Retired El Dorado County deputy sheriff Don Atkinson arrested in Carson City, Nevada

Don Atkinson mug shot

Don Atkinson mug shot

Retired Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Atkinson Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison for Embezzlement

UPDATE: Monday afternoon Don Atkinson, of El Dorado Hills, pled not guilty to all charges. El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister said he would appoint a public defender for Atkinson, who stands accused of embezzling more than $300,000 over six years.

The former head of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association was arrested Thursday in Nevada and charged with embezzling about $300,000 from the deputies’ organization.

Donald Phillip Atkinson was arrested in Carson City after California officials filed a criminal complaint Tuesday with 44 felony counts. The arrests follow an investigation by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the California attorney general’s office, which announced the arrest. In addition to embezzlement, Atkinson is charged with filing perjured campaign finance documents for a political action committee and stealing $100,000 from a 72-year-old woman by securing a loan from her on false pretenses. Continue reading

Chrissy Mazzeo get $50K for “alcohol-fueled misunderstanding” and settles lawsuit against disgraced ex-Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons

Chrissy Mazzeo

Chrissy Mazzeo

Jim Gibbons

Jim Gibbons

Chrissy Mazzeo settles lawsuit against disgraced ex-Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons.

LAS VEGAS — A former cocktail waitress is settling a federal lawsuit that accused former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons of orchestrating a cover-up of allegations that he grabbed her outside a Las Vegas restaurant when he was campaigning for governor.

Documents show Chrissy Mazzeo’s 2008 civil rights case against Gibbons, former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Republican political strategist Sig Rogich and others was dismissed July 12.

Attorney Walter Cannon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Mazzeo is accepting $50,000.

50kGibbons was a member of Congress when Mazzeo alleged that he threatened to sexually assault her in a parking garage in October 2006.

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The 9th Circuit seemed skeptical that a woman suing former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons for battery can show that law enforcement staged a cover-up.      Chrissy Mazzeo said former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young had tried to silence her after she publicly accused Gibbons of threatening to rape her at a parking garage after a night of drinking at a local casino.      After Mazzeo dropped the charges, Young held a press conference where he quoted Mazzeo as saying the whole thing resulted from an alcohol-fueled misunderstanding.

Mazzeo later filed a civil suit against Gibbons for battery and false imprisonment, also naming Young and Gibbons’ political adviser Sigmund Rogich.      Young sought relief from the 9th Circuit after U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt refused to grant him summary judgment.      At a hearing Wednesday, Mazzeo’s attorney, Robert Kossack, quipped: “I think this case could also have been entitled Chrissy Mazzeo versus the three most powerful people in the state of Nevada.”      Continue reading

Thoughts on Nevada corruption

lady-fucking-justiceIn City of Canton, Ohio v. Harris – 489 U.S. 378 (1989) and in Monell v. Dept of Soc. Servs., 436 U.S. 658, 701 (1978), It is U.S. Law that the above officials who turn a blind eye and “Fail to Discipline” public employees abrogate immunity and and can be sued into bankruptcy, a deterrent to keep scum like these out of office. Recently, Norse v. Santa Cruz (9th Cir. 2010) held that officials, even acting in “legislative roles,” if they deprive a citizens of a right that other citizens have, and the deprivation is not a policy that affects all citizens equally, this act violates the U.S. constitution and this act also abrogates immunity for “ad hoc” decisions that single out individuals.

Bogan v. Scott-Harris U.S. 1998, explains that these officials, even if corrupt, may be able to escape personally liability for “corrupt” policy decisions that affect citizens “equally,” they can still be “indicted for criminal charges.” Why does obedience to law no deter them?

In fact during the Hague war trials, it was clear that,

“It follows that command responsibility for failure to punish may be triggered by a broadly based pattern of conduct by a superior, which in effect encourages the commission of atrocities by his or her subordinates,’ see CTR, Bagilishema case, Judgement, 7 June 2001, §§ 27 and 37–50.[emphasis in original]

What unsuspecting citizens who fall in the cross hairs of undisciplined government officials when they complain are volatile sociopath’s who appear to the average person as normal, and receive honor, but this system in Nevada thoroughly over-run a society of benefactors reaping the public trust.

Corruption festers in Nevada courthouses reeking with B.S. “commission” on Judicial Discipline does nothing

judge tatro fuck youDavid F. Sarnowski – and the rest of the commission pull your head out of your ass.

We’re filing a “public records act” to see your meeting minutes. This commission should also comply with Nevada Open Meeting laws. We know, you want to keep your corruption private but were going to shed some light on this corrupt commission.

We thought that David F. Sarnowski the corrupt scumbag running the Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline had faded off in the sunset when he announced his retirement last March. Scumbag Sarnowski was supposed to be out his job by June 30th, 2013. Instead this creep keeps doing what his handlers tell him. We understand Sarnowski should be out by the end of July. The Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline is a bullshit secretive commission that hold “secret” meetings that do not comply with open meeting laws. Here, the criminals conduct their pow wow to cover up and hide, delay and dismiss claims against their friends and good ‘ol boys and girls that perpetuate their bullshit in courtrooms across Nevada.

Instead of disciplining Nevada  judges that commit wrongdoing,  Scumbag Sarnowski works diligently to cover up and delay findings of fact and disciplining corrupt Nevada  judges that commit wrongdoing. Judge Tatro head up his ass

The Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline has dodged my complaints by not sending out notices and just completely telling me lies concerning complaints against corrupt Carson City Judges like John Tatro and James E. Wilson.

judge john tatroThe Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline lied to me when they told me to fax over evidence on July 02, 2012, yet the closed the complaint against Tatro prior and issues a form letter saying the commission met on June 12, 2013 to consider case 2013-059 (John Tatro)…. Then why did they tell me my case had not been reviewed on July 02, 2013 and ask me to send information.

The Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline and David F. Sarnowski can go to hell along with John Tatro. The only way for a person to get justice in Nevada is to expose this trash to the people and get justice “the old fashion way”.

Everyone knows Nevada is ranked one of the worst States in the Union for Judicial corruption and the Judges in Nevada are ranked very low yet paid very high.

Biographical Sketches of Commission Members and Staff

(To read the biography of the individual Commission member or staff member, simply click on the desired name.)

Regular Commission Members and Staff

Karl Armstrong, Esq.
Wayne Chimarusti, Esq.
Honorable Mark R. Denton
Doug Jones, Chairman
Mary Lau
Honorable Jerome Polaha
Gary Vause , Vice Chairman
David F. Sarnowski, Esq., General Counsel & Executive Director

Alternate Commission Members

Honorable Leon Aberasturi
Honorable Rodney T. Burr
Honorable Patricia “Pat” Calton
Clifford Cichowlaz
JoAnn Elston
Bruce C. Hahn
Laurence Irwin
Honorable Patricia Lynch
Honorable Janiece Marshall
Honorable Richard Wagner

 

 In 2009, legislators asked David Sarnowski, the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission’s executive director, why it took so long for the commission to decide whether to dismiss a complaint against a judge or file formal charges.

Sarnowski said he halts investigations toward the end of every year, when the commission runs short of money. Another cause for delay was scheduling all the commissioners, who are busy people with busy calendars.

That didn’t explain why a complaint filed six years ago against Family Court Judge Steven Jones has gone through so many evolutions but hasn’t resulted in a formal decision to file charges. A proposed charge was submitted in July.

Because that is an issue before the Nevada Supreme Court, Sarnowski is expected to address the delay in a response he files in December.

I decided to look and see how long some high-profile cases took from start to finish.

Sarnowski said he couldn’t tell me when complaints were first filed, making it impossible for me to calculate exactly how long these cases dragged out. Now, after a case becomes public and is resolved, why would the date of the first complaint remain secret?

Lucky for me, the date of the alleged offense often is known.

Nevada corruption report card 2012

Nevada corruption report card 2012

Some cases seemed simple and easy to resolve, yet still took years. In two of those cases, voters tossed judges out before the commission acted.

In the 2004 election, District Judge Lee Gates donated money to two judges in violation of the judicial canons. It was all there on campaign finance reports. So why did it take over four years to resolve it with an apology by the judge?

Family Court Judge Nicholas Del Vecchio was formally charged Feb. 8, 2008, and he was disciplined Nov. 6, 2008, a speedy resolution. It involved a sexual relationship with his former stepdaughter, when she was his executive assistant, and racist and sexist comments to staff and attorneys.

Commissioners removed him from the bench, concluding his behavior violated the judicial canons of ethics.

However, voters acted faster than the commission did, throwing him out in the August 2008 primary, three months before the commission acted.

Another quickie was the case against District Judge Elizabeth Halverson, elected in 2006. She was suspended from the bench in 2007 for various antics, including sleeping on the bench and abusing staff. Formal charges were filed on Jan. 7, 2008, and resolution by the commission was completed Nov. 17, 2008, after two weeks of hearings.

Again, voters gave her the boot and voted her out in the August 2007 primary, three months before the commission acted. Without the commission’s actions, she would have been able to file for office again, but the commission banned her from seeking another judicial job.

The case against Justice of the Peace Tony Abbatangelo had its roots in his Nov. 12, 2008, arrest on domestic battery allegations. He was convicted Feb. 25, 2009, and the case was settled in March 2011 with a public censure and an agreement he wouldn’t run for a judicial office for four years. Why the two-year delay between his misdemeanor conviction and the resolution?

Municipal Judge George Assad threatened a woman with arrest on March 31, 2003, when she showed up to explain why her boyfriend, the actual defendant, couldn’t come to court. There was a transcript of his inappropriate comments. He wasn’t disciplined until Feb. 8, 2007 .

The case against Judge Steven Jones recently made public by the Supreme Court opened allegations of improper and possibly corrupt behavior to scrutiny. But it also raises questions about how the Judicial Discipline Commission does its job.

Source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/jane-ann-morrison/it-takes-time-wheels-justice-turn-against-judges

Opportunity to move Judicial Discipline Commission has passed

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline will be looking for a new general counsel and executive director when David Sarnowski retires June 30, and the pay is a not-to-be-sneered-at $137,145, plus state benefits.

Plenty of Las Vegas lawyers might find that job worth seeking.

However, the office is in Carson City.

For decades, certain lawmakers have argued this office should be located in Las Vegas.

In the 1990s, when Chris Giunchigliani, now Clark County commissioner, was in the Assembly, she wanted the small office moved south. “Not every agency should be moved, but certain ones, including the Judicial Discipline Commission, should be here,” she said. “Where are the majority of courts? Where are the majority of attorneys? Where do the majority of the judiciary live? Here.”

As a state senator, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin wanted to see the office moved to Las Vegas as part of his broader philosophy of bringing state government to where the population is. “In a system where judges are elected, you’ve got to know the players and the pressure they face,” he said.

The idea is one the Judicial Discipline Commission could and should consider, but my suggestion is coming too late.

Such a move would require a two-year planning process, Sarnowski said. Any move couldn’t be coordinated with his retirement because the costs of a move would have to be built into the pending annual budget of roughly $648,000, and it’s too late for that.

On Feb. 22, Sarnowski told legislators he would be retiring June 30 after nearly 32 years with the state, according to a Las Vegas Sun news story.

He told me Wednesday that date has nothing to do with the June 24 hearing involving Family Court Judge Steven Jones, especially because that hearing may be postponed. Jones wants the Discipline Commission action to trail his criminal case in federal court, now set for August.

While it seems as if the big cases such as those against Jones, Elizabeth Halverson, Fran Fine and others are based in Southern Nevada, my review of the number of cases made public over the past 10 years showed seven involved Southern Nevada judges and the other eight involved judges in Northern Nevada and rural Nevada.

There were 103 complaints received in 2011 alone. Because of the secrecy governing the commission, the public doesn’t know the resolution unless charges are filed.

Have commissioners considered moving the office? District Judge Mark Denton, a commission member, replied, “I don’t think that’s come up.

“For me, it doesn’t seem to be a problem” that the commission’s small office is based in Carson City, Denton said. The commissioners meet about four times a year in various places and use teleconferencing. Critics say more frequent meetings might move cases along more promptly.

“The only advantage I can conceive at this time, without a whole lot of reflection, is that it (moving the office) would open it up to a broader spectrum of applicants because there are so many more attorneys down here,” said Las Vegas attorney Don Campbell, a former member of the commission.

Frank Cremen, a defense attorney who has been hired by the commission to prosecute judicial discipline cases, including those against Gary Davis and Fine, said “it would make sense, and a wise move financially” to move the office south.

Leonard Gang, the general counsel and executive director between 1994 and 2000, said when Giunchigliani asked him more than 20 years ago about moving, that it was something that has to be looked at in the future, depending on the workload and where the workload was.

The workload is here and now. But the opportunity has been missed.

Las Vegas Sun Brian Sandoval Security beefed up

For judges who err, justice far from swift

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Count Raul Saavedra among the courthouse regulars who say Las Vegas Municipal Judge George Assad got off easy in connection with the unlawful detention of a Las Vegas woman in the judge’s courtroom six years ago. Continue reading

A Website devoted and “focused” on Nevada State Employees

When we started this website, Nevada State Personnel WATCH, we set out to expose corruption and scandals in the State of Nevada government. We are State employees, former employees and whistle-blowers. We featured stories on the Nevada Department of Taxation  and the Nevada Highways Patrol and corruption in the Nevada Attorney Generals Office.

We think most State employees are good people who are getting worked over by the very government they serve.

There is a website called Nevada State Employee Focus devoted to helping Nevada State Employees get information concerning their employer. See the website here: http://nvemployees.wordpress.com

NSEF

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller Named “Porker of the Month”

Dean Heller

Nevada Senator Dean Heller

Last June Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Nevada Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) its June Porker of the Month for using immigration legislation to solidify federal tourism subsidies in his home state.

Sen. Heller appears to have held out for what CAGW has dubbed the “Sin City Sweetener,” an alteration to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that will extend matching government funds for “Brand USA” indefinitely.

The bill’s revision is worth millions in taxpayer-funded tourism promotion for Nevada. Brand USA is an independent group that receives matching funds of up to $100 million from the federal government for every dollar it raises from the private sector. Unsurprisingly, Sen. Heller has every reason to believe that its continued existence will reap big benefits for his pals running casinos and hotels in Nevada. According to Breitbart.com, when the law establishing the Corporation for Travel Promotion (since renamed Brand USA) was first created under the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, the blog on Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) website proudly explained that the Travel Promotion Act would “greatly benefit Nevada because we have so many wonderful tourist attractions.” Several hotels and casinos expressed their gratitude by thanking Sen. Reid on their marquees along the Las Vegas strip. Continue reading

Sewer Secrets, big money and big turds at the Douglas County, NV Sewer Improvement District

Oddities abound at small sewer agency douglas county nevada

Though it’s a public agency,  sources say that the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District is a “closed system.” We can smell the stench across the lake.

By Heather Gould

It’s an odd little district,  I’ll admit that,” says James Cavilia, the attorney for the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District # 1 a practically unknown basin agency where in reality, only one board member out of three is eligible for election  the other two are basically appointed. Board  members do not have to live in the district and, decades before the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizen’s United decision, corporations were considered persons and could vote.

Not that voters have had much opportunity to have a say in the district’s leadership. Races do not appear on the ballot unless contested. (So, no opportunity for a write-in candidate.) And as long as anyone can remember, no one has challenged an incumbent. (In 2010, Bob Cook filed for the seat of board president John Fults but withdrew from the race. He now works as a consultant for the district.) douglas co

For the past 60 years, apparently, the board has perpetuated itself through appointments by other board members and corporations within the district. (The law concerning who can serve and how the board is selected is convoluted and murky, even according to Cavilia.) Right now, the board is made up of Fults, a Carson City resident and Lakeside Inn appointee, John Koster, appointed by Harrahs/Harveys and Reno resident Steve Johnson, representing Park Cattle Company, otherwise known as Edgewood Properties, each serving a specific geographic division with in the district.

Board members do not have to live in the district rather, they only need to own land or represent a landowner. Landowners, as well as residents, are eligible to vote in elections as are corporations through a designated
person.

The board sets sewer rates and oversees the facility and the treatment and processing of sewage. The board meets once a month, with Koster and Johnson receiving $2. 145.34 monthly and president of the board Fults receiving  an annual salary of$70,676.16 plus a $550 month car allowance.

His salary has been increased twice from $45,600 in 2008, according to documents on the Nevada Secretary of Slate’s website.

In discussing his position, Fults said he can see “how it would be a concern” that he does not live in the district… Continue reading

RIP: Former Clark County deputy DA, David Schubert, who became addicted to crack is dead

dave schubertFormer Clark County deputy district attorney David Schubert, left, was the prosecutor in 2011 in singer Bruno Mars’ case after Mars was arrested in Las Vegas for felony cocaine possession. Schubert, who was convicted of buying cocaine later that year, was found dead Wednesday at his home.

By JEFF GERMAN and FRANCIS MCCABE
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

David Schubert, a former prosecutor who once fled to Mexico to avoid time behind bars for a drug conviction, was found dead at his Las Vegas home Wednesday. Continue reading

El Dorado County, CA pissed-off citizens form political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption

COVAC

El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn

El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn

El Dorado County, CA – Ty Robben reporting. Like the small town of Bell, CA where corruption made recent nation wide headlines. Pissed-off citizens of El Dorado County, CA consisting of the west slope area of Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Georgetown, Shingle Springs, Fair Play, Pollock Pines, Camino  and all the way to South Lake Tahoe have formed political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption or COVAC.info to take on local county corruption.

Citizens are outraged to learn of the escalating wrongdoings, eyebrow raising salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, double dipping, and vendettas by county officials primarily in the El Dorado County District Attorney office under the watch of Vern Pierson and William “Bill” Clark. An example is how DA Vern Pierson acts both as the District Attorney AND IT Director for El Dorado Taxpayers.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking

Much like the scandal that rocked the City of Bell, there has been an intentionally hidden discrepancy
between the “published” salaries of some elected officials in El Dorado County and what they are actually
taking home.  This problem was recently brought to public attention in a May 2013 salary study conducted by
the Publius Group. This study found that the “published” salary we believed we had paid Auditor-Controller
Joe Harn in 2011 was listed as $157,810.00. In reality, County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, who supervises
a staff of 24.6 full time employees, took a total annual salary of $200,106.00 and a further benefit package
of $47,636.00 for a total cost to taxpayers of $247,742.00. Accordingly, John Chaing, the Controller for the
entire State Government of California supervises 1,520 full time employees only receives $136,994.00 in
annual salary. Furthermore, the Publius Group Study revealed that Joe Harn pulled off this deception and has
been spiking booth his salary and retirement benefits by claiming salary bonuses for both longevity and being
a Certified Public Accountant that were originally intended to help retain valuable civil service employees.

This same Publius Group Study found that the published salary we thought we paid District Attorney
Vern Pierson in 2011 was $159,910.00.  Instead, this study brought to light the hidden fact that in 2011
District Attorney Vern Pierson supervised a staff of 61.2 full time employees and took an annual salary of
$174,920.00 and a benefit package of $46,108 for a total taxpayer cost of $221,028.00. Not surprisingly,
the Publius Group Study revealed that Vern Pierson pulled off this deception and has been spiking booth
his salary and retirement benefits by claiming the same longevity salary bonus as Harn which was originally
intended to help retain valuable civil service employees.  COVAC will continue to investigate and expose this
shameful salary scandal.

Here is a link to the study conducted by the Publius Group (right click and select “save link as” to download the PDF file)..

Who We Are

We are ordinary people like you who are disgusted with the corruption in our local government.  Most of our founding members or contributors live in El Dorado County, California – the birthplace of the California Gold Rush. Our organization, the Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption is a Political Action Committee formed under the laws set forth in the State of California’s Fair Political Practices Act.  Our Political Action Committee, or PAC, is formed for the purpose of defeating corrupt local elected officials in California. vern pierson is as corrupt as hell

Our membership consists of local citizens fed-up with elected officials who are using their office for personal enrichment and career advancement, or abusing their power to retaliate against their personal and political enemies.  Donations to our PAC are not tax deductible.  Donations exceeding $99.00 in a single calendar year are required to be publicly reported to the California State Fair Political Practices Commission.  All of our filings with the California FPPC are open to public

Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption


In Your Court! Just Compensation? This Could Be You! What Is Your Verdict? Tell Your Story!

District Attorney Vern Pierson
Vern PiersonCHARGES:
Abuse of Office –

1. Fraudulently bringing Criminal Charges or Civil Suits against his personal and political enemies with the  intention of using the County’s unlimited financial resources to ruin their reputations and destroy them financially.

2. Failing to Investigate or prosecute Crimes and Malfeasance of personal and political friends.

3. Coercing court cases by using the County’s unlimited financial resources to outspend innocent citizens to force honest people into accepting unjust plea deals and settlements.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking –

1. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking an undeserved “longevity bonus”– this was never intended to apply to elected officials without term limits.

County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn
Joe HarnCHARGES Abuse of Office –

1. Fraudulently using the Grand Jury to bring false or fabricated Criminal Charges or Civil Suits against his
personal and political enemies with the intention of using the County’s unlimited financial resources to
ruin their reputations and destroy them financially.

2. Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees.

3. Arbitrary and Capricious treatment of local agencies his office is contracted to administer.

4. Using his influence to have his daughter, with no experience, hired in the County’s administration at a
senior level salary over more qualified existing county employees who sought this “plum” position.

5. Coercing court cases by using the county’s unlimited financial resources to outspend innocent citizens to
force honest people into accepting unjust plea deals and settlements

Negligence and Malfeasance –

1. Failure to notice and inform El Dorado County Fire that the El Dorado County Ambulance Joint
Powers Authority would be requiring a $700,000.00 reimbursement until years later and leading to a
breaking scandal.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking –

1. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking
an undeserved “professional credential” bonus for having a Certified Public Accountant certificate – even
though being a CPA is one of the acceptable requirements to be placed on the ballot to run for AuditorController.

2. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking
an undeserved “longevity bonus”– this was never intended to apply to elected officials without term
limits.inspection.

On top of this is the array of high profile failures of leadership as both DA and IT Director. The DA office is failing to prosecute crimes in El Dorado County and instead spending resources on political with-hunts like the Ray Nutting case. DA Vern Pierson

The group, COVAC plans mass exposure to expose the corruption, and at the same time plans to support political officials standing up to the tyranny and working for the Taxpayers who pay their salaries.

Compounding the issue is collusion and racketeering whiten the  El Dorado County government including the County auditor named Joe Harn.

– See more at: http://www.inedc.com/search/node/joe%20harn#sthash.XAgchpHy.dpuf

Findings from analysis of public records of the compensation of El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn indicate that he is paid far more than comparable county Auditors and that he gets bonuses that may be inappropriate.
Placerville Newswire with data compiled by The Publius Group | May 24 2013

Auditor-Controller: Key Findings

  • The El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is the 3rd highest paid Auditor-Controller in the State in 2011 with a total wage of $200,106.
  • lncluding benefits, total compensation for the Auditor-Controller in 2011 was $247,742.
  • The Auditor-Controller is paid 15% to 52% more than auditor-controllers in counties of similar size to El Dorado County.
  • The average salary for elected Auditor-Controller’s in 2011 was $143,587. The El Dorado County Auditor Controller was paid $56,519 more than the average.
  • The Auditor-Controller is paid extra for being qualified to hold office. On top of the maximum salary listed in the El Dorado County salary schedule, El Dorado County’s Auditor-Controller is paid extra for being a Certified Public Accountant, which is one of the acceptable qualifications for the position under the California Government Code.
  • On top of the maximum salary listed in the El Dorado County salary schedule, the Auditor- Controller is paid “longevity pay” despite the position being an elected office.

The position of Auditor-Controller is an elected office under the El Dorado County Charter. Twelve counties do not have elected Auditor-Controllers? Many counties combined the position of Auditor-Controller with other offices. Interestingly, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controllers wage significantly outpaces the California State Controller, though responsible for a considerably smaller number of employees.

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller pay is $200,106 and has 24.6 employees. #4
The California State Controller pay is $136,994 and has 1,520 employees.

The El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is among the highest paid compared to elected auditor-controllers in other counties. In 2011, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller was paid over $200,000 making him the third highest paid auditor-controller in the State. By comparison, the average wage for elected county auditors in 2011 was $143,587, $56,519 less than El Dorado County’s Auditor-Controller.

The higher than average wage appears to be a trend not isolated to 2011. Among elected auditor-controllers, the El Dorado County incumbent was the 4th highest paid Auditor-Controller in the State of California for 2009 and 2010.

In addition to salary, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is provided a generous benefit package relative to other elected Auditor-Controllers. A total of $47,636 in benefits was reported in 2011 including:

  • $26,798 toward a defined benefit plan.
  • $4,745 toward deferred compensation.
  • $16,093 toward health, dental, and vision benefits.

Benefits provided to the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller are the 14th most generous in the State of California among elected Auditor-Controllers.

#3 Data for comparisons includes elected positions only. Does not include the counties of Glenn, Kings, Los ‘ Angeles, Madera, Marin, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Trinity. Data for the – City and County of San Francisco omitted.
#4 County of El Dorado Human Resources Department, Personnel Allocation Report FY 2012-13, , * http:_//www.edcgov.us_/HumanResources/ 

– See more at: http://www.inedc.com/1-4736#sthash.cHlYlxdT.dpuf

RACE RIOTS ERUPT IN AMERICA because of Trayvon Martin acquittal of George Zimmerman?

LA Riots After Zimmerman Verdict

Larry Pinkney: Govt uses Cointelpro to Create Racial Division

RACE RIOTS ERUPT IN AMERICA

Travon protest LACreepy ass crackers: Protesters confront Los Angles police officers and stop traffic on a Los Angels freeway during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Anger over the acquittal of a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities.

Texas Judge found dead at courthouse by gunshot to head

danny-shanahan-run-alison-anything-but-a-head-shot-only-angers-an-attorney-cartoonRhiannon Meyers, Katherine Rosenberg
Caller.com
July 16, 2013

State District Judge Tom Greenwell was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday night in his chambers, Nueces County, Corpus Christi Texas  Sheriff Jim Kaelin confirmed.

Corpus Christi police, medics and Nueces County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the courthouse after a report that a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head. The courthouse closed at 5 p.m.

It was not clear whether the gun passed through the security checkpoint, which includes a metal detector. Attorneys, judges, and some media representatives who have courthouse identification badges typically aren’t required to pass through the security checkpoint.

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Las Vegas District Court Judge Valorie Vega to leave her throne

Judge Vega

Judge Vega to leave her throne

District Court Judge Valorie Vega announced Monday that she will not seek re-election next year.

Probably due to our post here: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/lawless-america-draws-attention-in-las-vegas/

The 25-year jurist, who was first appointed to the bench in 1999 by Gov. Kenny Guinn, said, “During my time on the bench, I have seen the court make great strides to ensure that justice is served in our community, and I am honored and proud to be part of that.” WTF? Vega will serve until the end of her term in January 2015.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 25-year tenure as a jurist, a position that allowed me to achieve my goal to serve the public,” she said. “I am most appreciative of the voters’ support, and I wish to thank my colleagues and my staff for their dedication, professionalism and assistance during my career in public service.” Continue reading

Sandoval the Quitter

Please see http://nvemployees.wordpress.com for a ton of good stories.

Nevada State Employee Focus

A few years ago, when Sandoval became governor I said he would eventually quit his job to run for some other position. Then is now.

Recently, Sandoval said he will run for a second term, and it is very likely he will win. During this announcement, he refused to say whether he will quit in his second term. Let’s end the speculation on this… he is a quitter, and he will leave his post as Governor in his second term when a new opportunity arises. That is the way he is. He wants to be a U.S. Senator and will probably challenge Harry Reid.

In the late 1990s, Sandoval quit his state Assemblyman position to become a member of the Gaming Commission. After becoming its Chairman, he left that post to run for attorney general in 2000. He won the election and left it in 2000 to become a federal…

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Washoe County Sheriff shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die

RPD shooitingReno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — The family of Kenny Stafford is speaking out after he was shot and killed by police after walking through a neighborhood with a gun on July 11, 2013.

See full story and video here: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Victims-family-speaks-out-about-officer-involved/wBovaT9qY0CRaXD39XoCcA.cspx

Officials with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office have not yet released the name of the armed man who was shot and killed by officers on Thursday, however the victim’s family reached out to News 4 to tell their story.

Kenny Stafford, 27, was an active military member who grew up in the Reno area. Stafford was stationed in Washington State, but he was in town to visit family and friends and attend a memorial for a young man he considered a brother. That young man was Ryan Connelly. Connelly, 17, was shot and killed on July 7, 2012 while walking home from the store, his murder is still unsolved. Continue reading

Defense claims murdered state insurance official had ‘darker side’ including “child porn”

william mcCuneCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Defense attorneys plan to present evidence questioning the character of Nevada’s chief insurance examiner, who was killed April 2 at his Carson City apartment.

Defense lawyer Dennis Widdis says 62-year-old William McCune “seems to have had a darker side than what was previously assumed.”

He made the comments during a court hearing Friday for the four people charged with killing him and dumping his body in the Carson River in Carson City.

The Nevada Appeal reports  Justice of the Peace John Tatro granted Widdis permission to seek court records from Louisiana that he said detailed McCune’s sex offenses there.

Attorney John Springgate asked Tatro to have sheriff’s investigators look into McCune’s computer system, saying it contained child pornography. Continue reading

New US/UK Study Shocks World! “Conspiracy Theorists” Are ‘Sane’; Government Dupes Crazy & Hostile!

CONSPIRACY posterA newly released study by psychologists and social scientists in both the United States and the UK is bound to ‘shock the world’, for it has found that those who believe in ‘conspiracy theories’ are considered ‘more sane’ than those who believe in the ‘official versions’ of the ‘contested events’. For most Beforeitsnews.com readers, this is simply not shocking in the least bit, in fact, it is quite common knowledge.

For Americans who still believe the ‘accepted versions’ of stated events, it’s quite possible that they will continue to stay ‘insane’, and hostile! In fact, those now believing the ‘conspiracy theory’ version of events now outnumber those believing the ‘statist propaganda’ TWO TO ONE! Americans are quickly awakening to hidden truths; is it too late?

This fact sure would explain why TPTB are so eager to crackdown on Americans. If I were to recommend ONE ‘conspiracy theory’ video for those who haven’t ‘awoken’ to watch, I’d recommend the banned ‘Conspiracy Theory’ with Jesse Ventura embedded at the bottom of this story about the Police State and FEMA Camps in America. We’re running out of time and only MASS AWAKENING may save this country and our very lives and the lives of our children and loved ones. Much more below.

Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.

The most recent study was published on July 8th by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent (UK). Entitled “What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories,” the study compared “conspiracist” (pro-conspiracy theory) and “conventionalist” (anti-conspiracy) comments at news websites.

The authors were surprised to discover that it is now more conventional to leave so-called conspiracist comments than conventionalist ones: “Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist.” In other words, among people who comment on news articles, those who disbelieve government accounts of such events as 9/11 and the JFK assassination outnumber believers by more than two to one. That means it is the pro-conspiracy commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered minority. conspiracy

Beforeitsnews has SEVERAL very hostile commenters on our website, however, those leaving hostile comments are often banned, such as our ‘anonymous mailinator’ friend who has been banned AT LEAST 8 times for leaving extremely hostile and threatening messages on our website. I’m quite sure that you’ll be reading this, ‘mailinator’ and my guess is you’ll leave another comment, re-registering under ANOTHER free & disposable ‘mailinator’ email address going by something along the lines of aaa111 or bbb222 or ccc333 @mailinator.com as you’ve done at least 8 times going by your most recent email address. So, why are folks like ‘mailinator’ so incredibly hostile? More from the study below…

Perhaps because their supposedly mainstream views no longer represent the majority, the anti-conspiracy commenters often displayed anger and hostility: “The research… showed that people who favoured the official account of 9/11 were generally more hostile when trying to persuade their rivals.”

Additionally, it turned out that the anti-conspiracy people were not only hostile, but fanatically attached to their own conspiracy theories as well. According to them, their own theory of 9/11 – a conspiracy theory holding that 19 Arabs, none of whom could fly planes with any proficiency, pulled off the crime of the century under the direction of a guy on dialysis in a cave in Afghanistan – was indisputably true. The so-called conspiracists, on the other hand, did not pretend to have a theory that completely explained the events of 9/11: “For people who think 9/11 was a government conspiracy, the focus is not on promoting a specific rival theory, but in trying to debunk the official account.”

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But now, thanks to the internet, people who doubt official stories are no longer excluded from public conversation; the CIA’s 44-year-old campaign to stifle debate using the “conspiracy theory” smear is nearly worn-out. In academic studies, as in comments on news articles, pro-conspiracy voices are now more numerous – and more rational – than anti-conspiracy ones.

Trayvon Martin’s Father Is A Grand Master Mason (Video)

Here’s something you certainly won’t hear about in the mainstream media despite the 24/7 coverage of the Trayvon Martin case which may generate riots: Trayvon Martin’s dad is a ‘Grand Master’ Freemason. More to come on what this means and the occult history of Freemasonry, but for now here is this fact displayed in video form using images that I’ve compiled through user tips and investigation.
 
Well now, this puts an unlikely twist in the plot doesn’t it?  I believe there are two kinds of masons: Ones in the know and ones who aren’t.  I dont know ifmr. Martin is in the know but maybe uf he wasn’t, he is now given the attention this has received.  Im still unsure of Freemasonry as a whole being some unsavory secret society but I guess its because they are secretive about it!. -Mort

No wonder the anti-conspiracy people are sounding more and more like a bunch of hostile, paranoid cranks. 

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IT director who raised questions about Zimmerman case is fired

Nevada CorruptionThis is the same kind of crap played by the Nevada Attorney General:

Sanford, Florida (CNN)An employee of the Florida State Attorney’s Office who testified that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team has been fired.

Ben Kruidbos had been on paid administrative leave since May 28 from his job as director of information technology for the State Attorney’s Office.

A spokeswoman for Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey said Kruidbos was no longer an employee of the office.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, is on trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Kruidbos testified before Zimmerman’s trial began that Martin’s cell phone contained images of Martin blowing smoke, images of marijuana and deleted text messages regarding a transaction for a firearm and that those images had not been given to Zimmerman’s defense team.

He received the termination letter, dated July 11, on Friday, the same day jurors began deliberating Zimmerman’s case. The letter states: “It has come to our attention that you violated numerous State Attorney’s Office (SAO) policies and procedures and have engaged in deliberate misconduct that is especially egregious in light of your position.”

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Lawsuits target abuse in Carson City Court Department of Alternative Sentencing program

carson city alternitve sentencingLawsuits target abuse in Carson City Court Department of Alternative Sentencing program.

see updated story here; https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/nevada-department-of-alternative-sentencing-did-not-have-legal-jurisdiction-over-pre-trial-defendants-prior-to-july-2013-if-you-were-under-das-supervision-you-may-have-legal-recourse-to-sue/

In Carson City, Douglas County and Henderson Nevada, the courts have created an internal police force called the Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”).  The courts in these jurisdictions bypassed the State parole and probation department and took on jurisdiction of people who have been charged, but not convicted of a crime. These people are known as pre-trial Defendants.

carson city courthouse

carson city courthouse

Prior to July 2013 when the laws governing DAS were modified by the Nevada Legislature in Senate Bill 101 and signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval, DAS had no legal jurisdiction over pre-trial Defendants.

We know the Carson City DAS exploited its power and acted outside jurisdiction when assuming control over hundreds and easily thousands of pre-trial Defendants prior to July 2013. DAS essentially and prematurely put pre-trial Defendants on “probation”  which subjected these people, presumed to be innocent, on GPS monitoring, house arrest, subject to search and seizure, drug and/or alcohol testing and even body cavity searches.

DAS is also widely know for illegally changing court orders and conditions of pre-trial Defendants that were never subject to their jurisdiction.

In the minutes of the Nevada Senate Committee on Judiciary from February 27, 2013 show Carson City DAS Chief Rory Plantea stating on the record how he and his DAS have been breaking the law and violating pre-trial Defendants civil rights.

Click here for SB101: SB101 Nevada DAS new law 2013

Minutes from the Nevada Senate Committee on Judiciary February 27, 2013

Click here for PDF file: DAS minutes from 2013 Nevada SB101

James Settlemyer

Sen. James Settlemeyer

SENATE BILL 101: Revises provisions relating to departments of alternative sentencing. (BDR 16-464)
Senator James A. Settelmeyer (Senatorial District No. 17):

I apologize for not getting the language correct to begin with and having to work off the mock-up (Exhibit G). The changes in the mock-up are necessary to incorporate some important and necessary clarifications.

This bill allows for pretrial sentencing to be done by the county or city department of alternative sentencing. When this was discussed in the past, some said the State should be doing it. However, we know the State does not have the funds to implement pretrial sentencing, so the counties do it. This bill enables legislation, adding the word “may,” so there is no fiscal impact to the counties since it is at their own discretion whether to participate.

There are often conditions of bail that the court stipulates, including restraining orders, temporary protection orders (TPO), firearm purchase bans, controlled substance use bans, etc. These departments can do this and provide a valuable service to the courts to review the bail stipulations and make sure the conditions are met. In some counties, these issues are being handled differently. This bill is an attempt to help those counties without a separate program to implement alternative sentencing. We are attempting to codify activities already being implemented in many counties. tick

Chair Segerblom:
This is not the first bill we have seen from Douglas County about this issue.

Senator Settelmeyer:
Yes, we had this bill in the Assembly. At that time, we felt the State should deal with the issue, but since that time, the State has not stepped forward.

Michael Beam (Chief, Department of Alternative Sentencing, Douglas County):
We perform these functions for the courts in Douglas County and Carson City. We serve both the district and justice courts. We ask that this issue be addressed in the statutory provisions of chapter 211A of Nevada Revised Statutes to make it right. We perform pretrial services for persons accused of crimes and awaiting sentencing or trial. The court imposes conditions, and we supervise those individuals to make sure he or she complies with those conditions. We support this bill.

Chair Segerblom:
If there are orders from the judge, like drug testing or curfews, you make sure it happens, is that correct?

Mr. Beam:
Yes. A range of conditions can be imposed—drug or alcohol clauses, testing, firearm provisions, TPOs, stay-away orders, etc. It varies case by case.

Chair Segerblom:
In sounds like it saves money because the offender is not in jail and can work, depending on the case.

Mr. Beam:
Absolutely, on pretrial with bail conditions.

Rory Planeta Chief Department of Alternative Sentencing

Rory Planeta Chief Department of Alternative Sentencing

Rory Planeta (Chief, Department of Alternative Sentencing, Carson City):
We supervise persons who are released on bail or released on their own recognizance without bail. The judge puts conditions on the offender, and we supervise. We work from NRS 178.484, which allows judges to place conditions on persons to protect the citizens and protect themselves. The judge makes the decision on which conditions to impose, and once the individual is placed under our supervision, we make sure he or she maintains those conditions or we bring him or her back to the judge. Those conditions can include drug testing, no weapons, no gang associations, etc. These conditions are necessary to protect the public. We support this bill.

Chair Segerblom:
Does this just apply to Douglas County and Carson City?

Senator Settelmeyer:
The provisions could apply to anyone wanting to implement them. Only these two counties are in this situation to my knowledge. Mr. Planeta, do you know of other counties similarly situated?

Mr. Planeta:
Yes. Henderson has alternative sentencing; it is called supervised release, which we think is a good term. Part of this bill refers to probationers, but that is not what we call them. They are persons released under the supervision of the Department. We also perform misdemeanor probation, suspended sentences, house arrest, etc. We feel this legislation is a natural progression for us to watch those individuals and keep our citizens safe.

Chair Segerblom:
This sounds like a great program. Do we have more supporters?

James J. Jackson (Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction):
I represent the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction, representing municipal courts, justice courts and the State. We support this bill. Originally, the bill had mandatory language, but it is now permissive, so we are fine with it.

Laurel Stadler (Northern Nevada DUI Task Force):
We support alternative sentencing with DUI offenders. We support this bill.

Richard Glasson (Tahoe Township Justice Court, Douglas County):
This bill brings to light something I and other small court judges use on a daily basis. Alternative sentencing allows a judge to shape behaviors and responsibilities and provide protections before adjudication. While we presume everyone is innocent, there is a period of time between arrests and the disposition of the case that can be a sort of never-never land. This alternative sentencing tool allows us to put some people on a right path and potentially eliminates the need for posttrial supervision or probation because the person has proven in advance that he or she has taken these classes or sobriety conditions seriously.

Chair Segerblom:
You can take information from the individual’s cooperation with conditions imposed during pretrial and apply it to sentencing?

Judge Glasson:
Absolutely. There have been times when, because of the abysmal behaviors between arrests and trial, arrestees prove they are not going to be responsive to probation later on. More often than not, we see that these arrestees are just good, responsible people who might have stubbed their toes. They follow the straight and narrow during pretrial, and we do not have a recidivism problem with them when we use this tool.

Chair Segerblom:
Do district attorneys have access to the pretrial information when they are making decisions?

gpsJudge Glasson:
Yes, it is public information. The ankle bracelets and other tools we use are wonderful technology. gps orwell

Mr. O’Callaghan:
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is neutral on this bill. I also represent the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, and that organization supports this bill.

Mark Jacobs (Chief Marshal, Henderson Alternative Sentencing Division, City of Henderson):
We fully support this bill. It would be a great tool for us to use on a local level. We supervise around 2,000 probationers and 200 individuals released with conditions of release from our courts every day. This bill would allow us to get over some challenging hurdles in supervising those offenders.

Chair Segerblom:
Do the individuals who have been charged with the crime have to pay for equipment issued to them, like ankle bracelets?

Mr. Jacobs:
Yes. It is not a burden on the taxpayers, and that is also true of our probationers. When we have individuals released with conditions, we have concerns about situations like no contact orders, no further arrest clauses, drug and alcohol testing, GPS monitoring, alcohol monitoring, etc. It is a challenge to try and enforce and keep track of these people and those conditions without a specific statute.

Ian Massy (City of Henderson):
We support this bill.

Diane R. Crow (State Public Defender, Office of the State Public Defender):
I represent people in Carson City, Storey County, White Pine County and Eureka County. I do not oppose the spirit of this bill, but I oppose the end result as we have seen it here in Carson City. Conditions of bail that are supervised by alternative sentencing include call-in and color-coded drug testing. This means a person who has been arrested and not convicted of a crime and not lost his or her constitutional rights is required to call in on a daily basis. If their color is called, they must go in during certain hours and take a drug test. If they are not on color-coded testing, they can just be called in any day or an officer can go to their houses and require them to provide a drug test. The officer can search accused people’s homes and vehicles even though they have not been convicted. They are charged with a crime—misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony—but they still have their constitutional rights. My concern is that we are taking the rights away from people who have not been convicted.

This bill, to me, is somewhat akin to a bill introduced last session regarding DNA testing of anyone arrested for a felony. People have constitutional rights. We cannot stomp on either the U.S. Constitution or the Nevada Constitution.

Chair Segerblom:
If a person does not agree to the conditions of release terms, can he or she stay in jail or post bail?

Ms. Crow:
That is another issue of constitutionality. Bail has to be reasonable, not coercive. You cannot force someone to agree to drug testing to get out of jail.

Chair Segerblom:
If a person refuses to cooperate with the drug testing, does the bail go so high it is impossible for them to pay?

Ms. Crow:
Most of my clients cannot make bail. If the person does not agree to the drug testing conditions, that contributes to the denial of one’s own recognizance release. That is coercion. Who does not want to get out of jail—to go back home, go back to work and support the family? It is coercive to force someone to give up his or her constitutional rights to get out of jail. I am very concerned about the ultimate outcome of this bill.

browerSenator Brower:
The government has enormous power, particularly over those who are arrested. From the law enforcement perspective, these issues have been litigated long ago. It is part of the system and has been upheld by state and federal courts around the Country—that the types of things here do not violate the U.S. Constitution. No less than the U.S. Supreme Court has said that upon arrest, your defense rights are not the same as someone who has not been arrested. Therefore, people can be held in custody in some cases and in other cases, they can be released but on certain conditions. We have litigated these issues, have we not?

DAS is unconstitutional

we the peopleMs. Crow:
There has been litigation. There is a case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: United States v. Scott, 450 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2005).

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada granted a motion to suppress for evidence that was obtained on supervision. The Ninth Circuit Court upheld the motion to suppress. The United States appealed it to the Ninth Circuit and the State lost.

The head notes of that case refer to constitutional rights of people not convicted and unconstitutional coercive conditions that cannot be imposed.

Senator Brower:
What conditions did the Ninth Circuit decide were unconstitutional?

Ms. Crow:
One head note says pretrial release individuals are not probationers. Probationers have a lesser expectation of privacy than the public at large. People released pending trial, by contrast, have suffered no judicial abridgement of their constitutional rights. Alternitive Sentencing

Senator Brower:
My point is that the issue of whether certain pretrial release conditions are unconstitutional has been litigated. It is a fact of our system that pretrial defendants are sometimes held in custody, their passports are removed, they are subjected to drug testing, etc. That is a bigger issue and not really what this bill is about.

Ms. Crow:
I agree that is not specifically what the bill is about, but it is the ultimate conclusion to this bill. The Ninth Circuit is stating that people not convicted still have constitutional rights, and it is invasive to go into their homes and require them to have search and seizure clause.

Senator Brower:
You are right. Even those who have been convicted have certain constitutional rights. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to even those who are incarcerated. What the courts have done over centuries is to decide conditions may be imposed that do not violate the Constitution. I respect the rights of you and your clients to challenge certain types of conditions, and it is up to the system to continually hear those challenges and decide whether they meet constitutional muster. The conditions we impose in this State and in the federal system have been determined constitutional by judges.

Chair Segerblom:
In pretrial supervision, if officers find drugs at homes of defendants, can they be prosecuted?

Ms. Crow:
Yes, but they generally are not. My other concern about this bill is that in most of the sections, while it includes new language about pretrial or presentence release, it still labels the person a probationer, which is not accurate.

Chair Segerblom:
We can change that in the bill.

Senator Hutchison:
Is there anything in this bill that is constitutionally infirm?

Ms. Crow:
No.

Mr. Spratley:
We are neutral on this bill because it does not apply to our jurisdiction of Washoe County, but we are in overall support of S.B. 101. Our jail supports the judicial, conditional release of inmates to not only help reduce our inmate population, but also allow those persons who made mistakes and can follow court conditions to be out of custody to live their lives. Without appropriate monitoring, as this bill provides, those conditions most likely would not be met.

Chair Segerblom:
As I understand it, this bill could apply to Washoe County if you opted for it. images

Mr. Spratley:
We do have a Department of Alternative Sentencing in Washoe County, but I am not sure of its role.

Senator Brower:
Is it a fact that without pretrial release, we could not keep every arrestee in custody?

Mr. Spratley:
That is true. Our jail is already 50 inmates shy of maximum capacity. We are always being creative in how we can let the people out whom we believe will follow the program and not continue to reoffend and create victims. This is a huge step in helping us manage our population statewide.

guiltySenator Brower:
Allowing arrestees out on their own recognizance or on bail without conditions does not work either.

Mr. Spratley:
Yes. It would be ludicrous to let arrestees go without some conditions, without them knowing someone may check up on them at any moment. A portion of arrestees will reoffend or drink without those imposed conditions.

Senator Settelmeyer:
Some of the wordsmithing addressed by the testifier in opposition may be found in the amendment. We had a bill a long time ago addressing the issue of the larger counties in the State having a division between the pretrial and the posttrial alternative sentencing departments, and the smaller counties wanted them together since they were already doing it that way. With this bill we are looking for codification for a practice that is already occurring.

Chair Segerblom:
I will close the hearing on S.B. 101 and adjourn the meeting of the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 10:13 a.m.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED
Linda Hiller,
Committee Secretary
APPROVED BY:
Senator Tick Segerblom, Chair

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LV SUN: A Scandal to hang Governor Brian Sandoval’s neck on

Las Vegas Sun Brian Sandoval Security beefed up

governor sandovalBy   Friday, July 12, 2013 | 2 a.m.

When the Sacramento Bee uncovered the practice of the state-run mental hospital in Las Vegas busing some of its discharged patients out of Nevada with little more than a bottle of Ensure, Nevada Democrats knew they had the kernel of a scandal to hang around the popular governor’s neck.

The news releases started almost immediately.

They only intensified as Gov. Brian Sandoval initially avoided questions about the practice as the Bee stepped up its coverage.

“The fact that it took weeks of devastating coverage in the media to force Gov. Sandoval to make this policy change shows just how morally bankrupt this administration is,” one news release blared in April.

Since then, the news releases haven’t stopped accusing Sandoval of reacting too slowly to the situation and stonewalling the press.

But as the well-liked governor heads into what is shaping up to be an easy re-election bid, some are wondering to what end the Democrats are ramping up their attack machine against Sandoval.

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

GoverNOT  Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

The party so far has been unable to put forward a solid candidate to run against Sandoval. So if Democrats aren’t attacking the governor in the hopes of installing their own candidates in Carson City, what’s the point?

“As much as you can soften him up and break his bank account, you want to do that,” one Democratic operative said.

In other words, the attacks against Sandoval aren’t so much geared toward winning the governor’s race, but keeping him busy defending himself so he can be less of an asset to down-ticket Republicans.

The Sandoval campaign appeared nonplussed.

“We haven’t really noticed any attacks,” Sandoval’s political consultant Mike Slanker said. “Not sure what they might be softening.”

Still, Slanker added, Sandoval isn’t about to simply coast through the 2014 election.

I had the pleasure of interviewing, and grilling 2014 Governor David Lory VanDerBeek on my radio show, and since it was in originally in 2 segments I have posted the interview here in full! Let me know if you agree with his views, and what you think. Otherwise enjoy!
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“The governor is fully committed to re-election and to fighting for wins up and down the ticket,” Slanker said. “He is fully engaged.”

Catherine Cortez Masto, next Nevada Governor?

Catherine Cortez Masto, next Nevada Governor?

The Democratic Party insists that the steady barrage of attacks on the patient busing practice is just the beginning of a sustained effort to drive up Sandoval’s negatives regardless of whether he draws an opponent.

And that’s not exactly an easy proposition. Even Democrats exhibit some awe of Sandoval’s ability to stay relentlessly on message, avoid major missteps and generally remain scandal free.

But Democrats see a few vulnerabilities. Most recently, Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have required private-party background checks, an issue that polls find is popular with Nevadans. The move likely won’t hurt him with Republicans, but could hurt him with key swing voters such as soccer moms, Democratic operatives posit.

Democrats also may turn to the first budget Sandoval put forward in 2011, when Nevada was still firmly in the grip of the recession.

Sandoval had promised not to raise taxes or extend temporary taxes and put forward a budget that could have hamstrung the higher education system.

Sandoval finally backed down when a Nevada Supreme Court decision eliminated his ability to pad the state budget with local money and let the temporary taxes continue.

Ross Miller Nevada is corrupt

Ross Miller for Governor Nevada ?

“Brian Sandoval will have to explain next year why the only things he has to show for his four years as governor are a patient dumping scandal, Nevada remaining dead last in education, and why we continue to lead the nation in unemployment and foreclosure rates,” Democrats’ spokesman Zach Hudson said. “Nevada’s middle class is suffering under Brian Sandoval’s leadership, and we will spend the next year and a half reminding voters how out of touch the governor is with Nevada families.”

Republicans don’t seem too concerned with the effort, particularly because Democrats don’t have a candidate to deliver the attacks.

“I’ve never seen one of these efforts succeed. A party attacking a candidate without an alternative is a waste of money,” one Republican operative said. “You have to be a credible messenger to land a credible attack and make it stick. Parties are not a credible messenger.”

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval burns a bowl after signing medical pot into law.

While the election is still 17 months away, time is short in political parlance. Typically, candidates begin preparing to launch a major campaign at least two years ahead of time.

That’s not to say, however, that it’s too late for Democrats to come up with a messenger.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak has long been open about his ambition to be governor. He has not yet formally announced, but is in the process of putting together a poll to assess his chances should he enter the race.

And that has many Democrats salivating.

Sisolak has never been shy of emptying the arsenal of negative attacks on a political opponent. And he has the fundraising chops and enough of his own wealth to at least put a tarnish on Sandoval’s shine.

But if Democrats hope Sisolak will get in the race simply to ensure Sandoval doesn’t have a free ride, they’ve got another hope coming.

“I am not getting into the race, as I have said before, to be a steve_sisolak_mugsacrificial-lamb type of candidate,” Sisolak told the Reno Gazette-Journal this month. “Unless I thought that there would be a path to victory, I wouldn’t be running. … We will just have to wait and see.”

Washoe County pays $75,000 in excessive Sheriff force case against a Tahoe paddleboarder

washoe sheriff badgeWashoe County paid a $75,000 settlement Thursday in an excessive force case involving a college student who was forced to the ground at Incline Village after not wearing a life vest while on a stand up paddleboard at Lake Tahoe, the law office of Terri Keyser-Cooper said.SUP

Lauren Kettell, 19, alleged Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Coss yelled at her to not paddle in the lake without a life vest. Coss allegedly demanded she get in his boat, but Kettell requested they talk on her grandparent’s beach.

Once arriving on the beach, Kettell waited for Coss. The deputy then ran at her, grabbed her, and threw her to the ground, the law office said.

Kettell remained on the ground for 10 minutes with Coss’ knee in her back.

cashKettell was taken to the hospital before going to Washoe County Detention Center. She was bruised for weeks, with her arm in a sling, and was given a prescription for painkillers, her lawyer said.

Coss was represented by David Creekman of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. Creekman did not return phone calls and a voicemail in time for the posting of this story.

“It was totally unfair,” Kettell said in a statement. “I was doing exactly what he told me to do, going to get my life vest at my grandparent’s house. If he wanted to give me a ticket, that was fine, he didn’t have to beat me up, jump on top of me, and nearly wrench my arm off.”

Keyser-Cooper added: “It was a massive over-reaction by this officer, she weighed 115 pounds and was in a swimsuit, he weighed 190 pounds — all he had to do was talk to her.”

Kettell, a student at the University of San Francisco, was at Lake Tahoe visiting her grandparent’s for the Fourth of July celebration in 2011 when the incident occurred.
Coss admitted no liability, the law office’s press release said.

NV Sen. James Settelmeyer’s wife busted on 3rd DUI

drunkA 48-year-old Gardnerville woman was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving Friday after deputies were alerted to her erratic driving by other drivers trying to keep motorists away from her.

Sherese Settelmeyer was booked on charges of driving under the influence, second, and failing to maintain a lane. She was released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bail and is set for an Aug. 5 East Fork Justice Court appearance.

She is the wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer. james settlemyerAccording to court documents, Settelmeyer’s preliminary alcohol content tested between .253 and .320, up to four times the legal limit of .08

Protest and boycott Wall Mart

Local Wall Mart worker is fired for protesting
Image Detail:  Wall Mart protester Amy Stinnett and son
So what changed? She took a week off work, personal time, and joined her fellow workers at the Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas.
PAT SNELLING, Garden Valley | July 10 2013

A young woman supporting two children was fired from her job this week. She worked at our local Walmart for eight years. She loved her job, and the customers loved her.

So what was her infraction? Walmart doesn’t have to say. That’s California’s law.

So what changed? She took a week off work, personal time, and joined her fellow workers at the Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas. She was there to bring the voice of Walmart employees across this country, who are too scared to speak up, about pay and benefits that are so low they are subsidized by the taxpayers in food stamps and Medi-Cal. But most of all, she was there to bring attention about the retaliation against Walmart workers when they speak up.

Twenty-six Walmart employees were fired for going to Arkansas, 11 who protested here in California, and five who went to Yahoo! headquarters to speak to the Yahoo! CEO. That’s 42 workers in one week.

The CEO of Yahoo! hits on the Walmart board. All five who were arrested in Sunnyvale just wanted to have a Walmart board member hear their complaints.

Do these corporate leaders have any loyalty or obligation to their workers? Do they have any loyalty to anything other than the dollar?

Our founding fathers and fellow colonists were worried about this aristocratic-corporate attitude toward their fellow citizens from the start.

Back in the 17th century England created the East India Trading Company, one of the very first corporate giants who manipulated colonial law and ignored the citizen’s voices. This was the very company that the Boston Tea Party protested against. Continue reading

Former El Dorado County sheriff’s sergeant booked on child porn charges

Another day, another corrupt cop story…

South Lake Tahoe Police watch

William Wilson (pictured), 51, was arrested Monday after an investigation. During the investigation, Wilson retired, but the investigation continued.
Cathy Locke, Sac Bee | July 10 2013

A former El Dorado County Sheriff’s sergeant has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

William Wilson (pictured), 51, was arrested Monday after the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal misdemeanor charges, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

In January, sheriff’s personnel discovered information that an employee might have been involved in inappropriate activity, and an investigation was initiated to determine whether Wilson was involved, sheriff’s officials said. During the investigation, Wilson retired, but the investigation continued.

The findings of the investigation were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and resulted in filing of the criminal charges, officials said.

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Rand Paul “the most interesting man in the political world” comes to Las Vegas

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Rand Paul U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was recently calledthe most interesting man in the political world.

And he’s coming to Las Vegas this week.

The first stop for the 50-year-old senator is Freedom Fest, an annual festival that bills itself as a place where free minds meet in “the world’s most libertarian city.”

While he’s here, Paul will also also attend a fundraiser for the Nevada Republican Party — a strategic move in an early primary state for a man mulling a run for president in 2016.

The son of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, Rand Paul has been a familiar face in the news this year as he railed against the federal drone program, promoted a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency for its email and telephone monitoring program, and criticized what he calls unwarranted military interventions in foreign countries. Continue reading

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit related to Nevada Open Meeting laws and violations of a previous settlement concerning Nolan Klein.

 

Amazon names Reno one of the most patriotic cities, but San Dehne is the true Patriot

TreasonAmazon named of Reno, NV as most patriotic according to flag sales throughout the past two weeks.

The ranking is based on sales data of American-themed flags from Amazon’s Patio, Lawn & Garden Store from June 19, 2013 through July 2, 2013 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

The number two and three cities were Alexandria, VA and Pasadena, CA, respectively.

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No teleprompters, makeup, or re-takes. Just the in your living room up close and personal TRUTH.
All he needs is one of those career politicians.. who is usauabout a “patriotic” as a flag and fireworks.. to get his adrenalin flowing. And that is not hard to do.
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Appeals court upholds $1.6 million award in Las Vegas police excessive force case

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By FRANCIS MCCABE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL LVMPD badgeA federal appeals court has ruled three Metropolitan Police Department officers must pay $1.6 million for using excessive force on Charles Barnard in 2001. In a 21-page ruling last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by officers Greg Theobald, Steven Radmanovich and Gary Clark who claimed they had “qualified immunity,” which shields government officials from civil liability if their conduct does not violate constitutional rights that a reasonable person would have known.

The appellate court held “a reasonable officer would have known it violated clearly established law to use a chokehold on a non-resisting arrestee who had surrendered, pepper-spray him and apply such knee pressure on his neck and back that it would cause the collapse of five vertebrae in his cervical spine.” The court also said the officers were not entitled to immunity because a 2011 jury verdict was supported by “substantial evidence.” The officers went to Barnard’s Henderson apartment on Dec. 8, 2001, in search of his brother. Barnard opened the door and came out with his hands raised, but Theobald tripped over a potted plant while trying to handcuff him. Continue reading

Nevada Cops Arrest Man for Criticizing their Parking before Seizing Cameras from Witnesses

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 July 8th, 2013

Law enforcement officers pounced on a man with a camera who was openly criticizing their parking habits outside a Nevada casino before pouncing on another man video recording the first altercation, seizing both cameras as “evidence” before turning to a couple of other witnesses and seizing their cameras as well.

Today, three months later, none of the cameras have been returned, but the man who was arrested has obtained footage from two of the four seized cameras as discovery as he prepares for his trial.

The man, who goes by MrMike Smith on Facebook, said the incident took place April 7 in Stateline, Nevada and involved Douglas County sheriff deputies and South Lake Tahoe police.

 

So we tried to stop some dude from beating up his girl on the strip Saturday. Long story short we got jumped with belt-buckles and a knife. I got stabbed in the back of the head and split open my skull, Wife and nephew as well as two locals got %@!$ed up. I got hospitalized and released today about 1.

LONG STORY SHORT RODRIGUEZ OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SAVED MY LIFE. ALL OUR DIFFERENCES AND THEY STILL JUMPED IN AND SAVED ME. I HAD BEEN STABBED IN THE HEAD AND WAS DOWN BEING BEATEN BY MULTIPLE GUYS WHEN THEY ARRIVED. Douglas County Sheriffs saved my life for sure. They arrested six people and let us go.

Kudos deputies. Kudos.

We are Cop Watchers but we are not your enemies and you have proven as much. We respect your doing your duty even for those you do not like.

Thanks for keeping me around a little longer. The knife had penetrated through my skull and barley missed hitting my brain. I could not have taken much more when Rodriguez tackled the largest one and his fellow deputies rounded up the rest.

We are all for the just law. We thank you.

Just so you know I am still Mike though, we do not agree with the unconstitutional checkpoint at the summit on the 4th.

Thanks Deputies. I owe you one.

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Lady molested in Las Vegas Courthouse – then arrested as Judge looks the other way

Outrage in Nevada Courts!

Nevada proves once again that it is the cesspool of the legal system in the United States. A Lady was molested in a Las Vegas Courthouse – then arrested as Judge looks the other way.

Las Vegas Cop Sexually Assaults Woman Then Arrests Her For Protesting
Las Vegas Tribune - Lawless America

Las Vegas Tribune – Lawless America

Clark County Court to Patricia Doninger: YOU’RE FIRED

The family court hearing master that allowed two court marshals to abuse, degrade and sexually assault a woman that was in court for a divorce matter was quietly fired last week.

Patricia Doninger is no longer employed by Clark County Courts after an alleged investigation into the August 11 incident in her court, during which she turned her back on a disgusting situation to play with the victim’s underage daughter. Doninger heartlessly ignored the young mother’s plea for help while two Clark County Court Marshalls tortured, groped and viciously attacked the Hispanic woman that was in court for a routine divorce case.

A court video of the incident was obtained by Las Vegas Tribune, and after reviewing it for several days, the newspaper was ready to begin a campaign to demand Hearing Master Patricia Doninger’s termination – but that is no longer necessary. Continue reading

Hawthorne, CA Police Shoot Dog – People OUTRAGED – Thousands of Death Threats Received

hawthorne police shoot dogOutrage sparks across the Nation as people learn about the Hawthorne Police Shooting a dog when arresting an innocent man for shooting a video. Many people think the cops involved all need to be fired, tried for treason and shot in the head point black with hollow points – when found guilty.

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THIS IS ALL IT TAKES PEOPLE
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“Leon Rosby arrived at 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hawthorne on Sunday evening to videotape a police standoff. He brought along his 2-year-old Rottweiler, Max.

He put the dog on a leash and began filming. Hawthorne police deemed Rosby’s actions interference and placed him under arrest. By this point, Max was in the backseat of Rosby’s car, but the arrest upset him. He began barking, jumped out of the car and lunged at officers.”*

Leon Rosby was cuffed by Hawthorne police officers after recording them with his phone. Then, when his dog jumped and ran to Rosby and the officers, the officers shot the dog in the head, leaving it writhing in the street until its death. Was the shooting necessary? Were the officers’ excuses justifiable? Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and the TYT Supreme Court weigh in on the situation.

*Read more from LA Times:
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Nevada Police face rare Third Amendment lawsuit

Las Vegas SWATNevada Police face rare Third Amendment lawsuit for Force Comandeering Homes Family arrested for not immediately surrendering their home Adan Salazar Infowars.com July 5, 2013 A Nevada family has filed a federal lawsuit citing the rarely invoked Third Amendment alleging police unlawfully barged into their homes and forcefully evicted them in order to set up surveillance depots to spy on a neighbor. The incident took place in July 2011 and gives a new appreciation to the third item on the Bill of Rights, which is supposed to prohibit the government from forcing people to house soldiers. 3rd

In full, the Third Amendment states: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. The complaint alleges plaintiff Anthony Mitchell, a resident of the southwestern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, was contacted by Henderson Officer Christopher Worley and told his home was needed for police to gain a “’tactical advantage’ against the occupant of the neighboring house.” According to Courthouse News, the complaint states, “Anthony Mitchell told the officer that he did not want to become involved and that he did not want police to enter his residence. Although Worley continued to insist that plaintiff should leave his residence, plaintiff clearly explained that he did not intend to leave his home or to allow police to occupy his home.” Screen capture via Henderson Police Department website. Police were not content taking “No” for an answer.

The complaint goes on to detail the subsequent raid that followed after Mitchell refused to allow officers entry: “The officers banged forcefully on the door and loudly commanded Anthony Mitchell to open the door to his residence. “Surprised and perturbed, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell immediately called his mother (plaintiff Linda Mitchell) on the phone, exclaiming to her that the police were beating on his front door. “Seconds later, officers, including Officer Rockwell, smashed open plaintiff Anthony Mitchell’s front door with a metal ram as plaintiff stood in his living room. “As plaintiff Anthony Mitchell stood in shock, the officers aimed their weapons at Anthony Mitchell and shouted obscenities at him and ordered him to lie down on the floor. “Fearing for his life, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell dropped his phone and prostrated himself onto the floor of his living room, covering his face and hands.”Addressing plaintiff as ‘asshole’, officers, including Officer Snyder, shouted conflicting orders at Anthony Mitchell, commanding him to both shut off his phone, which was on the floor in front of his head, and simultaneously commanding him to ‘crawl’ toward the officers. “Confused and terrified, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell remained curled on the floor of his living room, with his hands over his face, and made no movement. Continue reading

July 4th 2013 Carson City Rally Against Tyranny – Pictures and Video

bill of rights on fireThe second amendment (armed protest) and fourth amendment (anti government spying) converged at the July 4th 2013 Carson City Rally Against Tyranny.

Essentially, the rally, protest, march or whatever you want to call it was a success. RGJ News did a short story and produced a short video here:

http://www.rgj.com/article/20130704/NEWS/130704006/Video-Several-protest-government-snooping-Fourth-July-Carson-City

Video – Armed March and Restore the Fourth Amendment rally in Carson City, NV


About 2 dozen people showed up at the second amendment (armed protest) and Restore the Fourth Amendment  movement (anti government spying) converged at the July 4th 2013 Carson City Rally Against Tyranny.

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OBAMA… Our Money… Now our Guns…

The armed march was an offshoot of the second amendment march that was originally planned for July 4th in Washington DC. However that plan was cancelled after the event organizer, Adam Kokesh was arrested prior to the controversial protest. Gun are not allowed in the District of Washington DC. Instead, Kokesh launched a 50 State armed march on State Capitols. Nevada is a State that still allows open carry of firearms.Treason

The Restore the Fourth Amendment protest was organized by Larry Rubald. Mr. Rubald stated in the press release “As I’m sure you’re aware, the federal government has been embroiled in scandal recently.  Not the least of which are the revelations about the extent of the federal government’s violation of our 4th Amendment rights.  In response, several organizations have sprung up to demand our rights back.  Mozilla (the non profit foundation that builds the open source Firefox browser) started the website stopwatching.us, and grassroots movements are popping up across the country to speak out. But there are many more actions that must be taken, and the person who can most make a difference is you.”

The “Worlds Larges Crime Scene Tape” was supplied by Mike Weston and Ty Robben who also made a massive banner that said “Wake Up America – The Endgame is Near” along with a massive banner promoting Alex Jone’s Infowars.com website.

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C-SPAN to feature Carson City history and authors for nationwide August broadcast

cspanNews – Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – 1:50pm = Perhaps a good time to prtoest the State Capitol with the Crime Scene banner?

Carson City will be in the national spotlight as film crews from C-SPAN will begin taping a segment beginning July 8 that will feature local history and authors that will air to a nationwide audience in August.

Mayor Robert Crowell will welcome the national network on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol as they prepare for a week-long visit to record and feature the city’s history and literary life. On Monday, July 8, C-SPAN representatives will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored. Continue reading

Carson City Jail lacks a required Law Library violating inmates 14th Amendment to Due Process

law booksThe Carson City Jail lacks a required Law Library and resembles a Russian Gulag.

All inmates are incarcerated with no access to a law library in the Carson City Jail (Detention Center) pursuant to NRS 211.140(b) or lawyer from the Carson City jail thus violating Due Process.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) Adult Local Detention Standards as well ACA’s Core Jail standards as a basis for your policies. Here are the two relevant standards: ACA standard 4-ALDF-6A-03 (Accreditation standards)[1]

“Inmates have access to a law library if there is not adequate free legal assistance to assist them with criminal, civil, and administrative legal matters. Inmates have access to legal materials to facilitate the preparation of documents” lady justice

ACA Standard 1-Core-6A-03  (Core Jail Standards)

“Inmates have access to legal materials”

You will want to consider what the courts have said. Take a look at the following:

Jails and the Constitution:  An Overview” NIC publication authored by William Collins available as a download from:     http://static.nicic.gov/Library/022570.pdf

Text  from page 68:

“Over the years the Supreme Court decided several access to the courts cases involving inmates. The most important came in 1977, when the Court said that prison administrators have the affirmative duty to provide inmates with assistance or resources to allow them to meaningfully exercise their right of access to the courts, Bounds v. Smith.  Assistance could take the form of persons trained in the law (such as lawyers, paralegals, or law students), adequate law libraries, or some combination of these.

A 1996 Supreme Court decision dealing with access to the courts reaffirmed the core principle in Bounds, i.e., that the institution has an affirmative duty to provide some form of assistance (libraries or persons trained in the law) sufficient to give inmates the capability of filing non-frivolous lawsuits challenging their sentence or the conditions of their confinement, Lewis v. Casey.”

Kenny Furlong“The principle from Bounds (and now Lewis) has been extended to jails, although application of the principle may be slightly different in the jail context depending in part on how long inmates remain in the jail. The longer an inmate remains in a jail, the more the right of “access to the courts” places the same demands on the jail as it does on the prison”

The fundamental constitutional right of access to the courts requires prison authorities to assist inmates in the preparation and filing of meaningful legal papers by providing prisoners with adequate law libraries or adequate assistance from persons trained in the law.  This quote is taken from Bounds v. Smith (430 U.S. 817), the 1977 landmark Supreme Court decision, which led to the establishment of law libraries in most major U.S. prisons.

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees state inmates the right to “adequate, effective, and meaningful” access to the courts. Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817, 822, 97 S.Ct. 1491, 1495, 52 L.Ed.2d 72 (1977); Green v. Johnson, 977 F.2d 1383, 1389 (10th Cir.1992). We impose “affirmative obligations” on the states to assure all inmates access to the courts and assistance in the preparation and filing of legal papers. Ramos v. Lamm, 639 F.2d 559, 583 (10th Cir.1980), cert. denied, 450 U.S. 1041, 101 S.Ct. 1759, 68 L.Ed.2d 239 (1981).

The Supreme Court instructs that states may satisfy this duty “by providing prisoners with adequate law libraries or adequate assistance from persons trained in the law.” Bounds, 430 U.S. at 828, 97 S.Ct. at 1498. Although this constitutional obligation does not require states to afford inmates unlimited access to a library, Twyman v. Crisp, 584 F.2d 352, 358 (10th Cir.1978), and there exists no rigid or static formula to assess whether a prison library’s resources pass constitutional muster, Johnson v. Moore, 948 F.2d 517, 521 (9th Cir.1991), states must provide inmates with “a reasonably adequate opportunity” to present their legal claims.

Carson City and Douglas County Department of Alternitve Sentencing violated civil rights of pre-trial Defendants

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Carson City DAS is Corrupt as hellEarlier we did a story on how the Carson City (as well as Douglas County) Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) is a fraud.

Here is an update to this DAS scandal: http://wp.me/p2cFpU-XC

Defendants under supervision by the Carson City, Nevada and/or Douglas County, Nevada DAS prior to July 01, 2013 were illegally deprived their Constitutional rights since DAS acted outside their jurisdiction pursuant to NRS 211A. Pre Trial Defendants were not defined as “Probationers” and DAS legally had no jurisdiction.

The 2013 Nevada Legislature passed SB101 which was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval and made effective July 01, 2013. SB101 was to protect their asses, however the law is not retroactive i.e. ex post facto.

We have discovered that many people, pre-trial Defendants,  who were awaiting a trial (pre trial release) were illegally supervised by DAS prior to July 01, 2013 may have civil recourse in the federal courts under Title 42, Section 1983 for civil rights violations against the DAS, the State, the Judge, the county and individuals for acting under the color of law outside their jurisdiction.

The leading case on this matter is United States v. Scott: Should a Pre-Trial Releasee Be Subject to Fourth Amendment Searches and Seizures Based on Probable Cause or Reasonable Suspicion?
By Gina M. Muccio

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the District of Nevada’s suppression of a shotgun and statements made by defendant, Raymond Lee Scott (Scott), as a violation of Scott’s Fourth Amendment rights.

The court held that the government may not conduct a search of an individual released while awaiting trial, based on less than probable cause even when his Fourth Amendment rights were waived as a condition of pre-trial release.

Judge TatroSENATE BILL NO. 101–SENATOR JAMES SETTELMEYER
FEBRUARY 11, 2013
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Referred to Committee on Judiciary
SUMMARY—Revises provisions relating to departments of
alternative sentencing. (BDR 16-464)
FISCAL NOTE: Effect on Local Government: No.
Effect on the State: No.
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EXPLANATION – Matter in bolded italics is new; matter between brackets [omitted material] is material to be omitted.
AN ACT relating to departments of alternative sentencing;
authorizing a department of alternative sentencing to
supervise certain persons who are released from custody
before trial or sentencing; and providing other matters
properly relating thereto.
Legislative Counsel’s Digest:
SENATOR JAMES SETTELMEYER1 Existing law authorizes the governing body of each county or city to create a department of alternative sentencing for the purposes of supervising certain persons convicted of misdemeanors and serving suspended sentences or terms of residential confinement. (Chapter 211A of NRS) This bill: (1) authorizes a department of alternative sentencing to supervise persons charged with or convicted of misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors or felonies who have been released from custody before trial or sentencing, subject to the conditions imposed by the court; and (2) provides that such persons are generally subject to the same statutory provisions as the other persons currently supervised by a department of alternative
sentencing.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, REPRESENTED IN
SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. NRS 211A.050 is hereby amended to read as
2 follows:
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More ethics violations charges filed against Carson City “Judge” John Tatro

Judge Tatro Corrupt as hellJohn Tatro you should give it up and resign now.

The original complaints filed against Carson City Judge Tatro (See: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/judicial-ethics-complaint-filed-against-carson-city-judge-john-tatro-by-ty-robben) were expanded to include new violations of the Judicial Canons , Civil Rights and U.S. Constitution.

Supplement to Case # 2023-059 Robben vs. Carson City Justice Court Judge John Tatro.

July 03, 2013

Judge Tatro continued to violate the Nevada Judicial Code of Conduct:

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A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety. Continue reading

Dramatic video as thousands clash with Egypt riot police in Cairo – Can this happen here?

Published on Jul 2, 2013 – Protestors have returned to the streets in Egypt to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi just one year after his democratic election. Isobel Coleman, CFR’s senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, highlights three things to know about the protests: Continue reading

Tribute to John Wayne The “Shootest”

Shootist_movie_posterFilmed in Carson City, Nevada – The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role.

Based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout (the son of the author) and Scott Hale, the film is about a dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with the least pain and the most dignity.johm wyane

The film co-stars Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Harry Morgan, and James Stewart. In 1977, The Shootist received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction (Robert F. Boyle, Arthur Jeph Parker), a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Actress (Lauren Bacall), and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor (Ron Howard), as well as the National Board of Review Award as one of the Top Ten Films of 1976.

Biography – John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, in 1907.

When he was a boy, his family moved West settling in Lancaster, California and later Glendale, California where he would come to be known as Duke.  Marion’s dog, an Airedale, was named Duke, and soon the local Glendale firefighters started calling Marion Duke, too.  Duke’s academic and athletic success at Glendale High led to a football scholarship at the University of Southern California (USC).John Wyane courage

A body surfing accident at Newport Beach cut short his promising athletic career, so the former tackle looked to studio work to help pay his tuition. In a film called The Big Trail, Marion Morrison became John Wayne, and the movie business – and the country – would never be the same.

John Wayne’s monumental film career spanned five decades.  He appeared in more than 175 films, more than a dozen directed by John Ford alone.  For an entire generation, he was Hollywood’s biggest and most durable box-office star. Incredibly versatile, Wayne starred in just about every genre Hollywood offered: war movies, romantic comedies, police dramas, histories. But it was the Western – the American cinema – where Wayne made his most lasting mark. He was nominated three times for the Academy Award, winning the Oscar for Best Actor in 1969 for True Grit. And his powerful performance in The Searchers has been singled out by filmmakers and actors alike as the greatest performance by an actor on film, ever.

jw usaIn 1964, John Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer and beat it, after a lung and several ribs were removed.  Fifteen years later he was again diagnosed with cancer — this time of the stomach – succumbing to the disease at age 72.  Posthumously, Wayne was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.  A year later, in 1980, President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.  Wayne is among only a handful of individuals who have received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

To this day, Wayne appears in the Harris Poll’s annual listings of America’s favorite movie stars, ranking third in the most recent Poll.  He has never been out of the top ten since the Poll’s inception.

In his honor, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) , founded in 1985 by Wayne’s children, is an organization that brings courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Since its founding, JWCF has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. The JWCF recently launched Team Duke, a fundraising effort for athletes of any level focused on a goal who want to fight cancer along the way.

2007 marks the 100th Anniversary of John Wayne’s Birth.  The year celebrates John Wayne’s incredible legacy as an international symbol and American icon.

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FBI Planned to Kill Occupy Leaders

bush-obama-imperialism-racism-genocide-colonialism-712x1024Murdering political activists is business as usual for ruthless ruling elite

Kurt Nimmo, Infowars.com, July 2, 2013

Occupy Wall Street was targeted due its popularity and the threat it posed to the elite and their financial system. Photo: Michael Fleshman

According to journalist David Lindorff, the FBI planned to assassinate the leaders of the now moribund Occupy movement “via suppressed sniper rifles.”

Lindorff cites a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Washington, DC-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

The redacted document obtained from the FBI in Houston states:

An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.

The FBI confirmed that the document is legitimate.democide

For the astute student of history – real history, not the massaged version proffered by the ruling elite – news of an FBI plot to murder political activists does not come as a surprise.

Recent history provides numerous examples, most notably during the 1960s and 1970s when the FBI’s COINTELPRO was in full swing.

“When congressional investigations, political trials, and other traditional legal modes of repression failed to counter the growing movements, and even helped to fuel them, the FBI and police moved outside the law,” writes Brian Glick in his book, War at Home. “They resorted to the secret and systematic use of fraud and force to sabotage constitutionally protected political activity. Their methods ranged far beyond surveillance, amounting to a home front version of the covert action for which the CIA has become infamous throughout the world.”

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New NSA Bombshell On The Way – Obama going after Snowden “To Intimidate Future Whistle Blowers”

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Ed Snowden NSA revelations has urged Americans to brace for yet another bombshell story in the near future.

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Appearing on Fox and Friends Tuesday, Greenwald told Eric Bolling that more revelations are forthcoming regarding “vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about that the NSA is engaged in without democratic accountability.” Continue reading

El Dorado County probation employees tired of workplace harassment

South Lake Tahoe Police watch

Chaotic could be one word to describe the El Dorado County Probation Department. Discriminatory, dysfunctional and secretive would be other words. “The kids aren’t the problem, management is,” said one person who recently severed ties with the department.
Kathryn Reed, Lake Tahoe News | July 1 2013

 probation… According to the people who spoke off the record with Lake Tahoe News, interim Chief Probation Officer Vince Janette is one of the harassers…

At first Janette said, “I’d rather not comment” – in response to whether he applied to be the chief permanently. Then he added, “I will not be our next chief.”

When Sly was asked to explain what is really going on today at probation, he emailed LTN, “Current direction from the CAO and County Counsel is that all media questions are referred to them. Therefore, I need to refer you to their offices.”

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Abandon Pressure Cooker Closes Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe for 2 hours

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The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad responded and destroyed the devise with a type of water cannon. Once the device was rendered safe, it was determined to be an industrial sized electronic rice cooker which contained food.
South Lake Tahoe Police Department | July 2 2013

On Sunday, June 30, just before 7 p.m. the South Lake Tahoe 91lakeview commons beach1 Center received a report of an abandon pressure cooker on the ground at the Lakeview Commons located at Lakeview Avenue and U.S. 50. This call was just prior to the conclusion of the Race the Lake of the Sky paddle board event, which took place at the Lakeview Commons.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department, with the assistance of Race the Lake of the Sky security and event staff, cleared the immediate area. SLTPD was forced to divert Higvhway 50 traffic around the area of Lakeview Commons to ensure public safety…

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