First of a series
The court is in session: Presiding judge, Stefany Miley; Prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Megan Thomson; Defense Attorneys Saam Zangeneh from Florida, along with Brian Smith — local counsel.
This is just the beginning of a very long story that will expose the injustices of our justice system, the indiscretions of some jury members, the negligence of Clark County prosecutors, and some mistakes of the judge presiding over the case.
There have been some reports from local reporters claiming that a 37-year-old Miami Beach man has been sentenced to 10 years to life in Nevada state prison for raping an Australian tourist on January 23, 2014 at a Las Vegas Strip hotel and casino.
If the reporter had taken the time to read the whole transcript of the trial, probably he could have had a better understanding of the case and the people involved. The truth is that those transcripts do not show the true names of all the people involved, but I am going to disclose all their names, for a better understanding.
Normally a prosecutor hides a name if there was a confidential informant involved in the case, but otherwise an honest prosecutor wants everyone to be named. In this particular case there was no confidential informant, so there was no need for the use of first names only, as Tom, Zach, Jeffrey and Jay. Donovan Joseph was sentenced to 10 years to life after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault, coercion, battery and lewdness. What people do not know is that one of the members of that “jury of our peers” was too busy checking out the defense attorney, getting his phone number and asking him for a date, because she felt very “lonely.” That woman was not paying attention to the evidence in the case, otherwise she could have concentrated on the testimony of the supposed victim, the senior crime scene analyst with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, proof of the DNA and other important matters of the case. Donovan Joseph was one of the engineers with Check Point Software Technologies from South Florida attending a Las Vegas convention and celebrating a good contract they had secured for their company. He is better known by his nickname of JJ; he has never been called Jay.
The supposed victim is Romy Minko from Melbourne, Australia who arrived in the United States through San Francisco, California with three friends (two men and one woman). All of them were staying at the Mirage Hotel. This is a 22-year-old woman who was planning to stay in Las Vegas for two days and then go to Chicago, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles (all cities well known as hubs of prostitution and human trafficking).
Late afternoon on January 22 she and her friends went to New York New York because they wanted to ride the roller coaster. While there she met a man she called Zach (so the prosecutor went along with “Zach” without making any efforts to identify who Zach was). Well, Zach is one of the engineers with Check Point and his full name is Zach Smith, manager for Enterprise and Government accounts for Check Point in South Florida.
They all leave New York New York for the Mirage riding in two cabs.
She is in one with Zach, and the others are in another cab. While in the cab, she (Romy) and Zach kissed…
Stay tuned for next week’s column. This encounter gets much better. In the meantime look at her picture at Mountain Goat Beer in Richmond, Victoria, Australia on February 7, 2014. Is this the image of a young woman who was supposedly raped two weeks prior?
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.