That is the case with local attorney John G. Watkins, who is facing off in the race for District Court Department 2 against political bully David Thomas’ client, Richard Scotti, who has allowed his campaign manager and allies to play dirty in their hopes to win this election.
Las Vegas Tribune has learned that a new dirty campaign is in the making, accusing Watkins of being faithful and dedicated to his clients accused of driving under the influence (DUI) by facilitating their way out of the judicial system within the law.
We’re not seeing anything new during this political season. Former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman, was — and still is, after leaving office — referred to as the “Mob lawyer” because some of his clients were a little colorful or had better name recognition than those critics of the attorney.
Watkins, a thirty-four year veteran of the legal community, has been practicing law at all levels of the Nevada judicial system, but he is not (as yet) a judge, and is not a jailer, and he cannot let people out of jail as his opponent tries to suggest through his campaign tactic of mud-slinging.
The behavior of Watkins’ enemies — acting so desperately unethical — is living proof that they are running scared and they see themselves losing the election.
The late Robert Faiss was well-known for offering a great defense to clients in the gaming industry, and most people with gaming issues tried to hire him if they could afford him.
Thomas, a campaign manager who maintains his clients under the pretense that he can bring them endorsements from different unions and other local organizations, is known for bullying candidates that intend to run against his candidates by telling them that they cannot run for that seat because “my candidate” is running for that seat.
Accusing Attorney John Watkins of helping his clients escape justice may be considered a somewhat inflammatory statement when his duty is to represent his client to the best of his ability; it could backfire on his opponent’s intention when allowing his campaign manager to defame a decent person and a dedicated individual that is known for his “by the book” approach. In Nevada it is a common procedure to “negotiate” the crimes to the benefit of the office of the District Attorney through a Deputy that is looking at his conviction rate for future political advancement; more than half of the judges in Clark County are products of the District Attorney’s office. In other words, it is not what Attorney John G. Watkins offers his clients; instead, it is what the Deputy District Attorney could offer to Attorney John G. Watkins’ clients, regardless of whether it is DUI or any other criminal offense.
Back in the month of June, before the primary election, Las Vegas Tribune went online to see a bigger DUI picture. Below is the success story for one law firm in the month of May only; of course, no one in that law office is running against Dave Thomas’ clients — or for any judicial position, for that matter, and that law office is NOT the Law Office of John Glenn Watkins.
—Charged with DUI 2nd and Failure to Maintain Travel Lane;
BAC.180/.174 Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving/2nd for enhancements
after $1,000 fine, VIP, DUI School, Coroners Program, stay out of
trouble; other charges dismissed.
—Charged with Obstructing a Public Officer. Outcome: Reduced to
disorderly conduct after $500 fine.
—Charged with DUI Drugs (MJ), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
Driving with no headlamps. Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving after
$707 fine, VIP, DUI School, stay out of trouble; other charges
—Charged with DUI causing Substantial Bodily Harm (Category B Felony)
BAC .336 Outcome: Reduced to Reckless driving after $585 court fine;
DUI class; VIP; Coroners visitation class; Interlock device; stay out
—Charged with DUI 1st with Accident BAC .166 Outcome: Reduced to
Reckless driving after $685 court fine; DUI class; VIP; stay out of
—Charged with DUI 1st with accident, BAC .13 Outcome: Submittal;
reduced to Reckless driving after $707 court fine; DUI school; VIP;
Coroner’s Program; stay out of trouble.
The above references are only one month’s work in only one law office; it makes one wonder how many of such “negotiated” cases are out there driving around that are not clients of Attorney John G. Watkins, who is being singled out by a campaign manager with a dubious reputation and a Political Action Committee that is operating under the radar.
Even if “Let’s make a deal” is the way the prosecutor’s office likes to do business, that is not the way the law should be implemented.