Within months, Chief Judge Barker testified before the Clark County Commissioners regarding Clark County District Courts’ handling of adult guardianship cases. The effective testimony resulted in the Clark County Commissioners authorizing a panel to investigate civil and criminal violations occurring in adult guardianship cases.
Upon formation of the panel, Family Division Presiding Judge Charles “Chuck” Hoskin and hearing master Jon Norheim were immediately relieved of their duties in adult guardianship cases.
What Chief Judge Barker has not done is as significant as what he has done. Chief Judge Barker has yet to act regarding child guardianship cases, also under the duties of Presiding Judge Hoskin and hearing master Norheim. A reasonable person can conclude Chief Judge Barker does not see a problem with child guardianship cases.
The facts show overwhelming evidence that Clark County District Courts commit civil and criminal violations in the handling of child guardianship cases as well as adult guardianship cases.
Chief Judge Barker’s inaction becomes troubling when one learns of the attorney handling legal matters in child guardianship cases in Clark County courts. The Clark County staff attorney employed to represent legal matters in child guardianship cases is attorney Julie Shook.
The Las Vegas Tribune readership knows attorney Shook as the mother who lost her (minor aged) son to an alleged suicide. Months prior to the alleged suicide, attorney Shook was relieved of her duties by Clark County.
Years lapsed from when attorney Shook was hired by Clark County then terminated. During these years, attorney Shook committed malpractices.
Malpractices included, but were not limited to, attorney Shook destroying, not redacting, Clark County staff data in child abuse cases; attorney Shook contempting the courts by not telling the whole truth; and, attorney Shook not disclosing her conflicts of interest in child guardianship cases.
More troubling about Chief Judge Barker’s inaction with regard to attorney Shook is that attorney Shook is an official in the local law firm of Shook and Stone and acted as such while employed by Clark County. At this time, the Las Vegas Tribune has no evidence attorney Shook disclosed her conflict of interest, a requirement by Clark
Las Vegas Tribune has acquired the court documents when attorney Shook testified in a court of law that she is being followed and is the target of murder. The justice in the case dismissed attorney Shook’s claim but only after memorializing in court that attorney Shook has a relationship with local attorney Rob Shook of the law firm of Shook and Stone. In the proceeding overseen by the justice, attorney Shook’s own witness refuted attorney Shook’s claims. (The justice is not named due to ongoing litigation.)
The Las Vegas Tribune is dedicated to exposing corruption in the Clark County courts. Chief Judge David Barker has an opportunity to right the wronged in child guardianship cases. The Las Vegas Tribune calls upon Chief Judge Barker to do the right thing including disclosing his own conflicts of interest with his wife.