Former Clark County Chief Deputy prosecutor David Schubert was arrested after buying a very small amount of crack cocaine for which he was later prosecuted.
The judge in the case, Carolyn Ellsworth, suffered unfair criticism from the newspaper and its editor in chief in his My Point of View column and later both, the newspaper and its founder and editor in chief, Rolando Larraz, apologized to the judge in several venues: in private, during the judge’s visit to Larraz in the Las Vegas Tribune office, and publicly, both through the newspaper and during an appearance of Judge Ellsworth on the Face The Tribune radio show.
The newspaper thought the punishment of Schubert was a little too extreme for a man who had served the community honorably for ten years and that his life would be put in jeopardy by being sent to prison; and if he were to be segregated or placed in solitary confinement for his own protection, that would be too severe, as it would keep him secluded in a very small cell for twenty-three hours a day.
Later the newspaper learned a few more details about the case that prompted the apology to the judge in this instance, and Larraz later commended her for her well-taken action in this case.
First, it was learned that the David Schubert case became a hot potato among the judges and that no one wanted to accept it; the case was passed on by at least two judges that did not want to make decisions in such a controversial case. Those judges were looking ahead to election time and did not want to make the wrong decision in a case
involving one of their own and risk not getting re-elected.
Only Judge Carolyn Ellsworth did the right thing and did her job, taking the case as it came to her when all other judges were scared to accept it, thinking only about themselves and their chance of being reelected.
Judge Carolyn Ellsworth was confident that she could do her job fairly and balanced by following the law and making the right decisions and the right ruling, as every elected official should be able to do.
Later it came to light, when an attorney that knows the judge approached the Las Vegas Tribune, that David Schubert failed to keep his side of the bargain and gave the judge no choice in her ruling, and that we were being unfair to a good judge; after a one-hour meeting with that attorney — the Las Vegas Tribune did not ask for permission to use his name — the newspaper reached out to Judge Carolyn Ellsworth and was pleased to see the judge attend the Meet and Greet event held at the Las Vegas Tribune’s office building recently.
During her appearance on Face The Tribune, Judge Ellsworth stated, “Of course I was saddened that Mr. Schubert chose to take his life rather than accept responsibility for and address his addiction and mental
health issues as I urged him to do.”
Today, both the editorial board and the election committee reflects on that past event and is asking the Clark County voters to not allow their need to be politically correct to interfere with their citizen’s duty of reelecting the right person.
“Choosing a candidate just for the color of his skin just to be ‘politically correct’ is not the right thing to do at the voting
polls,” said Larraz. Judge Ellsworth’s opponent has very little experience at practicing law, while most of his career has been as Assemblyman and not exercising his profession.
Judge Ellsworth’s opponent, William Horne, may not be all that fair if by mistake he is elected to the bench; most of the organizations he belongs to — such as Caucus of African Americans Nevada (CAAN);
National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Nevada Black Elected Officials Caucus, and Hispanics in Politics — clearly show racial partiality toward his own race.
As a judicial candidate, William Horne seems to be more interested in his legislative career than in the legal profession.
Attorney Horne’s webpage, www.hornelawfirm.com, is down with a note proclaiming, “This site has stepped out for a bit,” and there is no way to learn about his accomplishments as a member of the Nevada Bar and as a practicing attorney.