Many times people using the services of an attorney complain because
they feel that the legal representation was not the best possible
representation and they consider it a reason for a malpractice suit;
but when an attorney is dedicated, loyal to his/her client, and puts
his best effort into a fair defense, some unscrupulous individuals can
use it to attack the integrity, professionalism and good name of that
That is the case with attorney John Glenn Watkins now that he is
running for a judicial position against a Dave Thomas client. How dare
they attack him in that way!
We’re not seeing anything new during this political season. Former Las
Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was — and still is, after leaving office —
referred to as the “Mob lawyer” because some of his clients were a
little colorful or had better name recognition than those critics of
The late Robert Faiss was well-known for offering a great defense to
clients in the gaming industry and most people with gaming issues
tried to hire him if they could afford him.
The Greco Law Group replaced the late attorney Bucky Buchanan in
defending prostitution cases, and the law group has since become
well-known by its unofficially dubbed moniker of “the working girls’
It is only natural that people hire attorneys that may have been
proven experts in one field or another to utilize that attorney’s
experience and expertise.
Attorney Robert Draskovich has become an expert on sexual predators
and sexual assault cases; does that make him a bad person? Of course
John Glenn Watkins, during his 34 years practicing law, has
specialized in cases of DUI, reckless driving and other issues in that
For years, Attorney John Watkins has been praised by those who know
him, work with him — and even are on opposite sides in the courtroom —
for his ethics and his professionalism.
But now that Watkins is running for a judicial seat against one of
campaign bully Dave Thomas’ clients, a group of sold-out political
wannabes have come out of the closet to attack not only his success,
but his integrity, ethics, principles and professionalism, forcing the
attorney to file an election integrity violation report with the
Nevada Secretary of State.
In the report Watkins stated that a man by the name of Tony Dane, who
claims to be the president of a Political Action Committee (PAC) that
no longer exists, uses the United State Postal Service to send
defamatory information about him to the voters of Clark County.
Coincidentally the address that appears with the Secretary of State
for the inactive Political Action Committee, Conservative Republican
Caucus, is the same address as John Watkins’ opponent’s bully campaign
manager, Dave Thomas.
Watkins is running for District Court Judge in Department 2 — vacated
by retiring controversial Judge Valerie Vega — and had four contenders
in the June 10 Primary Election yet came out second in the race with
only 8 percent less than first place.
Thomas, the husband of District Court Judge Nancy Alf, AKA Nancy
Thomas, has the reputation of being a bully and is known for taking
candidates from races where he has “his person” in that seat.
Accusing Attorney John Watkins of helping his clients escape justice
may be considered a little inflammatory statement when his duty is to
represent his client to the best of his ability and could backfire on
his opponent’s intention when allowing his campaign manager to hire a
non- existing Political Action Committee to defame a decent person and
a dedicated individual that is known for his “by the book” approach.
In Nevada it is a common procedure to “negotiate” the crimes to the
benefit of the office of the District Attorney through a Deputy that
is looking at his conviction rate for future political advancement;
more than half of the judges in Clark County are products of the
District Attorney’s office.
In other words it is not what Attorney John G. Watkins offers his
clients; instead, it is what the Deputy District Attorney could offer
to Attorney John G. Watkins’ clients, regardless of whether it is DUI
or any other criminal offense.
We went online to see a bigger DUI picture. Below is the success story
for one law firm in the month of May only; of course, no one in that
law office is running against Dave Thomas’ clients — or for any
judicial position, for that matter.
—Charged with DUI 2nd and Failure to Maintain Travel Lane; BAC .180/.174
Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving/2nd for enhancements after $1,000
fine, VIP, DUI School, Coroners Program, stay out of trouble; other
—Charged with Obstructing a Public Officer.
Outcome: Reduced to disorderly conduct after $500 fine.
—Charged with DUI Drugs (MJ), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
Driving with no headlamps.
Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving after $707 fine, VIP, DUI School,
stay out of trouble; other charges dismissed.
—Charged with DUI causing Substantial Bodily Harm (Category B Felony) BAC .336
Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving after $585 court fine; DUI class;
VIP; Coroners visitation class; Interlock device; stay out of trouble.
—Charged with DUI 1st with Accident BAC .166
Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving after $685 court fine; DUI class;
VIP; stay out of trouble.
—Charged with DUI 1st with accident, BAC .13
Outcome: Submittal; reduced to Reckless driving after $707 court fine;
DUI school; VIP; Coroner’s Program; stay out of trouble.
The above references are only one month’s work in only one law office;
it makes one wonder how many of such “negotiated” cases are out there
driving around that are not clients of Attorney John G. Watkins, who
is being singled out by a campaign manager with a dubious reputation
and a Political Action Committee that is operating under the radar.