Clark County courts are denying parents their rights due to procedural errors. So numerous are the errors that, in 2009, the US DOJ (United States Department of Justice) required the Clark County courts quantify the procedural errors and report the number to the US DOJ.
The court errors are also required to be reported to the Nevada Supreme Court. In 1993, Clark County courts staffed an office to assist with domestic violence cases. The office is known as the VIA (Violence Intervention Agency). The office handles cases where an act of violence occurs between members of a household. If a child is present during the violence, but unharmed, child endangerment can be explored.
The Clark County VIA office initiates cases into the Clark County District court system. EDCR 1 (Eighth Judicial District Court Rule 1) requires the Family Division Presiding Judge oversee hearings of domestic violence. The VIA is not overseeing the enforcement of EDCR
1. In fact, the cases are assigned to various judges, judges pro tem, hearing commissioners, and commissioners pro tem. As a result, a sporadic judiciary makes inconsistent decisions. Victims are re-victimized. The Eighth Judicial District Court does not follow its own rules.
In 2011, LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) investigated VIA after receiving numerous complaints. The police report was released publicly after a court ordered Clark County’s District Attorney release discovery. The report contains the confession of two Clark County employees admitting domestic violence, including child abuse, evidence is “shred” by the VIA in domestic violence cases. This shocking discovery is at the heart of numerous lawsuits against the
City of Las Vegas, Clark County and State of Nevada.
As a result of the VIA destroying evidence, parents’ legal matters are increasingly expensive, lengthy and unpredictable in outcome.
The parents turn to the Las Vegas Tribune to air their plight. They cannot get a level playing field with televised media. Channel 3 anchors Dana and Kim Wagner are contracted with the Clark County courts; therefore, they have a conflict of interest. Channel 8 anchor Paula Francis is married to the Channel 13 Station Manager. Paula Francis gave the VIA an award in 2010. Channel 13 reporter Annette Areola received a confession from VIA assistant supervisor, Leah Daniels, that a box of evidence in domestic violence cases was destroyed.
The Las Vegas Tribune will continue tracking the cases incorrectly ruled on due to the judicial errors.