veteran judge has been in front of the Commission on Judicial
The Commission on Judicial Discipline for two years has been accusing
Judge Steve Jones of misusing his office and failure to promote
“confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and to
avoid impropriety” in what many believe could be an effort to help
former District Attorney David Roger get back at Jones for personal
Roger, forgetting that he was dating his now-wife while she worked for
the office he was supposed to be leading, accused Jones of judicial
impropriety and fired the prosecutor that was supposed to be dating
Jones, but both denied their relationship started during that period
During Roger’s tenure at the District Attorney’s Office, Las Vegas
Tribune confronted him about the fact that he had been his wife’s
boss, and he told the newspaper that he did not see any unethical
behavior in it, or any conflict of interest.
Deputy District Attorney Lisa Willardson worked for the county
prosecution office for two years without a salary and the District
Attorney hired her without pay, because she wanted to serve her
community; but when Willardson did not bow to, or become a “yes sir”
puppet of, Roger, he fired her.
Members of the legal community have expressed their concerns about
having a county employee working without pay. Under David Roger’s
tenure as District Attorney, they brought up the point that any
employee is at risk every day, of falling on the floor, getting stuck
in the useless elevators that serve the thousands of people visiting
the Regional Justice Center everyday; or, even in a very extreme
situation these days, of any police confrontations with gunfire inside
the building with no insurance and no record of her employment for the
first two years.
The Commission on Judicial Discipline was due to give its finding last
Friday, but by the time this article was written on Monday, December
16, no word from the commission’s decision has yet been made public.
Should the commission find against Jones, it could impose sanctions,
ranging from a public reprimand to barring Jones from serving in a
Judge Jones, who is also facing an investigation and charges in
Federal Court, has been suspended for two years with pay and could be
suspended again; but his charges are not so extreme as to force him
off the bench.
Calls made to Judge Steve Jones were not returned on time for this
article, nor were the three calls made to attorney David Roger, now
working for the Police Protective Association and as an Associate for
the Law Office of Patti, Sgro & Lewis after he left his elected
position six months after winning his reelection because he wanted to
“spend more time with family.”
With Roger working two jobs and his wife working full time as a
Municipal Court Judge, many questions have arisen as to how much time
the Rogers have to really spend quality family time. The main
questions that many are asking are: Why did David Roger really run for
reelection, and why did he leave the job he really enjoyed six months
after being reelected.
Las Vegas Tribune has asked former District Attorney David Roger to
answer these questions and has invited him to be a guest on Face The
Tribune radio show, and both the newspaper and the radio station are
still waiting for an answer.
Commission special prosecutors William Cooper and Kathleen Paustian
compiled evidence that in 2011 and this year, Jones had a “close
social and personal relationship” with then-Deputy District Attorney
Lisa Willardson, and that he refused to disqualify himself in cases
handled by Willardson, even though opposing parties asked that he
excuse himself from the cases.
Jones is accused of clashing with then-District Attorney David Roger
and his staff when they attempted to reassign Willardson to other
cases than termination of parental rights in the courtroom of Jones.
The complaint said Jones failed to promote “confidence in the
integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and to avoid impropriety.”
Jones, who was indicted Oct.31, is charged in federal court with money
laundering, mail and wire fraud and engaging in money transactions in