My Point of View
By Rolando Larraz
I watched the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse last Friday on many news talk shows, and I wish many judges in Clark County would do the same thing that Judge Bruce E. Schroeder did because it is something that I have not seen in Clark County since my friend, Judge Lee Gates, was pushed out of running for reelection by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Administration. Well, maybe not by the Police Administration itself, but perhaps with the help of some detective units like Vice and Narcotics, which are the most corrupt of the police units.
It is my humble opinion that they tried to do the same with Justice Court Judge Karen Bennett-Haron, but she put them in their place and showed them who is in charge in her courtroom. Judge Bennett-Haron is not my friend and I don’t even know if she knows who I am, but since that day I admire Justice Court Judge Karen Bennett-Haron.
Every time I see a Judge who takes charge of his or her courtroom I not only like but also admire that judge because it is something that
is somewhat unnatural in Clark County’s Justice Court and District Court. I am not used to seeing a Judge who is in charge of their own
courtroom. Kenosha County Judge Bruce E. Schroeder showed the prosecutor in the Rittenhouse case.
Most prosecutors that I know in Orange County, Dade County, and Philadelphia, plus all the prosecutors in Clark County, are arrogant
bigmouths in the courtrooms yet become “little lambs” with the Vice and Narcotics Detectives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
It has been my humble opinion that in Clark County the detectives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department control — or try to
control with intimidation — the prosecutors, and the judges are controlled or intimidated by the prosecutors who play big tough men or
women with the judges to please the detectives.
I know that every time I touch this topic many of my jurist friends correct me and others get mad, but unfortunately, that is one of the
best things we enjoy in this great nation, we can speak freely, even if that enjoyment is not going to last much longer if we let the
Democrat-Communists get what they want.
The case of Raul Moran, a case that during a telephone conversation with yours truly, District Attorney Steve Wolfson claimed not to be
familiar with, is good enough proof that the police have some control over the prosecutors. The accused killer, Victor Cruz, appeared before Judge Sciscento with his attorney, a friend of the judge, asking for permission to travel to New York to attend a family event and to take off the ankle monitor he was wearing. Before we continue with the events, it is very important to mention that the law office that
represented Victor Cruz is also the law office that represents the Police Union.
Also, the chief prosecutor in the case of Raul Moran by the name of Shanon Clowers-Sanborn is married to a police detective, so there is
no doubt there was a double impropriety and a double conflict of interests because there is no other way that Victor Cruz, who has close ties with and friends in the homicide unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department could have had his case DISMISSED
without anyone knowing about it (not even the District Attorney Steve Wolfson), and no one objected to it.
The Las Vegas Tribune was in the courtroom of then-District Court Judge Jim Bixler when two hysterical prosecutors disrespected the
judge when he granted a new trial to a defendant against the wishes of the two women prosecutors (how could “a good and fair judge” like Jim Bixler upset the expected procedure and have the audacity of going against the prosecutors!) and the newspaper reported the incident. Has anyone missed my point? Who is in charge, the Detective Unit or the District Attorney?
Later the newspaper asked District Attorney Steve Wolfson if he had read the article and if he wanted to respond or comment on our article but he declined, and when pressured for an answer he said, “I don’t want to.”
After Raul Moran died, the District Attorney’s Office, taking orders from Detective Gary King with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department’s homicide unit and perhaps as a friend and drinking buddy with the husband of the prosecutor in charge of the case, refused to upgrade the charges to homicide as it was ruled by the Clark County Coroner.
North Las Vegas Municipal Court Catherine Ramsey was ousted out of her elected position for trying to take charge of her courtroom; she was a very good and fair judge and as many people who have appeared before her know, “she follows the law,” which I, personally, believe is against the law in Clark County: a Democrat-run county in Nevada.
I am not even going to go into the case of Justice Court Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, another case of injustice in the Democrat-run County of Clark, where orders are taken from the Detectives of the corrupt Las Vegas Police Department. The Detective Unit of Vice and Narcotics has been in so many scandals that it’s no use to even mention it. The head of that department was later promoted to the
Homicide Department despite the fact that I was later told by another detective that she was making more money without counting her
department salary. She was upset when she was transferred to that unit, which most detectives see as a promotion.
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.
My Point of View