Judge Jerome Tao and Judge Susan Johnson ended a nine-month “year” begging for money, asking residents to help them to retain their seat in the District Court; lawyers that liked the two of them donated money to their campaigns, and lawyers that didn’t like them were forced to donate to their campaigns anyway, afraid of retaliation for not donating to their campaigns.
Those who like Jerome Tao — a.k.a. Jerry Tao — and Susan Johnson donated money to their campaigns because the two judges promised them to “keep doing the good job they have done on the bench” for the next six years.
Those who do not like them donated money so they would not have to suffer retaliation for the next six years and the possibility that their clients might also suffer the consequences.
But today, they both have forgotten their promises to their supporters and have tossed their hats into the ring hoping to be selected for a higher office… yes, before they are even sworn into the position to which they were elected just weeks ago.
What does that tell you? Are they honest with, and loyal to, their supporters? Where will the money collected for campaign contributions go and what will they tell those supporters?
They will not say anything to anyone because their arrogance is greater than their sense of responsibility to the community, their fellow judges and to their supporters. They should be ashamed of the way they are behaving and thinking only about themselves, as in self-promotion, a better job, and more lives to destroy when they can
take the side of their fellow judges instead of revisiting the case more thoroughly and being honest in their decisions.
Hopefully those people at the Commission on Judicial Selection who are responsible for selecting the judges to serve in the newly created Appellate Court, will see these judges’ behavior the same way that we and many locals — both inside and out of the legal community — do, and turn their “devotion” for serving the community down and send them back to where the voters placed them.
How dare they play these games with the people that trusted them or are afraid of their vindictive behavior! How dare they!
Above we referred to judges that have been recently reelected to their positions by the Clark County voters, but there are also others that were not elected or were booted out by the citizens of Clark County in the November 4 election. Despite that they want to force themselves into another government job into a higher office.
Robert E. Gaston served as Family Court Judge for twelve years before the voters sent him home; William B. Gonzalez served as District Court Judge in the family division until November 4 when the Clark County voters also sent him into retirement; Thomas G. Kurtz, a Family Court Hearing Master, wanted to be a judge — and in the last election period ran for that position in Family Court, but the voters told him to stay as a Hearing Master.
All three of them have been rejected by the voters, but all of them have capriciously insisted on either going back to the bench or on to become a judge; and now one more time they put their names up for another judicial position. How dare they do that?
For the record we have to say that Judge William Gonzalez was endorsed by one of the Las Vegas Tribune companies, Radio Tribune, but that does not mean that we have to accept his decision as a good one; we
place him in the same category as all the above-mentioned names and feel that these people need to drop their pretensions and accept the decisions and the wishes of the voters.
For those who may think that we favor one judge more than another, we are on the record saying that District Court Judge Abby Silver did not have any opposition in the last race, therefore Judge Silver did not have to run in last November’s election.
But also, we have to say that Judge Silver told the Las Vegas Tribune a few years ago, even before the Appellate Court issue appeared on the ballots, that she wanted to apply for that job.
Judge Silver has been honest with her supporters and with the voters of Clark County. If anyone deserves the opportunity to serve in the Appellate Court, that is District Court Judge Abby Silver and no one else.