I have been saying all along: I am happy with myself, I am happy with my work, and I am very proud of the job that every one of the hard working men and women who week after week make it possible for all of you to read the other side of the stories that we all, as a country, face every week.
I am not jealous, I am not envious of any of those individuals working as members of the mainstream media; they work for a living and they get paid for their work; it is almost like an exchange of work for money, so they have to write what those signing their paycheck want and allow them to write.
We, on the other hand, work from passion, for love and loyalty to this nation, and in particular, to the community we live in, knowing that love and loyalty do not pay our rent, our car payments or any other such expenses that all living creatures face.
However, we all grow twice as proud when transplants from somewhere else working for the mainstream media conglomerate make us right, time after time, proving that they are controlled by an intertwined power that perhaps is paying them by word count so they have to increase what they write to increase their paycheck.
Las Vegas was created as an adult paradise, but the life evolution of our way of living has changed a lot of ways in our life and how we earn our living or how we get from one point to another.
Many people have become successful businessmen and women started doing jobs that they may not like or they may have used as a bridge to success.
Many dancers, showgirls (for those who do not know, there is a difference between one and the other), strippers and others who chose to take any of the many other jobs in the show-business world, have earned their honest living while bettering themselves with an education, and even earning a degree of some type.
In Las Vegas there are many attorneys, real estate brokers, casino workers, entrepreneurs and even casino executives and judges that started in the entertainment business.
The sudden death of Henderson Municipal Court Judge Diana Hampton has shown us the evil mentality of those transplants-from-somewhere journalists who cannot miss an opportunity to degrade the decent and honorable people of Nevada.
For a ten-year period Judge Hampton worked as a prosecutor in the City of Henderson doing a fantastic job; perhaps some of her work can be used as an example of integrity and honesty that does not exist in all prosecutors. Later she became the first female judge in Henderson and had succeeded in that field for ten years.
A former Henderson prosecutor that I am not going to name because we talked off the record told me that Judge Hampton was a hard-working and tough prosecutor but “as far as I know, she never crossed the line of breaking the law to win a case,” and that is what made her so special. She won cases with the truth, with evidence that was presented — not with evidence that was created or fabricated to win a case at all costs.
To many, the death of Judge Diana Hampton was sad, a very big shock; and for the people that worked with her and the people that had the opportunity to meet her, it was an irreparable loss; but for the mainstream media it was an opportunity to remind the world that she was once a stripper — I wonder why.
That myth that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas is just that, a myth, and many newspapers and magazines all over are joining the Las Vegas reporters in reminding their readers that “the dead judge was once a stripper” instead of focusing on her successful career as a prosecutor and later as a judge.
The New York Daily News, a major newspaper in the nation, headlined its March 16 edition with a headline that read, “Nevada judge found dead; tributes pour in for one-time stripper who became Las Vegas suburb’s first female elected judge,” proving once again what we have been saying all along.
I never had the opportunity and the honor of meeting, much less knowing, Judge Hampton, and I am sorry I never made a trip to Henderson to sit in her courtroom or try to interview her so I could today have a more open mind when I refer to her or write about her.
A friend and a former Henderson prosecutor told me that Judge Hampton was a health fanatic, like me, and that she was well fit and her body was in better shape than many females half her age.
I hope that Judge Diana Hampton’s death is carefully investigated to answer the questions that many are asking and also to clear all the doubts away regarding the fact that her ex-husband is a Lieutenant with the Henderson Police Department.
I could go on with all her qualifications, all the programs Judge Hampton has worked with, created and supported to make Henderson a better city, but I don’t have the space to do that so I am content with the opportunity to present the fact that Judge Diana Hampton was in the legal profession for a little more than a quarter of a century and honorably served her city for twenty years, and it is time to forget anything else that may have taken place before that.
Rest in peace, Judge Diana Hampton.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.