By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
The name Malachi Ephraim must belong to someone very influential, very prominent, maybe someone very well known to someone very close to the Administration of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or the Office of the Clark County District Attorney.
Malachi Ephraim has been part of the judicial system in Clark County as far as 2017 when Clark County District Judge Michael Villani ordered his case vacated without any explanation.
On the second week of this May, 2021, Malachi Ephraim was incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center for Domestic Violence, Fraud, Robbery, Burglary, Failing to Register as a Sexual Offender, Assaulting a Police Officer and Failure to Appear; he was scheduled to appear in District Court One before District Court Judge Bita Yager but the same day Malachi Ephraim’s case was transferred back to an unknown Justice Court and his case was dismissed. His bail was set at $20,000 for two of the charges and the rest of the cases were not up for bail at all.
Assaulting a Police Officer should be a serious enough charge, but what about the rest of the cases? Domestic Violence, Fraud, Robbery, Burglary, Failing to Register as a Sexual Offender; are they not serious enough to warrant being locked up for a very long time?
Now, regarding his next case in court he was a “no show” and a bond was set for his appearance, instead of getting NO BAIL set as is normally done for the rest of the citizens living in Clark County, Nevada, United States of America with the exception of those citizens born into the Black race.
The Judges in Clark County have been working all alone to abolish the Bail Bond Businesses so why now, all of a sudden, would they set bail for a criminal they have voluntarily let go for unknown reasons? Because the criminal is Black?
After leaving the Clark County Detention Center, Malachi Ephraim paid a visit to his last victims and broke a window in one of the trucks, broke the lights of another truck and stole the license plate of yet another truck, all caught on camera, but his victims did not file a police report because in all other previous cases the District Attorney dismissed the cases, so why waste their time?
In fact the last time a witness was subpoenaed to testify, the witness did not get paid the few dollars they are supposed to be paid for missing work, and paid for their own parking, and on top of that, the rude employees working at the Victims Witness Desk told that witness to “come back some other time.”
It seems like the office of the Clark County District Attorney is nothing but a decorative figure in the Regional Justice Center and all they do is dismiss cases.
The same thing took place in 2019 when the office of the Clark County District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, dismissed the case against Victor Cruz after much evidence that he was the one who shot Raul Moran in the back of his head, killing him while he walked home unarmed; there was plenty of evidence and plenty of witnesses to prove the case and convict Victor Cruz, but Steve Wolfson, the District Attorney for Clark County, ordered his deputies to dismiss all the charges in the case of Raul Moran.
The prosecutor in that case, Shanon Clovers-Samborn is married to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Detective, Tate Samborn, who was involved in the investigation of Victor Cruz’s shooting of Raul Moran.
There is a possibility that the prosecutor’s husband may have intervened in the dismissal of the case because the shooter, Victor Cruz, or some member of his family may be cooperating with the narcotic unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
In Clark County it seems to be that justice is not for all, “convenient” justice is only for Black people because the District Attorney is afraid to prosecute guilty people when they happen to be Black.
It might not be a surprise to anyone in Clark County to see Edgar Samaniego, the man who shot Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Shay
Mikalonis in front of Las Vegas Circus-Circus Hotel and Casino during a racial protest in 2020 walking out of the Clark County Detention
Center a free man.