Most of the times these people didn’t even take the time to go vote; or if they did, they voted for the same person they now are complaining about.
I understand when people who are incarcerated try to keep their names off the articles because they may be punished to the extreme by the guards inside, but if something unnatural happens in a prison and someone brings it to our attention, we need to have some kind of flexibility to report that information.
I was told that some inmates at the High Desert prison are forced to take showers handcuffed and with shackles, and I wonder if the guards are thinking that the inmates could escape from the prison naked.
How can I talk to anyone about such an incident if it is only one person telling the story and no one else dares to talk about, confirm or even deny the issue?
The problem is that the system wants to always be right; they cannot accept the fact that sometimes the other side may be right or almost right, and there is room for speculation or considering the other side.
Take for example the grandmother that was not able to visit her grandkids who were leaving with the maternal grandparents, but Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan deprived her of her visitation rights and allowed the kids to be taken out of state and a judgment was issued barring her from seeing the kids.
Well, some time later one of the maternal grandparents passed away and the other one was placed in a hospice. I don’t know which one died or which one is at the hospice, but the fact is that now the kids are in the care of strangers when they could be with a grandmother who cares about them and loves them. Ironic, yes, and even criminal!
There is a judge that raised a defendant’s bail up to a million dollars because he did not believe that the man was sincere in how he said “thank you” to the judge.
The same judge ignored the plea agreement between the prosecutor and a defendant and sentenced another man to thirty-five years because he did not know if “in eight years he will commit a similar crime,” making it a precedent for a judge not honoring or accepting a plea agreement presented by the prosecution’s office.
There is a judge that remanded a defendant just because he did not like the defense attorney; this may not sound like something that could be true, but it is the truth and nothing but the truth.
I wanted to know who that judge was, but the person telling me thestory did not want to get involved because “the judge is a very vindictive judge” and could make his life a living agony.
I asked the name of the attorney, but my source claimed not to know the attorney in the middle of all this mess, which I did not believe to be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
I hope that whoever the attorney is will contact me so I can write the story, but if by accident that attorney does not read my column, I hope he/she has the common sense to bring that judge to the bar before or after the case is appealed at the appellate court level.
This is the most unheard of, the most remarkable, the most incredible case of injustice I ever heard of — what is wrong with people nowadays?
Are these judges taking their “power” for granted? Do they really think they are above the law and that they can take people for granted?
That is why I keep telling all these people walking into my office with a complaint or with stories about the system that the only way they can try to stop all this nonsense is by exposing it all and also by voting those judges out of office.
I know, sometimes voting is not the most reliable modus operandi for getting rid of the bad apples, but it may help a little if they all take the time to educate themselves and help each other to expose the wrongdoings so others can learn the truth before casting their vote.
Six years seems to be long time, but it’s not really; six years goes by fast — and then, acting as concerned citizens and educated members of our society, our court system can be taken to a very high level.
It may sound like a dream of mine but it makes it easy for me to get up in the morning and keep trying to make my community a better and cleaner community.
And people, it is not the judiciary system only: let’s not forget those so-called politicians in Carson City; let’s write down all the promises they make while campaigning and hold them to each and every one.
It is time to become brave and confront all the people that are playing games with the future generations; it is up to all of us to watch out for them, to protect their futures, to leave them a clean, corruption-free territory that could be an example to the rest of the country.
I can remember when other states did not even give the weather in Las Vegas because of the bad reputation we used to have, but I can assure all of you that life in Las Vegas was better and safer back then than it is today.
We allowed all those transplants from everywhere else to come here and change everything to their taste and choice, and what do we have left of Las Vegas now? Nothing, because this is not even Las Vegas anymore; it is now called just Vegas. And this is not even a desert anymore; we now live in “the Valley” — and what is sad is that the old-timers are
either dead or giving up, or quite frankly, just don’t give a damn.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)