One of the favorite things police like to tell us is that if we are not doing anything wrong, if we are not guilty, we should not be nervous.
In court, the prosecutors love to tell the presiding judge that the defendant is not showing remorse or is not accepting responsibility for the actions of which he or she is accused.
Of course, it never crosses the minds of police officers, prosecutors or even defense attorneys that the person is innocent, but that is a topic for another editorial because the police are never wrong. And the prosecutors need a good conviction record to show when they change over from the black suit uniform to the black robe. The defense attorney, of course, is afraid to argue for his client because he/she is afraid to upset the prosecutor, and the judge is afraid of not getting the police union and the prosecutors association endorsements come next election.
Now we need to comment on all the noise that the daily newspaper has made because the higher-ups — probably the ones that gave them their jobs and sign their pay checks — have assigned the court reporters to “monitor” three sitting judges at the Regional Justice Center; isn’t that what they are supposed to be doing anyway on a daily basis?
Did the reporters who were assigned to “ monitor” those judges make the noise because now they have to work for a living and not wait for the prosecutors and law enforcement personnel to tell them what to write?
Perhaps they make the noise to alert those judges that they are going to be monitored and make the public aware of the judges’ performance so when something comes up, they can cry ‘ vendetta’ ‘and they don’t have to wait for “Judging the Judges” to be published in their newspaper.
Monitoring the judges gives the court reporters the opportunity to show their talent and news gathering qualifications so they don’t need to wait for the Los Angeles Times reporters to come to our city to monitor our judges for us.
The monitoring assignment, according to the daily newspaper’s own reporting, came months before Sheldon Adelson bought the Review-Journal, but now it seems like someone is interested in making
Adelson look like the bad guy.
If in fact Adelson were to tell his staff to monitor the sitting judges, it would be within his discretion as an owner to emphasize having a newspaper with real reporters that can create transparency between elected officials and the public as a real newspaper is expected to do.
For some reason we find the purchasing of the local newspaper by Adelson refreshing and a step forward to have elected officials at all levels of government responding to the citizens, the voters and the community as a whole for their actions.
The relationship or friendship between a judge and a member of the media should not interfere with the judge presiding in a reporter case decision or in a reporter doing his journalist job.
In fact, neither the judge nor the reporter should expect either of them to fail doing their job because of that friendship. Once a member of this newspaper had to appear before a judge that we did not support and the judge brought up the fact that the defendant was known to the judge and asked if the parties wanted to find another judge or would like to continue.
Both parties were okay continuing with that judge because we knew that judge was professional, fair and would decide according to the law; the judge ruled against the member of this newspaper and earned our respect.
That judge played by the rules, letting the other party know that the other person was not a friend but known to the judge, giving the parties the opportunity to choose to continue or to get another judge — and even if the member of our team lost, as we were expecting, we found the judge to have been professional and fair and deserving of his position in presiding over that courtroom.
Another judge in a different courtroom was a subject of a Las Vegas Tribune article not too positive, reported on by one of our court reporters, and when that judge runs into that reporter at a local
eatery, the judge thanks our reporter for being fair in the article.
We found that doing a fair job on either side should not be a reason for animosity by either party, and we see the new owner of the daily newspaper as an asset to our community, even if those who used to tell the daily newspaper reporters how to write the articles are not happy with the purchase by Sheldon Adelson, and we welcome his good ideas to help increase the transparency in our community.