Defining prosecutorial Misconduct

Nevada State Personnel WATCH

neil rombardo is corruptProsecutors commit misconduct when in the course of their professional duties they act in ways that are inconsistent with ethical mandates they are obliged to obey. Such misconduct exists at and near the intersection of two sets of rules: one is the legal rules that bind prosecutors so as to ensure due process – the state and federal constitution, statutory law, rules of criminal procedure, judicial orders, and the like. The other is the ethical standards of the legal profession as expressed in each state bar’s rules of professional responsibility and similar professional codes.

Often an act of prosecutorial misconduct will violate both legal and professional codes. Though, because the codes differ in some ways, sometimes an act of misconduct may violate one code but not the other. Prosecutors are required to abide by both.

Enforcement of the two codes differs. When prosecutors violate legal rules as part of a criminal…

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Nevada Appeal Newspaper reports: Carson DA Mark Krueger moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

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Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

Taxpayer money spent on RETALATION

By Geoff Dornan

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

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But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.

judge tatroSee the Carson City DA filing here: MOTION – Request to re-appoint (1)

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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In the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

However the Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed all 6 charges and counts due to lack of probable cause, the lower standard and the highest standard beyond a reasonable doubt.

Those charges included 3 felonies, gross misdemeanors and the most serious class B felony of solicitation of murder on a judge.

Levi Minor

The libel charged was dismissed because what Robben said was in fact, true.

Robben reported on his website that Carson City resident Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

Robben reported the motive was that Minor’s mother, who also worked at the courthouse,  had an affair with Judge Tatro.

Robben confirmed that Minor told him this in person when he was in custody in the Carson City jail.

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Robben also reported on the alleged breathalyzer test requirements for Judge Tatro before he takes the bench and related DUIs.

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Judge Tatro also was offended when Roben made him look like the joker.

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The bottom line and the facts are Robben did  not solicited murder on Judge Tatro, instead it was the other way around when Robben’s cell-mate (cellie) named Keith Furr attempted to solicit Robben. Robben informed his lawyers and the FBI about the situation prior to being charged. Robben could not report the incident to the Carson City Sheriff (CCSO) since they were the one setting him up. The CCSO would not respond to Robben’s inmate request forms and stole his legal papers. The CCSO still has Robben’s computers after the Douglas County DA has released the property.

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

The CCSO alleges Furr wore a “wire” to secretly record Robben in his cell conspiring with Furr to hire a hit man for a “roofing job”. The recording show Furr solicited Robben and Robben declined. Robben has recording to his lawyers on the phone telling them to contact the FBI immediately because the CCSO is covering up the Tatro shooting incident and they are setting me up with a guy selling me a hit man to kill Judge Tatro. Why would Robben be calling the FBI if he was going to have a hit man kill the judge?

hit man contract out for Judge TatroHowever, Furr later admitted to other inmates in jail he did not were a wire and instead the CCSO secretly surreptitiously listened to the conversations in the cell via the intercom system normally used for emergencies. The CCSO coerced Furr into saying he wore a wire and fabricated a header on the digital audio to make it appear Furr wore a wire. The audio was illegally edited which is tampering of evidence. jp tatro ruthless and toothless

The CCSO and DA needed Furr to allege he wore a wire in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. However, by fabricating the evidence and witness testimony, the CCSO and DA have actually committed crimes against Robben. Robben also said the CCSO listened to all his phone calls which is legal, however the CCSO also listened in on all his attorney conversations in the visiting area via the intercom system just like they did in his cell 24 hours a day. Everything was digitally recorded and mined for anything that could be used against Robben. Inmates are not entitled to privacy in jail, however the secretly surreptitiously recorded data would test the law and show how far the CCSO and Carson City DA went to set up Robben.

Kenny FurlongThe CCSO, DA and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright  (presiding over the cases due to conflict of interests with all Carson Judges and Justice of Peace including JP Tatro and JP Armstrong) dismissed all pending charges against Furr in order to coerce Furr to testify against Robben, however the audio shows Furr doing the solicitation.  Keith Furr has a long criminal record and is currently in jail in Lyon County for serious charges including arson.

Judge Harold G. Albright Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

The CCSO, DA Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright let off Keith Furr for very serious crimes that can be found by a google search of Keith Wayne Furr in Carson City:

April 21, 2014:

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court:

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9:45 p.m.: Keith Wayne Furr, 51, was arrested on a felony possession-of-stolen-property warrant. Also arrested was Melanie Sandomierski, on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and possession of a controlled substance.

Source: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/11126816-113/carson-arrested-warrant-alcohol

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Lyon Deputies Arrest Dayton Man Wanted on Several Charges

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM PDTUpdated: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

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Lyon County deputies have arrested a man they say was wanted on drug and stolen property property charges.

Deputies had been searching for 51-year-old Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton all weekend after receiving a felon warrant for possessing stolen property.

Around 9:45pm Sunday, they received a tip Furr was spotted at his trailer located in the 1000 block of Highway 50. When deputies arrived, they found Furr packing personal belongings into a vehicle. They say when he saw them, he ran away, and after losing him for a brief time, they found running east along Highway 50.

Furr was eventually arrested after a brief struggle.

During the investigation, deputies say an associate of Furr — 43-year-old Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton — was also arrested for harboring a fugitive for possession of a controlled substance.

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Furr is charged with principle to possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal contempt (Carson City Justice Court Warrant), possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of extended protection order.

Furr’s bail is set at $15,920 while Sandomierski’s bail is set at $12,500.

Carson City sheriff’s officers make numerous drug, misdemeanor arrests over weekend

Two men were arrested Sept. 27 and face felony drug charges after Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers found methamphetamine in a console of a van. Both men denied the meth was theirs.

Keith Wayne Furr, 51, and William Dale French, 42, of Dayton were arrested in the 4900 block of Highway 50 East at 5:28 p.m.

According to the arrest report, an officer was patrolling eastbound Highway 50 near Sunrise Road when he noticed a Chevy van with an expired California plate traveling westbound. The officer followed the van to a mobile home park where it drove into a space. The men got out of the vehicle and went around to the back of a mobile home. The men were given instructions to stop what they were doing and put up their hands, which they didn’t do, each rummaging through their pockets, according to the arrest report.

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French told officers that he was a passenger in the van and was just getting a ride. He stated that Furr saw the officer on Highway 50 and stated he knew it was a cop. French told officers that Furr was nervous and drove quickly into the mobile home park. He said they didn’t know anyone who lived in the mobile home park.

A K9 did a drug sniff of the yard of the mobile home park where the dog located a small amount of marijuana along with some cash near a grill. French was asked about the marijuana and he stated it was Furr’s and he is the one who hid it. Officers spoke with Furr who stated that French was the one with the marijuana and was hid it. Furr also stated he knew the officers who stopped him were part of the SET team from the sheriff’s office when he was driving on Highway 50, according to the arrest report.

Department of Alternative Sentencing assisted with the investigation as it was learned that Furr was on a list that allowed for searches. The K9 conducted the search of the van. In the van a hypodermic device was found along with a small amount of methamphetamine and another open bottle of alcohol in the middle console of the van, within reach of both men, the arrest report states.

Officers again asked both about the meth and hypodermic device. Furr said it belonged to French and French said it belonged to Furr, the arrest report states.

Officers then learned that the rear plate of the van had a valid 2014 registration sticker however the registration was expired as of 2010, according to California DMV. The plate was taken for evidence and later booked at the sheriff’s office for fictitious registration. Dispatched advised Furr did not have a valid license in Nevada or California.

Both men were booked. Furr faces the following charges: felony possession of methamphetamine, gross misdemeanor destruction of evidence. Misdemeanors include possession of marijuana, no valid driver’s license, expired registration, no proof of insurance, possession of a hypodermic device, violation of conditions, open container and fictitious registration. Bail: $11,179. French faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence. He also faces the following misdemeanor charges: Possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic device and open container. Bail: $6,874.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office report details initial arrest that led to recovery of 60 stolen weapons

More details have emerged following the arrest Friday of a Dayton man that led to Carson City and Lyon County authorities to recover approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen vehicle and narcotics. Three others were also arrested.

Keith Furr, 52, was arrested on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, contempt of court and criminal contempt and is being held in Carson City with a bail of $23,500.

According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched Friday at around 3 p.m. to the area of Clearview Drive and South Edmonds after a person called dispatch to advise there was a vehicle stuck on top of the next to Prison Hill.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

The man immediately attempted to walk past the officers and appeared nervous, making movements like he was about to run from the officers, the arrest report states.

The officers asked the man who the gun belonged to and Furr said a man that he did not know handed the weapon and a case to him and told him to carry it to the top of the hill. Furr stated the man would meet him shortly thereafter, the arrest report states.

Deputy Kepler walked to the vehicle and checked the license plate through dispatch and advised the plate came back to a subject in Lyon County and then walked back to speak with Furr. As the officer returned, Sgt. Humphrey informed the deputies that Furr was a felon. Furr also admitted to this, the arrest report states. Deputy Kepler and Trotter took the man into custody at 5:12 p.m. for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Dispatch advised Furr was on alternative sentencing, which then placed a hold on Furr for violation of conditions of probation and violation of a court monitored sentence.

Through the combined efforts Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, four people were arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges and parole violations. During the investigation approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen Chevy pickup with a camper shell and illegal narcotics were recovered, authorities from both agencies said.

Both Carson City Sheriff’s Office SET and Lyon County Gang Unit are still following up on leads to other crimes and suspects as a result of the arrests. Because of the investigation and leads into the case, the names of the three other suspects have not been released.

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger

 

Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

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Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level.

He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

See Robben’s website here:

http://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ty-robben-aka-top-ramen-free-at-last-all-charges-dropped/

Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

Robben claims the termination was retaliation for exposing corruption in the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper did a story on Robben’s claims that the new $50 million dollar computer IT system had serious problems costing the State money. Robben also complained about other issues including the mine audits and personnel issues with other employees engaging in inappropriate behavior. Robben’s co-worker Morgan Canfield send numerous pornographic emails to other employees over the State email system and IT director Vince Cherpeski used inappropriate language and discriminated against employees. A Taxation employee other than Robben was so upset with Cherpeski they defecated on his desk!

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/government/taxation-department-losing-tens-millions-dollars-year-ex-employees-say?login=y

Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say

CARSON CITY — The state is losing tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue because of an inefficient computer system that prevents department auditors from reviewing the tax records of companies in a timely manner, according to two former Nevada Taxation Department employees.

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They place the blame primarily on a computer system that, while not antiquated, is slower and not user friendly, saying that a new system is needed.

The department’s annual report, released Jan. 15, shows 1.24 percent of businesses in the state were audited during the past fiscal year, almost half the total in the 2006-07 year, just before a new $40 million tax accounting system went online.

They also said that mismanagement by former Taxation Director Dino DiCianno has contributed to the department’s inability to perform more audits and that he deliberately stopped audits of the mining industry. DiCianno closed the agency’s Elko office in June 2010 as part of a cost-cutting plan by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, though the mining industry was booming and the auditor there could have recovered millions in unpaid mining taxes, they said.

DiCianno, who did not return a phone call seeking comments Tuesday, abruptly retired from state government in March, a day after telling legislators that mining companies had not been audited for two years because he lacked qualified auditors to check their records.

Taxation Department executives told legislators that the mining industry operated on a “self-reporting” tax system.

After DiCianno’s departure, new Gov. Brian Sandoval required the department to undertake mining industry audits.

That work produced $1.2 million in additional revenue from audits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, although the employees said much more could have been secured except for a three-year statute of limitations on unpaid taxes.

Still the employees and their union representative said far more revenue could be secured if the number of audits returned to the total of past years.

“It is our members’ assertion the total number of audits is down because of the computer and software system,” said Vishnu Subramaniam, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041. “Individuals have to pay their fair share of taxes. We should expect the same from Nevada businesses.”

Although no one was critical of his performance, new Taxation Director William Chisel did not return three messages left by the Review-Journal on his office phone over the past week and a half.

Sandoval, however, expressed support Tuesday for Chisel, adding it is the director’s plan to concentrate audits on companies where the returns can be greater.

“I will have a conversation with the director,” Sandoval said. “Mr. Chisel’s background is as an auditor. They are developing systems to go after the higher returning entities.”

Subramaniam arranged for the two former Taxation Department employees to speak with a Review-Journal reporter. They both requested anonymity.

One is still employed in state government. He said he told legislators before the meeting in March that DiCianno was not having the department audit mining companies.

He said he previously worked for a mining company and is proficient in auditing their records. Instead, he was assigned to audit businesses where the return for the state was far less.

This employee said no net proceeds of minerals audits were performed for 10 years.

“We did sales tax audits. We did business tax audits. We did everything but net proceeds of minerals,” he said. “I was stifled by Dino (DiCianno).”

The other source, who said he is familiar with the computer system, said, “It wasn’t right from the beginning. It has been completely dysfunctional.”

The system will not even properly add up numbers, he said.

As an example, he said the system software would show a 990 answer for adding up a group of numbers with an actual sum of 1,000. Replacing it with a new system would cost $100 million, he added.

Auditors for the Taxation Department do not need accounting degrees but can take a couple of night courses to qualify for the job, according to the former taxation auditor. He said pay is too low to attract highly qualified people.

According to the state Personnel Division, tax auditors are paid $39,108 to $69,029 a year, depending on their experience.

A person with a high school degree with previous auditing experience who has completed six credit hours of college accounting classes can be an auditor.

“I would always collect or recover five times or more what I earn,” he said. “The jobs pay for themselves.”

The annual report shows salary expenditures by the Taxation Department increased by about $450,000 to slightly more than $20 million a year in the past fiscal year.

Subramaniam said Sandoval needs to take the leadership to ensure the Taxation Department does more audits and businesses know they are being watched so they will pay their taxes, but with a 1.24 percent audit rate, businesses realize they can fudge their taxes with impunity.

“The least we could be doing is to ensure that Nevada businesses are paying their fair share in taxes — that they are paying what they’re supposed to be paying,” Subramaniam said.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

Nevada Department of Taxation Audits

Year Audits Revenue
produced
Pct. of businesses
audited
2010-11 1,066 $16.2 million 1.24%
2009-10 1,254 15.0 1.35
2008-09 1,397 16.2 1.51
2007-08 1,346 13.4 1.45
2006-07 1,994 19.3 2.08
2005-06 1,668 12.45 2.32
SOURCE: Nevada Department of Taxation
annual report, 2010-11

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Carson City DA Neil Rombardo tries to justify his incompetence against complaint “This extreme — virtually unprecedented — delay should alarm Carson City”

From Nevada Appeal: Jason Woodbury: Delay on death penalty decision is cause for alarm

neil rombardoPlus, the Rombardo is getting divorced because he screwed one of his employees… See Wild wild west law herehttp://wildwildlaw.blogspot.com/2010/01/friday-open-thread.html

And Carson City Judge John Tatro caught lying on the witness stand – DA Neil Rombardo caught giving Judge John Tatro a  “hand job” during testimony! See http://wp.me/p2cFpU-Qd

Note – In 2007 Neil Rombardo DID NOT seek the death penalty in 2007  – The death penalty will not be sought against David Winfield Mitchell, who is charged in the 1982 murder of an 18-year-old woman.

On April 6, police recovered the beaten body of William McCune in the Carson River. Within days, four people were arrested in connection with his murder. On April 10, District Attorney Neil Rombardo issued a press release stating he was considering the death penalty. He said a team would be assembled to help him make his decision.

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neil rombardo is gayThree months later, on July 15, KRNV reported that Mr. Rombardo “might know by the end of this week.”

Six weeks later, we’re still waiting.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Carson City prosecutors might know by the end of this week whether they will seek the death penalty in the murder of William McCune.

The Carson City District Attorney, Neil Rombardo, told News 4 that he is waiting for the results of the autopsy on McCune before he makes a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty.

Prosecutors believe the 62-year-old McCune was beaten and robbed before his body was bound in duct tape and dumped in the Carson River.   He had worked as the head state’s insurance division.

Last Friday, defense attorneys for four people accused in the crime began laying the groundwork for a potential death penalty case. Defense attorneys painted the victim, McCune, as having a “darker side,” asking the judge for permission to obtain court records and information regarding sexual offenses allegedly committed by McCune including information on an arrest of McCune back in 1977 on felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and aggravated crime against nature. Both the D.A. and judge agreed to the defense’s request. The defense says this information is key

The defendants in this case are all young, with youngest being age 20. The Washoe County Coroner’s Office is expected to provide information from the medical examiner’s office on how McCune died, including McCune’s toxicology report.

This extreme — virtually unprecedented — delay should alarm Carson City. 

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Death is different. Ask anyone in the criminal justice system. And while people may debate the death penalty — on both moral and financial terms — there is no debate that current law requires astonishing public expenditures in a capital case. A defendant facing the death penalty is entitled to two attorneys, not just one. Defense attorneys must be “death certified” and paid a higher rate. Dr. Terance Miethe of UNLV determined the trial defense for a single defendant in a capital murder case costs around $200,000 more than a non-capital case. And that is only a portion of the additional costs.

Bound by the law, judges have no meaningful ability to control these expenses. Only the district attorney does. As such, there should be a prompt decision by the D.A. to either pursue the death penalty or not.

Indecision gambles taxpayer dollars on the massive costs of capital procedures in what might be a non-capital case.

william mcCuneWhile Mr. Rombardo has been mulling the choice in this case, a total of eight attorneys have been appointed to represent the defendants. All are being paid at public expense. At public expense, defense investigators and expert witnesses have been hired.

Through Aug. 15, Carson City taxpayers have paid over $78,000 for the defense. But it’s worse than that. To date, not a single witness has testified and not a single piece of evidence has been presented to a jury.

In fact, a trial is still many months — and hundreds of thousands of dollars — away.

The potential waste of taxpayer money, though maddening, is not even the worst consequence of the district attorney’s indecisiveness. The D.A. might very well be painting himself into a corner, where he sees no choice but to pursue the death penalty rather than accepting responsibility for wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. And that is the real tragedy. The adage is true. Death is different. But the objective in a capital case is the same as every other case — justice. If these four ought to face the ultimate penalty for Mr. McCune’s murder, justice — not political necessity — should dictate that outcome.

Jason Woodbury is an attorney in Carson City. source http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/opinion/7882483-113/death-penalty-case-capital

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Carson City DA Neil Rombardo: A rush to judgement is a real cause for concern

Tneil rombardo gayhe August 29, 2013 “opinion” questioning the District Attorney’s decision-making in a pending death penalty case reveals a lack of understanding of the criminal justice system.

Whenever a crime occurs where the death penalty must be considered, the law requires the District Attorney’s Office to consider the victim, the community, and the defendant. The real cause for alarm is that anyone would suggest such a decision be rushed.

As a prosecutor, it is a violation of my ethical code to speak of an on-going case. As a result, I will speak of death penalty cases in general terms.

First, as a representative of the people of the State of Nevada, it is an ethical prosecutor’s job to review every piece of evidence, which can amount to thousands of pages, hundreds of photos, and dozens of audio and video recordings before making a decision on whether someone should be put to death by the State.neil rombardo death

Second, the law permits a prosecutor to make a decision regarding the death penalty 30 days after the preliminary hearing. Any good prosecutor knows that valuable information is obtained during a preliminary hearing — information that should be considered when someone has been murdered and someone else’s life is at stake.

Third, the Nevada Supreme Court requires a defendant to receive two lawyers for every murder until a decision has been made regarding the death penalty. However, what is lost upon the opinion writer is that it is common place for two attorneys to be appointed to a murder case whether the death penalty is being considered or not.

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And, in the long run, the use of two attorneys actually saves taxpayer’s dollars because appeal issues are reduced at the beginning of the process, which is where the real money is spent on these types of cases. Fourth, and here is where it is easy for senseless political attacks, the opinion writer is wholly unaware of what this administration does to resolve these types of cases in a manner that insures justice and saves taxpayer’s dollars.

For example, just this morning, as a result of lengthy negotiations between the District Attorney’s Office and defense counsel, two of the four defendants in the case mentioned by the opinion writer elected to waive their preliminary hearing in accordance with a resolution of the case. In the end, the facts will show that this Office did the right thing by seeking justice for the victim, the victim’s family, the community, and the defendant or defendants in a cost-effective manner.

With regard to the use of taxpayer’s dollars, the current District Attorney’s administration has created the following: (1) victim-witness services to help victims and witnesses navigate their way through the judicial process; (2) the Gang Response Intervention, Prevention, and Suppression (GRIPS) program, which has decreased violent gang activity in Carson City and created community outreach programs to prevent future gang members; (3) the Stop Abuse of the Vulnerable and Elderly (SAVE) program, which raises awareness about abuse of the vulnerable and elderly and has resulted in the successful investigation and prosecution of those who prey on the vulnerable and elderly; (4) vertical prosecution which is a system where the same prosecutor handles a case from beginning to end which reduces costs and promotes efficient use of personnel and resources, and (5) at the encouragement of the District Attorney, the Board of Supervisors voted to become self-insured allowing the city to manage its own risk. All of these policies and decisions have resulted in increased services to the citizens of Carson City and saved taxpayer’s dollars. These same policies further demonstrate fiscally responsible leadership on criminal justice issues and legal public policy issues.

In conclusion, ask yourself this, “If my loved one was murdered or my loved one faced the death penalty, would I want the District Attorney to do the right thing, or would I want him to rush his decision?” The opinion writer suggests the decision should be rushed. I stand by our decision to do the right thing.

Neil A. Rombardo
Carson City District Attorney

SOURCE: http://carsonnow.org/story/08/30/2013/carson-city-da-rush-judgement-real-cause-concern

The death penalty will not be sought against David Winfield Mitchell, who is charged in the 1982 murder of an 18-year-old woman.

The notice was filed in Carson City District Court in Nevada last Wednesday stating Mitchell will not face a sentence of death if convicted on the charge of open murder in the killing of Sheila Jo Harris. Mitchell pleaded not guilty to the charge on December 18.

Harris, 18, was found beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled on January 6, 1982, in the bedroom of her Lompa Lane apartment for which Mitchell was a handyman.

Jury selection in Mitchell’s month-long trial will begin on April 3. Mitchell, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, was arrested on August 18 last year by international police on the Caribbean island, after DNA comparison in 2000 allegedly resulted in a match between evidence found on Harris’ body and clothing and samples of saliva and blood obtained from Mitchell by warrant in the 1980s.

Harris’ former boyfriend and Mitchell were both suspects in the 1982 murder, but investigators were unable to find physical evidence linking them to the crime.

Mitchell was arrested in 1986, but the charges were dismissed in 1987 with a right to refile because of a lack of evidence. He is being held in the Carson City Jail without bail.

Mitchell, 61, a retired Ministry of Works foreman, was arrested on August 18 at Rock City, Laventille, by members of the local Interpol Branch. Mitchell denied having any contact with Harris outside of asking her if she wanted her name on her door when she moved in, according to court records. Newly appointed District Judge Todd Russell, 59, will preside over the case and newly elected District Attorney Neil Rombardo will be in charge of the prosecution.

Shortly after the 1982 murder, Mitchell was deported to his native Trinidad. He had been in the US illegally. After the DNA results were received in 2000, Mitchell’s whereabouts were unknown. In 2003, investigators tracked down Mitchell’s ex-wife in Hawthorne, USA, who said she last contacted the fugitive in Trinidad in 2000.

In January 2005, Interpol, with the assistance of the TT police, found Mitchell living in Mount Hope, Trinidad. He was working as a nightwatchman for the Ministry of Works and Transport. In January last year, a murder charge was formally laid against Mitchell and filed in the Carson City Justice Court in Nevada.

Ty Robben AKA “Top Ramen” Free At Last – All trumped up charges dropped

Ty Robben AKA “Top Ramen” Free At Last – All charges dropped 

Special Prosecutor Douglas Co. DA Mark Jackson drops trumped up charges against Ty Robben accused of murder-for-hire plot against Corrupt Carson City judge John Tatro and other FALSE LIBEL/SLANDER/STALKING CHARGES filed by Judge Tatro 

My story Ty Robben v Carson City is very similar to this movie – Flash of Genius Trailer

 

hit man contract out for Judge Tatro

 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Charges dropped: DA protester out of prison

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A man known for protesting the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and charged with soliciting the murder of a judge in Nevada has been released from prison and his charges dismissed.

South Lake Tahoe resident Ty Robben was released last week after Douglas County, Nev., District Attorney Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation of murder charge, along with a charge of criminal libel — a charge that is not used in California.

Both the criminal libel and solicitation of murder charge concerned Judge John Tatro, Robben said. But, Robben told the Mountain Democrat, he was exercising his 1st Amendment rights for the first charge, and he was not soliciting anything on the second charge. Rather, another prisoner — while Robben, known as “Top Ramen” while incarcerated on the libel charge — propositioned him with a $5,000 “roofing job,” Robben said.

Jackson confirmed he dismissed the charges due to lack of evidence and unlikelihood of conviction. He also noted that the Carson City, Nev., DA’s Office was originally on the case, but was taken off due to having been named in a federal lawsuit Robben filed against them.

Robben credits his faith with seeing him through his time in prison. “My faith in the Lord got me through the darkest period in my life and I pray that I can start to forgive these people for the unforgivable acts of government retaliation using the criminal justice system after I had filed a federal lawsuit in Reno two weeks before I was arrested in California.”

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http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/charges-dropped-da-protester-out-of-prison/

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Fran DuchampApril 17, 2014 – 1:52 pm
Ty is this the end of this for you…for this subject? Are you moving on? Or are you still going forward with the federal lawsuit?

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All charges against South Tahoe resident Ty Robben have now been dropped in jailhouse HIT MAN to kill corrupt Carson City Judge Tatro and Slander/Libel/Internet Stalking

Geoff Dornan
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Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson, the special prosecutor named to handle the cases, previously dismissed libel and harassment charges.

He served notice Thursday that he was dropping the charge Ty Robben AKA “Top Ramen” (new ‘jail name’ obtained at the Carson City jailhouse since it sounds like his name) tried to hire a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Mark Jackson was brought in after the Carson City DA’s office was disqualified from handling the case.

“Based on a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the Carson Township Justice Court,” Jackson said in a statement.

He said that means Robben’s $50,000 bail has been lifted, and all pending charges against him have been dismissed.

“It is my understanding that Mr. Robben is in the process of being released from the Carson City Jail,” Jackson said.

Robben stopped by the Tahoe Daily Tribune Friday and said he was hoping to restore his life and family. He thanked his attorneys for their work to get him released.

“Thank you to Mark Jackson for standing up and supporting the U.S. Constitution,” Robben said.

 

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

Two weeks ago, Jackson dismissed the other case against Robben, which accused him of libel and stalking and two counts of attempting to intimidate Tatro and his family.

He did so stating that Nevada’s libel law was “unconstitutionally vague.” The stalking charge, he said, simply didn’t have enough evidence to support it.

Robben has been battling the state and criminal justice system since he was terminated by the Taxation Department.

He was angry with Tatro for his conviction on charges of disorderly conduct centered on his attempt to — allegedly — serve papers on behalf of a friend on then-NDOT Director Susan Martinovich.

Robben said Judge Tatro and Assistant DA Mark “Freddie” Krueger must resign and criminal charges must be filed against Judge Tatro  for filing a false report against me!Judge Tatro Corrupt

Thank you Douglas County DA Mark Jackson for respecting the US Constitution and my 1st & 14th Amendment rights in these matters and the honor to respect the law(s) and look at the facts unbiased.

Tatro claimed Robben was criminal libel for a posting found here:http://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/the-shooter-of-judge-tatros-door-found-judge-tatro-caught-in-sex-triangle-revenge-scandal/

Robben also posted a story and photos of an alleged requirement for Judge Tatro to take a breathalyzer test prior to taking the bench everyday.

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

Special thanks Attorney  Jarrod Hickman and to the entire State of Nevada Public Defenders office including the folks behind the scenes answering my numerous phone calls from jail.

Are you aware of the ruling in Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.

Video on Carson City 911 call and KRNV news story re NDOT Director Susan Martinovich

click here to go directly to the KRNV mynews4.com FACT FINDER

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http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/snews/10998082-113/robben-jackson-charges-carson

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http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/crime/10985994-113/robben-charges-jackson-carson

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TAHOE MAN CHARGED WITH SOLICITING TO KILL JUDGE

 

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Tahoe man Released after local DA’s office Disqualified — New DA Drops Charges

 

photo 1carson city district attorney Mark Krueger, Judge Tatro and Sheriff Kenny Furlong scandals

 

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hit man contract out for Judge TatroThe Douglas County District Attorney dropped charges Thursday against Ty robben whom Carson City prosecutors had said tried to hire a jail inmate to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Ty Robben, a former Nevada Taxation Department employee, was being held on the charge with a $50,000 bail. Mark Jackson, the district attorney brought on as special prosecutor after Carson City’s DA was removed from the case, said he reviewed the evidence before him and made the decision.
 
In a statement Jackson said:
“Based on a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the Carson Township Justice Court.”
 
Last month Jackson dropped charges of stalking, libel and two counts of intimidation of Tatro and his family, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that Robben was stalking him and his family, and that Nevada’s libel law was vague.
 
 Mark Krueger Carson City DA

Protesters support Ty Robben during an ANTI Corruption May 2014 Capitol City protest against corrupt Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger, corrupt Judge Tatro and corrupt Sheriff Kenny Furlong

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

 

 

South Tahoe man Ty Robben charged with soliciting to kill Carson City judge Tatro using a “Hit Man”

From Minden/ Gardnerville newspaper Record Courier – Click Here for the story:

http://www.recordcourier.com/news/9946316-113/robben-charge-judge-bail

Record CourierA bail hearing was Tuesday for a fired state taxation employee who faces a charge of attempting to solicit someone to kill a Carson City justice of the peace.

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South Lake Tahoe resident Todd Christian Robben, 44, is in custody awaiting trail on two counts of intimidating Judge John Tatro. The additional charges were announced on Monday.

Robben reportedly tried to “solicit another to commit the murder of Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro either directly or through another person.”

Robben, who has been battling the state and the criminal justice system since he was terminated from the Taxation Department more than a year ago, already has been convicted of disorderly conduct.

murder of Judge TatroHe blamed Tatro for his treatment on the disorderly conduct charge involving his attempt to allegedly serve papers on the then-director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Susan Martinovich.

Soliciting to commit murder is by far the most serious charge yet filed against him. It is a Category B felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Robben has asked that his $50,000 bail be reduced. The DA’s office wants it increased.

Visiting judge Senior JP Harold Albright of Sparks will be in Carson City for that hearing, and he is expected to conduct Robben’s appearance on the new felony charge.

Judge Harold G. Albright Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

Public Defender Jarrod Hickman argued in November that Robben thinks he has been treated so unfairly by the DA’s office that his rights have been violated.

They lost an attempt to disqualify the DA’s office from prosecuting Robben on charges of libeling the judge, two counts of attempting to intimidate a public officer and stalking by electronic means.

In addition, Albright refused at that hearing to reduce Robben’s bail.

Those charges, one of which is another felony, are pending.

Read more:

http://www.recordcourier.com/news/9946316-113/robben-charge-judge-bail

Taxpayer money spent on RETALATION

 

Douglas DA drops charges in Carson case

Record CourierMurder solicitation charges have been dropped against a former state worker.Todd  “Ty” Robben now know as “Top Ramen” (jail ‘street’ name) will be released from Carson City Jail, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson announced on Thursday.

Robben has been in jail since last summer after he was arrested for allegedly trying to intimidate Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Jackson dropped that charge in March. In January, he was charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro. “Based upon a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the …

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A man who protested the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office was charged with trying to solicit murder of a judge on Jan. 27.

A complaint in Carson City, Nev., charges Todd “Ty” Robben with trying to solicit the murder of Judge John Tatro. The charge is a Class B Felony, said Carson City Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger, which carries a possible term of two to 15 years.

The complaint alleges that Robben, while already in custody, attempted to solicit another inmate — who was a “cooperative source”— to murder Tatro. Robben, a warrant obtained by the Mountain Democrat shows, was in custody on charges of stalking by electronic means, libel and two counts of intimidating a public officer.

Robben protested outside the El Dorado County DA’s Office and the South Lake Tahoe Courthouse last May after bounty hunters illegally crossed state lines to capture him, he said. Out-of-state bounty hunters require an affidavit and warrant, he previously told the Mountain Democrat. DA Vern Pierson, however, said the matter was handled properly. Robben’s protest focused on what he said was corruption in Pierson’s office for not charging the bounty hunters.

 

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  • WhatFebruary 05, 2014 – 9:34 amDo roses stink? Ty Robben is in a Carson City jail. That’s Nevada and not the DA for this county’s jurisdiction. Robben is a nut job. Good luck passing him off as anything but a nut job.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 05, 2014 – 9:45 amDarlene Joyce No–the Veerkamp that lent money was a different one…and a longtime personal friend of Nutting. Hopefully your friends help you when you ask for it–I know mine do. 🙂Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 10:19 amOh, are they related because Phil seems to hate the DA?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 05, 2014 – 10:25 amIm not sure if every Veerkamp in California is related, but I can say they are not all Phil from this wall.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 05, 2014 – 10:31 amDarlene, honey, I don’t hate the DA. What in the world put that hateful notion in your head? The deal is, Darlene, If YOU found yourself incarcerated (I’m sure that would never happen to you, but pretend.) and YOU had “curious charges” lodged against you by a jailbird wouldn’t you be just the entsy weensy bit suspicious of the charges lodged against you by the JAILBIRD?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 11:35 amPhil, isn’t Robben in a jail in Nevada? Did you say this at 9:38 pm? Given the lack of detail but having read about Robben’s protest in front of the courthouse it is not a great stretch to surmise that Ty Robben really @#!*% off Vern Pearson? And is this your statement at 9:43 pm, I just have to wonder about how many “Ty Robbens” it takes to get the message across, “Don’t f#*k with Vern.” I would have to answer your question of what put the thought in my head of you hating Vern Pierson? Then it would be your own words. Are you the Veerkamp, or related to the Veerkamp who bailed the supervisor out of jail? I’m trying to connect the dots and wondering why someone would want to defend someone who made death threats toward a judge in Nevada.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 11:39 amBTW Phil Veerkamp I don’t know anything about you. I would like to stand up for myself and point out that you calling me “honey” is misogynistic. Do you hate women Phil?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • justice insiderFebruary 05, 2014 – 11:46 amPierson is an honorable man ….. no matter that Ty Robbens surrounded the court house with a CRIME SCENE banner …… no matter that Robbens accused Pierson of a COVERUP. Pierson is an honorable man …… he will allow Robbens’ attorneys to interview the anonymous COOPERATIVE SOURCE. Pierson is an honorable man.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • citizenFebruary 05, 2014 – 11:50 amIs Ty Robben an honorable man?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • justice insiderFebruary 05, 2014 – 11:54 amDarlene ….. ask Vern.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 12:09 pmJustice Insider- Ask Vern what? You appear to either be a friend of Ty Robben or angry at Vern Pierson. Has he done something to you?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • watcherFebruary 05, 2014 – 2:09 pmHere’s a more detailed story regarding Ty Robbenhttp://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/9375157-113/case-charged-district-robbenReply | Report abusive comment
  • A rose is a roseFebruary 05, 2014 – 3:26 pmTy may be unconventional, but not a nut job. He’s definitely got balls, more than can be said for Pierson. It’s about time somebody shed some light on the justice system. Something doesn’t smell right about the DAs story.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • watcherFebruary 05, 2014 – 3:40 pmRose, you do realize that Robben is in a Nevada jail for @#!*% off the Ormsby County DA. As well as harassing a sitting Nevada judge and the judges family right? That illustrates irrashional behavior. He wishes that Vern had dealt with him. At least he’d be in one of our jail cells and not in a Nevada hole. Robben is a creepy strange nut job. He might be your friend but so what. You claim Robben’s unconventional and has balls…I’ll bet Robben has no need for his balls where he’s at now.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • observerFebruary 05, 2014 – 4:08 pmDA’s BFFs WATCHER and WHAT use creepy nut job argument; case closedReply | Report abusive comment
  • A rose is a roseFebruary 05, 2014 – 7:29 pmObserver, excellent observation about WHAT and WATCHER. You hit the nail on the head. BFFs or one and the same? EDC has it’s own Chicago style mafia working from the inside out of the DOJ. Ty is lucky they haven’t fitted him with cement shoes yet.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • cobblerFebruary 05, 2014 – 7:48 pmcement shoes sure as nuts would put an end to that shocking electronic stockingReply | Report abusive comment
  • LakesiderFebruary 05, 2014 – 6:44 pmDarlene, Doug is Phil’s Cousin. I don’t see why he won’t just tell you…Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 05, 2014 – 8:37 pmDarlin’ Darlene, Doug’s Grandpa, Maurice, was one of my Dad’s three brothers. My dad, Sammy(to his friends), and Maurice were business partners. Maurice operated the Pino Vista Dairy(next to the Chamber of Commerce). Dad produced the milk out at Gold Hill. I worked with Dad until 1988 when it was no-longer economically feasible to continue. I think that makes Doug a second cousin. Darline, you called me a hater. I called you Darlin’. Let’s make a deal. You don’t call me a hater. I won’t call you darlin’ Darlene.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 8:20 pmVery well then that explains a lot about this scenario. Are the Veerkamps and the Robben’s close friends? Mr Robben appears to live in Nevada and has had quite a bit of a problem there with many different government people. How is he connected here in Placerville? From what I’ve read from news stories not generated by Mr Robben it doesn’t appears that he is shall I say, unique. The Veerkamp’s must know something I don’t.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 05, 2014 – 8:21 pmdoes appear he’s unique. SorryReply | Report abusive comment
  • justice insiderFebruary 05, 2014 – 8:40 pmDarlene is the mother of what, which and watcher and where.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 05, 2014 – 8:48 pmYou don’t have to call me darlin’, Darlin’ ~~~ (brain skip) LINK – David Allan Coe – You Never Even Called Me By My NameReply | Report abusive comment

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  • Darlene JoyceFebruary 06, 2014 – 8:31 amMr Veerkamp, where do I begin. You didn’t call me Darlin’ until your last two post. Not the first time someone has twisted my name. But still very insulting.You addressed me as “Darlene, honey,”. It is self evident, that on the surface you don’t actually add anything to this situation. I can see now that you are trying to play the roll of a protagonist in this story. How ever I can’t help myself but ad an “unless” to this scenario. Mr Veerkamp are you a friend of Mr Robben?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Vigor MortisFebruary 06, 2014 – 8:51 amMs Joyce where do I begin. It is self evident, that on the surface you don’t actually add anything to this situation. I can see now that you are trying to play the roll of helpless victim in this story. How ever I can’t help myself but ad an “unless” to this scenario. Ms Joyce whose friend are you?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 06, 2014 – 8:56 amNo. My first awareness of Mr. Robbin was From page A1 | May 24, 2013 (link posted by me at February 04, 2014 – 10:00 pm)Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mickie SantayanaFebruary 06, 2014 – 9:09 amMr Robbins was protesting about bounty hunters. I didn’t even know there were such things in this neck of the woods.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 9:20 amRight or wrong–Mr. Robben posted his words with passion on many sites. In this room–on this wall…friends and enemies interact in a “new” reality. Even if I dont agree with someone–I listen for the passion behind the written word…his were never “flatlined” <–he believes what he wrote. I raise an eyebrow from this..”was in custody on charges of stalking by electronic means, libel and two counts of intimidating a public officer.” Now he is bumped up to intent to “murder” someone? But I will wait for the courts to decide. Bounty hunters do exist–I have met three up here. I thought the same thing…that they only existed in books anymore. I was wrong. The wild wild west. 🙂Reply | Report abusive comment
  • R.J. CarterFebruary 06, 2014 – 9:45 amA couple months ago Mr Robbens was doing his thing with the bull-horn and the crime scene tape outside the D.A’s office on Main St…..I was at the pizza place across the street so I walked over to talk to Robbens to see “whats-sup”…..I’d never met the guy, but for what it’s worth, my impression of him was that he wasn’t crazy, it just seemed the D.A. had him really @#!*% off about something and he was venting…….About the time Robbens began explaining his beef with the D.A. it to me, Vern Pierson walks up to us and started telling him to chill-out and just let their lawyers handle everything……….Not being a big Vern Pierson fan myself, and with my pizza was getting cold, I went back across the street to mind my own biz…….Anyway I’m sorry Robbens is in jail, but the man was just soooo angry…..Maybe he had cause to be, who knows???…..Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 11:42 amRJ: I, too, plucked up my courage to speak with the picketing Mr. Robben. He wasn’t the least bit terrifying and didn’t seem crazy.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • J LiviFebruary 06, 2014 – 10:28 amTy Robbens says that crime victims have rights and innocent persons should not be prosecuted by DA who hides exculpatory evidence from the defense. He says the DA spends thousands of taxpayer $$$s to quash Victims Rights laws and thinks victims are not “beneficially interest” persons when they have been victimized by crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, pedophilia, assault & battery.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • James E.February 06, 2014 – 10:37 amThe charge of solicitation of murder came from a ‘cooperative’ cell mate??? Perhaps for the benefit of a good deal for the ‘cooperative’ call mate? Thin soup.Reply | Report abusive comment

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  • Bill WinfieldFebruary 06, 2014 – 11:17 amHe @#!*% off the wrong Judge in Carson City. Maybe an overzealous DA but I don’t think so. No matter what the situation is regarding a legal matter. You need to be smart enough to never mention the sitting Judge’s wife and children on your site. For his sake he better have a good Attorney.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 11:39 amBill Winfield: Please provide a link to the website where Robben mentions a judge’s wife and children.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:06 pmBill: Is THIS Robben’s website? If so, I’m not finding the wife/children reference. INTERESTING: “ He [Robben] spent a total of 22 days in jail – eight in solitary confinement – and nearly another month under house arrest with an ankle monitor. The judge who signed the arrest warrant was Judge John Tatro, the same judge who Ty had attempted to disqualify from his civil case due to judicial bias. The assault charge was eventually dropped. In December 2012, Judge Tatro woke up to the sound of gunfire at his home around 4:30 am. Two shots entered the front door, passed through the living room, and exited through a sliding glass door. Ty Robben was questioned and immediately cleared. Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:17 pmThe above references THIS 2006 LA Times article: “In Las Vegas, They’re Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck”. It begins: “Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates — and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers.”Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:16 pmAgain…these are very different crimes “was in custody on charges of stalking by electronic means, libel and two counts of intimidating a public officer.” Now he is bumped up to intent to “murder” someone? Electronic stalking–people can claim that if you respond twice on their post…doesnt make it so..esp–if one knows where the person is in real time. Really big leap from posting comments to intent to murder someone… this will be interesting to follow. The DA needs kudos…this story will not get those for him. Robben was out there posting–out there in the public protesting..even if people do not respond–he got his message out there…people will watch now. Closely.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:22 pmI sure hope nothing happens to Mr. Robben during his stay in jail…that would look really bad…for the judges–the DA…everyone involved…wow.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:30 pmEvelyn (hello) I found this, “But Robben remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges he libeled and attempted to intimidate Justice of the Peace John Tatro, including what Tatro said he sees as threats to his wife and children.” <—- he sees as threats to his wife and children. robben never said it.http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/9375157-113/case-charged-conduct-disorderlyReply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:43 pmThanks, Fran.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:39 pmMan accused of libeling judge denied lower bail “Robben was incensed by what he considered unfair treatment by Tatro and began a campaign to get the judge removed from office. That campaign escalated to a website that Tatro has said he finds threatening, especially to his wife and children.” <—-nothing on the site…judge is saying he feels it is threatening to his family. Robben still has not said anything.http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/9082702-113/robben-office-tatro-charged.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • A rose is a roseFebruary 06, 2014 – 12:48 pmGlad to see Ty is finally receiving some of the credibility he deserves, albeit the hard way. Just goes to show you can’t always take these biased MD articles seriously. Dig deeper for the facts often via posted comments and links to other sources.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 1:04 pmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsMMnwZpAC0 vid of Robben talking. Ty Robben speaks at the Feb 11, 2013 South Lake Tahoe City…he had no record before these new charges happened. No record…to electronic stalking…in intent to murder. No judgement just links im finding. He does seem very calm though. Just saying. One year later..up on “intent to murder ?”Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 1:17 pm. . . definitely worth watching, Fran. The video quality is a bit “bouncy” but the audio is perfect. HERE (3 min. video) In it Robben identifies his home website. I’ll post that link, next comment.Reply | Report abusive comment

 @#!*%  you john tatro, go kill yourself

 

  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 1:19 pmRobben’s website: HEREReply | Report abusive comment
  • 1036-FrankFebruary 06, 2014 – 1:49 pmThere are plenty of videos of this guy, Todd Ty Robbens, in action all over the place including S. Lake Tahoe where he was demanding the resignation of the Police Chief for something and it looks like he is someone who had problems with law enforcement and judges and DA’s in two states and several counties. His road to felony charges has as much to do with threats being made and recorded while in jail over the phone it looks like as it does with a jail informant. He was also reported to have no less then five restraining orders against him from co-workers alone according to a News4 Reno report where he was maintaining that the state court was not filing papers and then backdating them regarding his termination from employment case and he was at that time given an order not to have any contact with court staff by a Judge Wilson. People should always look into the background of someone making claims of large conspiracies and the other guy did it and be suspect of it. This case isn’t looking good for him and his previous acts speak for themselves.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 2:16 pmFrank: It’s more difficult to discount people making SPECIFIC statements that can be checked as opposed to loose allegations. In the posted video Robben’s SPECIFIC statements during City Council Open Forum are responded to accordingly.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 2:07 pmOR– it looks like someone over one years time…is trying to make a point. shrugging shoulders. They are all connected items–not separate. Just saying. I dont know who is guilty or not…story just seems odd.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 2:24 pmTHIS is the case Frank references. “Carson City man claims court clerk backdating documents” – 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. “The document wasn’t in the file,” he said. “It’s a big public concern because the public has a right to a fair court system.” . . . . . . . . . .Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 1036-FrankFebruary 06, 2014 – 2:44 pmThe first question people might have is to ask themselves how many co-workers they know who while employed have ever had restraining orders from co- workers filed against them regarding their employment? I’ve never seen it locally although as anything it could happen. In his case News4 Reno said there were five. This was in the story about his claiming the court docs weren’t filed properly when the court staff said they were and this looks like it went to the Attorney General if not the Supreme Court as there are so many court filings it is hard to tell and this isn’t the same judge as now. These kind of orders prohibiting conduct of an employee would in a restraining order would about make it mandatory to terminate them on the orders alone because of the inability of others to perform their jobs along with creating a hostile work place problem. This is but one of many things that tell the back-story, which I believe is the real story. The two recent Nevada Appeal articles are also relevant about the threats made over the recorded jail phone which are being used for felony charges along with an informant. These troubles and allegations are involving way too many people in different areas and states for them to be all or any of them legitimate in my book.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • justice for allFebruary 06, 2014 – 2:52 pmThis on going questionable behavior of our DA’s office is why we will want to question any of his employees past or present that run or are running for any political offices.Reply | Report abusive comment

JUDGE TATRO JOKER

  • 1036-FrankFebruary 06, 2014 – 3:09 pmIn this case of Robbens, He was like a one man war against law enforcement, the justice system, and the courts and local govt. This is not a winning game, and worse if tried in two states and several counties. the local DA was smart and ignored him from what I can tell and these kind of people like Robbens want attention and he didn’t get much, and the public support wasn’t there, though he would certainly be a tool to use for the “others are more corrupt” then me gang of operatives. The same ones claiming that Joe, Ron, Vern, and whoever are the ones that “Did it.”Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynFebruary 06, 2014 – 3:21 pmFrank: I don’t see anyone making the “others are more corrupt” then me argument. One person, however, DID make a statement about Robben that appears to have been incorrect, namely that he might have threatened a judge’s wife and children on his website. Surely everyone here wants the same thing: TRUTH & JUSTICE.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Fran DuchampFebruary 06, 2014 – 3:26 pm“This is not a winning game, and worse if tried in two states and several counties.” are you saying that if something is corrupt–the regular person doesnt have a chance? and states? california and Nevada–up here…are pretty much one and the same…because of the state line in tahoe. but aside from that who s Ron? You are using first names on people Ron Briggs? How come you brought him into this debate? I like Mr. Briggs….some reason I shouldnt?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dave M.February 06, 2014 – 7:49 pmThere are many reasons you shouldn’t like Briggs or what he does. Watch some of the past BOS videos, read the comments in these blogs and do your research. The only reason he was elected to office was because of his father.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Oh BrotherFebruary 06, 2014 – 4:02 pmtestReply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 06, 2014 – 4:17 pmA++ OB – good job!Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Oh BrotherFebruary 06, 2014 – 5:16 pmThanks for the good grade Phil 🙂 the test is conserving water, electricity, propane and my brain!!Reply | Report abusive comment

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  • TY Robben AKA “Top Ramen” Free At Last – All charges dropped | Nevada State Personnel WatchApril 11, 2014 – 7:42 am[…] DA protester charged with trying to solicit murder […]Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 7:55 amDOUGLAS DA DROPS CHARGES IN CARSON CASE – HERE:Robben has been in jail since last summer after he was arrested for allegedly trying to intimidate Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Jackson dropped that charge in March. In January, he was charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro. “Based upon a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • silly rabbitApril 11, 2014 – 8:18 amIt will indeed be interesting Evelyn to see if the MD reports this news story. Haven’t seen a blow by blow of Nutting’s trial either. All is quiet with issues surrounding the District Attorney and his office.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Cole MayerApril 11, 2014 – 8:25 amRabbit – No promises. I’ve reached out to the two DAs that have been involved, though. I found out about this earlier this morning (about 15 minutes before Evelyn posted, in fact). As for the Nutting trial – unless you want a blow-by-blow of the jury selection process, there’s not much to say quite yet.Reply | Report abusive comment

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  • silly rabbitApril 11, 2014 – 8:37 amAnd Chris Daley says the MD staff doesn’t read the on line comments in his response regarding comment deletions. Quick to defend a story that involves our DA and his staff. And answered the comment very quickly..dang.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 8:26 amCole Mayer: You hold extraordinary power to destroy a person’s reputation via the printed word. How about risking one small step toward the rehabilitation of Ty Robben’s reputation? That’s THE LEAST you owe him.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 8:28 amCole: Your above duly noted. Thank you.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 8:30 am. . . actually, @7:42 am (above) Robben’s release was noted. I simply went online to confirm.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 9:46 amIT’S ELECTION SEASON: The smears, innuendos & evasions practiced by sundry commenters on this thread are S.O.P. Watch for them; they recur regularly elsewhere. Treat them with the contempt they deserve.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 3:31 pmSo . . . Ty Robben is innocent. Having been wrongfully incarcerated for a prolonged period, much of it in solitary confinement, will he ask for redress of grievances?Reply | Report abusive comment

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  • agent provocateurApril 11, 2014 – 4:43 pmThe Douglas County District Attorney dropped charges Thursday against a man whom Carson City prosecutors had said tried to hire a jail inmate to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Ty Robben, a former Nevada Taxation Department employee, was being held on the charge with a $50,000 bail. Mark Jackson, the district attorney brought on as special prosecutor after Carson City’s DA was removed from the case, said he reviewed the evidence before him and made the decision. In a statement Jackson said: “Based on a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the Carson Township Justice Court.” Last month Jackson dropped charges of stalking, libel and two counts of intimidation of Tatro and his family, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that Robben was stalking him and his family, and that Nevada’s libel law was vague.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • agent provocateurApril 11, 2014 – 4:45 pmhttp://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ty-robben-aka-top-ramen-free-at-last-all-charges-dropped/Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 11, 2014 – 8:02 pmFrom Cole Mayer’s 2/5/14 article (above): “DA Vern Pierson, however, said the matter was handled properly. “Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Phil VeerkampApril 11, 2014 – 8:24 pm” . . . Robben’s protest focused on what he said wascorruption in Pierson’s office for not charging the bounty hunters. ~~~ Naah . . . none ’round these parts, Pilgrim.Reply | Report abusive comment

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 12, 2014 – 6:13 am. . . on the other hand . . . looking on the bright side . . . LINK – A charge of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby was dropped Saturday during a court hearing . . .~~~ GOOD MORNING EDC! ^!!^Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 7:40 amPROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT – HERE: “Based on a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the Carson Township Justice Court.”Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 7:47 amHERE: “[Douglas County DA Mark Jackson] said that means Robben’s $50,000 bail has been lifted, and all pending charges against him have been dismissed. … The stalking charge, he said, simply didn’t have enough evidence to support it.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 7:55 amCole Mayer: Any word yet from the two involved DAs?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • silly rabbitApril 12, 2014 – 9:15 amI am not completely knowledgeable about this guy and the situation, but, I commend him for sticking by his guns and not taking plead outs etc to something he didn’t do. My chief complaint with our judicial system in this county is the DA’s office pushing plead out down a person’s throat and the public and private attorneys going along with it. Once again, always go to trial with a jury of your peers and don’t take deals and pleas. And hold those darn attorneys accountable to do the job they swore to do. And yes Cole Mayer, what statement does Vern Pierson have now?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 5:48 pmCole Mayer: No word yet from the DA about Ty Robben’s release?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 5:51 pmP.S. I should think he would be greatly relieved to learn that the charge of solicitation of murder had been found baseless. Nasty business, that.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • James E.April 12, 2014 – 6:01 pmEvelyn, I haven’t been following that case. Who made all these false charges that had to be dismissed in the light of day?Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynApril 12, 2014 – 6:21 pmJames: To completely unravel this story, going back to the very very VERY beginning, would tax me beyond capacity. At the simplest level, let’s just say that Ty Robben did not turn the DA into his bosom buddy by publicly accusing him of corruption. If you don’t feel like doing any reading, just scroll down to the photos HERE.Reply | Report abusive comment

CSI: Carson City, An ANTI-Corruption movement open letter/video to NV Governor Brian Sandoval (and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto) about the treason, tyranny, fraud and corruption destroying Nevada by Guy Felton. Recorded May 25, 2012

 
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Reno Justice of the Peace Harold Albright has ordered an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Robben remains in jail. He has been there since the original charges were filed last year that accuse him of
Published: April 3, 2014
 
 
 
The special prosecutor handling charges against fired ex-Taxation employee Ty Robben has ordered one of the two cases dismissed. But Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said he and his staff still are investigating the second and much more serious case accusing Robben of trying to hire a hit-man to kill Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro. The
Published: March 27, 2014
 
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Ty Robben, the fired state taxation employee charged with two counts of intimidating Justice of the Peace John Tatro, now is charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro. Robben, who is in jail awaiting trial on the original charges, reportedly tried to “solicit another to commit the murder of Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro either
Published: January 27, 2014

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Hearing for Ty Robben in hit man case set for April 23

… an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hitman to kill Carson …

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Man accused of libeling judge denied lower bail

… Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal Ty Robben, who is facing charges he libeled and tried to intimidate Justice of the …

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Fired state employee faces charge of soliciting murder of Carson City Judge Tatro

… sometime between Jan. 18 and Jan. 27 of this year Robben, “did counsel, hire command or otherwise solicit another to commit murder.” The criminal complaint states Robbenasked a fellow Carson City jail inmate to kill Tatro either directly or …

Story – Jeff Munson – 01/27/2014 – 22:49 – 0 attachments

South Lake Tahoe man faces felony stalking, three gross misdemeanor charges

… of intimidating a public officer. Todd Christian Robben was transported Nov. 9, 11 a.m. from El Dorado County Jail to Carson City Jail on a Carson Township warrant. Robben had signed a waiver of extradition in Superior Court in the state of …

Story – Jeff Munson – 11/11/2013 – 12:58 – 0 attachments

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

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:

http://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

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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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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Commissioners deny merit pay claim

by Nancy Dallas on September 10, 2012

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)

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