When the new mayor of North Las Vegas took over, he ousted several existing staff members to replace them with his own. The Review-Journal reporter, James Dehavenon, in August of 2013, reported “a major shakeup is underway at North Las Vegas City Hall, but newly elected Mayor John Lee insists it is a friendly one. “City Attorney Jeff Barr and City Manager Tim Hacker handed in their resignation letters within hours of each other [last] Wednesday. Each
leaves the city after about two years on the job.”
And that is when Judge Ramsey’s odyssey began: a former judge staff member, Sandra Douglas-Morgan, went on to become an “acting city attorney” under some kind of political blackmail when she refused to sign the warrants until she was made permanent in that position. The city attorney did not provide her signature for the forms until February of the following year. For months, failure to appear charges were issued with the WRONG attorney’s signature. Those warrants are invalid, and that is why Judge Ramsey did not issue them. However, the city attorney can correct this and refile the charges within one year. The city attorney claims to be too busy and doesn’t want to do the extra paperwork.
The invalid warrants are still active in the system. The city attorney dismisses them in court as they surface and when people have been arrested on them. But someone has to be blamed for their mistake, laziness and arrogance, so they are “blaming Ramsey for their mistake and say it is costing the City thousands of dollars and trying to remove her from the bench,” a source told the Las Vegas Tribune.
Why Judge Ramsey and not the other judge in Department 2 people may ask, and the answer is both simple and obvious: because of religious and political motivations. The religious motive could be that Judge Catherine Ramsey is a female, and the first female judge in North Las Vegas Municipal Court. Many believe the Mormon Church has the tendency to not give women the respect and the credit they deserve in such positions. The judge in Department 2, on the other hand, is a member of the Mormon Church. (The Book of Mormon says that the true church must have the name of Christ in it and it is therefore now known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — LDS.) As an LDS follower, that judge seems to follow or obey Mayor Lee’s wishes and commands.
Las Vegas Tribune has information, not confirmed at press time, that they may want to replace Judge Ramsey with Sandra Douglas-Morgan — to gain control of the court just as they have taken city hall hostage — perhaps with the help of the North Las Vegas Police Union and other terrorized city employees; every employee the newspaper has spoken with has shown their courage by talking to the newspaper ONLY on the condition of anonymity, and in some instances made us swear that we would not give up their name.
Enter political bully and campaign controller Dave Thomas, who up to now has been involved with only the Eighth Judicial District Court and one Justice Court race, but with six years until the next election and plenty of free time ahead, is extending his tentacles to the city of North Las Vegas to control those benches. Most Eighth Judicial District Court and Family Division courts are afraid of the Dave Thomas modus operandi and dare not speak on the record, but Judge Ramsey does not appear to be intimidated by Thomas’ cruel way of conducting business.
Thomas may have proposed to use Sandra Douglas-Morgan knowing that she is working closely with Mayor Lee’s team to open doors in North Las Vegas to later place his own puppet judge in her place, but the people of North Las Vegas may not allow that to happen.
Dave Thomas is getting away with it in the RJC and Las Vegas Justice Court because the voters were taken by surprise and the judges are too afraid of him; but North Las Vegas is a smaller court and it is very difficult to manipulate the voters in that city. The group defending Judge Ramsey is very open and very active, opening a bank account with the Wells Fargo Bank for those who want to help Judge Ramsey with the cost of fighting these political attacks and the takeover of the courts in North Las Vegas. The account is under the name Retain Judge Ramsey and the number is 7689181605.
Efforts to get a statement from Judge Ramsey were not successful for this edition of the Las Vegas Tribune, but the newspaper is positive that may change for the April 1 edition. The newspaper also believes that with some effort, it can bring Judge Ramsey to Face The Tribune radio show on a later date to air her version of the political attacks.
Las Vegas Tribune has been familiar with Judge Ramsey since the 2011 election when the newspaper endorsed her for the judgeship that Dave Thomas now wants to strip away from the people of North Las Vegas. She was interviewed by the endorsement committee that year; some of the members of that then endorsement committee are still part of the newspaper and remember they were impressed with the then candidate for the North Las Vegas judgeship.