Sergeant Greg Schultz, now in command of the DV Unit, weighed in on the matter of the destruction of evidence of batteries to DV victims by the Clark County courts. Sergeant Schultz, unaware of the three-year-old LVMPD report of the destruction, is utilizing his discretion to neither investigate the destruction of evidence nor notify the victims involved in this destroyed evidence. Both are duties under Nevada Revised Statutes addressing the handling of evidence.
The victims featured in the photographs taken by LVMPD and the Clark County courts have received no response from Sheriff Lombardo. Sheriff Lombardo is following in the footsteps of former Sheriff Gillespie.
Who Has Authority Over Criminal Activity in the Courts? When criminal activity occurs in the courthouses, LVMPD has authority to investigate, make arrests and assist in pursuit of prosecution. The LVMPD Mojave substation is the station with immediate jurisdiction.
The Review-Journal reported the FBI made two seizures on two Clark County courthouses under the jurisdiction of the Mojave Substation.
That is, LVMPD refused to investigate numerous reports of criminal activity at Clark County courthouses resulting in default jurisdiction to the FBI. The victims made numerous reports to the Las Vegas FBI field office.
During this same time, Lieutenant Ben Kim, commanding the southwest valley, was being investigated for criminal activity. He has since been relieved of his duties. Prior to leaving, Lieutenant Kim advised his staff not to take reports when the suspects are employed by government.
What is the Authority of the Courthouse Marshals? Clark County Court Marshals Lieutenants Bennett, Glasper, and
Rushfield have the duty to respond to and investigate criminal activity alleged in the Clark County courthouses. Not coincidentally, the named Marshals are no longer employed with the Clark County courts. They, along with Marshals Beaver and Fox, chose not to investigate reported criminal activity in the courthouses.
The failure by all law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal activity in the courts aggravated victims damages when the Clark County courts went to the Odyssey system. As a result, numerous lawsuits are levied against the United States, State of Nevada, Clark County, and City of Las Vegas. Survivors of DV have documented
officials and employees concealing their knowledge of the destruction of evidence.
Subsequently, the Nevada Supreme Court saw an escalation of appellate cases as the Eighth Judiciary remained silent on their knowledge of criminal activity.
A Conflict of Interest: In 2010, Las Vegas field office Special Agent in Charge, Steve Martinez, sat on the State of Nevada Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Commission. SAC Martinez received complaints of LVMPD’s and Clark County Courts’ handling of domestic violence cases. SAC Martinez made a conscientious decision not to investigate. The FBI is still implicated for their neglect of duty.
Investigation of the neglect of duty of the Las Vegas FBI field office falls under the authority of a specially created unit within the United States Department of Justice. The investigation is ongoing. Where Did the Survivors Go?
Both law enforcement and the agencies responsible for investigating law enforcement neglect, have created the perfect storm for survivors of domestic violence in Clark County. As a result, the survivors qualify for a new venue.
Last year, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto testified she will act as defense counsel for any person named by survivors of DV whose evidence is destroyed. Survivors are proceeding with Nevada’s AG acting as legal defense counsel in the jurisdictions where Court Administrators have demonstrated the ability to preserve evidence of
batteries to survivors.
What’s Next in Clark County?
In 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court will decide matters affecting cases in which the Eighth Judicial District destroyed criminal evidence and concealed the destruction. Yet, the public will never hear of the Nevada Supreme Court’s decisions.
Here’s why. Two key players in the concealment of the destruction of evidence are Court Clerk and Administrator, Steve Grierson, and former Chief Judge, Thomas Arthur “Art” Ritchie, Junior.
The Nevada Supreme Court was alerted to the fact that a Henderson business is run by the Grierson and Ritchie families. The business houses a DNA and drug testing lab used in the cases handled by Clerk Grierson and Chief Judge Ritchie. Justice of the Peace, Bita Khamsi, refused to disclose on her application for justice-ship she is involved
in the business.
And, Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, authorizes the licensing of this business at the same time she is involved in the management of the business.
Should the Las Vegas Tribune become privileged to any Nevada Supreme Court decisions, this readership will be alerted.