The “most influential newspaper in Nevada” (their opinion, not ours) is working hard in its efforts to regain some credibility within the community it claims to represent, and some of its endorsements choices have earned them a “C” for trying.
We agree with the daily newspaper in their choice for District Court Department 4 — and with its explanation. Judge Early should be allowed a full judgeship term before she can be judged by Clark County voters in her performance.
Please notice that we say “before she can be judged by Clark County voters in her performance,” not judged by the newspaper, because newspapers are not supposed to tell its readers for whom to vote, but merely offer information as to which candidates would be worth one’s vote and why, even though we all get tempted to be more influential.
In Department 5 we also agree with the daily newspaper. In the beginning we were not sure about Judge Carolyn Ellsworth and to a point, were unfair to her until we learned the other side of the story; what we heard merited reason for us to apologize to Judge Ellsworth publicly and in print and make an effort to correct our mistake.
Judge Carolyn Ellsworth has principles, ethics and a great respect for the Constitution and the litigants in front of her. We have to give the daily newspaper kudos for that selection.
In the race for Department 8 we cannot agree more with the daily newspaper; the current judge is out of his league, has no business being in there, and it is time for the people of Clark County to get a judge that can respect them and treat them as human beings. With more than 30 reversals from the Nevada Supreme Court, the people of Clark County will be better served by allowing Judge Doug Smith to join the firm of his pals, Pitaro and Fumo, and bring in Christine Guerci-Nyhus to replace him.
Christine Guerci-Nyhus has over twenty years of legal experience in both the courtroom and administration. As Chief Deputy Attorney General, she was instrumental in the smoking ban law passing and was fully involved in prosecuting the HOA scandal that has brought so much shame to the state and to so many people, including those in the judicial and law communities, and in law enforcement at both mid- and high-levels of the police department, many of whom are now awaiting trial.
Quoting the local daily newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “She has served as Henderson’s interim city attorney — she would have been given the permanent job if U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hadn’t intervened to get his son, Josh Reid, the position — and a chief deputy attorney general. Department 8 is desperate for someone who is fair, prepared, and respects and understands the law. The Review-Journal endorses Christine Guerci-Nyhus in District Court, Department 8.” We not only second that motion, but also congratulate the Review-Journal for that endorsement.
The Department 14 incumbent Judge Adriana Escobar was erroneously accused by this newspaper for “trying to mislead the voters” of Clark County with the wrong wording in her campaign signs, which caused the Las Vegas Tribune to apologize to the voters and the Judge for not remembering that she was elected in November 2012 after being
appointed to the bench by Governor Sandoval.
Judge Adriana Escobar’s mother was a very important person to the administration of the first Spanish newspaper in Clark County, the now defunct La Verdad Spanish newspaper; the administration of the Las
Vegas Tribune has known Judge Escobar since she was a young teenager and Judge Escobar’s daughter used to have a radio show on Radio Tribune. We have no reason to antagonize or to diminish the qualifications of Judge Escobar, but when we believed her campaign team was misleading the constituents, we had to weigh our loyalty to the Escobar family against our duty and obligation to our readers and to the community as a whole.
We agree with the daily newspaper and definitely applaud the decision of Radio Tribune for endorsing Judge Adriana Escobar.
This newspaper disagrees wholeheartedly with the decision of Radio Tribune and the Review-Journal in endorsing Judge Jerry Tao in Department 20 because we believe that a judge needs to have “extra” control of his/her temper in order to wear that black robe.
Nothing personal, but if he cannot control his impulses as a candidate, who can tell us that one day he will not throw the gavel at someone he doesn’t agree with?
Radio Tribune and the R-J can endorse him, but we do not agree.