Washoe judicial candidate Caren Cafferata-Jenkins alleges opponent Judge Chuck Weller intimidated lawyers

judge chuck wellerBy Emerson Marcus, RGJ

A Washoe judicial candidate alleged Wednesday her opponent — a sitting judge — intimidated attorneys for endorsements.

Caren Cafferata-Jenkins said during the Washoe County Bar Association Family Court debate that family court attorneys endorsed Washoe Judge Chuck Weller in fear of retribution.

“Unfortunately, 90 of the nearly 100 family court lawyers have endorsed Chuck Weller, and a large number of those people have revealed to me that they have endorsed Judge Weller — taken a sign — because they fear retribution,” Cafferata-Jenkins said at the debate Wednesday at Harrah’s Reno during a bar association luncheon.retal

Intimidation wasn’t necessarily intentional, but a judge appearing at an attorney’s home asking for an endorsement is hard to decline when you need to appear in their court, Cafferata-Jenkins said.

Weller called the allegations baseless attacks.

“She doesn’t live, work or vote in Washoe County,” said Weller of Cafferata-Jenkins’ residing in Carson City. “She doesn’t know family court lawyers here very well. If she did, she would not imply that they are afraid to speak their minds. Then again, I can see why she is trying to divert attention from her lack of endorsements and headline news.”

“With her multiple problems, I’m not surprised by anything she says right now,” said Weller, alluding to Cafferata-Jenkins’ announcement Monday that she is stepping down as the executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics.

Cafferata-Jenkins said she resigned after an integrity complaint filed by a disgruntled former investigator of the commission brought undeserved criticism to the commission and questions on whether the executive director can run for public office.

Cafferata-Jenkins argues judicial candidates fall under the jurisdiction of the Judicial Discipline Commission, not the commission on ethics. Nevada law says the position is prohibited from being “actively involved in the work of any political party or political campaign.”

After the debate Wednesday, Cafferata-Jenkins told the Reno Gazette-Journal that she has received phone calls from family court lawyers apologizing to her for endorsing Weller.

“This race is getting personal,” said Eric Herzik, political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. “Nobody is saying Weller is unqualified, but the basic statement is he is a jerk in court.”

On Wednesday, Weller was asked about the Washoe County Bar Association’s biennial judicial survey. Weller received the lowest retain rate (59 percent) and performance score (3.5 out of 5) among all 15 Washoe County District Court judges.

Members of the bar association conduct the survey of attorneys they appear before.

“My opponent has made a big deal about the Washoe County Bar Association survey and I suppose on some level it’s fair, but she omits a couple of facts,” Weller, who was first elected judge in 2004, said during the debate. “Only 58 people (attorneys) participated in the Washoe County survey in my department and 60 percent of them recommended I be re-elected. I think those are important facts.”

Weller mentioned his family court attorney endorsements as something his opponent also omits when she alludes to the survey.

In the June 10 primary, Weller advanced to the general election in Dept. 11 with 41 percent of the vote. Cafferata-Jenkins received 33 percent and John Hope Jr., eliminated in the primary, 27 percent.

Source: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/10/08/washoe-judicial-candidate-alleges-opponent-intimidated-lawyers/16941173/

Gay Judicial candidate Caren Cafferata-Jenkins resigns from Nevada ethics commission after scandal

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Gay Judicial candidate Caren Cafferata-Jenkins resigns from Nevada ethics commission after scandal

The executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics has resigned amid allegations less than a month before her judicial election Nov. 4.

Caren Cafferata-Jenkins, who has served as the commission’s executive director for five years, made the announcement Monday, saying she plans to resign Thursday.

Cafferata-Jenkins is running against Judge Chuck Weller in Department 11 in Washoe County Family Court.

Her resignation comes after Michael Lawrence, a former senior investigator for the ethics commission, filed a complaint against her in June that alleged she used her office at the ethics commission to further her campaign.

Ex-employee alleges ethics director (Caren Cafferata-Jenkins, who’s running against corrupt Judge Chuck Weller in Department 11 in Washoe County Family Court) violated Nevada law

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Caren Cafferata-Jenkins, running against Judge Chuck Weller in Department 11 in Washoe County

By Emerson Marcus, RGJ

A former Nevada Commission on Ethics investigator said he has filed a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office alleging the commission’s executive director broke the very laws she was appointed to enforce.

Caren Cafferata-Jenkins, running against Judge Chuck Weller in Department 11 in Washoe County Family Court, denies using her position as the executive director of the commission to further her campaign.

“I would deny that,” she said. “If there is a legitimate complaint that is brought to the state and investigated by an objective third party, justice will be done.”

“Disgruntled employees are sometimes right but sometimes credibility needs to be evaluated for what it is,” she said.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto would not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Michael Lawrence, the former Nevada Commission on Ethics investigator, presented a copy of the complaint to the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier this month. Lawrence, who was terminated from his employment with the commission in April, filed the complaint in June, according to the paperwork submitted to the RGJ, six days after Cafferata-Jenkins advanced to the general election in the June 10 primary.

It alleges that Cafferata-Jenkins used “state equipment, time, facility and employees for her own benefit” and printed campaign materials from office printers.judge chuck weller

“Essentially, Cafferata-Jenkins ran her campaign from state office, turning government facility into her own personal ‘Kinko’s,'” Lawrence writes in the report.

“I know it sounds crazy,” Lawrence said in an interview with the RGJ. “I told the commission, ‘You can think why I am doing it (has to do with losing the job), I don’t care, find out for yourself.’ I promise it will come out sooner than later and people will be surprised.”

Lawrence’s position as an investigator in the office was terminated and he has since been replaced, Cafferata-Jenkins said.

06.12.06_judge_chuck_weller_shot_by_sniper_in_reno_nevada_KGOThe Nevada Commission on Ethics is a legislative-executive commission responsible for enforcing the state’s government ethics laws.

Cafferata-Jenkins has applied for judicial positions in Washoe and Clark counties in the past, but this is the first time her name has appeared on a ballot.

Nevada law says the executive director of the commission “shall not pursue any other business or occupation or hold any other office of profit that detracts from the full and timely performance of the Executive Director’s duties.” However, the Judicial Discipline Commission overseas judges, not the commission on ethics, and because it is a nonpartisan race, judicial campaigns are not handled by the ethics commission, Cafferata-Jenkins said.

Cafferata-Jenkins is not the only member of the commission on an election ballot this year.

Jim Shaw, a former Washoe County Commissioner, has served on the commission on ethics since 2008 and is running against Veronica Frenkel for Washoe County School Board of Trustee in District F.

Nevada law also says members of the commission shall not be “actively involved in the work of any political party or political campaign.”

Shaw could not be reached for comment.

source: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/29/ex-employee-alleges-ethics-director-violated-nevada-law/16455001/

Darren Mack, Hero or Scoundrel? Federal judge rejects petition by Darren Mack who shot at corrupt judge Chuck Weller

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Darren Mack, Hero or Scoundrel?

Darren Mack, Hero or Scoundrel?

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones has rejected the petition for a writ of habeas corpus for convicted murderer Darren Mack, citing procedural violations by his lawyer.

Mack, a former Reno pawnshop owner, is serving 20 years to life in prison for the June 2006 stabbing death of his wife, Charla, and a consecutive 16 years to life for the attempted sniper-style murder of Chuck Weller, the Family Court judge handling their acrimonious divorce.

Charla MackMack’s lawyer, Richard Cornell, filed the petition, but the state filed to disqualify Cornell from the case.  After Cornell failed to respond to that motion within 45 days.

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It’s too bad about Charla Mack and the family  but many people feel Darren Mack is a Hero and the real criminal is the notoriously corrupt Reno Family Court  Judge Chuck Weller. Unfortunately Darren missed…

 A victim of “Family” [Destruction] “Court”, Aard A. speaks out resoundingly that Darren Mack is a Hero.
Because he did not just die quietly like 60,000 other Non Custodial Parents, but fought back against
an insane, unconstitutional system of greed.

Aard is not alone,m both men and women see Darren Mack as a Hero – – for fighting back against a system intent on stealing his child, his wealth, his life. It remains to be seen if Darren Mack is another “john Brown” of 1859 Harpers Ferry, two years later, Brown would have been a Officer in the Union Army, but he was premature, perhaps. In any case while few will publicly say it, thousands who have been bled near to death by “Family Court:” system of financial leeches… see Darren Mack as a Hero, while some say he set back the Fathers Rights agenda. Aard is of the former opinion. And not afraid to say so.

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