Injustice for all

By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
In order to get justice in Las Vegas you have to be Mexican, black, or gay, besides being well known, famous and well liked in the eyes of those in powerful positions. Let’s start by a very simple, average and easy-to-relate-to example for many. A Mexican woman is walking along, parading in the parking lot of a grocery store chatting on her cell-phone; paying no attention to her surroundings. A man patiently waits for the woman to cross the parking lot but she is too busy and too into her phone conversation, so the man swings his truck to his right to pass her.
Keep in mind that this is private property, but a police officer sees the whole move and “intervenes” by pulling out a ticket book and prepares to write the citation. Who do you think got the citation? The man in the truck, of course, because according to the police officer, the Mexican woman — who by the way works for the grocery store — “has the right to speak on the phone” — even if she interrupts the traffic flow.
According to the Las Vegas daily newspaper the Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering wrote in a unanimous decision that “Our observations are consistent with those made by other courts faced with making COVID-19-related decisions of this character and magnitude,” citing decisions in Kansas and Washington, but none in Nevada while considering the release of a 75-year-old man incarcerated on animal cruelty charges but not expanding on what the cruelty was.
Disgraced political Nevada public figure Kelvin Atkinson who, back in 2019, was sentenced to twenty-seven months in a federal penitentiary, walked out of prison last week after Federal Judge James Mahan allowed him to be released due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other inmates and people outside American penitentiaries may suffer the same illness as Atkinson, but have less political clout and will not be able to go home to be “treated” for what could well be a fake disease and in Atkinson’s case, also to enjoy some of the $250,000.00 he admitted misusing out of his campaign funds.
On March 15, 2019, Victor Cruz shot Raul Moran while he was walking to a nearby apartment building alone and unarmed. Victor Cruz, 25, was arrested by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.
However, two days later Raul Moran died at a local hospital, but those who constantly remind the victims and their families that “criminals have rights too” have yet to upgrade the charges against Cruz to murder with a deadly weapon, according to court and jail records.
“Victor Cruz may know someone in the right place because up to press time his charges have not been upgraded and the criminal record of Raul Moran’s assailant is being hidden by the police and prosecutors alike,” wrote Sunny Day in May 2019 in a front page article in the Las Vegas Tribune.
While all this is happening to individuals, most likely both with criminal records, authorities turn their back on one of their own.
A former police detective, Pamela Bordeaux, shot her former son-in-law in her home and is kept in the county jail without bail, ignoring her record and her service to the community and the fact that her daughter’s ex-husband was in her house for a one-hour supervised visitation with his son.
Whatever happened to the Pamela Bordeaux case? No one knows and the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper is not allowed to ask these questions; in fact the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper is now and for a very long time has been discriminated against by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
In Nevada newspaper reporters write their stories as it is dictated to them by elected and public officials if they want to be part of those “favored” reporters and get “exclusive” interviews with the Sheriff, District Attorney, Attorney General and other public officials.
In Nevada, if the newspapers do not write what elected and public officials tell them to write, the reporters have to depend on sources that many times cannot afford to release their names because they may lose their job, their promotions or even their retirement; in Nevada freedom of the press is as good as it is in Venezuela or Cuba. A good example of that are Governor Steve Sisolak’s press conferences on the COVID-19 updates; the media has to ask the questions in advance and the governor answers those questions to the best of his wishes, but the media members accept it and play the game to the best of their ability instead of ignoring those press conferences and ignoring the governor.

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