Judge Susan Johnson and Judge Jerry Tao used and abused their supporters by collecting money to fight for their retention in
District Court; a week after the election ended, they turned around and started campaigning through powerful politicians — using their political connections and calling in all the favors they have out there — to be named to the new Nevada Appellate Court, and we wrote:
“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 were 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.”
It is well known that the Las Vegas Tribune does not give the Judicial Commission much credibility and believes that the group is an extra arm of the Governor and his office to keep full control in the judicial system without making it too obvious.
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.
The Governor did not give Judge Susan Johnson the position she wanted because Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were both looking for similar jobs at the same time when Mr. Johnson applied for the jobs vacated by Judge Silver in Department 15 and Judge Tao in Department 20; that would have been too much of a scandal for the judicial system. So the Governor choose to favor the inexperienced Mr. Johnson and let Mrs.Johnson keep her judgeship in the Eighth Judicial District Court as always. Now the Johnson household advances to a higher tax bracket with an average of more than fifty grand a year at the expense of the
defendants that will appear before the inexperienced Judge Johnson, while more savvy lawyers lost out on that opportunity of serving their community.
Why are we still talking about the judicial appointments when that is now a closed case, you may ask?
We keep hammering on the same nail because we want to be on the record expressing our disappointment over Gov. Brian Sandoval’s lack of respect for the people of Nevada; we want to be on the record that we do not agree with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s modus operandi, so similar to that of his mentor, Sen. Harry Reid, who has been instrumental in the Governor’s political career, perhaps even more so than he was instrumental in his own son’s career.
We also want to go on record telling how displeased we are with the Governor’s appointees to the judicial committee, having the audacity to discriminate publicly against candidates with the blessing of the other members of the committee and the Chief Justice.
We can also be on the record reminding Gov. Sandoval that despite the dictatorial mentalities of his teacher, Sen. Reid, we live in a Republic with laws that should be followed and obeyed; we are not living in a Third World country like Venezuela or Cuba.
We would also like to be on the record telling Gov. Sandoval that we do not appreciate him lying to the people of Nevada, promising that he would not raise taxes and later not only raising taxes, but blocking members of the legislature for opposing and fighting his tax raise.
And for the record, all is now on the record…