A Clark County grand jury Tuesday began hearing evidence against longtime Republican activist Tony Dane in an alleged extortion plot against a Nevada assemblyman.
Chief Deputy District Attorney J.P. Raman and Las Vegas police Detective William Schoen, the lead investigator in the case, showed up outside the grand jury room shortly before 1:30 p.m.
Schoen, a member of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Section, was the lone witness.
Other witnesses — including the alleged victim of the scheme, Assemblyman Chris Edwards, R-Las Vegas — are expected to be called to the grand jury over the next several weeks.
Attorney David Otto, who represents Dane, said his client plans to fight any indictment.
“It won’t surprise me if the grand jury indicts Mr. Dane only because they’ll do anything the prosecutor tells them to do,” Otto said. “The burden of proof is extremely low in a grand jury. If a true bill comes, we will defend the case on the facts and the evidence, and I believe we will prevail.”