Unfortunately, this is often wishful thinking. Unsettling research into the psychology of courtroom decisions has shown that our personal backgrounds, unconscious biases about race, gender and appearance, and even the time of day play a more important role in outcomes than the actual law.
Adam Benforado, a professor of law at Drexel University, describes these unsettling problems with the justice system in the recently published book “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice.” The book uses psychology and neuroscience to examine and expose the illogical and unfair ways that judges, jurors, attorneys and others in the legal system make decisions about who is sent to prison, and who walks free.
Benforado’s research shows that mistakes in the criminal justice system are more common than we like to think, and that our personal biases play a disturbingly strong role. He also argues that there are clear and easy steps that we could follow to limit these injustices, if we care to take them. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Your research looks at applying cognitive psychology to law. Why is that important?
Our criminal justice system has been built up over centuries and really millennia. Unfortunately when we look at the scientific evidence, we find that a lot of the underlying assumptions are not backed up by science. A lot of our legal system is based on incorrect assumptions about human behavior.
Can you give us an example of a case where assumptions made in the courtroom led to a verdict that was clearly wrong?
The one that stopped me in my tracks was a case involving John Jerome White. This was a brutal rape case from 1979 in Meriwether County, Georgia. We have the image from the line-up that was conducted in this case. The victim was brought in. She looked at these five men and she picked out the one in the middle. John Jerome White said he didn’t rape the woman, but he was sentenced and ended up spending a couple decades in prison.
Finally, the DNA from the rape case was tested – we didn’t have the capability back in 1979, but a couple decades later we did. And John Jerome White was not the attacker.
A line-up from a 1979 rape case. John Jerome White, who was falsely convicted of the rape and served 22 years in prison, is the man in the middle. The real perpetrator, James Edward Parham, is the man on the far right in the striped shirt. Parham walked free after the victim incorrectly chose White out of the line-up. Courtesy Adam Benforado.
What really startled me about this particular image was the actual perpetrator was in that line-up. He was actually locked up for another offense, and they pulled him in at the last minute. What this shows is that this victim looked eye to eye with the man who attacked her and picked out the man standing next to him.
That shows that good people who have every incentive to get things right can make terrible, terrible errors which are extremely costly. They are costly not just to the person who is wrongly convicted, but to the victim — not only have you suffered this horrible crime, but you are now responsible for putting an innocent person in prison. And, in this particular case, that actual perpetrator ended up going off and raping another woman in the intervening decades.
For me, that really summed up what this entire book was all about – the fact that the dangers to our community are not evil, greedy, malicious people, they’re our friends and neighbors. Those are the people who are ultimately responsible for some of the terrible injustice that is happening.
In 1979, we didn’t have DNA testing. Wasn’t this line-up the best option? Was there a better solution?
In that case, there were a number of things that were problematic. The woman had already looked at a set of images of potential suspects a few weeks earlier. One question is, was she remembering the person who raped her, or was she just remembering this image that she had seen? We know from laboratory research that just seeing someone’s image on Facebook can cause a person to be more likely to pick that suspect out of a line-up.
It’s also quite possible that some of the things the police were doing were highly suggestive. The woman’s initial description was of a man who was round faced with a stocky build. John Jerome White is rail thin. The only man who fits the description of the perpetrator is the actual perpetrator.
The lesson is clearly that we should rely on eye witness identification a lot less than we do. We know that tens of thousands of people are charged with crimes after being identified by eye witnesses. And we also know that a third of the time, eye witnesses in real identification pick out one of those innocent fillers. That’s a terribly high error rate, and that suggests we have to find other ways to identify perpetrators.
Research suggests that both the race of the victim and of the defendant influence sentencing. One study by researchers at Cornell found that defendants with more stereotypically “black features” were more likely to be sentenced to death. What do you think of that research?
That was a really powerful study. We’ve known that race was a problem with the death penalty for a long time. Far more people on death row are African American than would be predicted. And studies suggest that the factors that are meant to predict whether someone receives the death penalty don’t predict that – people who commit the worst crimes are not the ones who receive the death penalty.
Research from Cornell University suggests that, in a case involving a white victim, defendants with more stereotypically African-American features, like the man on the right, were more likely to be sentenced to death. Image from Eberhardt et. al., 2006. These images are of people with no criminal history and are shown for illustrative purposes only.
Research from Cornell University suggests that, in a case involving a white victim, defendants with more stereotypically African-American features, like the man on the right, were more likely to be sentenced to death. Image from Eberhardt et. al., 2006. These images are of people with no criminal history and are shown for illustrative purposes only.
What was so fascinating about this study is it showed that it’s not just if you’re black or white, it’s how black you are. So people with thicker lips, wider noses and darker skin were more likely than other African-Americans with less stereotypically African-American features to receive the death penalty. In my mind, even if you would otherwise support the death penalty, this is just proof that we are not able to administer it in a way that is fair and just under the rules of the constitution.
And it’s not just race, right — thinness and attractiveness affect our judgments, too?
All interpersonal differences, which are not meant to have any impact on any aspect of trial, end up shaping how things go for defendants. With respect to witnesses, we know that attractive witnesses are more likely to be believed. We also know that weight has an impact. In one study, women who were overweight or obese were treated much more harshly by mock jurors than people who were thin.
A very important point is that a lot of these biases are operating beyond people’s awareness or control. So when it comes to implicit racial bias, for example, it’s not that judges who end up giving African Americans higher bail hate black people or are secret bigots. It appears that they are just susceptible and have been exposed to the same negative stereotypes linking blackness and violence or crime that we all have been exposed to.
Those damaging stereotypes end up having an impact on real-world behavior. There’s interesting research that doctors offer different medical interventions based on the color of people’s skin. We know that recruiters look at a resume differently if it has an African-American name or a white name. In all these cases, the people that are engaging in this discriminatory behavior, it appears, are not doing so out of racial animus. They are doing it because they are engaging in automatic behavior which has been engrained over a lifetime of being exposed to a culture in which African American lives are devalued and blackness is coded with a lot of negative imagery.
What are other measures that we could take to improve decisions? I know that you mention “virtual trials” – what are those?
One of the things that I suggest in the book is that we need to control biasing factors. In essence, if we know that jurors and justices can be swayed by the attractiveness of witnesses, or we know that jurors place a lot of weight on whether the defendant is making eye contact, or his hands are shaking on the witness stand – if we know from research that that is not a good way to tell whether someone is lying, it makes sense to begin to control for those factors.
The defendant’s skin color shouldn’t make a difference in the outcome. The prosecutor’s mannerisms or bombastic style shouldn’t make a difference. And yet from research we know that all these things are biasing factors. So why not control for these things by eliminating judge’s and jurors abilities to see the color of the defendant’s skin, or the mannerisms of the prosecutor?
The technology to do this actually already exists. We conduct business transactions in virtual space. We can do heart surgery without being in the same room as the patient. So why not think about the potential of virtual adjudication for the future?
In terms of benefits, it’s not just that this would prevent judges and jurors from biased determinations. It would also change the behavior of attorneys. One of the big problems we have in the way we conduct trials is we allow attorneys to strike jurors. In some parts of the country, black jurors are commonly kept off death penalty juries. A virtual space where attorneys didn’t know the race of the jurors would prevent that from happening.
I also think it would significantly reduce the psychological strain entailed in providing in-court testimony. One of the reasons that rape prosecution are so difficult is that victims refuse to testify in court because they don’t want to be in the same room as their attacker. And with virtual space, that would lead them to feel less intimidated and nervous.
Adam Benforado. Photograph by Joe Craig. Adam Benforado. Photograph by Joe Craig.
You also argue that virtual trials could include a time delay in presenting information to the jury. What’s the purpose of that?
Frequently, evidence or testimony is presented in court and then subsequently objected to. So under cross-examination, a prosecutor asks a defendant on the stand, “Were you convicted of assault earlier this year?” The defendant answers, the defense objects to that, and the trial judge instructs the jurors, I’m sustaining that objection, disregard what you just heard.
But we know from experimental evidence that jurors can’t do that. Inevitably, evidence that they’ve been told to disregard then influences their later determination. So in a controlled setting, we could institute a time delay that would prevent that evidence from ever coming before the decision makers.
In the shorter run, are there other things we could do to improve our courtrooms? Let’s start by looking at judges.
In the U.S., we think there are two kinds of judges: activist judges and umpire judges. Essentially, a person decides whether they want to be an objective, neutral judge who just calls balls and strikes, or an activist judge who follows their own agenda. But what the research from psychology says is that actually all judges are biased, and they are often biased in ways that are beyond their conscious awareness or control.
One of my favorite experiments in the book looks at whether a judge grants a person parole or not. You would think that the things that determine parole are the crime the person committed, and whether the person reformed themselves in prison.
But in fact, researchers found that the major factor was the time of day that the person came before the parole board. If you appeared first thing in the morning, you were more likely to get parole. Right before the first break in the day was the worst time. There is a clear disjunction between what the law says and what is actually determining outcomes.
I think most judges are extremely well-intentioned people who believe that they act objectively, to the best of their abilities. I think one of the best ways to change the system — a system that we know does include quite a lot of judicial bias — is simply to bring to judge’s attention the wealth of data that exists on what is going on. We know that African-American men receive higher bails. We know that certain people end up being sentenced to longer sentences based on demographic factors. Judges aren’t aware of those things until they look at the data.
And what about with juries?
Jurors are supposed to decide cases based on the facts and the law, and often times that’s not the case. Research shows that the jurors’ different background and experiences – what they bring to the jury panel – matter far more than differences in the legal code. It’s not supposed to matter what particular juror you happen to draw. But that is what we believe is driving a lot of outcomes in the criminal justice system.
There are actually de-biasing techniques that are being studied by psychologists as we speak. The challenge is to figure out ways to disrupt these stereotypes, by, for example, exposing people to counter-stereotypes – positive images of African-Americans, like Martin Luther King, Jr., and negative images of white Americans, like Jeffrey Dahmer. That has been shown to be effective at undermining these implicit biases.
More broadly, I think we need to think about as a society how we get rid of damaging racial associations. That has to do with depictions of African-Americans on prime-time television. It has to do with the stories that are reported on the five o’clock news. That’s where these biases come from.
Secondly, we need to think about ways to establish more diverse juries and more diverse judicial benches. The worst thing that we can possibly have is a jury or a court where all the people share the same set of biases. It’s much better if everyone is biased in different ways. Our benches and our juries are disproportionately white, male and older. That’s a problem, particularly because our legal rules themselves have been developed by white, older men over the centuries. To the extent that we cannot de-bias the population, diversity is a good second-best approach.
Ana Swanson is a reporter for Wonkblog specializing in business, economics, data visualization and China. She also works on Know More, Wonkblog’s social media channel.
LAS VEGAS — The I-Team has spent months following the money going into some of the most important elections in Clark County. See the Video here: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/26750809/i-team-judges-answer-to-money-raised-for-election-campaigns
The I-Team talked to some of the biggest fundraisers of this election season about whether they can remain fair despite collecting tens of thousand of dollars from lawyers and law firms, many of whom have active cases in their courtrooms.
Most people never see a judge and aside from jury duty may never see the inside of a courtroom in person. When they do, they want to know the judge will be impartial and justice will be blind.
Judge Susan Johnson has an opponent in her campaign for a district court seat. As of June, she led all candidates for money raised from lawyers and law firms with $121,000.
“We don’t like to be in the business of trying to raise money, but obviously as long as we have the system in place, judges are to be elected, judges are going to have to run campaigns, which of course means, campaigns require money,” Judge Johnson said.
Johnson said the money is extremely important from paying for signs in vacant lots to buying billboards along the freeway. These judicial candidates don’t get a lot of attention yet they need all the exposure they can get.
“I would much rather do my job then be out there campaigning, so I would love to see a merit system, a retention system in place,” Judge Johnson said.
A merit system would replace the current election model that essentially turns judges into politicians.
In a merit-based system, judicial nominees are selected from a committee and then sent to the governor for approval.
Judge Rob Bare has raised $179,000 for his re-election campaign. He is in favor of the current system.
“The elective process, though it has elements that some would probably disfavor, I still like the idea that you answer to the public,” Judge Bare said.
Professor Jeff Stemple at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law says no system is perfect. The merit-based system of selecting judges is viewed as one that favors big business. Yet the current election-based system has powerful political consultants.
“That is of concern to me because it means that some people are having a great effect on shaping the public’s choices, but of course if we went to an appointed system, we’d also have a small group of people having a lot to say about what the public’s choices are,” Stemple said.
“We’re stuck in the system we have,” attorney Robert Eglet said.
Eglet said there a general consensus among lawyers and judges that the system should change.
“It’s very cynical and very unfair when the press kind of like, attacks, I don’t want to use the word attack, but questions maybe, ‘well, it this ethical? What the lawyers? Is this ethical what the judges are doing?’ Yes, it’s ethical! It’s the system that is set up,” Eglet said.
The current system leaves it up to judges if contributions could affect their ability to decide a case fairly.
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has not received any complaints regarding campaign contributions between lawyers and judges this election cycle.
Nor has a judge recused themselves from a case because of campaign contributions.
“Several years ago, a number of us suggested that that figure in Nevada be $50,000 and if a law firm or a client or affiliated people gave more than $50,000 to a judicial campaign that that judge should not hear that cases involving that firm or that entity that gave the money. The Nevada Supreme Court just shot that down completely,” Stemple said.
State law says a person cannot donate more than $10,000 to any one judicial campaign.
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline says they have not had any complaints involving judges and campaign donations from lawyers within the past year.
The I-Team has spent months following the money going into some of the most important elections in Clark County. Specifically, district court judges, the ones who hand down punishments and decide the fates of people and businesses every day.
A five-month investigation by the I-Team has uncovered what judges and lawyers call problems with the judicial election system currently in place.
The I-Team has gone through months of campaign finance reports ahead of the election for Clark County District Court judges and found almost 800 lawyers and law firms have given money to judicial candidates.
An 8 News NOW review of campaign contributions in Clark County District Court races found nearly 70 percent of the donations came from the candidates themselves or from law firms and lawyers, including many with pending cases before the judges they support.
All 52 District Court seats, including 32 that handle civil and criminal cases and 20 that specialize in family issues, carry terms of office that expire at the end of this year. But only 28 of those positions are being contested this fall.
An 8 News NOW examination of campaign finance reports identified at least 777 lawyers and law firms that donated money or made in-kind contributions to candidates for Clark County District Court from January through June 5.
As with other candidates for public office many Clark County District Court judges have campaign websites that tout their background and endorsements, including those from law enforcement and special interest groups. But some judges seeking re-election also include endorsements from lawyers and law firms that have pending cases before them.
The closest thing to a king maker in Clark County District Court judicial races arguably is campaign consultant David Thomas, owner of Policy Communications at 400 S. 7th St. downtown.
By JEFF GERMAN
Complaints against judges across the state are rising, but the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is having a tough time keeping up.
Executive Director Paul Deyhle said the commission lacks modern-day resources, manpower and in some instances authority to handle the growing caseload.
The backlog is the result of years of being underfunded and ignored within state government, he said.
This past year, the seven-member commission spent $183,300 — more than three-quarters of its budget — pursuing a single disciplinary action against former Family Court Judge Steven Jones, who fought the panel every step of the way.
For its efforts, the commission ended up giving Jones a three-month suspension without pay over his mishandling of a romantic relationship with a prosecutor who appeared before him.
It took the federal government to get Jones off the bench. He resigned in September as part of a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a felony in a decade-long $2.6 million investment scheme.
Deyhle has big plans to get the struggling commission what it needs to go after errant judges like Jones in the future.
“We’re trying to bring the office back into the 21st century,” said Deyhle, who has been at its helm since November 2013. “Not much has been done for the commission in many, many years. It’s time.”
During a time of fiscal restraint, Deyhle has requested a 40-percent increase in his new two-year budget, bringing it up to $902,971. He wants to add an associate general counsel and a management analyst and take other long-overdue measures to improve the commission’s daily operations.
The commission, which received roughly 225 complaints against judges this year, has had only three full-time staffers, including Deyhle, to process those cases. Deyhle has doubled as general counsel.
KRNV investigates Nevada Attorney General & Carson City District Court BACKDATING SCANDAL
The new hires would eliminate the frequent need to pay expensive private lawyers to handle disciplinary cases and move the cases along quicker, Deyhle said.
It allows for the purchase of a new Internet server to store and protect commission documents, along with a new electronic case management system that should have been installed years ago. The current system isn’t supported by the manufacturer, which is no longer in business.
Deyhle said he also hopes to use the additional funds to provide more ethics training to judges around the state.
One of his bigger priorities is finding a new and larger office in Carson City. The current office is in a building with no other state agencies and sits next to a fitness center. At times during the day, the walls shake from the impact of the fitness classes and their blaring music, Deyhle said.
The office is so cramped that case files have to be stacked in boxes along the walls in public view. Supplies are stored in the bathroom, and there is no conference room or place for visitors to sit, he said.
Commissioners also are forced to conduct confidential conference calls from a common office area at a staffer’s desk with the help of a plastic folding table, he added.
Deyhle’s push to beef up the office also includes seeking financial help from the Nevada Legislature in the case of an emergency.
He has submitted a bill draft that would give the judicial commission an opportunity to draw money from a state contingency fund if it finds itself short of operating cash because of another high-profile case like the one involving Jones.
Another bill draft would more clearly define the commission’s ability to take certain action against judges and expand its authority to remove a judge without pay.
Over the past several months, Deyhle has been working hard behind the scenes lobbying for the changes.
“We’re trying to improve the operational efficiency of the office,” he said. “We’re trying to effect a positive change, so the commission can better carry out its constitutional and statutory mandates. It’s not unreasonable.”
Contact Jeff German at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-380-8135. Follow @JGermanRJ on Twitter.
The Carson City DA Rombardo and Kruger caught removing Judge Tatro’s court files in the Ty Robben cases!
Ty Robben produces the “missing” documents! This is straight out of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia…
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.
In 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”.
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.
The missing stipulation has been found – Robben not on house arrest!
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:
Here’s the first page of the “ORDER” where is the “Stipulation”:
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:
Stay tuned,this story is developing…
Lawyer’s complaints that filings were backdated touch off probe in state court and lead clerk to resign
Texas State District Court Judge Denise Pratt is under investigation, accused of backdating court records to make it appear that she issued rulings and filed court documents sooner than she actually did, according to county officials.
Allegations against the 311th family court judge, raised by a Houston-area family lawyer in a criminal complaint filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, already have led to the resignation of Pratt’s court clerk.
Webster-based family lawyer Greg Enos, whose criminal complaint last year against a Galveston County court-at-law judge sparked an investigation by the state attorney general and multiple indictments that led to the judge’s suspension and subsequent resignation, said he delivered his complaint against Pratt to First Assistant District Attorney Belinda Hill on Monday. Enos said he believes the office has already launched an investigation. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said he “can’t confirm or deny” whether any investigation is underway, but county and other sources say the office is looking into it and already has contacted attorneys to arrange interviews. The concerns Enos is raising also have touched off an investigation by the Harris County District Clerk, the official keeper of all court records.
Hmmm, Just like the crap in Carson City Nevada – TX Judge accused of creating false court records Lawyer’s complaints that filings were backdated touch off probe in state court and lead clerk to resign
A Carson City man says the court clerk there is illegally back dating judicial filings for the state Attorney General. Todd Robben says a court filing by the Attorney General’s office in his wrongful termination case against the state’s Department of Taxation was dated in time to meet a procedural deadline, December 20th, but it wasn’t actually turned over to the court until at least the next day after that deadline. Read the rest of this story
District Clerk Chris Daniel said he looked into two of the six cases Enos included in his complaint, which led to the resignation on Monday of Pratt’s lead clerk, a well-liked, 25-year employee of the District Clerk’s office. Daniel said he found records were postdated or mis-marked in those two cases, and that he is looking into a seventh one that another family lawyer brought to his attention. Delays in rulings An inaccurate timestamp or missing signature on a court document not only erodes “the integrity of the record,” Daniel said, but can have an impact on appeals and other legal processes. “If you have the wrong date on a document, then statutorily you can run out of time to appeal a case, and that’s where the most damage is,” he said. Pratt did not respond to several requests for comment, but her campaign consultant, Allen Blakemore, issued a statement late Thursday suggesting Enos’ complaint is the result of hurt feelings. “The legal system produces winners and losers,” the statement says. “Sometimes losers get their feelings hurt. Often the easiest person to blame for an unwanted outcome is the judge.”
The statement, which says an unnamed lawyer “has already been forced to recant some of his claims and has even offered an apology,” goes on to say that “there are hundreds of attorneys who appear in this court who are satisfied” and that Pratt “looks forward to a speedy resolution of this criticism from one unhappy lawyer.” Blakemore confirmed the statement is referring to Enos. While the mis-marking and backdating of renditions and other documents are the crux of Enos’ complaint, it also says Pratt “takes months to make rulings in contested cases” when most family court judges do so immediately or within a few days. Enos alleges that the backdating or other mis-markings are meant to cover up the delays, writing in his complaint that “Pratt was acting like a fourth-grader who, on the day after her parents got the report card with the ‘F’ for not doing homework, stayed up late and did her homework assignments and dated them six weeks before.” Enos, whose law firm has a case scheduled for trial in Pratt’s court Friday morning, said his quarrel with the judge, who was first elected in 2010, is not personal.
“The only times I’ve had actual cases in Judge Pratt’s court, my clients have won, so I’m not disgruntled against her personally, but I’m just upset by what I see happening,” the attorney said. Several lawyers involved in the cases Enos cites in his complaint said they never have experienced such problems with a judge. Similar complaints Marcia Zimmerman, a 30-year veteran family lawyer based in Clear Lake, said she resorted to filing a motion after waiting for months on a ruling from Pratt. When the ruling finally came in, she was surprised to see the date listed was months before she had filed her motion. “I don’t think any of us believed the ruling was actually made before the petition for writ of mandamus because, why would she rule and not tell anybody?” Zimmerman said, noting that Pratt also missed two scheduled hearings. Family lawyer Robert Clark said he had a similar experience, arguing a case in January and then waiting five months for a ruling from Pratt that the official court record now says was issued on Jan. 30, the day before the two-day trial actually ended. “The thing is, it’s had a seriously adverse affect on the child in this case and my client,” Clark said. “This is just egregious.” Enos’ previous complaint against Galveston County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was filed with the Galveston County DA’s Office, which forwarded it to the state attorney general. Dupuy was indicted on eight criminal counts charging him with abuse of office in May and, in August, arrested for contempt of court and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Last month, he resigned from the bench and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in exchange for two years of probation. Blakemore said Pratt intends to run for a second term and already has begun campaigning. The filing deadline is Dec. 9.
If the allegations hold up, though, the Harris County Republican Party may ask Pratt to step aside, said Chairman Jared Woodfill, who is convening an advisory board to review Enos’ complaint. The last time the board convened was in 2006 to review allegations against former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, who eventually decided not to run. “We don’t turn a blind eye to these allegations,” Woodfill said. “We are going to be looking into them and we will proceed accordingly.”
The idiot Nancy Oesterle came in on her broom from some shit hole in southern Nevada to clean up the fucked up mess created by the asshole judge in Carson City Nevada named John Tatro who is such a fuck up he keeps no court records so this bitch needs to cover up for him. Nancy Oesterle is as fucked up as Tatro. This cunt makes up the law and ignores facts and just ignores the shit she can’t figure out. When a judge is this fucked up in the head, she should just take her fucking award and stick it up her ass and go away instead of being a judicial whore sucking more judicial judicial dick for the bribe money. Fuck you Nancy Oesterle, go to hell and fuck off you cunt.
Special Judicial Cannons for fucked up corrupt Nevada judges
- 1. short for American Bar Association or 2. Arrogant Bullshit Artists.
- Abuse Of Discretion:
- 1. original meaning, now rarely used, was to describe a faulty process of reasoning when performing a discretionary act 2. now term means whatever suits our fancy 3. synonymous with term “Black Hole”, i.e. we know its out there but damn if we know what it is.
- Ad Hoc Decision:
- 1. Whatever 2. A screwing so fine tuned it can target a specific hemorrhoid
- Aerobic Activity:
- 1. the healthy practice of going to and returning from back room meetings.
- 1. that which makes injustice impossible 2. the process where time and financial cost to litigants must never be taken into consideration 3. the process which allows us to do as we damn well please 4. that which covers our ass.
- Arrogance or Arrogant:
- 1. Judicial self esteem 2. term used by the unenlightened to describe Judges and Lawyers who are confident and comfortable in their position 3. term applied to those with power to decide right from wrong without regarding right from wrong.
- 1. business partners 2. club members.
- Back Room Meetings:
- 1. term synonymous with “open court.”
- term commonly used by the unintelligent, uneducated or unenlightened when describing misunderstood Legal Analysis and Judicial Determinations.
- Civil Rights:
- 1. formerly things like right to life, liberty and property 2. more recently things like the right not to be pinched in the ass and the right to marry insects.
- 1. common cause of rectal pain in the Judiciary 2. great document for the resourceful and effective 3. should be condensed for the unresourceful and ineffective.
- Common Sense:
- 1. form of logic reserved for common people 2. objectively unverifiable form of logic 3. form of logic that minimizes or eliminates the highly specialized hair splitting , perpetuitous analysis that helps us appear more intelligent than the masses 4. form of logic non expert in nature.
- 1. due process for the assertive or uncooperative 2. the means by which the Judiciary molds attorneys.
- 1. judicial free will 2. a great “catch all” to justify whatever it is we do. 3. former meaning dealt with judicial exercise in areas where there was no clear law or hard and fast rules. Today discretion is omnipresent.
- Discretionary Act:
- 1. the exercise of judicial free will unencumbered by law, reason, logic or common sense.
- Due Process:
- 1. perpetuity 2. perpetual motions 3. legal and procedural minutiae 4. selective adherence to the Secret Canons Of Judicial Conduct 5. process which is not paid for. 6. First, decide how we want the case to go. Second, formulate a legal logic to support our decision. Third, manipulate, dissect or eliminate the facts and evidence to support our decision. Then the rubber stamp doctrine of “judicial discretion” will prevent most decisions from being overturned!
- End Result:
- 1. one of the things not to be considered [others being race, color, sex etc.] when rendering legal decisions except when professional embarrassment, media attention or upsetting the status quo will result 2. that which can negatively affect objectivity.
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Carson City Judge John Tatro has a lot in common with Disgraced Judge Jim EnEarl who was removed from the bench. Judge Tatro has a pattern of violating the laws like NRS Chapter 4 (4.320)and engaging in hillbilly justice.
When Douglas County Sheriff’s Captain Jim EnEarl ran for East Fork Township Justice of the Peace in 1994, he knew many county voters wondered if he had the right temperament for the job.
Would he dispense justice evenhandedly?
Or, after spending his whole professional life as a cop — 11 years in Orange County, California, then 17 in Douglas County — would he be biased in favor of fellow sheriff’s department officers and the district attorney’s office he’d worked with so long?
EnEarl hastened to assure county voters there would be no problem. He asserted he had conducted internal investigations in Douglas County for the last 15 years, had even once or twice recommended officer termination, and so had “insight.”
But most significantly, EnEarl repeatedly assured Douglas County voters he was deeply concerned about their constitutional rights as Americans.
“Strong Belief in Individual Rights” – Really wtf?
It’s “because of my strong belief in individual rights and the experience I have gained in both the public and private sector, [that] I am seeking this office,” he told the Gardnerville Record- Courier. Continue reading
The Supreme Court should rebuke Carson City Judge John Tatro by what he did to Ty Robben by retaliating against Robben with a $500,000.00 dollar bail and 22 days in jail for trumped up charges related to serving a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich who had actually committed a “hit and run” by running over Robben’s foot!
The Carson City Sheriff covered up the incident and the Sheriff, DA Neil Rombardo and Judge Tatro lashed out at Robben, poisoned his jail food and then sent Nevada “bounty hunters” after Robben in Lake Tahoe, CA. Now Robben has filed criminal charges against the Justin Brothers Bail Bond company, their bounty hunter named Doug Lewis. Robben has a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Justin Bros and he’s filed a Judicial Ethics complaint against the Judge Tatro. Tatro and DA Rombardo continue the relentless retaliation against Robben and are trying to have him incarcerated once again!
Robben is fighting back with massive protests in Carson City Nevada in front of the courthouse and State capital including the Nevada Supreme Court with big signs demanding Judge Tatro and DA Rombardo resign.
The Nevada Supreme Court better clean up the lower courts in Nevada, including the Justice Courts. Most people do not know that a case from the Justice Court can only be appealed to the District Court in most cases, not the Supreme Court. People can suffer serious damage by a deranged Justice Court Judge (as happens in Carson City John Tatro’s court) – have no “trial” with a jury and only appeal to the District Court Judge who is as corrupt as the Justice Court Judge… No oversight and people are very, very outraged about the “manifest abuse of desecration” and flagerant abuse of authority by acting under the color of law.
The Supreme Court wants a Nevada appellate court and they want voters to shell out millions of tax dollars to fund the scheme. With the recent D- corruption grade Nevada received by the center for Pubic Integrity in 2012, the Supreme MUST CLEAN UP and remove corrupt judges!
The Supreme Court order can be found here: PEREZ (JUAN) VS. DIST. CT. (STATE)
While the District Court, arguably, could have justified jailing Perez under its
contempt power, it violated these plain rules, It never formally held Perez in contempt.
It did not enter an order detailing the contemptuous behavior or specifying the
punishment. It did not cite Perez for criminal contempt or prove it beyond a reasonable
doubt. Instead, the Court summarily remanded him for displaying attitude and held him
without bail. Then in response to Perez’s motion for release or reinstatement of his
previously-posted bail, the Court increased his bail from $3,000,00 to $1,000,000,00
(which is tantamount to no bail given Perez’s financial ability), Other than Perez’s
alleged attitude, the record reveals no reason to warrant good cause for the increase.
The issue presented here does not simply concern the so-called fine print of
constitutional and statutory provisions on bail.
The deeper issue is guarding our founding principle that this is a government of laws, not of men, Rule of law means the “supremacy of regular power as opposed to arbitrary power.” Garner, Bryan A. (Editor in Chief), Black’s Law Dictionary, Abridged 9th Edition, p, 1137, (West Publishing Company, 2010). Permitting a court to increase bail based on a defendant’s demeanor is the mark of arbitrary power, Allowing it to justify its decision after the fact and under the guise of a defendant’s criminal history also exemplifies arbitrary power. Approving this under the court’s contempt power but relieving the court of its due process obligations prevents the ability to even review for capricious incarcerations, Our State in particular-with an elected judiciary-prizes accountability and safeguards against
misuses of judicial power, See Goldman v, Nevada Comm’n on Judicial Discipline, 108
Nev. 251, 256 (1992) (“Nevadans have historically manifested a pronounced sensitivity to potential abuses of judicial power.”); see also Houston v, Eighth Judicial Dist, Court I ex rel. County of Clark, 122 Nev. 544, 553 (2006) (noting contempt power should be used with care and circumspection).
No matter a defendant’s insolence, the rule of law still protects him. Despite the daily challenge of presiding over rude defendants with poor attitudes, the rule of law does not accept misbehavior becoming the basis for setting bail.
…Petitioner later appeared in district court for the appointment of counsel after his retained attorney withdrew from representation. After petitioner thanked the district court for appointing new counsel, the district court informed the petitioner, “You’re remanded.
Thank you. An attitude like that, you can sit in jail.” Petitioner remained in jail for fifteen days without bail. Upon petitioner’s motion for setting of reasonable bail, the district court reiterated that petitioner had a “terrible attitude in court.” Petitioner apologized. The district court then denied petitioner’s request for bail citing his prior narcotics-related convictions, failure to appear in court twelve years earlier in a different case, and prior use of multiple social security numbers and aliases. After petitioner’s court appointed public defender made a second request for bail to be set, the district court set bail at $1,000,000. At a subsequent hearing to stay the proceedings so that the petitioner could file this petition, the district court instructed petitioner’s counsel to make sure to inform this court about petitioner’s “attitude” in district court. The Nevada Constitution guarantees the people of Nevada the right to bail in non-capital offenses and prohibits the district court from imposing excessive bail. See Nev. Const. art. 1, §§ 6 and 7; see also NRS 178.484(1) (“[A] person arrested for an offense other than murder of the first degree must be admitted to bail.” (emphasis added)); St. Pierre v. Sheriff, 90 Nev. 282, 286, 524 P.2d 1278, 1280 (1974) (“[O]ur Constitution does not encompass inclusion of a non-capital offense as non-bailable.”). “This traditional right to freedom before conviction permits the unhampered preparation of a defense, and serves to prevent the infliction of punishment prior to conviction.” Stack v. Boyle, 342 U.S. 1, 4 (1951). In deciding a reasonable amount for bail the district court may consider “the nature of the offense charged, the penalty which may be inflicted, the probability of the appearance of the accused, his pecuniary condition, his character and reputation, and the circumstances surrounding the case relative to the likelihood of conviction.” Ex parte Jagles and Varnes, 44 Nev. 370, 195 P. 808 (1921); see also NRS 178.498; NRS 178.4853. However, “Bail must not be. . . more than the accused can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to give, for if so it is substantially a denial of bail.” Ex parte Malley, 50 Nev. 248, 253, 256 P. 512, 514 (1927).
Our review of the record reveals that the district court violated the Nevada Constitution in two ways. It denied the petitioner bail for fifteen days and then imposed a bail amount which greatly exceeded the amount the petitioner could reasonably be expected to pay. As the real party in interest notes in its answering brief, the district court imposed a bail amount that was fifty times greater than the Clark County standard bail schedule for category B felonies. In light of the district court’s failure to consider all of the relevant factors, see NRS 178.498, its stated reason for remanding petitioner to custody, petitioner’s indigent status, and the amount of bail, we can only conclude that the district court was attempting to punish petitioner for his attitude without utilizing the procedures provided for in Nevada law. See NRS 22.030(1) (explaining when a person may be punished summarily for contempt); NRS 22.010 (defining contempt). For these reasons, we conclude that the district court manifestly abused its discretion by remanding petitioner to custodywithout bail for fifteen days and imposing excessive bail. See State v.Dist. Ct. (Armstrong), 127 Nev. , 267 P.3d 777, 779-80 (2011)
(discussing when a writ of mandamus will issue). We therefore
ORDER the petition GRANTED AND DIRECT THE CLERK OF THIS COURT TO ISSUE A WRIT OF MANDAMUS instructing the district court to vacate its order setting bail at $1,000,000, set bail at the original amount imposed by the justice court, and recuse itself from presiding over this matter.
Hardesty, cc: Chief Judge, Eighth Judicial District Hon. Doug
By FRANCIS MCCABE – LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
On Tuesday, the Nevada Supreme Court rebuked Smith, ordering Perez’s bail returned to $3,000 and the case moved to another judge’s courtroom.
The district court manifestly abused its discretion by remanding (Perez) to custody without bail for fifteen days and imposing excessive bail,” stated the Supreme Court order signed by justices Michael Cherry, James Hardesty and Ron Parraguirre.
This is a public Motion to Disqualify Carson City Judge John Tatro and DA Neil Rombardo from Ty Robben case. Obviously, there’s a massive conflict-of-interest based on the Judicial Ethics Compliant I’ve filed with the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline against Justice of the Peace, John Tatro.
Neil Rombardo, you’re a “public servant” and Taxpayers pay your salary and can demand you step down via the Carson City Council (Board of Supervisors) and petition for an investigation or simply, your ouster from office.
I’ll file the “Nevada Ethics Complaint” against Neil Rombardo ASAP. I’ll motion to have the Carson City District Attorney disqualified from the case. My situation with DA Rombardo and the the massive conflict-of-interest based on the Judicial Ethics Compliant I’ve filed with the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline against JP John Tatro. The constant court hearings, and perpetual harassment and violation of rights has to STOP. You have usurped the people of Carson City because “an injustice to one is an injustice to ALL”.
JP Tatro & DA Rombardo — ‘GET OFF MY CASE’
& step out of office now
please and avoid further embarrassment to the
Nevada Judicial System.
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
It’s all been a pack of lies Continue reading
All across America, small town, District Attorney’s like Neil Rombardo of Carson City, NV and idiots like Del Norte County’s unconventional district attorney, a recovered methamphetamine addict named Jon Alexander are ripe with corruption.
In the small north west corner of Del Norte California, at least they have enough sense to disbar one of these “licensed criminals”.
Nevada on the other hand, allows these idiots and criminals to thrive. We’ll be putting pressure on every entity in Nevada including the Nevada State Bar, Supreme Court, Judicial Ethics Commission and Commission on Judicial Discipline to take appropriate actions. However, the said Nevada entities are as corrupt as the State officials they are supposed to protect us against. So, we’re taking our message to the streets and Internet (as we’ve been doings) and we’ll target the Nevada Supreme Court who does nothing to clean up this cesspool they’ve created and let flourish.
The Nevada Supreme Court will try and sell the State Legislature and voters on
expanding this corrupt cesspool with a Nevada appellant court which they say is needed to handle the “backlog” of appeals. We would support an appellant court in Nevada, but the Supreme Court must take action to clean up the rampant, wholesale corruption taking place in this backwater State of Nevada that consistently ranks at the bottom of corruption studies, and his a clear history of corruption and incompetent judges, District Attorneys and law enforcement. An example of this festering cesspool-of-corruption can be found in the State Capital of Carson City Nevada. Overwhelming proof of cover-ups, retaliation, fabrication and other serious crimes of acting under the color of law are rampant and covered up by the incestuous klan.
Judge calls for Del Norte D.A. to be disbarred
Bob Egelko, Sunday, April 7, 2013
Del Norte County’s unconventional district attorney, a recovered methamphetamine addict who was elected in 2010 on a “death to meth” platform, faces disbarment from law practice after a State Bar judge found Friday that he had talked to a defendant without her lawyer’s consent and then lied about it.
District Attorney Jon Alexander‘s unethical and dishonest conduct, his continued insistence that he did nothing wrong, and his long record of previous disciplinary violations have “harmed the public and the administration of justice,” said Lucy Armendariz, a judge on the State Bar Court in San Francisco.
She ordered Alexander suspended from law practice while he appeals the disbarment, first to a review panel of the bar and, if unsuccessful there, to the state Supreme Court. According to published reports, he would be the first district attorney in California to be disbarred. Continue reading
Judicial Ethics Complaint filed against Carson City Judge John Tatro by Ty Robben
|Commission Case No. _______________________
(For Commission use only)
NEVADA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE
VERIFIED STATEMENT OF COMPLAINT
Part I: General Information
Date of This Form: April 06, 2013
Name of Person Completing This Form: Ty Robben
Mailing Address of Person Completing This Form: CONFIDENTIAL
Daytime Telephone Number To Contact You: CONFIDENTIAL
Part II: Specific Information Regarding Complaint
Name of Nevada Judicial Officer (Only One Name Per Complaint Form): John Tatro.
Name of Court or Judicial District Involved: Carson City Justice Court.
Case Number (Please Include All Letters and Numbers): 12-5139
This Case Is (Select One): _Pending In Trial Court On Appeal Not Pending or Closed
Nature of Complaint (Select One): I Have Used The Standard Complaint Supplementary Form
Code of Judicial Conduct Section(s) Violated, If Known [(Example: Canon 3B(4)]:
Canon 1 Rule 1.1 Compliance With the Law. A judge shall comply with the law, including the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Canon 1 Rule 1.2 Promoting Confidence in the Judiciary. A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.
Canon 1 Rule 1.3 Avoiding Rule Abuse of the Prestige of Judicial Office. A judge shall not abuse the prestige of judicial office to advance the personal or economic interests of the judge or others, or allow others to do so.
Canon 2 Rule 2.2 Impartiality and Fairness. A judge shall uphold and apply the law, and shall perform all duties of judicial office fairly and impartially.
Canon 2 Rule 2.3 Bias, Prejudice, and Harassment.
Canon 2 Rule 2.6 Ensuring the Right to Be Heard.
Canon 2 Rule 2.9 Ex Parte Rule Communications.
Canon 2 Rule 2.11 Disqualification.
Canon 2 Rule 2.14 Disability and Impairment. A judge having a reasonable belief that the performance of a lawyer or another judge is impaired by drugs or alcohol, or by a mental, emotional, or physical condition, shall take appropriate action, which may include a confidential referral to a lawyer or judicial assistance program.
Canon 2 Rule 2.16 Cooperation With Rule Disciplinary Authorities.
STANDARD COMPLAINT SUPPLEMENTARY FORM (STATEMENT OF FACTS)
The following is my explanation as to why the judicial officer named in this complaint has violated the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct or suffers from a disability.
I am [select one]: [X] one of the litigants
The judge did the following things that I believe constitute misconduct (please be as specific as possible about the event or action and attach additional pages, if required).
I am writing this judicial ethics compliant against the very, very corrupt and impaired Justice of the Peace (“JP”) John Tatro of the Carson City Justice Court. “JP Tatro is not a well man.” Says my lawyer William Routsis recalling an episode of JP Tatro yelling, frothing at the mouth and lunging over the bench at Mr. Routsis. The incident was caught on the court audio/video. JP Taro has a long history of judicial complaints and violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct (“NCJC”) including a similar complaint in 2006 against JP Tatro by activist Tonja Brown. Ms. Brown and I are both ANTI Corruption activists in Carson City, NV and have protested against the Carson City courthouse. Both of us have had negative experiences with courthouse Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) $$ A FOR PROFIT ENTERPRISE $$ The DAS is also known as the (“KGB”). Ms. Brown was abused and arrested by the DAS for alleged “trespassing” into the courthouse to refresh herself! The courthouse is a public building.
Both Ms. Brown and I have protested and filed complaints against JP Tatro for his flagrant disregard for the law, the constitution and the NCJC as well as using DAS and the Justin Brothers Bail Bondsmen and their “Bounty Hunters” to illegally cross the State line into So. Lake Tahoe, CA and acting in concert with DAS and JP Tatro to act under the color of law and “serve a warrant” for the Carson City, Nevada, Justice Court JP John Tatro and his DAS – illegally and with callous and total disregard for the law and my rights and the rights of others in the State of California.
Judicial ethics complaint filed against Justice of Peace Tatro
Geoff Dornan – Appeal Capitol Bureau Continue reading
Amid a cloud of misconduct allegations, the man who oversees Family Court marshals is stepping down April 8 to become a rank-and-file marshal assigned to a judge, court officials confirmed Monday.
Lt. Steve Rushfield, at the center of the swirling misconduct allegations detailed in a March 17 Review-Journal report, made the announcement at a morning briefing of marshals in Family Court.
“This is a voluntary action on his part,” said Mary Ann Price, the spokeswoman for District Court, which oversees Family Court.
Price declined further comment.
Rushfield, a veteran of 24 years of public service, declined comment. Chief District Judge Jennifer Togliatti was out of town and unavailable for comment. And Steve Grierson, the District Court executive, said he was unable to comment because it is a personnel matter.
Rushfield is suspected of participating in a cover-up of assault allegations against another marshal and was the subject of an internal investigation into allegations he choked a 23-year-old woman restrained in a chair in a holding cell.
The other marshal, Ron Fox, was fired after a hearing master upheld allegations he groped Monica Contreras, 28, who was in Family Court on Aug. 8, 2011, for a brief hearing related to her divorce.
In a courtroom incident captured on video, Contreras complained to Hearing Master Patricia Doninger that Fox assaulted her in a nearby witness room under the guise of searching for drugs.
Contreras alleged Fox touched her buttocks and breast and ordered her to lift and shake her bra so he could determine whether she was hiding drugs or drug paraphernalia, according to internal court documents.
On courtroom video, Doninger is seen playing with Contreras’ daughter and appearing to ignore the woman’s emotional description of the incident and plea for help.
Fox tried to get her to recant the allegations. When she refused, another marshal, James Kenyon, handcuffed her and took her into custody. Her crime, as described by Fox, was making false allegations.
Rushfield was investigated in connection with an incident on May 20, 2010, in which he is alleged to have choked Crystal Williams in a restraining chair.
Williams was at a hearing in Family Court to support a friend. After a confrontation with marshals outside the courtroom about her use of a cellphone, she was taken to a holding cell and strapped into the chair.
According to one of the four marshals in the room, Williams was combative and constantly screaming. The marshal, who asked not to be named in fear of retribution, said Rushfield grabbed her by the throat with one hand, shoved her head back and said, “You’re in my house, bitch. Shut the f— up.”
Sundance Film festival 2013 & Lawless America
Are you aware some how Bill Windsor in all his splendor has the Lawless America the Movie Promos tied into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival?
Lawless America…The Movie: Update — November 18, 2012
See our Carson City and Reno Nevada stories – Mike Weston (Mike’s LawlessAmerica story) – Tonja Brown – Ty Robben (Lawless America video being produced and coming soon to expose the demonic rampant wholesale corruption in Nevada). Then there was the a new issue and cover-up by State of Nevada officials explained by Reno, NV KRNV mynews4.com NEWS. For now, please see our 2012 ANTI-Corruption Summer 2012 video.
Members of the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement will be featured in “lawless America” – The movie. Our stories of “Rampant Wholesale Judicial Corruption” including AG Catherine Cortez Masto withholding evidence, backdating court filings, non-disclosures, perjury, fraud,bribery, etc will be exposed in this movie. Read more here http://lawlessamerica.com
and also see Lawless America…The Movie will expose Judicial Corruption and Government Corruption for the world to see. What does Bill Windsor of Lawless America think about all this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx5nFMm2xr4
See more about Lawless America on these sites:
Web at http://lawlessamerica.com
Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/lawlessamerica
Livestream – http://www.livestream.com/lawlessamerica
Email us at: Nevadawatchdog@rocketmail.com
Main Nevada ANTI-Corruption website: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com
KOLO part 1 http://youtu.be/-lN4YWCZMrc?t=15m41s
KOLO part 2 http://youtu.be/-lN4YWCZMrc?t=12m34s
NBC / KRNV
AG and Carson City Court (Judge James E. Wilson) caught in backdating scandal
Las Vegas Review Journal
Las Vegas SUN
Protesters rallied with a 4 foot by 150 foot long “CRIME SCENE” banner!
Protesters each have their individual complaints against the Attorney General, NDOC, NHP, the Governor and Reno DA Dick Gammick.
Individual complaints include backdated court filings, withholding evidence, Brady violations, computer problems in NDOC adding false charges to inmates records and deleting “good behavior” credits. Other people complain about being harassed by NHP (pulled over 40+ times) after reporting icy road conditions.
Nevada was recently given a D- grade in transparency and is a top State in the union for CORRUPTION. Essentially a “State of Corruption”.
Protesters are planning to continue these demonstrations in the weeks and months ahead now that the weather is nice and more victimized citizens are learning about the movement.
Q- What the hell is this protest all about?
A- In 2012, Nevada received a D- grade making it one of the worst States in the union for CORRUPTION and Judicial Corruption. Local Nevada citizens in Carson City and Reno networked and joined forces using the Internet and social media and old fashion methods to create a collision. They were inspired to protest and created the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement. One of the fellas involved in the protest is a professional sign maker who fabricated a massive 140 foot long, 4 foot tall one-of-a-kind CRIME SCENE banner. The banner is unique and has commanded the attention of anyone who sees it as well as local, national and world-wide media attention. The other protest signs are also large and unique targeting specific issues and general anti-corruption messages.
The Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement is working and we are having success for individual causes and bringing public attention to the Rampant Wholesale Corruption here in Nevada. We will report news and information on out main website https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com
We encourage people to watch out youtube videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/stumpjumpnty/videos
Once you become familiar with what we are doing, please contact us at Nevadawatchdog@rocketmail.com
We are starting to regularly hold demonstrations in Carson City Nevada at the State Capital in front of the Attorney Generals office which is directly across from the Governor’s office on the main street and Musser St.
We will also hold demonstrations at other locations such as the Reno AG office, area courts (Reno, Carson, other) and pinpoint protests at Nevada Department of Taxation offices in Nevada and other State agencies as required. We may expand protests to Las Vegas and bring the CRIME SCENE banner to rural areas of Nevada too. All this brings attention to the judicial corruption happening in Nevada and the rest of the country.
Nevada ANTI-Corruption & Lawless America join forces to gain Nation Nevada ANTI-Corruption & Lawless America join forces to gain Nation Attention to Rampant, Wholesale Judicial Corruption in America.
Kids for Ca$h, Penn State and Nevada’s D- grade are all recent scandals we’ve heard about in the news. There are thousands and tens of thousands we have not heard of.
Corruption is running rampant in America and it is getting worse. Please check out a recent update from Bill Windsor from Lawless America on the Internet talkshow called ‘Talkshoe’ at www.Talkshoe.com
Here is the direct link to the profound information: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-115884/TS-646174.mp3
Listen to time-stamp 57:15 to learn about how to sue the State courts if Federal court using something called section 1983. This “section 1983” is Constitution law and is used for civil rights cases like excessive police force, discrimination, retaliation and other State abuses of power.
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THE FIRST AMENDMENT
The Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement continues. We are starting to have success and we’re seeing positive results of our efforts. In June 2012, Mike Weston filed a Motion to Vacate his wrongful conviction of obstruction/delay based on NJCRCP 60 (b) fraud. As of July 2012, the State of Nevada via Reno/Washoe District Attorney Dick Gammick now admits the Nevada Highway Patrol dash-cam audio/video was in fact edited as Mike Weston has been complaining about. However, they claim it is not misconduct or fraud. The State missed its filing deadline and filed a late answer that basically concedes to Mike Weston’s requested relief of vacating the conviction, expunging his record and reimbursement of fines, fees, costs, etc.
A decision is expected soon by the Reno Justice Court Judge Patricia Lynch. Mike has also requested the court to report DA Dick Gammick to the “appropriate authorities” for the fraud and Brady Disclosure ( See Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) violations of evidence tampering to withholding exculpatory evidence
The Supreme Court held that withholding exculpatory evidence violates due process “where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment”; and the court determined that under Maryland state law the withheld evidence could not have exculpated the defendant but was material to the level of punishment he would be given. Hence the Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling was affirmed.
“Deleting portions of a video and leaving a time stamp to reflect such was done is not misconduct, let alone fraud.” (Emphasis added).
“[t]he State would not oppose the sealing of defendant’s record. Thus, if the relief granted is limited to that requested by the defendant, namely vacating his conviction and retuning fines and fees paid by the defendant without findings of fact or conclusions of law, the State would not oppose such relief.” (Emphasis added).
KRNV investigates Nevada Attorney General BACKDATING SCANDAL in Carson City Nevada. NAG Catherine Cortez Masto’s office backdated court filings twice in the Carson City District Court. The court clerks and Judge James E. Wilson refuse to go on camera and are all implicated in the illegal backfilings.
CSI: Carson City, An ANTI-Corruption open letter/video to NV Governor Brian Sandoval about the fraud and corruption destroying Nevada by Guy Felton. Recorded May 25, 2012.