Corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo and his butt-buddy Mark Krueger denied judgeship in Douglas County!!!

Three Finalists Selected For Opening In Ninth Judicial District

neil-rombardo1The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection today named three nominees to fill an open seat in the Ninth Judicial District Court, Department 2, made vacant by the selection of Judge Michael Gibbons to the Nevada Court of Appeals.

The nominees were selected following interviews by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection February 24 and 25 in Carson City. The names and applications of the finalists have been sent to Governor Brian Sandoval, who will appoint a new judge from the list.

The Commission’s three nominees for the open seat, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Thomas W. Gregory, 45, Genoa, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Douglas R. Rands, 56, Reno, Rands, South and Gardner
  • David F. Sarnowski, 62, Carson City, Carson City Justice and Municipal Court

A total of 13 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancy. Applicants had to be Nevada attorneys with two years of residency and 10 years of legal experience.

Selection Process Was Open To The Public

As has been the rule since 2007, the Commission’s interviews were open to the public. A public comment period was provided to the public at the start of  the interview schedule and before the deliberations and voting on the selection of the nominees.mark-krueger-is-corrupt

In selecting the nominees, the Commission considered the applicants’ interviews along with information in comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct.  The Commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

The applications of the nominees, with the exceptions of medical records and personal identification information, are available on the Supreme Court of Nevada website at:http://www.nevadajudiciary.us/index.php/judicialselection.
Commission On Judicial Selection

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of 7 permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.  Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a non-attorney by the Governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the Commission membership to nine.

The Commission members are:

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty, Chair.
  • Valerie Cooney, Carson City, past executive director of Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (State Bar appointee)
  • Jeffrey Gilbert, Henderson, veteran gaming executive (Governor appointee)
  • Jesse Gutierrez, Sparks, former executive director of Nevada Hispanic Services (Governor appointee)
  • Gregory Kamer, Las Vegas, with Kamer Zucker Abbott (State Bar appointee)
  • Jasmine Mehta, Carson City, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (State Bar appointee)
  • Leslie M. Williams, Schurz, Administrative Assistant for Washoe County Senior Services (Governor appointee)
  • Justina Alyce Caviglia, Minden, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, (Temporary member)
  • Judy Keele, Gardnerville (Temporary member)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

State Court Administrator Robin Sweet
Administrative Office of the Courts
775-684-1717

 

Genoa resident only Douglas attorney among judge finalists

Tom Gregory

Tom Gregory

Carson City, Nev. — Only one Douglas County resident made the final cut in the search for Judge Michael Gibbons’ replacement on Wednesday.

Douglas County prosecutor Tom Gregory, 45, was selected by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection, along with Reno resident Douglas Rands and Carson City resident David Sarnowski.

All three names will go to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who will make the final decision.

There is no requirement that the appointee live in Douglas County, but if someone out of the county is selected, they must move here.

A total of 13 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancy. Applicants had to be Nevada attorneys with two years of residency and 10 years of legal experience.

The Commission’s interviews were open to the public. A public comment period was provided at the start of the interview schedule and before the deliberations and voting on the selection of the nominees.

In selecting the nominees, the commission considered the applicants’ interviews along with information in comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct. The commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

The applications of the nominees, with the exceptions of medical records and personal identification information, are available on the Supreme Court of Nevada website at:http://www.nevadajudiciary.us/index.php/judicialselection.

The commission is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three nonattorneys appointed by the governor and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.

Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a nonattorney by the governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the Commission membership to nine.

The Commission members are:

Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty, Chair.

Valerie Cooney, Carson City, past executive director of Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (State Bar appointee)

Jeffrey Gilbert, Henderson, veteran gaming executive (Governor appointee)

Jesse Gutierrez, Sparks, former executive director of Nevada Hispanic Services (Governor appointee)

Gregory Kamer, Las Vegas, with Kamer Zucker Abbott (State Bar appointee)

Jasmine Mehta, Carson City, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (State Bar appointee)

Leslie M. Williams, Schurz, Administrative Assistant for Washoe County Senior Services (Governor appointee)

Justina Alyce Caviglia, Minden, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, (Temporary member)

Judy Keele, Gardnerville (Temporary member)

Finalist Biographies

Thomas W. Gregory, 45, has worked for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office since January 2007. He was promoted to chief deputy district attorney in the criminal division in 2009.

During 2014, Gregory processed three murder cases, including the Tatiana Leibel murder trial, which resulted in a conviction earlier this month. In his application, he said he developed a protocol for telephonic search warrants.

Before coming to the district attorney’s office, Gregory, a native Nevadan, was in private practice for four years in Reno. He served as a deputy district attorney in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2003. He also served in the White Pine County District Attorney’s Office.

Gregory clerked for district judges Tom Perkins and Gibbons.

He is a 1987 graduate of Douglas High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of the Pacific. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1994. During law school he worked for Noel Manoukian his first summer and for U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben in the second.

Gregory said arguing the case of Meisler v. State was one of the most enjoyable in his career.

He is married to attorney Cynthea Gregory, who is in the civil division of the District Attorney’s Office. His parents are Minden residents Darlene and Jerry Gregory.

Douglas R. Rands, 56, has been a partner in the law firm Rands, South and Gardner for the past 17 years. He is a 26-year Nevada resident.

He had previously worked for the law firm Perry and Spann for nine years. He left to form his own firm.

He graduated from Union Endicott High School in New York in 1977. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1984. He graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in the top third of his class in 1987.

He was admitted to the state bars of Nevada and Utah in 1988.

According to his application, 90 percent of his litigation over the past five years has been civil.

He listed Palmer v. Del Webb’s High Sierra as his most significant case, which was his first argument before the Nevada Supreme Court. It was an appeal of a decision rendered by Douglas County District Judge Norm Robison, who held the seat Rands is now seeking.

In his statement, Rands said his wife is looking forward to moving to Douglas County.

David F. Sarnowski, 62, is not currently practicing law, but serves as a part-time justice of the peace and municipal court judge in Carson City.

Sarnowski served as executive director of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline and the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics for 11 years, retiring in 2013 after 32 years of state service. He’d served with the Nevada Attorney General’s office for 18 years. He was chief deputy attorney general of the criminal division until 2002.

He is a native Nevadan and a 1970 graduate of Mineral County High School. He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University in California. He received his law degree in 1981 from Santa Clara University Law School.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Nevada Army National Guard retiring after 30 years with the rank of colonel. Sarnowski was admitted to the state

He received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2000. He also served as the commander of the Capitol American Legion Post for three years.

His most significant case was Robert Michenfelder v. Sumner before the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the mid-1980s.

Sarnowski defended Nevada Department of Prisons employees in the case.

Carson City District Attorney-Elect Jason Woodbury on Wednesday announced he will appoint Kristin Luis to be Assistant District Attorney.

kristin lewis carson city assistant DA

Kristin Lewis Carson City assistant DA

CARSON CITY — Carson City District Attorney-Elect Jason Woodbury on Wednesday announced he will appoint Kristin Luis to be Assistant District Attorney.

“Kristin embodies every principle I want the D.A.’s office to reflect,” said Woodbury. “She’s honest. Her judgment is sensible and consistent. And she’s the hardest working person I’ve ever known.”

Luis presently serves as the Juvenile Court Special Master and Discovery Commissioner for the First Judicial District Court, a position to which she was appointed in 2010. She’s a graduate of the University of Nevada and Gonzaga University, School of Law.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of the last four years, largely due to the dedication of the people I work with,” said Luis. “It’s difficult to leave, but I’m proud of our achievements and know that I am leaving the Juvenile Court in the best hands possible. I appreciate the exciting opportunity to serve our community as Assistant District Attorney,” said Luis.

Luis was a deputy district attorney with the Carson City District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2010. Prior to that, she worked with Scott Freeman, now a District Judge, and David Houston, a prominent criminal defense attorney in Reno.

Woodbury added, “I worked with Kristin from 2000 to 2003, and everybody knew then she was someone very special. There’s no one I’d rather have helping to lead the District Attorney’s office.”

Luis will begin her new assignment in January.

Washoe DA-elect Chris Hicks announces leadership staff

Washoe DA Dirty Dick Gammick and his replacement Chris Hicks.

Washoe County’s incoming District Attorney announced his new leadership team Wednesday.

Chris Hicks, who ran unopposed for district attorney this election, announced longtime prosecutor Bruce Hahn as his choice for assistant district attorney, replacing John Helzer.

Helzer served as assistant DA to Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick since 1995, when Gammick first took office.

“I worked alongside Bruce for years and I know his professionalism, his commitment to criminal justice and his experience in the trenches,” Hicks said.

Hahn and Hicks will be sworn in on Jan. 5.

Hahn said Gammick was more than proficient in his role as district attorney, but he did say the county could notice a difference in one way.

“I anticipate the county seeing a new level of energy and zeal,” said Hahn, who started as a prosecutor in Washoe County in 1994. “When I think of Chris, he’s a young man, a lot of energy and a lot of ideas. I’m happy to help him implement that in any way I can.”

Paul Lipparelli will be retained as assistant district attorney of the civil division, a position he’s held for six years.

“Dick Gammick put together a great team of professionals and staff,” Hicks said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “I am fortunate to inherit such a great office and I look forward to building on that foundation.”

The DA’s office has 167 employees and 60 attorneys.

Meet the new boss …Same as the old boss? Who is Adriana Fralick Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Civil Division of the Carson City District Attorney’s office?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaempfer Crowell - Jason D. Woodbury

Carson City DA Jason D. Woodbury

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

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

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the songI’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled againThe change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next warI’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
No, no!I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Are now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

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

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

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

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

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

Adriana Guzman Fralick bio

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

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

    Adriana Fralick

  • District: 2

Age: 43

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

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

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

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

Political party affiliation: Republican

Website: http://www.adrianafralick.com

Questions:

How would you improve graduation rates state-wide?

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

What is the most important school issue facing your district?

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

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

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

Letter: Former Carson City DA supports Woodbury

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

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

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

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

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

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAWYERING UP

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

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

Almost comical was Kruger stating that Woodbury seemed to be running against Neil Rombardo instead of him. Perhaps hoping that none of us will remember that it was Rombardo’s letter to the Appeal defending Kruger that gives the appearance of Kruger not running his own race. To his credit, most of the personnel issues occurred prior to Kruger’s tenure; however, Kruger’s website is bereft of substance that he can call his own.

On the subject of poor relations between the DA’s office and Public Defender’s office, both spoke to the importance of improvement. Under Rombardo, Kruger may well have been unable to change much and he’s spoken little to the issue. In contrast, Woodbury believes this is a problem which needs addressing and intends to do so.

While Kruger talked of improved cohesiveness within the DA’s office due to training efforts and a team approach to legal work, Woodbury still sees room for improvement. Woodbury also mentioned the need to provide sound legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, something that has obviously been lacking in recent contracts.

Being relatively evenly matched for legal experience though from different sides of the aisle, both have the skills to do the job. Having said that, Kruger seemed focused on finding fault with Woodbury while Woodbury spoke to the issues of the DA’s office though still noting improvements under Rombardo’s leadership.

In the conclusion, the Appeal objectively offered no differences or choice between the candidates. While one (Kruger) represents the perspective of a longtime government prosecutor, the other (Woodbury) comes from private practice in hopes of bringing positive change to Carson City. Even if motivation was the only factor, a candidate that wants change versus one that focuses on personalities makes this an easy choice.

4 THOUGHTS ON “LAWYERING UP”

WALTER OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 8:42 PM
Although much of the turnover in the DA’s office took place before Krueger came, many employees have left since Krueger has been on board. I would challenge anyone to show me an instance where a young attorney just starting out can go to the AGs office and make more money in that office, as opposed to working for a county or city. Anyone in public service, and especially for the state, knows working for a county or city usually brings better pay and benefits. I think Krueger botched that explanation.

Krueger and Rombardo seem to be a package deal. To me, it seems as if Rombardo should have ran for re-election if he was so concerned about who his successor was going to be. Maybe Rombardo now realizes getting a job in this competitive job market isn’t so easy and is hopeful Krueger will win it all else fails. His constant campaigning for Krueger makes you wonder.

If Krueger really was about change and making his own way, he would encourage Rombardo to refrain from the negative campaigning and name calling on his behalf. Personally, the mudslinging turns me off. I’d like to know who Krueger and Rombardo get along with in their profession on a daily basis. From reading the local papers as the campaign season has progressed, the DA’s office has trouble getting along with other entities, and Woodbury’s endorsements support this view. The carson city Sheriff’s supervisory association has endorsed Woodbury, along with many of the private attorneys and defense attorneys in the area. Rombardo and Krueger seem to have adverse relationships with most except themselves. I don’t see how they are able to get anything done if they can’t work together with others. Maybe such is the reason for the high turnover rate in the office? Again, makes you wonder.

Krueger has done little to separate himself from Rombardo, which leads me to believe Rombardo is controlling Krueger’s campaign to some extent.

Woodbury has listed his endorsement on his webpage. Many of us are still waiting to hear who has endorsed Krueger. Maybe instead of being so negative in his campaign pitch, Krueger should tell us who his endorsements are and how he will do things differently than what he’s done over the last 2 years.
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YAHOO OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 8:59 PM
Before Neil Rombardo became DA, Noel Waters was DA in Carson City for 21 years. He hired both Neil Rombardo and Jason Woodbury to be deputy DA’s under his watch. I read a letter in the opinion section of carsonnow.org that Mr. Waters wrote in support of Jason Woodbury for DA. He had some shocking information regarding both Rombardo and Krueger. I would encourage anyone on the fence about who to vote for in this election to read what Mr. Waters wrote.

Krueger isn’t the great attorney he claims to be, and Mr. Waters uses court cases and hard facts to confirm this.

In contrast, Rombardo, on the same blog, wrote a letter in favor of a Krueger where he really showed his true colors. He had no supporting documents or facts to support his claims. It seems as if neither Rombardo or a Krueger has any respect for anyone but themselves. They have attacked any and everyone they could, including Carson Tahoe hospital, the Public Defender’s Office, and other Woodbury endorsers, to make Woodbury look bad. Maybe these guys don’t get it. If they attack everyone out there, it doesn’t leave very many votes left for Krueger.
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CC POLITICS OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 9:54 PM
The letters in the above comment can be found here:

http://carsonnow.org/reader-content/10/15/2014/letter-former-carson-city-da-supports-woodbury

http://carsonnow.org/reader-content/10/10/2014/letter-victims-should-be-priority-when-selecting-district-attorney
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THOMAS W. OCTOBER 16, 2014 AT 4:33 AM
After reading Rombardo’s letter supporting Krueger for DA, it seemed like it was more emotion driven than anything else. I guess I expected a better piece of writing from a sitting DA, and especially Rombardo since he comes across as overly confident in himself and his abilities. The letter seemed hurried, and not proof-read due to the grammatical and punctuation errors I observed throughout the piece. Maybe Rombardo should have taken more time to write a more clear and concise support letter, especially since his main goal seemed to be putting the letter out there for public consumption.

Many might say the letter was rushed, thus the reason for the rant-filled content. I beg to differ. Anyone following the David Stone trial (the trial Krueger just prosectuted and got a conviction for last Friday evening minutes before Rombardo posted his letter) knows the verdict came back and was given roughly between 6:30-7:00 PM on Friday October,10. Rombardo’s letter was posted to Carsonnow.org on the same date at 7:19 PM, some 30-45 minutes AFTER the verdict was given. That leads me to believe the letter was already prepared and ready to go, even befotr the verdict was given. So, a premeditated support letter for Krueger from his current boss, and that is the best penmanship Rombardo could display. Wow. Just wow.

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You know there is a problem when the administrators remove, edit or disable user comments that are relevant.

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Without Board of Supervisors knowledge, Carson City DA pays Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger to defend against lawsuits filed by Ty Robben
The Carson City DA who also over sees the city’s civil legal matters hired Reno based Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger see thorndal.com without the approval of the Carson City board of supervisors.

In the past, an agenda item was placed on the BOS agenda and voted on. See minutes from 2001 where money was approved by the BOS for Thorndal here: http://www.carson.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2719

FBI protest carson city courts

law-firm-thorndal-armstrong-delk-balkenbush-eisinger-a-professional-corporation-photo-1068674Carson City Taxpayers are now on the hook for possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees as the fat lawyers at Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger suck off the pubic tit for more money.

Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo and Assistant DA Mark Krueger have circumvented the rules and laws to hire Reno law firm Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger to defend against civil lawsuits filed by Ty Robben. corruption

Normally, the DA who also handles civil matters for Carson City as well as criminal matters, would have to get approval from the Carson City Board of Supervisors. In this case, the DA office completely bypassed the approval and expenditure of public money.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors includes: Mayor Robert Crowell, Ward 1 Karen Abowd, Ward 2 Brad Bonkowski, Ward 3 John McKenna, Ward 4 Jim Shirk

See the related story:

On Your Side: City of Reno spends thousands on legal fees without council approval

Mark Krueger seems to be removing and disabling dissenting opinions on his You Tube and blogs… Krueger will not answer how much money was wasted on retaliatory legal action against Ty Robben and the Carson City Board of Supervisors (“BOS”) open meetings violations and how much  the Carson City taxpayers are paying the Reno law firm Thorndal, Armstrong, Delk, Balkenbush & Eisinger (“Thorndal”) which is estimated it the $10’s to $100’s of thousands of dollars. No BOS approval or oversight. The Carson City DA handles both criminal and civil matters for Carson City as Mark Krueger explains in the video. Here, the DA under Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger’s watch, the have circumvented the BOS and are paying an outside law firm Thorndal potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars. This seems to also be a violation of the Nevada “Open Meetings Law” that Krueger’s competitor Jason Woodbury keeps saying is so important, along with transparency in the DA office.

On the transparency note, the Carson City DA office has refused to provide insight into their budget to allow for transparency! This seems to violate the Nevada “public records act”…

So there you go, one big epicenter of corruption in the Carson City DA office.

Mark Krueger appears on David Houston’s television show: Lawyers, Guns & Money

…Mark Krueger turned off the You Tube comments

Here are some comments from the new website called Carson City Politics

mark kruegerSEPTEMBER 30, 2014
A CASE FOR A LAWYER
by CC POLITICS
“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” –Charles Dickens

Last night, the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada hosted another “debate” forum, this time for the candidates for Carson City District Attorney. Mark Kruger, currently a Deputy District Attorney, and Jason Woodbury, coming out of private practice to run for the first time for public office. Attendance was light and with only two candidates on deck, the session was over rather quickly. The League, once again, demonstrated that it knows how to get things done and this forum was no exception. Continue reading

CARSON CITY DA BLOWS IT AGAIN: Nevada Supreme Court upholds dismissal child sex case; critical of Carson City DA’s office

incompNevada Supreme Court upholds dismissal child sex case; critical of Carson City DA’s office Tuesday upheld the dismissal of child sex assault charges against Jeffrey Volosin.

District Attorney Neil Rombardo said his office would appeal the ruling by the three-judge panel, asking for an en banc hearing before all seven justices.

Volosin was charged in Dec., 2012 with 10 counts of sexual assault and two counts of lewdness with a child under age 14.

The victims, sisters, were both under age 10 when the alleged abuse began.

The Public Defender’s office challenged the charges saying the criminal information didn’t give a reasonable amount of detail as to when the crimes occurred for Volosin to defend himself against the charges.

The justices agreed saying exact times and places for the alleged assaults aren’t necessary but some indication of a time line of incidents is so the defendant can prepare a defense.

While the prosecution argued that time is not an element of the crime, District Judge James Wilson agreed the charges were so vague they violated the defendant’s 6th Amendment right to be informed of the nature of the actions against him and his 14th Amendment right to due process.

He gave the prosecutors time to file an amended set of charges but no new information was ever filed so Wilson dismissed the case with prejudice.

The DA’s office appealed but on Tuesday, the high court affirmed Wilson’s ruling, criticizing the prosecution for failing to properly investigate the case before filing any charges.

The charges originated from a separate investigation in South Lake Tahoe that turned up allegations the two girls were abused while living in Carson City. The report said the abuse continued from ages 7-9 in one case and from 6-15 in the other case.

Volosin faces an 11-count complaint filed by the El Dorado County District Attorney charging similar crimes including lewdness with a child and sex acts with a person under 16. He’s scheduled for a court appearance on those charges Oct. 27 in South Lake Tahoe.

California investigators turned the report over to the Carson City Sheriff’s Department but, according to the Supreme Court order, “the Carson City District Attorney appears to have filed the (charges) without performing any independent investigation.”

The situation was further complicated by the fact that, by the time the allegations surfaced, the girls were 18 and 15 years old.

“The entire investigation was performed by a California detective investigating crimes that occurred in his jurisdiction,” the decision states. “Any crimes that occurred in Carson City were not the focus of the California investigation.”

“Of particular note in this case is the glaring absence of an investigation into the abuse allegations by the state,” the ruling states adding Carson City investigators “failed to even interview the victims.”

“We conclude that the district court correctly held that the state’s charging document must allege sufficiently precise time frames to provide adequate notice to defendants,” the order concludes.

Rombardo said he believes the court “missed a significant issue.”

“The victims did testify at a preliminary hearing so why do we need an investigation by Nevada officials,” he asked.

Rombardo said he doesn’t understand why it would be necessary for Nevada investigators to interview the two girls, especially since, he said, interviewing the alleged victims again and again raises other legal issues.

“There’s case law out there through the United States federal court that if you question a child too much about this sort of thing, you’re basically leading the child to make these statements,” he said.

He said the final decision is up to the court, “but we’re at least going to ask them to consider that.”

The decision was written by Justices Kris Pickering, Ron Parraguirre and Nancy Saitta.

Corrupt Carson City DA candidate Mark Krueger, if elected, to hire current embattled DA Neil Rombardo as Assistant DA?

neil rombardo is corrupt

I will be broke, no more bribes, so I need Mark to hire me as his assistant to keep the scheme going an to make sure my corruption is not found out by Jason Woodbury who may turn around and charge me under the RICO act. I’ll miss havign sex with my employees too… Now everyone know thanks to the interenets and google. Shit people google my name and see I had anal sex with a former deputy DA and then my wife divorced me. God damn. Now the blogs and all that shit. Fuck.

Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected.

mark krueger

Neil is my BFF, I love him and I want to make sure he has a job to support his meth addiction. You know we get access to the “evidence vault” and poor Neil will be dope sick and unemployed.

Original Story with comments here: http://www.carsoncitypolitics.com/district-attorney/dull-dirt/

What a desperate attempt by Mark Krueger and Neil Rombardo to try and win votes in the upcoming election for District Attorney. How about doing some real work over there. I don’t see how these two guys ever made it to their current positions. The Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for giving these two guys the time of the day. Jason Woodbury should stand up and call these guys out for all of their buffoonery. Neil Rombardo is the biggest joke of a DA I think Nevada has ever witnessed.

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WAYNE SMITH
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 12:54 AM
These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

I think Rombardo and Krueger together have made a mockery of the DA’s office and justice being served here in Carson City. Did anyone catch the pathetic misuse of taxpayer dollars at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting? Two months before the election, Rombardo and Krueger roll out this DAWG program, which provides a therapy dog to victims of “crimes of secrecy” as Krueger stated. Krueger stated that the Carson City DAs Office is the first prosecutorial entity in Nevada to use such a dog. He must have not done his research. Washoe County Juvenile Detention has been using a therapy dog for quite some time so Krueger’s assertion is incorrect. I’d like to see the research he’s on therapy dogs since he says he done quite a bit. His message sure wasn’t too convincing. I don’t doubt that having a therapy dog to comfort victims of crime is a good thing. However, considering the timing and the two people pushing this program, I don’t see it as nothing more but free campaign time. Rombardo seems to want Krueger to win really bad, and Krueger seems like he will do or say anything to become DA. Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected. I personally am beginning to wonder if such is true. If this is the direction that justice is headed in our community, shame on the supervisors for supporting such silly and ales serving programs.

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THOMAS WHITE
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 2:10 AM
These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

I would really like some information about the District Attorney’s race. Since your website is providing information regarding the politics in Carson City, this may be the forum that lets individuals freely (while respectfully) voice their opinions and knowledge about those running for election. I don’t think the citizens really understand and are aware of the constant turnover at the DA’s office under the current administration. It would be good to know about the past dealings of each candidate. I hear that the current assistant DA, Mark Krueger, actually sued his own board of County Commissioners during his time as Assistant DA in Lyon County because they refused to give employees in the DAs office a pay raise, although wages had been frozen for every County employee, regardless of department. Krueger has also run for Justice of the Peace and District Court Judge in Carson City and lost. I am not sure of his motive to become DA, other than to be in a position of power. I just think that some of these issues need to be brought to light so that voters can make a well informed decision come election time.

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BOB GARY
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 2:12 AM
These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

Does Krueger plan on keeping Rombardo on his staff if he were to become DA? Many people would like to know this. Maybe “author” can look into this. Rombardo probably doesnt have anything lined up so the voters should know if Krueger would look out for his current boss or not.

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YAHOO
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 7:00 PM
My observations- Krueger is going to the media for every case outcome and sentence the DA’s office is involved with. It looks like a last ditch effort to get the people to vote for him. I don’t think Krueger should get any kudos because the outcomes of these cases are what they are. Doesn’t take much skill to convict someone who walks into a restaraunt and pulls out a gun in front of a group of customers.How about letting the public know who your endorsements are and how you will do things different than what Rombardo has, Krueger.

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SHERRY JONES
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 8:06 PM
I couldn’t help but notice that the Nevada appeal reported the Olive Garden story and didn’t mention Krueger’s name. Almost seems as if Kruger didn’t like how the story was reported and so he reached out to carsonnow.org. I think it’s funny that his way of campaigning consists of just reposting every “free” media story to his campaign page.

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MICHAEL JOHNSON
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 AT 6:55 AM
I too would like to know what these candidates are doing out in the community. I have researched both candidates and I was able to see that Woodbury is out and about going door to door and attending many events so that the public can get a better understanding of him and the job he plans to do if elected our next DA. Woodbury just seems to put more effort into his campaign, and seems to have support from a variety of people.

Krueger, on the other hand, seems to not be doing much. As some in the community have stated, he seems to be using his current position to grab attention. Going to the board of supervisors and to the media to push his campaign seems to be his norm. I am just calling it like I see it. As a voter, I have no clue of what he is doing on the campaign trail. I was speaking with someone who knows Krueger and was told he likes to play the “gotcha” game. When I asked what that meant, I was told that Krueger is the type who will do stuff in secret so that if he doesnt get the outcome he is looking for, he can downplay his efforts.

I guess I’d like to know if he is going door to door. Did he attend the Democratic “meet the candidates” gig a fee a sundays ago? Who in the community supports him?

Anyone who follows the current happenings in the local courts are aware of the problems at the DAs office. Even the author of this site can verify that there are staffing probelms and high turnover there. If what I am posting seems like an attack on Krueger, it isn’t. I just want honest and truthful information from both candidates. I have seen too many times where candidates have given little effort when campaigning, and I dont think being elected DA is a job that should be obtained by giving minimal effort. So, I ask that both candidates just give the voters more infromation.

I hope Krueger reads this site because maybe he can respond to my concerns. I would hope he proceeds to let us all know what efforts he is engaging in because as it stands now, the media updates to his campaign and facebook page with the Neil Rombardo likes for things he is SUPPOSED to be doing in his current position just aren’t convincing enough.

DULL AS DIRT

The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

In the blue and white corner, candidate Mark Krueger, currently employed in our fair city and listed on the DA’s website as the Chief of the Criminal Division. Krueger’s election website states that he is the Assistant District Attorney with prior stints as ADA for Lyon County, Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, and Clerk under Judge William Maddox. Krueger obtained his law degree in 1998.  Krueger’s website reads like a year old copy of “Forbes” in your doctor’s waiting room and lacks anything of substance in the issues department.  These things you say you will do, you should already be doing.

Wearing shades of rust and gold, is Jason Woodbury who’s website simply states “I am running for Carson City District Attorney because I want the job.” Woodbury was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1998 and clerked under Judge Michael Griffen before coming to the Carson City DA’s Office in 1999, where he worked in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Woodbury went into private practice approximately 10 years ago, working in both civil litigation and criminal defense. Notably, Woodbury claims to want to run a “principled campaign” and thus far has avoided controversy.  His “issues” web page likewise lacks substance in what we could expect if Woodbury is elected though he sports a healthy set of endorsements from a wide range of supporters.

If you hadn’t seen the campaign signs, you’d hardly know there was a race. Last week’s dog show at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting was hardly a capstone to good policy in the DA’s office, but there have been no horrendous defeats either. There are no shortages of campaign issues in any race amongst Carson City politicians and the DA’s office is no exception. However, with so little time left before the election, it’s doubtful that we will see real differences in these candidates. Voter concerns abound but thus far have failed to produce substantive cause to vote either way.

Mark Krueger loses debate for Carson City DA gig – Jason Woodbury leads race for next DA

A CASE FOR A LAWYER

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” –Charles Dickens

Last night, the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada hosted another “debate” forum, this time for the candidates for Carson City District Attorney. Mark Kruger, currently a Deputy District Attorney, and Jason Woodbury, coming out of private practice to run for the first time for public office. Attendance was light and with only two candidates on deck, the session was over rather quickly. The League, once again, demonstrated that it knows how to get things done and this forum was no exception.

The DA Actions Starts here: http://youtu.be/-Xi9Zmdg5Mg?t=16m27s

Introductions began with Woodbury outlining his background which you’ve already seen here, and then proceeded to his top three issues: Retention of high quality personnel and the high personnel turnover rate at the DA’s office which he believes is indicative of larger issues; delayed prosecutions for which he would “claim ownership” and only grant delays when absolutely necessary; and lastly renew and strictly adhere to the Open Meeting Law.

Kruger also provided his background and outlined his recent trial history and attributes. His three issues were: Expand victim witness programs including the recently touted dog program; decried Woodbury’s backing by defense attorneys who he claimed were responsible for the delays in trials; and then never really got to a third point while rambling over topics like services and saving taxpayers money. If this event were scored, the majority of points would have to go to Woodbury. His delivery was forceful, his points clear, and he provided specific measures he would implement to fix issues both candidates identified.

Kruger’s delivery was less confident and concise, though his experience as a trial attorney was clearly evident. One felt as if the audience was a jury and he was making closing arguments on a weak case.

When it came to audience questions, the first focused on the significant delays in child cases requiring victims to tell their story repeatedly. The author pointed to the Washoe County advocate programs as a successful model. Kruger claimed extensive experience with child abuse cases and with child advocacy programs but stated it requires a community effort and he would “reach out to the community” for this type of support. Woodbury stated that “we need to be realistic on what to expect” and went on to explain that Carson City lacks the resources to create a specific center but did have multiple resources capable of addressing the issues faced by victims. He went on to state that the DA’s Office needed to recognize that repeatedly postponing trials re-victimizes the victims.

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

This round went to Woodbury though he didn’t claim experience in working these types of cases, he was a clear proponent of effectively using existing resources as opposed to Kruger’s ambiguous “reaching out to the community.”

mark kruegerOn the subject of marijuana laws, both candidates spoke to the ambiguity of the effectiveness of treatment programs as well as the probability of changes in the law. Woodbury argued that strict enforcement of existing law was the essential. Kruger spoke to driving under the influence and strict enforcement of criminal law through aggressive prosecution to keep the community safe. No clear winner on this topic; its uncharted water for Nevada and certainly for Carson City.

Responding to a question about the open meeting law and the ability for the City Manger to hold meeting outside of the law. Kruger went first and explained that the law was clear but then failed to explain it clearly. He stated he was a proponent of the law and recited his experience in applying it. Woodbury spoke specifically to establishing training efforts to ensure City personnel understand the meeting law and then explained the need for meetings to occur to provide essential information. This round goes to…no one. You’ll have to watch the video if you’re looking for a better answer.

Regarding the need for a State Court of Appeals, Woodbury sated he was personally opposed because existing procedures within the court system could provide the relief the Superior Court desires. Kruger waffled around in coming an answer but came down to “I don’t know.” Given that the victor of this race will have to appear before judges affected by the results of the ballot question, this is likely a fair outcome but Woodbury gets points for both knowing the issue and having the guts air his personal viewpoint.

On a question of the factors influencing a death penalty case, Kruger gave us a class on the balance of aggravating and mitigating factors being the sole legal question. In contrast, Woodbury came out specifically in favor of the death penalty but emphasized that capital trials are extremely expensive and Carson City is not prepared to expend this kind of money without good reason. Woodbury also emphasized the need to ensure the victim’s family understands that the punishment is rarely actually carried out; criminals are more likely to die of natural causes rather than at the hands of the State.

On the highly charged issue of the Carson Tahoe Hospital declining to provide rape kits and exams for rape victims, Woodbury responded that the hospital’s decision “alarmed” him. He went on to explain that he had followed up by contacting the nursing leadership at the hospital. What he says he found out was that the hospital felt there were not enough cases to keep a nurse on staff with the specialized skills required to perform the exams and that other viable alternatives existed. Kruger claims there are nurses in the area with the skills to conduct the exams but that for unknown reasons (most likely money), the hospital doesn’t want to do them. Sadly, Kruger believes Carson City does have a sufficient number of cases to warrant having the exams done locally but did not provide an solution or an answer to the question.

In closing, Kruger spoke again of his experience and that he would like the opportunity to expand the victim’s services program while revising the efficiency of the DA’s Office. Woodbury concluded by saying he has no other career aspirations outside of becoming DA and he feels he is doing the right thing by standing up for the community, one he sincerely believes in.

As we’ve come to expect during this race, there was little in the way of controversy or fireworks. Both candidates appeared sincere in their belief that they are the best man for the job. Reading between the lines, Kruger leaned heavily on the fact that he’s already in the DA’s Office and his experience there somehow makes him the heir apparent. In sometimes stark contrast, Woodbury emphasized repeatedly that the status quo wasn’t working; for victims, for justice, for staff, or the taxpayers. Notably, he made the effort to get answers from Carson Tahoe Hospital whereas his opponent simply stated he didn’t know the reasons for the hospital’s decisions. There was little doubt that Woodbury easily claimed the high ground during the forum and Kruger was out-done, sometimes simply due to his lack of effort. This race still isn’t as volatile as the two for Supervisor and though it really isn’t as “dull as dirt.” Maybe it should be. Yes, we’re looking for someone to fix the personnel and policy issues at the DA’s Office but more importantly, we’re looking for a champion of justice. Kruger has the experience but Woodbury has the fire. One believes that his years of service make him “next” and one is leaving (an assumed lucrative) private practice to “do the right thing.” Passion isn’t often appreciated in most courtrooms but in a candidate, it’s an admirable quality. Other things being essentially equal, Woodbury brought the most to the debate and brings the most to Carson City.

The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

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The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

In the blue and white corner, candidate Mark Krueger, currently employed in our fair city and listed on the DA’s website as the Chief of the Criminal Division. Krueger’s election website states that he is the Assistant District Attorney with prior stints as ADA for Lyon County, Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, and Clerk under Judge William Maddox. Krueger obtained his law degree in 1998.  Krueger’s website reads like a year old copy of “Forbes” in your doctor’s waiting room and lacks anything of substance in the issues department.  These things you say you will do, you should already be doing.

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Wearing shades of rust and gold, is Jason Woodbury who’s website simply states “I am running for Carson City District Attorney because I want the job.” Woodbury was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1998 and clerked under Judge Michael Griffen before coming to the Carson City DA’s Office in 1999, where he worked in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Woodbury went into private practice approximately 10 years ago, working in both civil litigation and criminal defense. Notably, Woodbury claims to want to run a “principled campaign” and thus far has avoided controversy.  His “issues” web page likewise lacks substance in what we could expect if Woodbury is elected though he sports a healthy set of endorsements from a wide range of supporters.

If you hadn’t seen the campaign signs, you’d hardly know there was a race. Last week’s dog show at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting was hardly a capstone to good policy in the DA’s office, but there have been no horrendous defeats either. There are no shortages of campaign issues in any race amongst Carson City politicians and the DA’s office is no exception. However, with so little time left before the election, it’s doubtful that we will see real differences in these candidates. Voter concerns abound but thus far have failed to produce substantive cause to vote either way.

7 THOUGHTS ON “DULL AS DIRT”

  1. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    What a desperate attempt by Mark Krueger and Neil Rombardo to try and win votes in the upcoming election for District Attorney. How about doing some real work over there. I don’t see how these two guys ever made it to their current positions. The Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for giving these two guys the time of the day. Jason Woodbury should stand up and call these guys out for all of their buffoonery. Neil Rombardo is the biggest joke of a DA I think Nevada has ever witnessed.

  2. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    I think Rombardo and Krueger together have made a mockery of the DA’s office and justice being served here in Carson City. Did anyone catch the pathetic misuse of taxpayer dollars at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting? Two months before the election, Rombardo and Krueger roll out this DAWG program, which provides a therapy dog to victims of “crimes of secrecy” as Krueger stated. Krueger stated that the Carson City DAs Office is the first prosecutorial entity in Nevada to use such a dog. He must have not done his research. Washoe County Juvenile Detention has been using a therapy dog for quite some time so Krueger’s assertion is incorrect. I’d like to see the research he’s on therapy dogs since he says he done quite a bit. His message sure wasn’t too convincing. I don’t doubt that having a therapy dog to comfort victims of crime is a good thing. However, considering the timing and the two people pushing this program, I don’t see it as nothing more but free campaign time. Rombardo seems to want Krueger to win really bad, and Krueger seems like he will do or say anything to become DA. Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected. I personally am beginning to wonder if such is true. If this is the direction that justice is headed in our community, shame on the supervisors for supporting such silly and ales serving programs.

  3. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    I would really like some information about the District Attorney’s race. Since your website is providing information regarding the politics in Carson City, this may be the forum that lets individuals freely (while respectfully) voice their opinions and knowledge about those running for election. I don’t think the citizens really understand and are aware of the constant turnover at the DA’s office under the current administration. It would be good to know about the past dealings of each candidate. I hear that the current assistant DA, Mark Krueger, actually sued his own board of County Commissioners during his time as Assistant DA in Lyon County because they refused to give employees in the DAs office a pay raise, although wages had been frozen for every County employee, regardless of department. Krueger has also run for Justice of the Peace and District Court Judge in Carson City and lost. I am not sure of his motive to become DA, other than to be in a position of power. I just think that some of these issues need to be brought to light so that voters can make a well informed decision come election time.

  4. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    Does Krueger plan on keeping Rombardo on his staff if he were to become DA? Many people would like to know this. Maybe “author” can look into this. Rombardo probably doesnt have anything lined up so the voters should know if Krueger would look out for his current boss or not.

  5. My observations- Krueger is going to the media for every case outcome and sentence the DA’s office is involved with. It looks like a last ditch effort to get the people to vote for him. I don’t think Krueger should get any kudos because the outcomes of these cases are what they are. Doesn’t take much skill to convict someone who walks into a restaraunt and pulls out a gun in front of a group of customers.How about letting the public know who your endorsements are and how you will do things different than what Rombardo has, Krueger.

  6. I couldn’t help but notice that the Nevada appeal reported the Olive Garden story and didn’t mention Krueger’s name. Almost seems as if Kruger didn’t like how the story was reported and so he reached out to carsonnow.org. I think it’s funny that his way of campaigning consists of just reposting every “free” media story to his campaign page.

  7. I too would like to know what these candidates are doing out in the community. I have researched both candidates and I was able to see that Woodbury is out and about going door to door and attending many events so that the public can get a better understanding of him and the job he plans to do if elected our next DA. Woodbury just seems to put more effort into his campaign, and seems to have support from a variety of people.

    Krueger, on the other hand, seems to not be doing much. As some in the community have stated, he seems to be using his current position to grab attention. Going to the board of supervisors and to the media to push his campaign seems to be his norm. I am just calling it like I see it. As a voter, I have no clue of what he is doing on the campaign trail. I was speaking with someone who knows Krueger and was told he likes to play the “gotcha” game. When I asked what that meant, I was told that Krueger is the type who will do stuff in secret so that if he doesnt get the outcome he is looking for, he can downplay his efforts.

    I guess I’d like to know if he is going door to door. Did he attend the Democratic “meet the candidates” gig a fee a sundays ago? Who in the community supports him?

    Anyone who follows the current happenings in the local courts are aware of the problems at the DAs office. Even the author of this site can verify that there are staffing probelms and high turnover there. If what I am posting seems like an attack on Krueger, it isn’t. I just want honest and truthful information from both candidates. I have seen too many times where candidates have given little effort when campaigning, and I dont think being elected DA is a job that should be obtained by giving minimal effort. So, I ask that both candidates just give the voters more infromation.

    I hope Krueger reads this site because maybe he can respond to my concerns. I would hope he proceeds to let us all know what efforts he is engaging in because as it stands now, the media updates to his campaign and facebook page with the Neil Rombardo likes for things he is SUPPOSED to be doing in his current position just aren’t convincing enough.

Election 2014: Carson City DA candidates spar over prosecution delays, victim services, Mark Krueger’s EPIC FAIL

The DA Actions Starts here: http://youtu.be/-Xi9Zmdg5Mg?t=16m27s

A voters forum featuring a discussion on Carson City Question 1, candidates for district attorney, as well as candidates for assembly district 40 and senate district 16.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Sierra Nevada Forums, and Partnership Carson City. This is the 3rd of 4 Forums.

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Jason D. Woodbury

Carson City’s two candidates for District Attorney sparred over delays in prosecuting sensitive cases, victim services and other issues at the League of Women Voters candidate forum Monday night.

Jason Woodbury said one of his principal issues is inexcusable delays in prosecuting cases where children and the elderly are the victims.

He said he would “take ownership of that issue” and ensure prosecution isn’t delayed unless necessary.

But Assistant DA Mark Krueger said the problem is being caused by some of Woodbury’s supporters — members of the Public Defender’s staff.

“Those same defense attorneys are the ones that cause the delay in cases, the ones that go before the court and ask for the delays,” he said.

Asked if they support creating a child advocate system for Carson City, Krueger said the office has a victim and witness services team but that he would support a child advocacy center.mark krueger

“We need to be realistic in what we can expect,” said Woodbury. “Carson City is not of a size that could support a child center.” Woodbury said the capital has a CASA program and individuals in the community to help with those services.

Woodbury said one of his concerns is the turnover rate in the current DA’s office.

“When over 40 employees have come and gone in a 21 person office, that tells you something is wrong,” he said. “It’s going to take a culture change.”

Krueger said most employees left for better jobs or retirement. He said the team in place now is strong and stable.

Asked about the open meeting law Krueger said the Board of Supervisor meetings are open, but the city manager “has the opportunity to meet (privately) with his department heads.” Krueger said he would make certain the open meeting law is followed to the letter.

Woodbury too said he would ensure the open meeting law is followed but he supported the ability for the manager to have private meetings with members of the board.

“These individual meetings have value,” he said. “We need supervisors to have a lot of information that can’t necessarily be conveyed in a public meeting.”

Both touted their backgrounds. Krueger said he was chief deputy in Lyon County for six years before becoming assistant DA in Carson City two years ago and is now preparing for his 40th major criminal trial.

“I’m a team leader and have the ability to make this office run smoothly if given the opportunity,” he said.

Woodbury said after law school, he was a clerk for District Judge Mike Griffin before being hired by then-DA Noel Waters. He was a prosecutor for four years, mostly handling criminal matters. After that, he signed on with Kaempfer Crowell, a major Nevada law firm with offices statewide and now handles primarily commercial business litigation.

He said he would enhance training within the DA’s office and open up opportunities for employee advancement.

“It’s not a stepping stone,” he said. “I don’t want to be judge. I don’t want to be on the Board of Supervisors. There’s a job to be done and I want to be elected to get that job done.”

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

The Carson City DA Rombardo and Kruger caught removing Judge Tatro’s court files in the Ty Robben cases!

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Ty Robben produces the “missing” documents! This is straight out of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia…

Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?

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

The local newspaper Nevada Appeal and CarsonNOW.org are not following-up now that Ty Robben is “wining” and exposing the massive rampant corruption that has occurred in the retaliation scheme  orchestrated by corrupt DA Rombardo, Krueger and Judge Tatro. I am sure glad I started a blog a few years ago so my side of the story gets out.

The corruption never stops!  This time corrupt Carson City DA and Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”. This is on top of Tatro earlier intentionally not filing other papers in this case!

Last week Ty Robben protests his former defense lawyer William Routsis after it was discovered that Robben’s lawyer sold him out, conspired against him, and engaged in removing files on the record, not turning in papers on time,  back room deals with the Carson City DA and corrupt Judge Tatro – and of all other things, being too drunk and high to write the court motions for Robben’s cases!

Ty Robben had to type up and research the law because his attorney was inebriated most of the time on alcohol and meth. Robben was a witness to the troubling behavior and demanded his $4,000.00 dollars back. See that story here: Protests target corrupt Reno lawyer William Routsis for “ripping off” & “selling out clients”, back room deals, fraud, ineffective legal counsel, threats of extortion, meth use, binders on booze being to drunk to return calls, and more!

This week  Ty Robben successfully appealed a trumped-up false charge of “disturbing-the-peace” orchestrated by the corrupt “cho-mo” judge John Tatro know for his breathier-before-the-bench by the folks in Carson City.

Also, this week, Ty Robben also beat back the Carson City assistant DA Mark Krugers fruitless attempt to reinstate bogus felony criminal charges that were dismissed earlier this year by “special prosecutor” Douglas County DA Mark Jackson

In doing so, Robben discovered various “missing” filings and JAVs audio/video of court hearings that were supposed to be on the court files on appeal that includes a disputed “contempt-of-court” charge that Robben asserts was an illegal order.”

“Judge Tatro issues a clear verbal and written order that never included a daily check in with DAS or house arrest” said Robben. 

“There are numerous missing items that were in fact in the damn file” said Robben.

judge tatroIn particular now is a missing “stipulation” by the Carson City district Attorney, former Deputy DA Travis Lucia and Robben’s previous lawyer Richard Davies, that shows Robben was never ordered on “house arrest” or “DAS daily check-in”. missing papers

Judge Tatro, know for being drunk in the courtroom, “never ordered house arrest and a daily check-in, the record is clear and even the DA agrees” said Robben.

Now in order to overturn another false claim of “contempt-of-court” Robben seeks the paperwork from the court files that mysteriously is now missing after it was there.

“I had a copy of it and I find it very suspicious that the Carson City Sheriff “searched my house” for 5 days and removed various paperwork related to this case.” said Robben.

This is straight out of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia… this is just the “new world order police state” mentality being carried out in Carson City by a very, very corrupt law enforcement and shitty scandalous judicial system.

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The missing stipulation has been found – Robben not on house arrest!

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Here is the 09/21/12 (note Tatro calls it 09/20/12 in the order below) entry of the “stip” on the Carson City court docket report:

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Here’s the first page of the  “ORDER” where is the “Stipulation”:

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Robben gained local attention to a Carson City court “backdating scandal” in 2012 that was covered in the local news.

KRNV investigates Nevada Attorney General & Carson City District Court BACKDATING SCANDAL

Carson City 911 NV NDOT Dir. Susan Martinovich HIT and RUN and Sheriff COVER-UP

See more on the Hit and Run scandal involving formed NDOT Director Susan Martinovich here:

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/category/susan-martinovich-hit-and-run/

Stay tuned,this story is developing…

See More Here: Carson City’s history of courthouse corruption and retaliation

 

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Ty Robben protested the FBI in Reno demanding an investigation into the corruption in the Carson City courthouse

Corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombrdo had anal sex with his Deputy DA!

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NEIL ROMBARDO TAKES IT UP THE ASS

Looks like a mass exudus from the carson city DA’s office. Employees are sick of Rombardo’s temper tantrums. Plus, the dude is getting divorced because he screwed one of his deputies.

From: http://wildwildlaw.blogspot.com/2010/01/friday-open-thread.html

Anonymous said…

Looks like a mass exudus from the carson city DA’s office. Employees are sick of Rombardo’s temper tantrums. Plus, the dude is getting divorced because he screwed one of his deputies.neil rombardo anal sex scandal

 

Carson City DA candidate Mark Krueger supports NDAA tactics in Carson City

What’s all the fuss about the NDAA?

mark kruegerIt’s a big deal.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a bill that normally funds the military.  However, in 2012, two sections (1021 & 1022) made the NDAA the most dangerous law since the U.S. Civil War. Repeating the mistakes of WWII, when we detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans on race alone, this law authorizes the indefinite military detention of any person suspected of an affiliation with terrorism.  This law applies to American citizens in America, non-citizens in America, and American citizens abroad. It doesn’t matter.

No charge. No trial. No day in court. Passed 93-7 in the Senate, 283-136 in the House.

How does it affect you?

The government just redefined a “terrorist.” It’s not someone convicted of blowing up buildings anymore. It’s everyone. According to multiple documents from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies, It’s people who are “reverent of individual liberty,” “suspicious of centralized authority,” and “antifederalists.” It’s people who carry cash instead of credit. It’s people who are against fracking. It’s Constitutionalists, Ron Paul supporters, Democrats, Republicans, tea partiers and occupiers. Essentially, it’s everyone.

What can you do?

The problem is big, but there’s an easy solution. All politics is local. We’ve forgotten that. It’s time to go local. Your police, sheriff, city council, they all took an oath to protect your rights. It’s time to hold them to it. We’ve been fighting this battle for almost two years. And now, we’ve created the tools for you to do it too.

Download the Take Back Packet here: http://pandaunite.org/take-back-packet-online/

If you’re ready to take back your town, it’s time to roll. There are 3 steps: Learn, Build, and Act.  Here’s how you do it.

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Learn

About the NDAA

The 2012 NDAA is the most dangerous law since the U.S. Civil War, and America’s politicians don’t want you to find out about it…using every trick in the book to stop you from understanding. Know your enemy, and you can fight it.

About your local government

First, you must know your public servants. Secondly, you must know your process. Research your local government; know when they meet, the rules for public comments, and how to get legislation introduced, voted on, and passed.

Build

Your team

Start small. Hand out a basic flyer to coworkers, family, and friends, and ask them to join you in defending liberty and justice. Gather a core team of at least 4 people, ready to stand with you to stop the NDAA in your community.

Your coalition

Go to local Tea Party meetings, Occupy assemblies, and activist groups. Reach out to neighborhood groups, local parties, and activists groups. Show them how this endangers their group. Ask them to join your coalition.

Act

Inform

Flyer your neighborhood with your core team. Write letters to the editor. Create a website: takeback(yourcity).com

Pressure

Meet with your representatives/commissioners/councilmen. Speak out at public comment. Videotape it. Upload the video to this website and inspire the nation. (Upload link coming soon.)  The law of war is the backbone of the NDAA.  Pressure your officials until they introduce, and vote on, a law blocking it in your community.

Win

Win.  Get your city council, county commission, or sheriff to pass a law blocking the NDAA, protecting activists, families, and businesses everywhere in your city/county. Hold your representatives accountable. They will try to trick you. They will ridicule you. They will try to refer it to committee. They will stall. The police will refuse to enforce it. Go back. Over and over again. Never give up. If they try to weaken your law, stop them. Do not compromise. Do not accept defeat. Know that you are on the cutting edge of the revolution.

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That’s how we win. It’s that simple. Learn, Build, Act. You have been looking for something that works. You see the path our country has traveled down. You want a future for your children. You are ready.

We’ll provide extra support when you need it. We’ll provide advice, and you have the power to take back your town. Thousands of people stand behind you.

With liberty and justice for all.

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Vern Pierson is up there with Hitler and Stalin El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Loses Bad! Nutting Runs the Not Guilty Table on Him – Political Opinion

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Google and Bing search for Carson City DA “Mark Krueger” now suggesting “SCANDAL” and “PROTEST”

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Google and Bing search for Carson City DA “Mark Krueger” now suggesting “SCANDAL” and “PROTEST”

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Google and Bing search for Carson City DA “Mark Krueger” now suggesting “SCANDAL” and “PROTEST”

Corrupt DA Mark Krueger – Carson City ANTI Corruption protest

Jason Woodbury announces 2014 run for Carson City District Attorney against Corrupt Assistant DA Mark Krueger

Former Deputy DA Jason Woodbury says he’s running for Carson City District Attorney against corrupt assistant DA Mark Krueger.

Mark Kruger is currently employed by the corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo: 2,053 MORE WORDS

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Vern Pierson District Attorney of El Dorado County received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding violations of the Political Reform Act’s campaign disclosure provision

DA Vern PiersonThe District Attorney of El Dorado County received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding violations of the Political Reform Act’s campaign disclosure provisions.

See the FPPC report here: Vern Pierson warning letter from FPPC

“Specifically, the FPPC found that you violated the Act’s campaign disclosure provisions with regard to loans made to your committee and that you also violated the Act’s ‘one bank account per campaign’ requirement as evidenced when you reimbursed yourself for $4,100 for campaign expenses you paid with personal funds without first depositing that amount in the campaign bank account,” the letter from FPPC Chief Enforcement Officer Gary Winuk to District Attorney Vern Pierson read.

A second complaint was filed against Pierson alleging his wife is a physical therapist and Pierson is the chief technology officer of the county, but that these are not divulged on campaign finance forms. In a footnote in the FPPC letter, Winuk acknowledges a second complaint that was dismissed due to lack of evidence. Pierson said his wife had never been a physical therapist.

Winuk also noted that Pierson had no previous record of violations, and as such, would only have a warning issued; subsequent violations could result in a $5,000 fine per violation.

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El Dorado DA Vern Pierson ANTI Corruption protest 2013

“I appreciate the FPPC having a very difficult job enforcing laws regarding political campaigns,” Pierson told the Mountain Democrat. “Now, I have an experienced campaign treasurer” handling campaign finances, he said.

Frank Stephens, who filed the complaints with the FPPC and provided copies of both complaints, said that Pierson was doing the same thing he is currently accusing Supervisor Ray Nutting of doing — paperwork violations. When Stephens learned of the accusations against Nutting, he said he was “very much offended” and pulled records on Pierson’s campaign to see if he had made any violations. “Guess what? He did,” Stephens said.

Pierson, Stephens said, is “unfit to be the district attorney” due to how he has unethically handled the Nutting case. Stephens worked on and monetarily supported Pierson’s original campaign to become DA, something which he said he was “unhappy” he did in retrospect.

“With regards to the letters, it’s pretty pathetic,” said political watchdog Chuck Holland. “The Three Stooges” — what Holland refers to as Ray Nutting, Cris Alarcon and Dan Dellinger — “got Frank Stephens to perjure himself to the FPPC,” referring to the part that was dismissed due to lack of evidence. “It’s a continuation of a witch hunt, and Frank Stephens is tied to them.”

He noted that this was also the first time since Pierson had competition, in the form of bankruptcy lawyer Judson Henry. Henry dropped out of the race after about two weeks, but will still be on the ballot. “It became clear others had attempted to use him to create a distraction,” Pierson said at the time Henry dropped out.

Ray Nutting told the Mountain Democrat that he was not involved with any political campaign, including the DA’s campaign.

source: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/da-receives-letter-from-fppc-on-campaign-violations/

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Jason Woodbury announces 2014 run for Carson City District Attorney against Corrupt Assistant DA Mark Krueger

Former Deputy DA Jason Woodbury says he’s running for Carson City District Attorney against corrupt assistant DA Mark Krueger.

Mark Kruger is currently employed by the corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo:

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/carson-city-da-neil-rombardo-tries-to-justify-his-incompetence-against-complaint-this-extreme-virtually-unprecedented-delay-should-alarm-carson-city/

Krueger is one of 10 Plaintiffs in a complaint filed in July against the Lyon County Commission, County Manager and Comptroller.  The complaint contests a recent decision by the County to freeze a 2.5-percent merit pay hike for certain non-union employees.  (See related stories on NewsDesk below).  The complaint was filed through Krueger’s private Carson City practice.

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Former Deputy DA Jason Woodbury says he’s running for Carson City District Attorney against corrupt assistant DA Mark Krueger.

“Being elected District Attorney of Carson City would fulfill a dream I have had since I first set foot in a courtroom,” said Woodbury, 41, in a news release. “This is my first run for office, and no one is going to mistake me for a smooth politician. My only campaign strategy is to give this community an honest, straightforward look at who I am and what I stand for. I hope once they see my experience and our common values, Carson City voters will be convinced I am the right choice for District Attorney.”

Carson City District Attorney Neil A. Rombardo said in September that he was not going to to run for re-election.

Woodbury has spent his entire legal career practicing in Carson City, beginning in 1998 when he was hired as law clerk for Judge Michael Griffin. He joined the Carson City District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney from 1999 to 2003 before entering private practice.

Woodbury is a partner in the law firm Kaempfer Crowell, where he works primarily in civil litigation and criminal defense.

“My experience as a prosecutor is important — voters need to know they have a D.A. with the skill to enforce justice on behalf of the community. But that skill must be guided by seasoned judgment — the ability to recognize what justice is in a particular case and the background to calculate the most efficient and effective way to achieve that just result. During 10 plus years of private practice, I have represented businesses — from one person shops to the largest industries in Nevada. And I have represented individuals, including some charged with a criminal offense. My broad legal background would be a positive foundation for the Carson City District Attorney’s office,” Woodbury said in his news release.

Woodbury is a graduate of the University of Nevada in Reno, and completed law school at the University of Utah. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Carson City where they are raising three children.

“I am honored to have the support of many wonderful people who call Carson City home. I hope voters grant me an opportunity to serve this community which has been so good to me and my family,” Woodbury said.

The public is invited to a meet and greet Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glen Eagles Restaurant.

For more information about Woodbury and his campaign, visit www.jasonwoodbury.com.

Carson City Republican Central Committee Candidate Forum February 27, 2014, Part 1

Candidates:

Carson City District Attorney:

Mark Krueger & Jasson Woodbury (9:00)

State Treasurer: Dan Schwartz (28:25)

State Attorney General Adam Laxalt (19:00)
Carson City Sheriff: Kenny Furlong (43:30), Don Gibson (50:30) & Daniel Gonzales (54:00)

Corrupt Carson City District Attorney Mark “Freddie” Krueger tries 2014 run to replace his disgraced corrupt boss DA Neil Rombardo

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger

Corrupt Carson City District Attorney Mark “Freddie” Krueger tries 2014 run to replace his disgraced corrupt boss DA Neil Rombardo

NOTE: Krueger is one of 10 Plaintiffs in a complaint filed in July against the Lyon County Commission, County Manager and Comptroller.  The complaint contests a recent decision by the County to freeze a 2.5-percent merit pay hike for certain non-union employees.  (See related stories on NewsDesk below).  The complaint was filed through Krueger’s private Carson City practice.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger announced his candidacy for Carson City District Attorney on Saturday.

As Assistant DA, Krueger has been second-in-command at the Carson City District Attorney’s Office since 2012, and leads a team of 22 professional and support staff.

“I have extensive experience working with city government and the criminal justice system,” he said. “Carson City needs an experienced prosecutor, civil litigator and team leader to fill the important role of District Attorney and I bring that to the table.”

Krueger previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Lyon County. In his 15-year career, Krueger has conducted over 35 criminal jury trials and has handled complex civil litigation. He has argued before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court, and federal and state district courts throughout the state.

Krueger has also worked as a Senior Deputy Attorney General for the Attorney General’s Office; and a law clerk to the former judges Michael E. Fondi, William A. Maddox, and former Supreme Court Justice William A. Maupin.

www.kruegerforda.com

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4me2knw – 2/2/2014 12:09 PM
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15 years as assistant DA? He’s a career politician. Vote him out, we need fresh blood, not these already corrupted career criminals, oops I mean politicians. The whole country needs to do this from the city governments on up to Washington DC!

nubgnngs42 – 2/2/2014 8:19 AM
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How about prosecute instead of “let’s make a deal”? Start by getting rid of the useless “Judge” Tatro who helps the criminal and screws the victim. Living in Carson City I have seen this many times. Tell us what we want to hear then do something completely different. Quit making the victim suffer by not making the criminal pay out the wazoo for once!
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March 2014 protest against corrupt assistant DA Mark Krueger in Carson City scandal involving trumped up charges against Ty Robben

County moves to dismiss Merit Pay Complaint

by Nancy Dallas on September 21, 2012

Lyon County officials on September 18, 2012 filed a motion with the Third Judicial District Court of Nevada to dismiss the complaint filed against them by the District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Sheriff and other plaintiffs; or, alternatively, to remove the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney as Plaintiffs and the Assistant DA as Attorney.
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Lyon County Commissioners last week officially denied a claim filed against the County asking for a 2.5 percent merit pay increase for certain non-Association employees in fiscal year 2013.
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Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger apparently will be leaving his Lyon County position effective September 21, 2012.   According to an August 22 email from District Attorney Robert Auer directed to County Manager Jeff Page and other County employees, Kureger has been hired as an Assistant District Attorney for Carson City.

NewsDesk has submitted an email to the Carson City District Attorney for confirmation of that hire.  The following is the content of the Auer email:
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DA and Sheriff set poor example

by admin on August 20, 2012

Regardless of what results come of the suit filed by District Attorney Robert Auer, Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger, Sheriff Allen Veil and associated parties, in light of Lyon County’s financial woes all those linked to the filing of this complaint look like whiney, vindictive vultures.

They are certainly not in tune or in spirit with the cooperative attitude demonstrated by the vast majority of County employees – Association and non-Association members.

As noted in a previous commentary, the County Commissioners, with the support of County Manager Jeff Page and County Comptroller Josh Foli, set aside funding in the 2012-13 budget to cover potential costs upon settlement of the Employees Association and Sheriff’s Employees Association contract negotiations.  Negotiations had not been finalized prior to the required submittal of the budget and the beginning of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

In the final agreements the Employee’s Association decided to forego the 2.5 percent merit increase.  The Sheriff’s Employees Association pushed for and received the 2.5 percent merit increase.  Certain non-Association employees (supervisory personnel) feel they should receive the benefits gained by the Sheriff’s Employees Association.

First, as noted in a previous commentary, for 30 years – since the inception of employee associations in Lyon County – non-association personnel have been granted the same benefits/lack of benefits that the Employees Association contract granted.  If the non-association members who now feel they should instead be receiving the same benefits/or lack of benefits as the Sheriff’s Association employees, one must ask:

WHY DID THEY WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE CONTRACTS WERE FINALIZED TO VOICE THEIR DISSATISFACTION?  WHY DID THEY NOT MAKE THEIR DESIRE CLEAR DURING THE BUDGET WORKSHOPS AND PRIOR TO NEGOTIATIONS?

This whole scenario sounds like, looks like, feels like – a gang of poor losers.   Their team did not win under the standing rules, so they now want to change the rules and the score to their benefit!

According to County Manager Page, the commission’s decision to freeze the merit pay increase for those non-union (supervisory) personnel listed as Plaintiff’s saves the County an additional $80,100; however, in order to defend the County’s position a good portion of this money may now be needed for legal assistance instead of being used to meet some of the County’s many pressing needs.  And, if the commission decision is overturned by the court, $80,100 will have to be taken from other budget needs in order to pay the 2.5 percent merit increase to those employees claiming they deserve it. Costs of the County defending itself are not covered under its liability insurance.

The Board of Commissioners on Thursday (August 16) authorized County Manager Page to hire an attorney.  The County has hired Madelyn Shipman of Laxalt – Nomura. Her contract rates are $200.00/hour for her; $175.00/hour for an assistant attorney (if needed); and, $100.00/hour for a paralegal (if needed).

In light of DA Robert Auer’s threat to take the issue to court if the 2.5 percent increase for certain employees was not approved, some may suggest the commission (3 of the 5 members, anyway) should have simply conceded to the demands and threats of the DA and Sheriff, given the employees the 2.5 –percent increase and saved the county the potential costs of defending itself and, potentially, losing in a court battle.

I do not agree with this “easy way out”.  There are times when the commission must stand their ground, follow good conscience and take the principled path.  Three members of the Lyon County Commission voted to take that path.

According to the website www.transparentnevada.com,  two of the highest paid employees in Lyon County are Plaintiffs District Attorney Robert Auer and Sheriff Allen Veil; however, their salaries, along with other elected County officials, are established according to State Legislative guidelines and are not affected by the commissioners’ ruling.

  • Robert Auer:   Base Pay – $124,642    Total Pay & Benefits – $162,518
  • Allen Veil:        Base Pay – $103,351    Total Pay & Benefits – $157,196

According to County records, the salaries of the other County employee Plaintiffs in the complaint filed against the County are:

  • Chief Deputy SO Joseph Sanford   Base Pay – $103,120          Total Pay & Benefits – $157,060
  • Chief Deputy DA Mark Krueger     Base Pay – $111,517          Total Pay & Benefits – $148,708
  • Captain SO Pat Soukup                    Base Pay – $89,509            Total Pay & Benefits – $137,841
  • Captain SO Albert Torres                Base Pay – $83,565            Total Pay & Benefits – $131,046
  • Asst. DA Damian Sinnott                 Base  Pay – $73,092             Total Pay & Benefits – $92,256
  • Vicki Foster (Dayton JC)                  Base Pay – $36,795            Total Pay & Benefits – $54,297
  • Misty Edelfson (Dayton JC)              Base Pay – $40,289              Total Pay & Benefits – $53,982
  • Sarah Miller (Walker JC)                Base Pay – $34,715            Total Pay & Benefits – $47,592

The responsibility for this fiasco lies entirely on the shoulders of the two elected department heads – District Attorney Robert Auer and Sheriff Allen Veil.  They both should be very aware of the County’s 30-year policy in regards to non-union/supervisory personnel and Association contracts.  It is their responsibility to inform their employees of that policy – not be the instigators of this formal Complaint.

Again, the vast majority of Lyon County employees, supervisory personnel and department heads should be loudly commended.  They have shown an exemplary sense of team play and sacrifice during these very difficult financial times.  Many have much to complain about in regards to their lack of pay increases, loss of staffing, over-burdening of duties, et al; however, in spite of these hardships and related stresses, they have done their best to be team players – in the best interests of their fellow employees and Lyon County residents.

Think about it.

Nancy Dallas, Editor/Publisher
NewsDesk (Est. January 2003)

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

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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.

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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/ 

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