Mr. Richard Scotti is a judicial candidate for District Court
Department 2 and his campaign manager is none other than Dave Thomas,
AKA The Judicial Bully. After a derogatory flier was distributed with
false information about Mr. Scotti’s opponent, we learned that Mr.
Scotti has denied any involvement in the distribution of such flier
and claims that he did not know anything about it.
If Mr. Scotti really is as honest, pure and ethical as he pretends to
be, and as fair as he wants the constituents to believe, he would have
picked up the telephone and called his opponent, Mr. John G. Watkins,
and apologized to him for what his campaign manager and his allies
have done and assured Mr. Watkins that he does not operate that way
and that he does not condone what his campaign team has done.
Mr. Scotti has proven once again what the Las Vegas Tribune has been
saying for years: the candidates under contract with Dave Thomas are
not in control or in charge of their campaign and have no say-so in
the modus operandi of the management team.
If Mr. Scotti would hold his name high — as a result of having the
same ethics and the same honor as Mr. Watkins — he would not allow his
campaign team to involve his name in such dirty tricks.
Yes, it is well known that during election campaigns — and in this
case, when the polls showed Watkins ahead of Scotti — campaign teams
often go for the low blows to try to turn public opinion around.
Criticizing John Glenn Watkins for offering his clients a strong
defense — which is what any good attorney should do — is not only
unfair, but a cowardly thing to do.
Does that mean that if the people of Clark County were unfortunate
enough to have Mr. Scotti as a judge, those coming before him for
driving under the influence (DUI) would not have a chance for a fair
Does that mean that DUI defendants would never have a fair trial in
the courtroom of “Judge” Scotti, but a murder defendant would be able
to walk out of the courtroom scot-free?
Many times we have brought to the attention of our readers how defense
attorneys take sides with the prosecutors and do not do the right work
for their clients because they (defense attorneys) like to play both
sides of the fence by taking the money from the clients for their
defense, and allowing the prosecutors to do what they want, with the
blessing of the judges.
Mr. Scotti should take control of his campaign and not allow himself
to be bullied by his campaign manager and the campaign manager’s
unscrupulous partner-in-crime–who has one of the worst reputations in
the political arena.
In many political circles, the name of Tony Dane is taboo and many
candidates do not want any part of Tony Dane. Only campaign managers
like Dave Thomas would team up with such a character.
In his flier, Tony Dane brought up an article that the Las Vegas Sun
published in 1999 about John Watkins, critically stating that Watkins
has had six DUI charges dropped — which, by the way, would not be that
much glory for an attorney whom many have baptized “Mr. DUI” and who
has been a Nevada attorney in good standing for thirty-four years.
But Tony Dane did not mention another article in that same Henderson
newspaper, the Las Vegas Sun, wherein reporters Tony Cook and J.
Patrick Coolican wrote:
“When Tony Dane’s Nissan truck was repossessed in 1998, then
mysteriously disappeared from a North Las Vegas impound lot, an
employee of the repossession company said he called the right-wing
activist to question him.”
That employee recounted Dane’s response: “He took the truck back
because he needed it to fulfill a contract for delivering campaign
signs,” the employee testified in court.
Dane said the conversation never happened and called the whole
incident a set-up. Eventually, charges of burglary, grand larceny and
possession of a stolen vehicle were reduced to a single count of
taking a vehicle without consent because prosecutors lacked evidence
tying Dane to the theft. He pleaded no-contest, with the understanding
that if he paid $470 in restitution and completed 100 hours of
community service, the charge would be dropped, which it was. Such is
the tenacity of Las Vegas’ fringe political operatives, who return
just about every campaign season despite their largely unsuccessful
Armed with anonymous fliers, automated phone calls and faux Websites
designed to look like their opponents’, they back the campaigns of
20-year-old candidates or out-of-state salesmen with the same last
name as the incumbent–and then they try to mask their involvement.
They work for little or nothing and seem motivated by ideological
positions or the sheer enjoyment of political gamesmanship and dirty
Yes, there are folks like Tony Dane.