For far too long there has been a noticeable absence of truth, fairness and ethical behavior in our courts. It is safe to say that every citizen wants the bad guys to pay for their actions. So when will the bad actors employed in the DA’s office pay for their crimes and misconduct?
Those individuals cause a loss of faith in the criminal justice system by the public and the people wronged by the very system that should protect them.
The taxpayers and citizens of Clark County want to know what you are going to do about it. Will you investigate? Will you report these acts to the Nevada Bar? Will you terminate these individuals who pervert justice? Or do you think that we should just continue to pay and pay and pay while these ADA’s commit crimes and flaunt the rules? They are paid by the taxpayers, so when do we get our say?
And what about the people who have been wronged? Do you think they should just sit in the corner and shut up? What about Fred Steese and Kirstin Lobato and the countless others who are punished for crimes they didn’t commit? Didn’t they have a right to expect justice, ethics and fairness from the DA’s office? Don’t the taxpayers have the right to expect that you will prosecute only those who have committed
What happened to candor? Doesn’t the Nevada Supreme Court have the right to expect the ADA’s appearing before them will present facts and speak truth? How can you continue to condone the reprehensible behavior of ADA Steven S. Owens exposed in a Las Vegas Tribune front page article on November 12, 2014 — “Lawyer Lied During Kirstin Lobato’s Nevada Supreme Court Arguments.” You were apprised more than two years ago of Owens’ dishonesty to the media and the Supreme Court regarding Ms. Lobato’s case, and in all this time you have done
nothing to rectify the situation.
We know why Owens lied to the Supreme Court: if he had told the truth he would have had to admit Ms. Lobato is innocent of Duran Bailey’s homicide on July 8, 2001 and she would then have to be released from
How can Owens’ dishonest actions in representing the DA’s office not be considered fraud?
[F]raud n. the intentional use of deceit, a trick or some dishonest means to deprive another of his/her/its money, property or a legal right… Inherent in fraud is an unjust advantage over another which injures that person or entity… Extrinsic fraud occurs when deceit is employed to keep someone from exercising a right, such as a fair
trial, by hiding evidence or misleading the opposing party in a lawsuit. (Definition on www.law.com)
You are Owens’ boss and the taxpayers pay you to DO A JOB. That job is defined as:
District Attorney (D.A.) n. an elected official of a county or a designated district with the responsibility for prosecuting crimes.
The duties include managing the prosecutor’s office, investigating alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, and filing criminal charges or bringing evidence before the Grand Jury that may lead to an indictment for a crime. (Definition on www.law.com.)
It is time for accountability, DA Wolfson. We citizens of Nevada have a right to expect that those we elect will do their jobs.
Your job of managing the prosecutor’s office makes you responsible for the actions of Owens and his coworkers. When they commit crimes or violate rules of conduct you are obligated to file criminal charges against them or report them to the Nevada Bar. If you aren’t going to do the job you are being paid to do, then please resign. Then a person who will take the job of Clark County District Attorney seriously can be given the opportunity to do so.