The race in the family division is not any easier than the District Court race in Department B, vacated by Judge Gloria Sanchez O’Malley.
The radio station endorses the candidate with more experience and the candidate that, for sure, knows his way to and around Family Court.
Joseph Scalia is the candidate that will serve the litigants in family court best. He has more experience and is not using this election as a stepping stone to a higher office.
Unanimously, radiotribune.com endorsed attorney Jack Howard in Department C over the other candidate.
Jack graduated from California Western School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1974 and passed the California Bar Examination the same year.
He then moved to Las Vegas to clerk for District Court Judge Tom O’Donnell. When he finished his clerkship, Jack became a Deputy Public Defender working in the same office with attorneys such as Mike Cherry, Joe Bonaventure, Phil Pro, Jim Gibson and Howard Ecker.
In 1978, Jack was hired by the City of Las Vegas to be a Deputy City Attorney where he represented different city departments including the Fire Department, Personnel Department and the Department of Recreation.
He was also the city’s liaison to the Metropolitan Police Department.
In that capacity Jack handled the city’s portion of the so-called “Jail Suit” which led to a Consent Decree in 1981 and the building of a new jail. As a prosecutor for the City of Las Vegas, Jack prosecuted hundreds of trials in the Municipal Court.
Jim Rogers hired Jack in 1981. A year later, Jack became partners with Jim Rogers, Earl Monsey, Bruce Woodbury and Mahlon Brown. At the firm, Jack did civil and domestic litigation and some criminal court work.
He was also appointed by the UNLV Student Counsel as the Student Senate Legal Advisor and also the general student legal advisor.
In the important area of Family Court, Jack has served as Judge Pro Tem in each of the five main areas: Juvenile, Child Support, Temporary Protective Orders, Probate and Guardianship. In addition, Jack has
served on the State Family Law Council, served as an arbitrator in nearly 1,000 cases, and served as Boulder City Municipal Judge Pro Tem.
There is no doubt that the experience is there and the Las Vegas Tribune agrees with the choice its counterpart made on Howard.
Experience is very important in the courtroom, but in Family Court the future of many children and the lives of the litigants are more at risk. Since experience is very important in Family Court, experience is what Judge Bob Teuton is offering to those who appear before him in Department D of
Judge Teuton’s website reminds us that he was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jim Gibbons and was elected in 2010. He was then assigned as one of three judges to Juvenile Dependency Court in 2012.
It is very difficult to find a Family Court judge that has a one hundred per cent satisfaction rate, and every one of these judges may have some unhappy litigant; but overall, along with radiotribune.com, we see that Judge Teuton has represented Department D well, and believe that he should be retained as the better choice.
Family Court.Radio Tribune told the newspaper that they regret the fact that they did not reach out to Judge Teuton sooner to learn his accomplishments in the legal field.
In Department F, radiotribune.com has chosen Judge Bill Gonzales.
There are a few personal issues with Judge Gonzales, such as his connection to campaign bully Dave Thomas, but “we cannot in good faith ignore the service that he has offered from the bench to the community,” stated a spokesperson for the radio station.
In Department H, both candidates had enough respect for the law and for the people of Clark County, and it is very important to make clear that Las Vegas Tribune has the utmost respect for Judge Art Ritchie and has always respected him. Unfortunately, radio tribune tells the newspaper that their efforts to reach out to Judge Ritchie to be a guest on the Face The Tribune radio show were unsuccessful, and they never had the opportunity to learn about him.On the other hand, challenger Keith Lyons appeared on Face The Tribune twice and has given the radio station the
opportunity to get to know him and to gain the endorsement of the station.
In Department I there is no question: the unanimous vote of the board is that Judge Cheryl Moss HAS TO GO. Judge Moss has one of the worst references in Family Court and radiotribune.com explained that they even reached out to her friend, Judge Bill Henderson, to invite her to explain some of the allegations against her, “and Judge Moss didn’t
even have the decency to decline the invitation,” said the spokesperson.
“Judge Moss believes that she is better than everyone else, and that [they are] wrong… but we see it differently and we wholeheartedly endorse and support Travis Shetler and hope that the voters do the same,” the spokesperson stated.
In Department J the decision is a no-brainer: Judge Kenneth Pollock is the only choice for that seat in Family Court; we believe it is very important that those wearing the black robe behave ethically and respectfully on and off the bench.
We have learned that Rena Hughes does not know how to handle her urge for bad behavior when she has a few drinks too many.
Judge Pollock is radiotribune.com’s choice in Department J and the Las Vegas Tribune seconds the motion.
In Department L the radio station chooses to endorse local attorney Paul Gaudet. Paul M. Gaudet has made the decision to run for Family Court Judge and has been a guest on Face The Tribune twice; his opinions and answers
to the show’s host’s questions were well received.
His website stated that he “can offer Clark County citizens an experienced, objective, and conscientious alternative for Family Court Judge. He will put his personal and professional experiences to work
for the citizens of our great community, providing Family Court litigants with insight and resolution to issues which arise in emotional domestic litigation.” Radio Tribune’s choice for Department L is Paul Gaudet. In
departments M, N and P, the radio station did not choose any of the candidates to endorse; the voters are on their own in these races.In Department S the endorsement went unanimously to attorney Jason Stoffel, who is very well qualified for the job, as opposed to the incumbent that lately has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Judge Vincent Ochoa first of all lied to Las Vegas Tribune by denying his relationship with political bully campaign manager Dave Thomas. Next, Judge Ochoa lost his temper too soon too often, and does not know how to control his temper. We heard Desiree Lucido on Face The Tribune last week crying out loud as she explained how Judge Ochoa verbally abused her in open court, and most likely deleted the court tape capturing such verbal abuse to avoid embarrassment. She also told the audience that she was next to Judge Ochoa at a traffic light and when she saw the judge at the light, she asked the judge when he was going to let her see her daughter; he rolled down
his window and told her, “F*** you!” “No question about it, the endorsement in Department S is for the best candidate, Jason Stoffel all the way!” This time the statement came directly from John Thomas, the radiotribune.com General Manager. “The Department T endorsement was a very difficult one to make because we like both candidates very much, but we had to listen to the voters,” explained Thomas. Lisa Brown was already a judge and the voters gave her a pink slip;
we decided on endorsing Maria Maskall because it’s time to give her an opportunity to prove herself by electing her to the bench,” said Thomas.