not waive you right to a speedy trial.

One variation to the trial date scenario occurs when your citation includes the officer’s vacation dates. This information is usually included as courtesy to the court but can often be used to your advantage. The first step is to pick a date right in the middle of the vacation period. Next, count back 40 days from that date and be sure that this day doesn’t fall on a weekend, court holiday or, most important, after your scheduled appearance date. Presuming you meet all those criteria, you want to use that date as your day to appear at the clerk’s office and enter your not guilty plea. As you can see this scenario relies on two critical elements: You need to have a citation that includes the officer’s vacation dates and you have to be able to just walk into the Clerk’s office to enter your plea.

Now you will need to wait for your trial date to be set. The trial date is set about 40 days from the day you entered your plea in about 90% of all cases. If all goes according to plan, you will enter the courtroom for your trial about the same time that the officer is enjoying sunshine and palm trees. All that remains is a simple motion to dismiss due to no prosecution witness. This is an extremely optimistic outcome. What will likely happen is the court will notice the error and contact you to postpone the trial or simply send you a letter with a new trial date. If the court contacts you, refuse to waive your right to a speedy trial. If the court simply reschedules your trial and the date is more than 45 days from your arraignment date, you have a mistrial situation.

Before going to court on the newly assigned date, you need to research local case law. You are trying to establish that an officer’s vacation time is not “good cause” for the purpose of continuance. This will prepare you for the time in court when the judge or prosecutor attempt to save face by explaining to you that the court had “good cause” to continue your trial. At that point you will politely cite your case law findings and again make a motion for a mistrial. If the judge overrules you, proceed with your case and immediately file an appeal if you are found guilty. The case will always be overturned on appeal.

Now that you have entered your not guilty plea and set the wheels in motion it is time to start assembling the facts and data needed to build your defense case.

Department of Motor Vehicles

Every state has a Driver’s License Bureau of some form or fashion. Most are known as the Department of Motor Vehicles and they control every aspect of your right to operate a motor vehicle in your state. These departments all have a method of monitoring your driving record and deciding when you have become enough of a hazard to the public to suspend your license. This usually involves a system that assigns points to various violations. Once you accumulate enough points, you become a pedestrian for a specified amount of time. A normal moving violation will affect your driving record for three years in most states. Some states will hold a moving violation on your record for five years and nearly all states leave a DUI / DWI on your record for seven years.

As you start to prepare your defense you need to verify the status of your driving record. You might also obtain a list of the entire point system. Most Departments of Motor Vehicles can provide you with a print out of your driving record for a small fee. Hopefully you won’t be facing a suspended license for this current citation. If so, you might want to consider your case worthy of an attorney. For those of you in a normal situation, a check of your driving record will confirm that you will be safe from suspension but will still have a three-year mark on your driving record and, more important, your auto insurance record.

Your Rights

You are probably aware that most courtrooms are, to say the least, rather ominous and oppressive. This is so you will have no doubt as to who is in charge and the seriousness of your situation. Despite this overwhelming pall of authority, you still have certain undeniable rights. The problem is that traffic court is usually a place where these rights are glazed over in an effort to get you to plead guilty and pay your fine. It is crucial that you are fully aware of your rights as you approach your trial date. These six basic rights should be ingrained in your mind as you enter the courtroom.

  • You have a right to a speedy trial. See the discussion on Court Date above.
  • You have the right to a court trial. Normally this is with a judge and not a jury. Some states will allow you to request a jury trial but you will have better luck with a judge than a jury of your peers in most traffic cases.
  • You have the right to an attorney. In traffic case you must provide the attorney at your cost unless your offense could be subject to jail time.
  • You have the right to subpoena witnesses or documents. Use this right to your advantage. Do not subpoena the officer who was in the passenger side of the police car. The only subpoena items you are interested in are those documents listed in the Public Records and Discovery sections of this Chapter.
  • You have the right to cross-examine any witnesses against you. This is typically the officer who wrote the citation. This is why no officer, no case, no conviction.
  • You have a right to remain silent. DO NOT forget this right as you get into the courtroom. You do not have to testify against yourself; therefore, unless the situation clearly warrants, do not take the stand for the defense. As we move through the defense preparation and actual trial proceedings you will see how important these rights are to your case. Write them down in some prominent place where you will be reminded of them during your trial.

Public Records Request

The issue of public records is important in two areas. The first is to look up the actual vehicle code section your are charged with violating. You need to be aware of the exact verbiage of this code article and any relevant case law attributed to the code. Secondly, you may need to utilize the public records provision to obtain the necessary documents to help you prepare your defense. Your local vehicle code can be reviewed at the local library or, even better, a local law library. You need to look this code up in an “annotated code” book so that you will not only get the actual code but also the relevant case law. Review the various case laws and copy anything that is supportive of your likely defense. In addition, you should also study any case laws that you would use if you were prosecuting your case. As for the actual code itself, here is an example from the California Vehicle Code with an analysis of what the prosecution will need to prove in order to obtain a conviction:

CVC 22350 – Unsafe Speed

“No person shall drive a vehicle” (You will need to be identified as the driver and the prosecution witness will need to have seen you actually driving the vehicle) “upon a highway” (This is subject to a broad definition but the prosecution must establish where the violation occurred) “at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent” (What is reasonable or prudent? This is open to opinion.) “having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway” (These are the parameters used to establish the reasonable and prudent issues) “and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” (Did you endanger a person or someone’s property?)

As you can see, most codes are lengthy and grammatical nightmares. You will need to break the code down into manageable pieces and establish all the points that the prosecutor will need to prove against you. If he does not prove all of these points you should have grounds for dismissal after the prosecution rests their case.

You can also use the right to public records as an avenue to obtain background documents to help in the preparation of your case. These items are listed out in the next section that discusses the Discovery process. The Public Records request is made to the Chief of Police in the form of a letter. You should check with the local law library or the States Attorneys office before hand to determine the specifics of your state’s public records laws. Keep in mind that there is no specific time frame for the delivery of these materials. There is nothing to prevent a police department from delivering them after your trial date. This is why the actual request for documents should be done by subpoena as shown in the next section on Discovery.


The Discovery process is a right of the defendant as a part of the trial procedure; however, some states severely limit this right to discovery in traffic cases. Again, this limitation is part of the court’s efforts to get you to plead guilty, pay your fine and go home. You need to remember that the discovery process is a constitutional right.

You will need to check with the local court clerk’s office to establish the actual procedure for the discovery subpoena. You need to be sure that the request stipulates that the items are needed prior to trial. The list of items typically needed for a radar speeding ticket are as follows:

Radar – Repair records, manufacturers manual and specifications, calibration log and the Department’s FCC License to operate the radar unit.

Tuning Fork – Certificate of accuracy and repair or calibration records.

Police Officer – Arrest record (day of offense and last three months prior to your date of offense), daily log for the date of your offense, radar training record and operator’s certification and copies of both sides of your original citation.

Patrol Car – Speedometer calibration certificate, repair and maintenance records along with the repair and service records for the actual patrol car.

You need to be aware that the prosecution could counter this request with a “motion to protect” which will attempt to deny you access to the discovery documentation. If this happens you need to appear at your trial date and make a motion to dismiss the charges. This may or may not work. At the very least you should ask just what the prosecutor is trying to hide by denying you access to these documents. This should be followed with a motion for continuance to allow you ample time to prepare your defense after the materials are delivered. If access is still denied by the Judge you have excellent grounds for a reversal of a guilty verdict during the appeal process. The next section will discuss what to look for in the actual pieces of documentation you received in response to your request.

Review of the Evidence

In the last section we reviewed the list of documents that should be requested by subpoena for the preparation of your defense. In this section we are going to presume that the prosecution was forthcoming and has delivered all the requested materials to you. Now let’s look at this big stack of papers and see if we can find anything that will help us win our case.

Radar repair records should be reviewed for frequent repairs or total lack of repair. Frequent repairs, of course, would indicate that the unit has chronic problems. A lack of any repair records would indicate that the unit’s maintenance could possibly be neglected.

Radar manufacturers manual and specifications will indicate maintenance recommendations as well as operating procedures. These procedures will help to form the basis of your cross-examination. You also need to check the units frequency against the requested FCC license.

Radar calibration log will show how often and at what times the unit was calibrated (checked for accuracy). In two cases (Wisconsin v. Hanson and Minnesota v. Gerdes) it was established that calibration checking with a tuning fork should be preformed “within a reasonable time” after the citation is issued. In two other cases (Connecticut v. Tomanelli and New York v. Struck) it was further ruled that a tuning fork calibration should be performed immediately before and after a citation is issued. All of these cases have established that tuning at the start and end of the shift is not acceptable even though this is often the normal practice. FCC License to operate the radar unit is for a specific, or range of specific, frequency. You need to compare the frequency information in the manufacturer’s manual and specifications against the FCC license. This will verify that the officer was operating the radar unit legally. Keep in mind that only the department and not the actual officer need to be licensed by the FCC. Tuning fork calibration information is necessary to show that the radar unit has been calibrated to a “traceable standard.” Without the calibration certificate the tuning fork is immediately suspect as accurate for calibrating the radar unit. Police Officer’s arrest record may indicate a pattern of certain cars ticketed. It may also indicated a certain area that is a frequent target of the officer. If a favorite location is identified, this could be a location that has bad engineering, traffic control problems, bad signage, etc. which contribute to the frequent citations issued.

Police Officer’s daily log will indicate all citations issued that day. You want to look for any series that are issued for the same speed in the same location which would tend to indicate that the radar unit was locked and the same reading was used for several vehicles.

A Police Officer’s radar training should reflect 24 hours of classroom instruction followed by 16 hours of supervised field training. Most officers are actually department trained for a very brief period of time. The 24 / 16 hour criteria has been established by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and endorsed by the International Association of Police Chiefs. Police Officer’s copy of the citation (both sides) is informative since the officer will typically put his own notes regarding the incident on the back of his copy Patrol Car speedometer calibration should show that the speedometer is in proper repair and accurately calibrated. This is especially important if the patrol car was moving at the time the radar unit was used. The Officer must be able to compare the patrol car speed to a reading on the radar unit against the speedometer in order to guard against a radar shadowing error.

Patrol Car maintenance records will show any possible mechanical or, more important, electrical problems which could hinder the proper operation of the radar unit.

Return to the Scene

A return to the scene of your citation can serve several purposes. First, it may trigger some additional details that you forgot since the last time you were at the scene. Secondly, it will give you an opportunity to study the scene and situation in more detail. If you see that there are certain contributing factors at the scene you will need to prepare full documenting evidence for the trial. The evidence for the trial should be in the form of a large diagram of the entire scene that will document every thing that is relevant. This should include:

  • All roads with lane markings and widths.
  • All traffic controls (lights and signs).
  • Location of the officer’s vehicle and your vehicle at the time he pulled you over. Also include the final locations after both vehicles stopped.
  • All buildings, fences, walls, etc.
  • All trees, hedges, bushes, shrubs, etc.
  • Any other signage such as billboards, street signs, advertising banners, etc.
  • All power lines, antennas, etc.

In addition to the diagram, you might also take some pictures from the driver’s perspective to illustrate any obstructed signage or other contributing factors. Your diagram and pictures should be of sufficient size to be easily viewed during the trial. The diagram should be poster size and the pictures should be 8” x 10” at a minimum. Only bring these items to the trial if they have a definite bearing on your case. Do not bring a diagram that basically shows everything that is on the citation. The prosecutor will thank you for helping his case! If the diagram and pictures do in fact show some serious contributing factor, show no one until the trial when you introduce these items as evidence for the defense.

Visit the Court

If time permits, you should take an hour or two to visit the traffic court that your case has been assigned to for some observations. The judge will be the same for your case but the prosecutor may or may not be who you are up against. During your visit you want to pay attention to the way the judge addresses any defense motions or objections. If you are lucky, you may get to see another concerned citizen as he blazes down the same path you are soon to travel. How prepared is his case in comparison to your case and can you learn from any mistakes he makes. You might also be fortunate enough to see a seasoned traffic defense attorney in action. What can you learn from his methods that will help your case?

You also want to study the relationship between the ADA / Prosecutor and the testifying officer. This relationship is usually indicative of the level of intensity that the prosecutors are used to working with. Remember, 95% of all traffic cases are paid and never see the light of the courtroom. What you see here will give a good reflection of what to expect when you step up to the plate. Finally, if the judge has a model of the guillotine on his desk and overrules every defense objection, you might want to see how to get a continuance immediately. Anything you can do to transfer courts will only help your case if it is apparent that you are going to have to appear before a hanging judge.

Pick Your Defense

Now that you have reviewed your evidence, returned to the scene and reviewed all of the supporting documentation, it is time to form a defense strategy for the trial. You should be aware that most traffic tickets are argued from two directions: A mistaken identity of the vehicle in question or a false radar reading.

Your defense strategy is actually comprised of several elements which increase in relevance as the trial progresses. These levels, from least intense on up, are as follows:

  • Lack of prosecution witness – this is your first real hope for a cakewalk. No police officer, no prosecution witness, not guilty. It doesn’t get any easier.
  • Prosecution fails to prove the case against you – this is where you need to be totally familiar with the specifics of the code you are charged with violating. If the prosecution doesn’t prove each and every item in the code section, a motion for dismissal is in order and likely to be awarded.
  • Technicalities such as wrong jurisdiction, wrong code cited, wrong address on citation, etc. are worth trying but not likely to get you a dismissal except for a jurisdiction issue. The old adage of “Hey the cop spelled my name wrong so I can get off easy.” is simply not true. Do not rest your entire defense on this hope since you will be ill prepared when the judge overrules your motion to dismiss for a simple error.
  • Finally, you come down to proving some factual error such you were not the driver, you weren’t driving at an unsafe speed, the radar reading was not accurate or not of your vehicle, etc. This can be through evidence such as the radar unit wasn’t calibrated or by proving an operating or procedural error on the part of the police officer.

As you can see this overall strategy has a layer affect to it. You start easy and build up to the harder levels. You need to walk into the courtroom ready to play the entire game by yourself. Keep a checklist handy. The officer showed up for the trail, don’t panic, move to the next defense level. The prosecutor has his stuff together and hit every point in the code, move to the next level. All you can hope for is to fight the best fight you are capable of and hope that all of your preparation will pay off. The only way to prepare a defense strategy is very similar to a military operation. You have to prepare contingency plans for every possible scenario and be ready to shift tactics at a moments notice. You will have preparation and an intense level of detailed knowledge of your case in your favor. It also won’t hurt to have the benefit of this document which has already prepared you for most contingencies.

Show Time – The People vs. You

As you hear the bailiff announce “The People vs. Your Name Here” you realize that you are about to become a stranger in a strange land. Your mouth is dry and your palms are sweating. You begin to wonder why you didn’t just pay the fine and be finished with this whole ordeal.

Take a deep breath and relax with the confidence that you have spent more time preparing for this moment than the prosecutor. You know the details of your case and you already have a good idea as to where the prosecution feels his case is weak. In reality, the prosecutor’s only strength is that he has a better understanding of the trial process. This Chapter will help to balance out the scales of justice.

Appearances Count

A wise man once said that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Keep this in mind as you dress for your day in court. If you had a chance to visit the court before your trial, you can see the level of dress for your particular courtroom. Unless you’re in an extremely small jurisdiction, the normal attire will be a suit for men and a conservative business suit for women. Both sexes should avoid anything loud or flashy. It is just as important not to over dress as it is not to under dress. Remember, the judges first impression of you will be made before you even open your mouth. Be sure that he is impressed and not already forming a negative opinion of you based on your attire.

Who’s Who?

By now you should know who all the major players are in your upcoming trial. You should also have a good feel for their individual roles in the overall process. As a refresher, here are the main characters:

Defendant – This is you, our intrepid hero.

Prosecutor / ADA – This is the team captain for the opposition.

Judge – The final authority on everything from objections to verdict and fines.

Police Officer – This is the prosecutions star witness.

Bailiff – Master of Ceremonies as well as Sergeant of Arms for the Court.

Court Clerk – The judge’s administrative assistant.

The only other likely player for the prosecution could be any additional police officer who was involved in your particular case. If you were clocked by one officer and another actually wrote the citation, they will both need to be present for the prosecutor to make his case. If you don’t see the officer or officers involved in your case at the time it is called, you likely have a good chance for dismissal before you even get started. Keep in mind that the judge may decide to postpone your case until the end of the day to see if the officer shows up for the trial. Be prepared to wait the entire day.

Typical Trial Procedure

Here is the typical sequence of events for a traffic ticket trial:

  • Bailiff Calls the Case
  • Defense (that’s you) and the Prosecution respond with, “Ready, Your Honor.”
  • Opening Statement by Prosecution
  • Opening Statement by Defense (See the Section of Defense Case below for why not to make an opening statement)
  • Prosecution Case
  • Witness – Police Officer’s Testimony
  • Cross Examination by the Defense
  • Re-Direct by the Prosecution
  • Physical Evidence – Citation, Diagrams, etc.
  • Prosecution Rests
  • Motion to Dismiss by Defense on applicable grounds
  • Defense Case
  • Witness – You or passengers
  • Cross Examination by Prosecution
  • Re-Direct by Defense
  • Defense Rests
  • Rebuttal Witness by Prosecution
  • Closing Arguments
  • Prosecution
  • Defense
  • Prosecution (Follow up and response to Defense Closing)
  • Verdict
  • Sentencing (If Guilty)

The Prosecution’s Case

The bottom line of the prosecution’s case is the need to prove, through the use of evidence and testimony, that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As we previously discussed, the prosecutor must prove all the elements in the specific vehicle code section that you are accused of violating. The typical prosecution case will attempt to prove that the officer made a visual estimate of your speed and then verified that speed with radar, laser or motor pacing. The prosecution’s equation is as follows: Since “A” is true and “B” is true then “C” must be true. In this example, “A” is the visual estimate of speed, “B” is the verification through mechanical means and “C” is that you are guilty.

You should be aware that the prosecution has a strong weapon in the case law of “Kentucky vs. Honeycutt” which ruled that an officer does not need to be an expert in radar operation. He only needs to be competent in the use of radar. It would help to have notes on the cases that you feel may come into play during your trial.

Your objectives during the prosecution’s presentation are twofold. First, you need to disrupt the speedy trial flow that the prosecutor and police officer are used to. The primary method for this is through objections. Object to anything that appears to be suspect. Review the next section for all the typical objections you have available to you. Even if the objection is over ruled, the prosecutor and police office have to break their rhythm while the judge makes a ruling on the objection. Your second objective is to ensure that any testimony or evidence introduced by the prosecution is admissible and relevant. Again, a review of the typical objections should give you adequate background as to what is admissible and relevant.

You should take thorough notes during the prosecution’s presentation. On one side of the paper make a brief note as to what was said. Opposite this note make a comment concerning your upcoming cross examination or list the objection you used. You also need to keep a running tally as to the specific points of the vehicle code in question. As the prosecution proves any particular point of the code, check that point off. This will make it easy to check if he has proved all points when the prosecution rests their case. If all the code issues are not checked off then your first course of action after the prosecution rests is to make a motion for dismissal. Always keep in mind that the prosecutor must prove all points in the code section beyond a reasonable doubt. Now let’s review the typical objections used in a traffic ticket trial.

Typical Objections

The purpose of objections is to limit the evidence or testimony to that which is specifically relevant and admissible to the case. The judge has sole authority over what is admitted and what is not admitted to the trial; however, the judge can only invoke this authority if the evidence or testimony is challenged by objection. In other words, if you don’t raise a flag the judge will not salute you. When in doubt, object and let the judge rule as to whether the evidence or testimony is admissible. You need to walk a fine line with the objection tactic. Too many invalid objections are only going to anger the judge and put you in a position of a possible contempt of court charge. Too few objections and the prosecution will roll right over you. Here are the typical objections used in a traffic ticket trial, in the order you will likely have cause to invoke them:

OBJECTION, Independent Recollection As soon as the officer begins to testify, he will likely read from his copy of the citation. You need to immediately object to this since the officer is required to testify from “independent recollection.” You also need to ask to see what it is the officer is reading even if you received the officer’s copy of the citation through subpoena. The judge will likely allow the officer to use his notes to refresh his memory if the officer tells the court that he will require the notes to testify. This will now start the wheels in motion for a dismissal since the 6th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees you the right to be confronted with the witnesses against you. The officer and his testimony, not the citation, are the witnesses against you. If the officer has no independent recollection he is considered incompetent to testify. You need to establish that the officer is unable to testify without his notes to paint him as an incompetent witness. One other important point concerning the use of the officer’s notes. If his citation reads: “NBI45” then all he can testify to is NBI45 not North Bound on Interstate Highway 45. As you can see, the citation notes in this case will hurt the officer’s testimony and help your case.

OBJECTION, Narrative In this instance the officer is telling a story (or narrative) rather than answering specific questions from the prosecutor. You have a right to decide if a particular question would have an objectionable response. By simply telling his version of the events without questions, you have no opportunity to object.

OBJECTION, Foundation This is a situation where the officer, or any other witness, testifies to something that has not been established through evidence. For instance, if the officer testifies that his speedometer indicated a speed of 72 mph, the speedometer calibration should have been introduced as evidence in order to establish the foundation for this line of testimony.

OBJECTION, Speculation This is a case where the prosecutor asks the witness a question and their answer brings forth a statement that they could not possible know. Such as a comment that you clearly saw the speed limit sign on the side of the road. This calls for speculation since no one can testify as to what you actually saw.

OBJECTION, Conclusion This is when the prosecutor asks the witness for a conclusion that they have no basis to answer. For example, the prosecutor may ask the officer if the defendant saw the stop sign and chose to ignore it. This requires the officer to make a conclusion based on insufficient facts.

OBJECTION, Not Qualified Similar to a conclusion objection but in this case the witness testifies to something that they have no expertise in. One instance would be if the officer testified that the defendant’s muffler was defective. Since the officer is not a mechanic, he is not qualified to make that determination.

OBJECTION, Hearsay This is essentially anything said or written outside of the courtroom by anyone other than the witness. The police officer can not testify as to what a witness at the scene told him. The actual witness would need to testify for those statements to be admissible. The same holds true for the officer who wrote the citation testifying on behalf of the other officer who ran the radar unit. Both officer’s must testify and only to the extent of their involvment.

OBJECTION, Irrelevant These are things that may or may not have happened but have no bearing on the application of the law. One such instance might be the officer testifying that you had a hostile attitude towards him while he was writing the citation. Your attitude at the time has no relevance in the application of the law.

OBJECTION, Immaterial This can be considered a cousin to the previous objection. Immaterial testimony or evidence is something that has a remote connection to the facts at hand but still not close enough to be admissible. One example might be the defendant’s driving record. Prior traffic convictions have no bearing since you can’t be guilty of this offense simple from past performance. In other words, just because you have 12 other speeding convictions in the past three years doesn’t necessarily mean you are automatically guilty of this speeding charge.

The Preemptive Objection This is a case when you are desperate to slow down the pace of the trial or stop the officer just as he is about to drop a bomb on your case. The goal here is to stop the bulldozer from rolling over you long enough to disrupt their rhythm. Be advised that the court will not tolerate this tactic more than one or two times. If you abuse your objections then you will be restricted once you have a significant objection. This is very similar to the boy that cried wolf syndrome.

Cross Examination During the cross examination you are functioning as the defense attorney not as the defendant. Your objective is to discredit the officer’s (or any other witness the prosecution may introduce) testimony to create a reasonable doubt in the eyes of the court. Remember, the prosecution has to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt; therefore, any discrepancies in the officer’s testimony serve to undermine the prosecution’s case. The key to finding any discrepancies in the officer’s testimony is to focus on details that the officer can’t possibly remember. You have two criteria for every question you ask. First, you should already know the answer to the question. By knowing the answer you are prepared for whatever the officer might say. In other words, his best answer will be what you already know as the facts. For example, let’s say you ask the officer the color of your car. The citation already says that your car is green, what you want to know is what shade of green. Let’s presume that your car is Arctic Pea Green. The officer will likely respond in one of three ways:

  • If he tells you that the car is Arctic Pea Green – Move on to another topic.
  • If he tells you he doesn’t know – He can’t remember the facts of the case.
  • If he tells you it is brown – He doesn’t have a clue and can’t even remember what he wrote on the citation (great for you).

In the last example, you need to remember not to argue the case with the officer. You should only ask questions. The time for arguing your case is later during your motion to dismiss.

The second criteria for cross examination questions is, will this question help my case. You don’t want to ask a question that will open areas or details of the case that could hurt your defense. For example, you definitely don’t want to ask the officer why he only wrote you a ticket for speeding when in fact you had also ran a stop sign! You do want to ask some specifics such as, “Did you see the UPS truck in lane two?” You don’t want to ask, “Was there any other traffic around?” The difference in these two questions is night and day. It also doesn’t hurt to start most of your questions with the phrase, “Isn’t it a fact . . . “ This puts a huge burden on the officer since he is under oath. If he can’t totally remember the question as fact he will be forced to say he can’t remember. The more, “I can’t recall” responses you get, the stronger your case for reasonable doubt. In addition, do not let the officer elaborate beyond the required response of the question. As soon as this starts to happen you need to cut him off and tell the judge that the officer is being non-responsive. The judge should instruct the officer to limit his responses to the specific question.

During the prosecution’s direct examination you need to pay attention to the specific strengths and weaknesses of the officer’s testimony. If the officer testifies that he has had 24 or more hours of classroom instruction and 16 or more hours of field training in radar operations, leave this area alone.

Similarly, if he has not met those training criteria then hit this area hard during your cross examination. The same holds true during the prosecution’s redirect questioning. The areas that the prosecution stresses during the redirect are areas he is worried about and feels need shoring up for damage control. You will get one last chance at questioning the officer after the prosecution’s redirect. Go after all the areas that the prosecution tried to shore up.

Specific in depth lines of questioning will be covered in each specific ticket type Chapter (radar, laser and motor pacing). A few general questions that are useful during the cross examination are as follows:

  • Did the officer always have a clear and unobstructed view of the defendant’s vehicle from the time of first contact until the defendant stopped?
  • How far was the officer’s vehicle from the defendant’s vehicle at first contact?
  • What where the traffic conditions during the entire pursuit time?
  • What lane was the defendant’s vehicle in during first contact?
  • What was the exact time of day that the offense occurred?
  • What were the specific weather conditions?
  • How many passengers were in the defendant’s vehicle?
  • What is the color (specific) of the defendant’s vehicle?
  • Does the defendant’s vehicle have factory hub caps or custom wheels?

As previously mentioned, the key is to discredit the officer’s testimony as much as possible. If you continue to get, “I don’t remember” and “I can’t recall” type responses, you are steadily building up the reasonable doubt towards the witnesses’ testimony. The next move by the intrepid defense team would be a motion for dismissal, which brings us to the next section.

Motion to Dismiss A motion to dismiss your case can be requested for several issues. In this section we will cover the various motions for dismissal you might use during your trial. With any luck, this is as far as your trial will proceed.

Motion to Dismiss due to denial of a right to a speedy trial. This would be used at the beginning of the trial if your actual trial date was more than 45 days from the date of your arraignment. Your date of arraignment is the day you appeared and plead not guilty. This would be a rare case and will cause great embarrassment on the part of the court and the prosecutor. Consider yourself lucky if you get to invoke this motion.

Motion to Dismiss due to denied access to evidence necessary to your defense. This would also be used at the beginning of the trial if your subpoena was ignored by the prosecution. The likely event in this case is the judge will delay the trial and order the prosecution to provide you with the requested information. Keep in mind that you don’t want to waive your right to a speedy trial but you might have to weigh that decision against getting your subpoenaed information. Chances are the judge won’t let the speedy trial clause slip by.

Motion to Dismiss due to insufficient evidence. This will occur immediately after the prosecution rests their case. This motion only applies if the prosecution failed to prove all of the required elements of the vehicle code you are charged with violating. This is why you keep a checklist of all the points that the prosecution needs to prove during the trial. The list will come in handy when you explain to the judge that the prosecution never identified you as the driver, never established what road you were on, etc.

Motion to Dismiss due to incompetent witness. This is the culmination of all of the officer’s “I don’t recall” answers during your cross examination. Again, this is solely up to the judge. He is not likely to rule against the officer unless he has been shown that the officer really doesn’t have a clue as to what actually happen on the day in question. This is why an extensive cross examination is necessary.

Motion to Dismiss due to inadequate procedures. This would be an instance where the officer committed some sort of procedural error. A good example might be calibrating the radar unit at the start and end of the shift. Use the case law to back up your claim of inadequate procedures.

Motion to Dismiss due to insufficient evidence, specifically a missing officer. This is when you have a case that involved two police officers. For instance, one officer ran the radar gun while the other officer pursued the suspect and wrote the citation. Both officers need to be present since one can not testify on the behalf of the other officer. This motion would also apply if the single officer involved is not present. You usually won’t have to make a motion if the primary officer is missing. Typically, the prosecution will drop the case since he knows he has no chance without the officer present.

The Defense Case

The defense strategy for a traffic ticket trial is basically a layered defense. This layered defense hopes for one of the following to occur:

  • Officer, or officers, involved in the case do not appear.
  • Right to a speedy trial was denied.
  • Various motions to dismiss after the prosecution rests their case.

Once the above strategies play out it is time to move to the defense presentation. This is where you need to make some serious strategic decisions. First let’s review the process of introducing evidence, say for instance a diagram of the scene.

First the clerk will mark the document with a court identification usually defense exhibit “A”, “B”, etc. Next, the document will be shown to the prosecution so they can have the opportunity to object to this particular item. Next you will need to identify the document as a diagram of the intersection of A and B streets. You will then proceed to explain the relevance to your case. Finally, you will need to move that defense Exhibit “A” be introduced as evidence. Just presenting the diagram or any other document does not automatically make that document evidence.

Now that you have introduced all your evidence you come to a critical crossroads in your defense. The issue at hand is do you testify or not. You need to remember that you are under no obligation to testify. By not testifying you deny the prosecution the right to cross examine you under oath. You also need to consider what you will testify to. You can’t very well say you were doing 55 mph in a 70 mph zone when you a fully aware that you were doing 62 mph. To testify that you were doing 55 mph is perjury. You also can’t testify that you were doing 62 mph and the citation says you were doing 67 mph. Regardless of what the citation says, you just admitted your guilt and are now subject to a fine.

A couple of situations where you may still want to consider testifying is when you have a jury trial or you have a strong witness against the officer’s testimony. A jury will be instructed that you do not have to testify and that you can not have your lack of testimony held against you. Don’t bet on it. A jury will always want to hear your side of the story. If the prosecution gets too aggressive during the cross examination, the jury will begin to sympathize with you. As for a strong witness against the officer, this is a case where the two stories are totally opposite. Your hope is that your testimony combined with your witness with show the truth and out weigh the prosecutions case.

A third option is to testify to a specific area only. For example, you might want to add some testimony to the diagram you introduced as evidence. You will need to inform the court that you intend to testify on the limited area of, and add what specific item you will testify to. This limits the cross examination only to what you want to discuss. Be careful not to allow your testimony to wander too far off a main course or you will open the door for a more extensive cross examination. Remember, the cross examination is limited to areas that were discussed in the direct examination. If you wander too far during your testimony, you invite the prosecutor to follow up on all areas you mention.

Washoe Sheriff Named to Heroism Panel

The outgoing Washoe County sheriff will be serving on a federal board that nominates officers for a prestigious heroism award.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The outgoing Washoe County sheriff will be serving on a federal board that nominates officers for a prestigious heroism award.

Sen. Harry Reid announced Thursday that Sheriff Mike Haley will serve on the Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor Review Board.

The award was created in 2003 and honors police, firefighters and medical personnel for heroic acts. Haley will be part of the group that recommends award candidates to the U.S. Attorney General.

Haley has been Washoe County Sheriff since 2007, but opted out of a third term.

Former Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen will be taking over the role.

By Andrew Doughman
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 | 2 a.m.

It’s a wonder in Nevada state politics: At the start of a legislative session, Republicans and Democrats are open to pursuing tax reform that would include a new tax on services.
But the specifics of how to approach that new tax could quickly shatter any growing sense that the Legislature is a happy, bipartisan family.

When it comes to creating a services tax, the Legislature could cast a wide net, taxing nearly every service at a lower rate and reducing the sales tax on goods in the process — a Republican idea.

Or, it could approach it in a more narrow fashion, taxing mainly services used by businesses — think services for lawyers, accountants or custodians. Such an approach, deemed less regressive by some, could be more amenable to Democrats.

And should this tax produce more revenue for education and state services now or be implemented in a “revenue-neutral” way that would keep state spending flat?

How legislators structure a proposal could be crucial for middle-class Nevadans, who could either face no tax increase or a significant tax increase.

It’s early still in the 120-day session, but when it comes to talk of tax reform, a services tax seems to have been getting the most traction with both parties.

But some conservative groups are cautioning that it could be a burden on businesses; on the other side of the aisle, progressive groups are raising red flags, saying it could disproportionately affect middle- and lower-income Nevadans because a bigger slice of their discretionary income would be taken by the tax.

Such a situation is “regressive” because the tax burden falls proportionately more on lower-income Nevadans than higher-income Nevadans.

“That has to be one of the questions: How regressive is this?” state Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, said.

Nevada already has one of the most regressive tax systems in the United States, according to numerous national tax studies.

Those in middle- and lower-income tax brackets already pay proportionately more in taxes than wealthier people in states — such as Nevada — that don’t have an income tax.

“We think we need to give more support to small businesses,” said Laura Martin with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, an umbrella organization of left-leaning groups.

The idea for a services tax is supported by many conservative think tanks and actually is being pushed by Republican governors who would like to move away from an income tax and toward a consumption tax. Nevada does not have an income tax.

But that doesn’t mean a services tax proposal wouldn’t earn criticism from the right.

The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation points out that gearing the tax just toward services used by big businesses could ramp the tax bill for middle- and lower-income consumers.

“Say you’re producing a good and there are a lot of intermediate steps in between and each of those steps is taxed, so you’ll have all those taxes piling up at the end,” said Liz Malm with the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based policy research nonprofit group.

Small businesses might also take a hit under such a tax.

Big companies can assign work to in-house lawyers, accountants, technicians and other service providers. They would pay these people a wage or salary but would otherwise skirt a tax on services.

An independent doctor’s office, on the other hand, would pay service taxes for an attorney or accountant.

“That adds another wrinkle,” said Michael Mazerov, senior fellow at the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a D.C.-based policy nonprofit group.

Still, if Nevada lawmakers are serious about reforming the state’s wobbly tax structure, they need to find something all sides can agree upon.

Among the many tax reform ideas floating around Carson City, the services tax idea has earned guarded praise from key legislators from both parties. It’s also a proposal that got a look between the 2011 legislative session and this one, meaning some of the homework already has been done.

“We’ve analyzed it in preparation for this session,” said Jeremy Aguero with consulting firm Applied Analysis.

Democrats who want more money for education and health care programs must look at what tax changes can win approval from both the Legislature and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, whose power in this matter is spelled V-E-T-O.

“I am willing to listen to any type of proposal, but no one is really sure what ‘tax reform’ means and nobody is really sure what ‘revenue neutral’ means,” Sandoval told the Sun last week. “So until there’s a little bit more specifics with regard to that, I think it’s premature to comment on that.”

Such revenue-neutral tax reform has been popular for decades. Many studies in Nevada have said that broadening the tax base (and not necessarily raising revenue) is a good thing for the state.

Many other states are also waking up to the economic reality of the 21st century. Modern consumers spend more of their money on largely untaxed services than on taxable goods.

In other words, many states collect sales tax on a pair of shoes; few collect a tax on legal services.

Economics aside, political appetite also plays an important role. The state teachers union in Nevada got enough signatures to force the Legislature to consider a “margins tax” — a net business revenue tax — or let it go to the people on the 2014 ballot.

So far, the Legislature has not acted on it, and the governor has said he would veto it. Legislative leaders from both parties have criticized it.

So, enter the services tax as the more palatable proposal.

Some legislators and lobbyists have said they could add a sweetener for middle-class Nevadans by only taxing luxury services or business services.

“You’re taxing people who pay more for a service,” said Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks. “People who make more pay more for those services.”

Rather than taxing all services and then providing exemptions, the Legislature could identify specific luxury services it should tax, Smith said.

Much like the state’s live entertainment tax, the services could be levied on a specific group of services, Aguero said.

Taxing accounting, legal, janitorial, security, and other services that businesses use would spare the average family a tax hit.

When businesses pay the transaction taxes, the state could then lower the overall sales tax rate.

“It could reduce the level of regressivity in Nevada’s tax system,” Aguero said.

Of course, lowering the rate would be more difficult if fewer services were taxed.

And the decision on which services to include could also spark unprecedented lobbying carnage at the Legislature as legions of lobbyists try to carve out exemptions from the tax.

The Legislature would take aim at the exact group of people — lawyers, accountants, business owners — most equipped to fight the tax.

Carole Vilardo, president of the Nevada Taxpayers Association, prefers the services tax to a margins tax, but she said any tax reform is difficult.

“‘Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree,’” she said, citing a limerick about taxes.

The Legislature has less than 100 days in its session to figure out who’s behind the tree.



Growing backlash as deputy’s comments go viral


Infowars reporter Darrin McBreen reports from outside the Spokane County Police Department where residents plan to protest this Saturday.

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nevada potBy Kristen Wyatt, AP

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Business is booming in Colorado’s mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there’s mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state’s tourism brand.

That worry flared up in two resort towns last week. In Breckenridge, residents voted overwhelmingly to force downtown’s lone dispensary off Main Street to a less-visible location. And just up the road in Granby, town officials used a property annex to prevent a dispensary from opening.

The fear is that some families — a mainstay of the ski tourism industry — will stop vacationing here.

“It’s not a morality issue, or that we think marijuana is bad,” said Breckenridge Councilman Gary Gallagher, who supported legal marijuana but also voted to force the Breckenridge Cannabis Club out of downtown. “Marijuana, it is not in this country’s DNA yet. It’s a little bit too early.”

So far, there’s no indication that legal pot has damaged tourism, Colorado’s No. 2 industry. The state notched a record $17.3 billion in tourism spending the year after legalization, with a record 64.6 million visitors, and state tourism officials say 2014 is poised to top last year’s record.

But it’s an open question whether pot has anything to do with it. Officials cite the improving economy and the weather, with healthy snow totals historically being the most significant driver for mountain visits.

The state and its marijuana industry are barred by law from advertising weed out of state, and the head of the Colorado Tourism Office says the state isn’t tracking the role of marijuana in tourist behavior.

“It’s all anecdotal,” Al White said. “I have heard from some angry parents who said they’ll never come back to Colorado because of marijuana. And I’ve also heard from people who say they came to Colorado just to see the marijuana.

“At the end of the day, it may be having a modest effect, but it’s not huge either way.”

The recent friction isn’t the first time officials have moved to lower marijuana’s profile.

The nation’s largest ski operator, Vail Resorts, made headlines over the last year tearing down makeshift shelters built illicitly in hard-to-reach areas and used by stoners to “get safe,” mountain slang for toking up out of the cold and away from ski patrollers. Resorts across the state are dotted with the so-called smoke shacks, and some of them are decades old.

“We will continue to communicate that consumption of marijuana is illegal in public and on federal land,” Vail Resorts’ Russ Pecoraro said in a statement about destroying the shacks in its four areas, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail.

Still, at rates greater than their urban neighbors, mountain communities backed marijuana legalization in 2012, including Breckenridge, an early and enthusiastic support base, and there’s no doubt that recreational pot has had an effect on ski towns.

A state-produced July report on the new marijuana industry concluded that 90 percent of recreational sales in mountain resort communities go to out-of-state visitors.

The influx of shoppers — and camera crews that have become frequent sights as they work on pot-themed news stories and documentaries — has prompted a lively debate among residents about how pot is changing their resorts.

“Whether you’re pro-marijuana or against marijuana, you have to be concerned about how tourists react to seeing it,” said Bob Gordman, a Breckenridge retiree who voted to move the dispensary.

Others say the marijuana novelty will die down naturally and that resort towns shouldn’t worry about dispensaries or the souvenir shops that put “Rocky Mountain High” puns on T-shirts.

“In five or 10 years, it’ll be no big issue,” said Bill Kiser, a Breckenridge retiree who voted to keep the dispensary on Main Street.

“Why don’t families get turned off when they go on vacation and see a bar and people drinking alcohol? Because they’re used to it,” Kiser said. “People will eventually get used to this, too.”

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Embattled Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has been ousted from her two positions in the legislative hierarchy.
Assembly Speaker Designate John Hambrick announced the decision this morning and blamed Fiore’s troubles with the Internal Revenue Service as the reason for removing her as majority leader and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee.

Assemblyman Paul Anderson will replace Fiore as majority leader, and Assemblyman Derek Armstrong will replace her on the taxation committee.

Hambrick’s decision appears to be a final attempt at quelling the ongoing dysfunction in the Assembly Republican Caucus that’s dominated the legislative conversation since Nov. 4.

Two weeks ago, it was uncovered that Fiore faced more than $1 million in tax liens.

She waited until Tuesday to publicly address the issue. She went on a conservative radio program and blamed bookkeepers and a former employee for her tax troubles.

In a news release, Hambrick said Fiore’s explanation for her tax troubles was full of “deflections and slanderous allegations.”

“Michele’s actions have brought undue negativity and disharmony to our caucus,” Hambrick said.

Hambrick briefly removed Fiore from the taxation committee last week.

Fiore followed that by saying there was a war on women in the Assembly Republican Caucus, even though she was the first Republican woman elected majority leader.

Hambrick reinstated Fiore as chairwoman of the taxation committee, but he said today that her leadership roles were causing too many divisions among Republicans.

Fiore’s leadership fracas was the latest in what’s been a trying seven weeks for Republicans since the Nov. 4 elections.

Republicans, including Fiore, pledged harmony after they won control of the Legislature. But GOP members in the Assembly have showed signs of anything but in the last two months.

Before Hambrick came to power, Assemblyman Ira Hansen was the speaker designate and drew headlines for writing racially insensitive columns in the Sparks Tribune. Gov. Brian Sandoval, a figure of stability and promise for Republicans, asked Hansen to step down after a week of turmoil.

That forced the Assembly Republican Caucus to vote again for new leaders. Hambrick was chosen as speaker and Fiore as majority leader.

Eric Garner’s final words have become a rallying call for protesters across the country.

In the days following a grand jury decision not to indict New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, demonstrators in New York City and beyond took to the streets demanding justice, chanting “I can’t breathe” — a reference to Garner’s last utterance.

A police officer and small business owner in Indiana is hoping to change the conversation around police-community relations.

Jason Barthel, an officer with the Mishawaka Police Department and the owner of South Bend Uniform Company, is selling a T-shirt that reads “Breathe Easy, Don’t Break the Law.” The shirt is emblazoned with a graphic of a police officer’s badge.

Barthel said the shirt is meant to bring people together and remind communities that police officers are there to serve and protect — not to harm.

“When we use the slogan ‘Breathe Easy’ we are referring to knowing the police are there for you! The police are here to protect and serve,” Barthel wrote on Facebook. “99.9% of us have the greater good in our hearts each time we strap on our uniforms and duty belts.”

Not everyone agrees with his reasoning. Many have taken to his company’s Facebook page to criticize the shirt’s reference to Garner and the controversy surrounding his death.

“This shirt shows great disrespect to the family of Eric (Garner), and all victims of police misconduct. Please reconsider its production,” wrote one commenter.

“As a marketer you know using a reference to that will sell. It is poor taste, and inflammatory. How does this help in any way relations between police and community?” wrote another.

Barthel maintains that the shirt is “by no means is a slam on Eric Garner or his family” and that “we are one people, one nation regardless of race, religion, creed or gender.”

The shirt sells for $7.95 online, where a banner advertising the shirt reads “Make a Statement.” Barthel told CNN affiliate WSBT that he has already received over 100 orders and that phones have been ringing nonstop.

Garner’s death was later ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this month that federal officials were moving ahead with a civil rights investigation.

The city of Mishawaka is located in northern Indiana, just south of the Michigan border.

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Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday named Jerome “Jerry” Tao, Michael Patrick Gibbons and Abbi Silver as inaugural appointments to the newly created Nevada Court of Appeals.

The three were among nine finalists recommended by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection.

“I was incredibly impressed by all of the finalists for the Nevada Court of Appeals,” Sandoval said. “This was a difficult decision due to the number of accomplished and qualified applicants. I am confident that Jerry Tao, Michael Gibbons and Abbi Silver will work tirelessly to build this new court swiftly and smoothly. These fine individuals will refine and enhance Nevada’s system of jurisprudence.”

Tao currently serves as a Clark County district judge. He also is a former prosecutor and public defender.

Silver is a Clark County district judge and a former prosecutor.

Gibbons is a Douglas County district judge and a former prosecutor.

Silver, who also has served as a judge in Las Vegas Municipal and Justice courts, said she was on the bench, overseeing a post-conviction hearing, when she received the governor’s call.

“I’m so excited to be a part of history here in Nevada,” Silver said. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of handling a portion of that overwhelming caseload of the Nevada Supreme Court.”

Tao said he was surprised by the appointment.

“There were some really excellent candidates,” he said. “Any one of them would have made an excellent judge.”

He believes serving on the appellate court presents an opportunity to assist the high court and help shape state law, “and as a judge, you can’t ask for more than that.”

The judges are expected to move into their new offices by Jan. 5 and start hearing cases that week.

“This is a court that Nevada has needed for a long time,” Tao said. “Justice delayed is justice denied. That’s a saying, but it’s also a very real thing here in Nevada.”

A group of senior judges, as well as sitting judges, will be assigned to cover Clark County District Court caseloads for Silver and Tao.

At the close of a ceremony for retiring judges in the Regional Justice Center on Wednesday, David Barker, who will take over as chief district judge next month, acknowledged Silver and Tao.

“Remember, come from the perspective that we’ve done it right,” he joked.

Contact reporter David Ferrara at or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter: @randompoker

Kelly Scott, 2:48 p.m. PST December 17, 2014


The 2015 Legislative session is almost here, and I’d like to introduce you to the RGJ team that will be covering it for you.

I’m excited to share with you that our coverage will include exclusive work from political journalist Jon Ralston as we move into 2015. Ralston, who has covered Nevada politics for more than a quarter century, will provide analysis of statewide issues at the Legislature and Southern Nevada politics.

You might recognize Ralston from “Ralston Reports,” a television program he hosted for 14 years on all three Nevada NBC affiliates, including KRNV-Channel 4 in Reno. He previously has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun.

Ralston will begin writing exclusive columns for RGJ Media on Jan. 7. His columns will publish on and in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Besides writing for RGJ Media, Ralston publishes an email newsletter, “Flash,” that provides agenda-setting political coverage and analysis. He is a contributing editor at Politico magazine and regularly appears on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS. You can follow Ralston on Twitter at @RalstonReports.

The addition of Ralston is just one piece of our legislative coverage we will offer in 2015 from what I believe is the best team of political journalists in the state:

* Ray Hagar will lead our political team in Carson City. Hagar, a fifth-generation Nevadan and award-winning political reporter, will deliver analysis and in-depth coverage that matters to you in the months ahead. His insight and storytelling will bring what happens at the statewide level home to you. Hagar has been covering politics for RGJ Media for about 15 years and also is a regular host on “Nevada Newsmakers,” which appears at 11:30 a.m. Monday- Thursday on KRNV-Channel 4. You can follow him on Twitter @RGJRayHagar.

* Anjeanette Damon is our city watchdog reporter who will cover issues related to Reno, Sparks and Washoe County government. Damon is a longtime Northern Nevadan who has award-winning experience in covering the Legislature and developing strong reporting that holds our elected officials accountable for their decisions. She will report on larger issues rather than the day-to-day developments of the session. Damon has previously covered the Legislature for RGJ Media and the Las Vegas Sun. She also hosted a political talk show on KRNV Channel 4 called “To the Point.” You can follow her on Twitter @AnjeanetteDamon.

* Emerson Marcus is taking on a new role as the consumer advocate reporter at RGJ Media, tackling stories that matter to you. Examples of his focus for the session include health care, taxes and fees, and quality-of-life issues. He also will continue to write his award-winning Ask the RGJ feature through the session. While this is his first session at the Legislature, Emerson has been covering breaking news and crime in Reno for about three years. You can follow him on Twitter @Emerson_Marcus.

* Engagement Editor Mark Robison will help provide meaningful analysis for you this session through our Voices coverage. His research and analytical skills will take issues beyond the political posturing that comes with legislative politics by digging into the facts. Robison also will coordinate our editorial board meetings and write our editorials. You might know Robison from his award-winning Fact Checker column, which he plans to continue developing from the halls of Carson City. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkRGJ.

We’ll be ramping up political coverage after the holidays. If you have story suggestions or issues you’d like covered, please email me at or ask me on Twitter @KellyAnnScott. As always, thank you for reading us.

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The murder of 19-year-old Jessica Lane Chambers is perhaps one of the most gruesome acts of violence in recent memory.  The full backstory is available here.  However, in the comments section LJP asks a question and ponders a research concern.

I’ll explain after you watch this video. Watch and “listen” closely:

The reporter filed the report 90 hours after Jessica Lane Chambers investigation begins.

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Hey Government Goons…

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Freedom Is Just Another Word...:

Shut the hell up!!
If we want to eat cookie dough…

We will!!!

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Originally posted on Random Candidate:

“The hearing will be held on Friday morning in an Oakland court, marking what the EFF calls the first challenge to the NSA’s upstream data collection program in a public court.”

See more here:  

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Originally posted on CBS Las Vegas:

(LAS VEGAS)–After several days, weeks and months of discussion and public comments, the Las Vegas City Council voted 4-3 this afternoon to approve building a new soccer stadium in downtown Las Vegas.

The agreement, which was amended from its original proposal, would create the opportunity for Las Vegas to host a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

Council members Bob Beers, Lois Tarkanian and Anthony Stavros voted against the stadium.

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Originally posted on Random Candidate:

“Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation’s history, brazenly titled “I Will Not Comply.” No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law.”

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Fiery Sky by AttilioRuffo

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on DRL Equine Photography:


The second photo in a series. Two young friends at the Virginia Range grooming each other. These friends are wild mustangs, outside Reno (NV). I took this photo in December (2014) and both foals are dressed in a nice thick winter coat.

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Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Do you have those friends who love to brag on social media about how nice the weather is where they live this time of year? Yeah, we’re looking at your Californians.

Well the folks at has put together the list of the most “boastful” states, and the most “humble” States, and Pennsylvania is in the top 10.

You’ve seen Facebook and Instagram status updates bragging about the weather, especially this time of year.

Heylets surveyed 2,500 people to participate in the survey.

These are the top states that like to brag:

#1: California (77% percent frequently engage in self-promotion)
#2: Washington (76%)
#3: Nevada: (72%)
#4: Maryland (70%)
#5: New Hampshire (69%)
#6: Illinois (67%)
#7: Virginia (66%)
#8: Oklahoma (64%)
#9: New Jersey (60%)
#10: New York (58%)
#11: South Dakota (57%)
#12: Delaware (57%)
#13: Colorado (55%)
#14: Alabama (55%)
#15: Kentucky (54%)

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I was suppose to bring Rebel (the young mustang I just adopted) home yesterday. We got a lot of snow the night before, and decided to move him later this week instead. I really wanted to see him anyways, and drove out to the sanctuary, and spend some time with him on his 400acre pasture, at Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary. I already love this horse, and can’t wait to get him home.

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Originally posted on CBS Las Vegas:

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto warns consumers to be aware of staged automobile accidents, which are intentionally created in order to defraud automobile insurance companies. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the number of referrals for intentionally caused or staged accidents in Nevada increased by 21 percent from 2012 to 2013.
“As consumers take the road for holiday travel, it is important to practice defensive driving and to educate themselves about staged accidents,” said Masto.  “Drivers may already be distracted with inclement weather, busy streets, and holiday stress but it is equally important to be aware of other drivers who purposefully plan a collision.  Staged automobile accidents are one of the fastest-growing types of fraud in the insurance industry.”
NICB reports that in Nevada “bodily injury” was the top loss type overall in 2013.  
In a staged automobile accident, waiting…

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Las Vegas by Night

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Murray Foote:

Las Vegas, USA, 19th and 20th October 2014.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

This is Las Vegas from the air, including “the Strip” in the middle right, as we fly in on the first night.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

On the second night, with most of the party doing other things, I went for a walk in “the Strip” with Glenn, the resident photographer for the tour.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Water in fountains at the side of the street caught my eye….

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

…and the water can make interesting patterns as it pauses in the air.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

A little later, we walked around inside Bellagio’s Hotel.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

This is not just a place to stay, it’s an elaborate universe of its own with spectacular displays, restaurants, shops, bars, an art gallery, a circus, meeting facilities, wedding facilities and of course a casino.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Note that the leaves move around.  Their position has changed from the previous photo.

Bellagio Hotel, Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

This is a section of  Fioro di Como

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Originally posted on Christian Patriots:


Haven’t you heard the good news? The economy is finally recovering. The Dollar is up, and unemployment is down. Millennials are finally making enough money to move out of their parent’s basement, and the stock market continues to reach record highs. And best of all, our homeless rates are off the charts. We’re in the money baby!

“Whoa, hold on there” You might be saying to yourself  “What was that last detail? Yes, the one about the homeless.”

Homelessness in Washington, D.C. has increased by 12.9 percent in the past year. In Memphis, Tennessee, nearly half the demand for emergency food assistance in 2013 has gone unmet. The number of requests for urgent food aid in Philadelphia rose by 20 percent. And in Plano, Texas, homeless shelters with limited capacity were forced to turn away 84 percent of those seeking help.

These statistics come from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2014 Hunger…

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