Thomas in any way, shape or form. She was in the middle of a very
tough reelection campaign and she was accidentally assigned to a long,
complicated trial that kept her from campaigning as strong as she
Fast forward to the present time, when two judges who are not
connected to Dave Thomas are also “accidentally” assigned to long and
high profile cases that are keeping them from attending organization
lunches, radio interviews, debates and several other public events,
keeping them out of the limelight and giving the opportunity to Dave
Thomas’ clients to attend all those events.
The picture may be coincidental, but not “accidental,” and maybe
someone in the courthouse is helping to keep Thomas’ non-clients out
of the spotlight to give his own clients an edge over their
opposition. If that is the case, the situation should be investigated.
In many cases the challengers to Dave Thomas’ clients are attorneys in
private practice that Dave Thomas’ possible co-conspirators inside the
courthouse have no control over — as to keeping them away from any
public appearances — because they are in control of their court time
and if the judge hearing their cases wants to play any games, the
attorney can send an associate to represent the client.
It is no secret that Las Vegas is a country of its own and that
freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and freedom of the press is
a myth at best, if not a dream of many who live here or in Clark
County, but many of those in the legal community who express their
opinions always tell this newspaper not to use their name or that they
do not want to get on Thomas’ bad side.
One attorney told the Las Vegas Tribune that the only way Thomas’
control of the judicial candidates and the courthouse will end is to
do what this newspaper has been saying in its articles, commentaries
and editorials: DO NOT ELECT OR REELECT DAVE THOMAS CLIENTS; that is
how the Thomas dictatorship that he has maintained for the last few
years will end, the attorney said.
The newspaper has maintained that judges who cannot be in control of
their courtroom and who are afraid to upset their campaign manager do
not deserve to be seated on the bench because they are weak wimps that
have sold out, allowing themselves to be told what to do for the
prestige of being called judge or jurist because they can never be
called “Your Honor,” not having any.
In an article that appeared in the daily paper, penned by the only and
most ethical and respected journalist of our time, Jane Ann Morrison,
one sitting judge and one of Dave Thomas’ clients, Judge Rob Bear, in
Department 32 of District Court, stated Dave tried to steer the guy
somewhere else. I had no idea Dave was doing this; it’s part of the
“The conversation was about a minute long, and his main objective was
to tell me I got an opponent and tell me about this back-and-forth
between him and Tindall,” Judge Bear said.
In the same article that the daily newspaper printed that, it said
that another who withdrew was Ross Smillie. He filed first against
District Judge Jessie Walsh on Jan. 16, and then filed against
District Judge Michael Villani the next day.
Today Judge Walsh was dragged into an election controversy when a
local attorney told the daily paper that he talked to a candidate who
filed against District Judge Jessie Walsh, who now is unopposed.
Attorney Robert Eglet volunteered the information to Morrison that
Thomas brought Smillie to see him after Smillie filed against District
Judge Jessie Walsh, who is one of the lowest-rated judges in Las
The move left no doubt that Walsh is no longer an independent jurist
and is part of the clique of the Dave Thomas clan.
It is not a secret that the judicial election is highly regarded among
the legal profession and yet the average citizen does not even know
who the judges are unless they make headlines for one reason or
A good example is the judge who presided over the Sandra
Murphy/Richard Tabish murder trial, Judge Joe Bonaventure. Later on, a
candidate with a close or similar name ran for office and many voters
were under the impression that they were voting for “the judge” — and
the man won the election and destroyed a well-run office; only later
voters learned that John Bonaventura was not the judge in the case in
question, but it was too late… he had already won the election.
Many who read these articles in this newspaper agree, and in many
cases they have told us, under the condition of anonymity, about their
own experience with David Thomas.
In the February 12 edition this year, the Las Vegas Tribune reported:
“During a confrontation at the Filipino Nurses of Southern Nevada
Yearly Gala at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, prominent political
consultant Johnny Jackson was verbally attacked by fellow consultant
Thomas. The incident occurred when Jackson approached Thomas to
welcome him to the event and was rudely ignored by Thomas, the husband
of District Court Judge Nancy Alf, who told Jackson to stay away from
Las Vegas Tribune learned that Judge Bill Kephart had to intervene in
the argument to avoid having the incident escalate. During a segment
on Face the Tribune radio show, Jackson explained that several of
Thomas’ unhappy candidates had been jumping the fence asking Jackson
to run their political campaigns.
Judge Jerry Tao, one of the protégés of U.S. Senator Harry Reid on the
Democratic side, and police union puppet David Roger on the Republican
side, is a client of David Thomas.
Everyone who starts to run against Tao is persuaded not to run in that
race or seems to develop a sudden change of mind after spending money
for the filing.
“Judge Jerry Tao is such a ‘good’ judge that during the last election
the attorney that ran against him almost won with less than a two
percent edge without even campaigning, making public appearances or
attending political events or holding fundraisings,” the Las Vegas
Tribune once wrote.
This year, that same attorney filed again to run against Tao, but
later, inexplicably, withdrew from the race after playing musical
chairs with Thomas’ clients.
Risking the possibility of being guilty of editorializing in what is
supposed to be an article, it is this newspaper’s obligation and
responsibility to remind Clark County voters that they should check
the judicial candidates’ background and their connection and
relationship with their campaign managers to make sure that there are
no ethical violations or any other possible dubious communications
between the campaign manager and his client, and specifically no
coercion from the campaign manager and the client challenger.
Those judges under Dave Thomas’ control should not be elected.