There are many laws in Nevada that may sound ridiculous, old-fashioned or incredibly stupid, but we cannot find one that clearly says that one has to take their shoes off to enter the courthouse.

Nevada SucksThere are many laws in Nevada that may sound ridiculous, old-fashioned or incredibly stupid, but we cannot find one that clearly says that one has to take their shoes off to enter the courthouse.
In fact, if that was a law on the books of Nevada, the Federal Courthouse would be enforcing it strictly the same way that they ask to see a photo ID in order for one to enter the building, even if the “photo ID” could be a “funny” one.
There’s the story of a member of the Las Vegas Tribune editorial team who made a “mistake” when asked to show a photo ID; the rent-a-cop at the door of the Federal Courthouse did not specify what type of ID, but simply a photo ID, and the person showed his media pass issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
At that time, the guard — having the same nasty attitude that most of those rent-a-cops display while exercising their $10-an-hour-job authority — told the reporter, “Com’ on! Show me something real!” to which the Las Vegas Tribune representative responded, “I apologize. Ithought you asked me for a photo ID, not the specific ID of your
pleasure; here is one I just bought last week at the swap meet for $80.00. I did not realize that your dislike for Metro is so bad that you choose a possible fake ID instead of a Metro-issued ID.”
The frustration of those rent-a-cops for not being able to become police officers is so obvious that they take their frustration out on those who visit the courthouse.
There are many strange and ridiculous laws in Nevada, but forcing small business to go through getting two business licenses when sometimes the small business cannot even afford one is another way to steal money from small businesses and those who want to live the American Dream of owning their own business, but there is no law for
anyone to point out when you ask the business licensing personnel where to find that law; they simply cannot answer or point out the law.
Among some of those laws are those in Nevada that are so old that not even government officials are aware of them. Here are some of those laws:
—Sex without a condom is considered illegal.
—In Elko, everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.
—In Eureka, men who have mustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
—In Las Vegas, it is against the law to pawn your dentures.
—In Nyala, a man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at one period during the day.
But these laws are on the books still and anyone can find and point to them at any given time, but everyone takes these so-called laws for granted and no one questions them.
It is a fact that arguing with cops, a marshal, or even those rent-a-cops at the courthouse is a losing proposition because even if others feel that a person is right they cannot afford to take sides with an outsider and face retaliation from their co-workers.
Las Vegas Tribune has been very proud of the marshals at the Courthouse for years, and believes that with a few exceptions of some new to the job, the newspaper has commended the job done by those men and women in uniform at the courthouse, who are far different that the marshals at the Family Court.
While the marshals at the Regional Justice Center have the intelligence to realize that not all people walking into the building are criminals, even if they are accused of a crime, it may be their first time in court and they may be nervous or perhaps scared; the marshals at the Regional Justice Center know that some people go to the courthouse as a witness, as a victim, or just to give someone moral support. Most of them, as former police officers from other jurisdictions, have experience and the ability to read other people’s minds and treat everyone with respect and professionalism second to none, without lowering their guard when it comes to doing their job well.
Las Vegas Tribune has been covering the courthouse for more than eighteen years and never has had a problem with the marshals at the gate.
Once in a great while some marshals working directly for the judges take personally any criticism that the newspaper may have written about the judge they work for and sometime they take the judge’s “fight” on for themselves, and even if they always had a decent relationship with this newspaper, they become the enemy of reporters
or writers that write about “MY” judges as they often refer to the judges they work for, as though that judge is their own property.
Last week one Las Vegas Tribune official had a confrontation with one of those “rent-a-cops at the Regional Justice Center when the reporter refused to walk without shoes on the dirty floor.
The newspaper has written about this same issue a few times before because women have the advantage of being able to wear sandals and do not have to take their shoes off (even if they may have an invisible explosive device in the strings of their sandals), but men are forced to walk barefoot on the dirty floor of the courthouse.
Everyone at the Las Vegas Tribune is encouraged, and has been told, to follow the orders of the courthouse and to respect the marshals’ position while entering the building, and if anything becomes an issue, to come back to the office and let us handle it because we feel that it is our duty to cooperate and show an example so others entering the Regional Justice Center already upset, do not become inflamed by one of us.
However, this courthouse rent-a-cop was out of line, rude, disrespectful and unprofessional because there was no one behind the Las Vegas Tribune member, and while he was talking to other marshals,
he was putting his shoes on so he did not have to walk on the dirty floor. The rent-a-cop went above his work duties and engaged in a war of words with the Las Vegas Tribune representative.
That makes us wonder: Where is the law that says that citizens have to take their shoes off to enter the Regional Justice Center? Even their counterparts at the federal building do not ask the visitors to take their shoes off.
Maybe we need to pursue it by asking the city council where it’s written that one cannot even apply for a city business license without a state business license.
Maybe we need to ask Sheriff Joe Lombardo to ask the rent-a-cops at the federal building why a driver’s license issued by an appointee of the governor can be a better identification than a police department photo ID with the signature of the elected Sheriff.
Maybe it is time to ask the court administrator and even the Chief Judge why they have to hire rent-a-cops while they have many professional marshals with law experience and many retired professional police officers looking for a job. Why waste that money on rent-a-cops? Are they paying a favor back to some influential friend by hiring their rent-a-cop to give the court a bad name?
If it is a law, then show us the law…



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