direction of helping to achieve what is best for our community.
We hope that those true American citizen voters will not have been led
astray — fooled — by campaign managers, greedy politicians and the
powers-that-be, and will be able to exercise their right to vote
freely, without any pressure from any specific group.
We have already shown that those judges running for reelection, and
candidates hoping to be elected to the bench — all under the Dave
Thomas umbrella — are not the best for the community because of grave
conflicts of interest between doing what is asked of them and doing
what is best for the community, as well as serving up true justice to
those appearing before them in court.
The voters need to send a message to those political game-players that
they are not going to tolerate that behavior any longer and show they
mean it by not voting for those who are controlled by Thomas.
(There is no need for us to put emphasis on those who are not running
in the June 10 primary because it may cause some confusion; we will
come out with those names in plenty of time for the November 4 general
We ask you to consider why Family Court Judge Gayle Nathan who has
stated many times that she cannot afford Dave Thomas, even though the
Las Vegas Tribune has learned that Thomas is still guiding her in this
primary election — IS NOT A GOOD CHOICE.
Judge Nathan has arbitrarily taken away visitation rights to a father
that is a cannabis patient with a legal medical cannabis card because
he was found to test positive for the medicine. And this same judge
has given custody of two young children to the father that was
suspected of child abuse because the mother could not come up with the
$10,000 retainer for her attorney; the case is now in the Nevada
Supreme Court and Judge Nathan has two complaints filed with the
Judge Nathan has accepted a $5,000 campaign contribution from a
litigant appearing before her in Family Court. It was no surprise that
the party then had a successful ruling in her court. Anyone can go to
her campaign financial report and see that this is not a lie.
Now it is up to all intelligent, clear-thinking and conscientious
voters who do not want judges who play games with the lives of others
in their courts to elect those candidates who are honest and will not
be influenced by campaign contributions or anything that will color
the just and appropriate outcome of a case before them. There are such
candidates running in this election.
On another candidate’s campaign website, Richard Scotti wrote, “The
role of the judge is to faithfully apply the laws as written, but in a
manner that protects fundamental rights and fair procedures.” Richard
Scotti is another Dave Thomas client, and we wonder if Mr. Scotti can
guarantee this community that he is not going to be another Dave
Thomas puppet. Six years is a very long time to live with a mistake if
Mr. Scotti turns out not to be so Dave Thomas-influence-free.
Sometimes we have to look at the record of the campaign manager to see
the possible problems with one of his candidates down the road. We do
not want to take a chance when our research warns us against it.
In Department 22, as we explained last week, one of the candidates,
Bruce Gale, is no competition to anyone. Unfortunately for Gale, in
the legal community, he is considered to be weak by many. And the
incumbent, Judge Susan Johnson, in 2008 made the front page of the Las
Vegas Tribune when she jailed a Las Vegas woman for picketing in front
of the Tower of Jewels on East Sahara Avenue. Diana Bickel claims she
was exercising her First Amendment right when she picketed the Las
Vegas jewelry store to complain that she received poor service when
she had a heart-shaped diamond set in an engagement ring. Not only did
District Judge Susan Johnson disagree with Bickel, but she sent the
mother of minor children to jail for two days.
The only viable candidate in that race, Attorney Jacob Hafter of Las
Vegas, refers us to his website where his statement reads as part of
his platform for the upcoming election on June 10: “While not all of
us wear robes, we all make judgments every day of our lives. Wearing a
robe does not make you a good judge; good experience which one uses in
making great judgments is what makes a great judge.”
We hope that the voters of Clark County see that statement as a new
beginning for our court system and do the right thing — not only
regarding Department 22, but also in every one of the judicial races
that requires your vote, whether early or on June 10.
If nothing else, be a true American voter and vote against any
candidate that is controlled or influenced by Dave Thomas (see last
issue), which casts grave doubt upon the candidate’s ability to
administer fairness and justice from the bench. No one wants to have
to regret going against good advice and voting for the wrong