Since the beginning of the Home Owners Association investigation, the
whole thing has become not only a laughing matter in the eyes of the
American people, but an insult to those living in the Silver State.
Trying to diminish the real truth about the five people involved in
that criminal enterprise by claiming that they have committed suicide
is a story that even a child wouldn’t believe.
Delaying the ending of this legal drama is in very poor taste; and for
the government investigators to manipulate public opinion by leaving
everyone in suspense seems like they’re just trying to make their job
seem more important, or even nobler.
Now the public relations reporter taking tips and receiving “leaks”
from the federal government investigators is leading the public to
believe that attorney Nancy Quon (one of the “suicide” victims) was
the leader and the mastermind of the illegal enterprise.
Leon Benzer, a Puerto Rican disguised as a Jew with a Jewish last
name, used to go around town claiming to have all Clark County judges
“in his pocket” and that “all black judges” were his friends.
The possibility exists that by March of 2014 — the presumed deadline
to end the case and sentence the culprit — the real mastermind of the
scam, Leon Benzer, will be pictured as an altar boy incapable of doing
wrong to anyone.
Benzer, who used to brag about his mob connections to those who chose
to believe him, is now a Las Vegas taxi driver and is working very
hard to present a different picture of the former arrogant and
pretentious self that he displayed before being arrested and charged
with multiple crimes.
If the mafia is as bad as the government tries to portray it, and Leon
Benzer is in fact connected to the New York Mob, can the possibility
exist that he could “get rid of” those who could be a threat to his
future and his freedom?
Well known Las Vegas defense attorney Christopher Rasmussen is doing
the job he is being paid to do, to defend his client, and is giving
the impression that his client — Edith Gillespie, Leon Benzer’s
stepsister — is an angel who did no wrong and was a victim of her
Others, of course, see the picture a little differently, and believe
that she was very much aware of what her stepbrother was doing and was
happy with the arrangement and the financial benefit she was receiving
for her part in the criminal enterprise.
Christopher Rasmussen of that same law firm has been the Las Vegas
Tribune’s only attorney of record, maintained by the newspaper since
attorney John Fadgen, a former president and friend of this
publication, died in 2001; but he has chosen to speak exclusively to
the public relations reporter of the government.
It is the understanding of this editorial board that this newspaper
has placed a few telephone calls to the Justice Department and the
U.S. Attorney’s office that have not been returned, displaying a lack
of respect for the freedom of the press and the Fifth Amendment of the
Constitution — for perhaps not swallowing the pablum they have tried
to feed the people of this nation and the constituents of those
federal elected officials.
Since 2008, at the beginning of the Home Owners Associations (HOA)
scandal, there has been the misconception that several Clark County
judges were involved in the criminal enterprise, but so far no judges
or any other elected officials have been named or charged.
However, with the election fast approaching in 2014 for 52 judges, and
another 30 judges in family court, we believe that the federal
government should state the results of their investigation and clear
the reputations of those judges who allegedly were connected to Leon
Benzer and his criminal enterprise.
Let’s see who is telling the truth: Leon Benzer, who claims that he’s
been tied to the New York Mob, has had most Clark County judges in his
pocket and has been close to all black judges and the county
commissioners — or the federal government, who claims that none of the
judges or elected officials will be named because there is no evidence
that they were involved with Leon Benzer.
There are not too many black judges in Clark County: one in justice
court, two in district court — one active and one in senior status —
and one in the Nevada Supreme Court.
All those judges are very well respected and their integrity could be
put in jeopardy; the two in district court are up for reelection in
2014 and it is not fair to them to have the voters wonder about them.
It is not fair for the voters to not be able to rightfully vote for
judges because their integrity may be in question.
It is time for the federal government to clean up their act by
clearing the reputation of every elected official in Clark County or
by charging them before the election filing in January 2014.