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An Interview with the District Attorney

By Steve W. Sanson     Jun 24, 2007 in Politics
These courts serve a population of more than 2 million people in southern Nevada. Residents and visitors will find access to Traffic Court, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Civil and Criminal matters pending in the courts.
An Interview with the District Attorney
By Steve William Sanson
I interviewed David Rogers the current Clark County District Attorney June 16, 2007, on Face the Tribune. Mr. Rogers grew up in Las Vegas, attended Bishop Gorman High School, Graduated from UNLV with a degree in business, passed the Nevada State Bar in 1996. Mr. Rogers Clerked for two District Court Judge was recruited by the Clark County District Attorneys Office as a prosecutor and is currently celebrating his first wedding anniversary.
The Clark County District Attorneys office is the largest law firm in the state of Nevada, with a total of 750 employees. Out of these employees 165 are attorneys. The District Attorneys office represents all county agencies including the Clark County Board of Commissioners and the family support division that helps custodial parents receive child support.
The District Attorneys office also represents the following: the Juvenile division which includes child welfare and delinquency and the criminal division. There have been 58,000 criminal cases last year in which each prosecutor carries 650 cases the average in California per prosecutor is 250 cases.
One topic discussed was on the prosecution of pimps in regard to teenage prostitution. Prior to 2005 legislature in order to prosecute a pimp you needed independent collaboration which could include the following: another pimp, john, or undercover police officer. They can now prosecute with one prostitute to convict a pimp. Rogers commented that they have funding for a safe house as a transitional home to take the young girls away from the prostitutes. Rogers realizes that these girls are victims and the pimps are the bad guys.
Rogers also commented on the meth-amfidame epidemic. Rogers is on the Executive Board of Hyda to go after the suppliers and not the users to "nip in the bud." The District Court has a Drug Court. The offenders have to continually return back to the court for drug testing and intense counseling depending on the accused criminal's record. The offenders are eligible to attend the Drug Court program depending on their record.
Rogers commented on Judge Elizabeth Halverson's situation, explaining that Judge Halverson is a very bright person and made some mistakes along the way once elected to the Bench.
Rogers commented on former County Recorder Fran Dean that criminal charges are pending and she will have a fair trial once she receives her day in court. Rogers felt that the County was at risk and felt that Dean had to be removed from office. The case was heard by District Court Judge Herndon and the court agreed with the District Attorneys petition for the removal.
Rogers commented on former Clark County Commissioner Lynette Boggs-McDonald explaining that he likes Boggs-McDonald on a personal level. Rogers explained that former Attorney General Chanos refereed the case to his office sighting a conflict of interest. Rogers explained that the Secretary of States office wanted this case to be prosecuted. Rogers waited until after the election to file charges against Boggs-McDonald after the case was reviewed.
Rogers commented on the G-string case with former strip club mogul Michael Galardi. There was money given from Galardi to Rogers when Rogers was running his first District Attorney campaign in 2000. The money was in the amount of $20,000.00 in checks to his campaign. Rogers explained that he took money from strip club owners as a legitimate business just like any other politician.
Rogers went on to explain that he saw the Galardi case as a conflict of interest and that he returned the money. Rogers stated that Galardi lied or was mistaken at the testimony Galardi made in Federal Court that Rogers was given cash instead of checks in an effort to have no trace of the money given to Rogers "did not happened."
Rogers stated that in regard to the UMC Scandal he does not know if this was the reason former Clark County Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson-Gates resigned. Rogers explained the investigation is still on going with Lacy Thomas former head of UMC.
Rogers discussed how the law around Driving under the Influence (DUI)'s works in Nevada: first offense includes the driver's license revoked through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), victim impact program, community service, counseling, fines, and SR22 requirements for increased motor vehicle insurance. Second offense fines increase, third offense accused can do up to a year in prison.
Rogers explained about the proposal taken away the rights of the voters by having the Governor appoint Supreme and District court judges. Rogers feels that if the voters made a mistake they will fix it and believes the judges should be elected by the voters.
Rogers stated that the Corners Inquest has been scrutinized and ways are being looked at to have it better served the public.
Rogers explained about Home Invasion and the rights of the victim, rights of deadly force to protect yourself and your family. Rogers explained that you have to be in fear for your safety. Rogers does not expect anyone to second guess themselves if they are in fear of their life. Rogers explained that citizens have to take a common sense approach when deadly force should be used. Rogers explained that he believes in the second amendment and if he was faced with an intruder in his home he would not second guess himself when it come to using deadly force to protect himself and/or his family.
Rogers stated that the gang violence is a major problem in our county. Rogers stated that Dr. Robert Fowler helps to provide seed money to take back our neighborhoods and that former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young helped to provide a Gang Task Force in an effort to take back our streets.
Rogers commented on problems with graffiti tagging and gave the graffiti case to his Gang Unit. Rogers stated that the laws on graffiti need to be toughened and he was a little upset that the last legislation did not toughen the Graffiti Laws.
Rogers said that there is no term limit for the District Attorneys office and he would like to be the District Attorney as long as the voters will have him.
Note: You can listen to archived broadcast of Sanson's interview with David Rogers at www.AllTalkRadio.net. Scroll down to "Face the Tribune" and click onto Full Program look for Show Archives on your right and click onto June16, 2007.
E-mail: SteveWSanson@cs.com phone 702 283 8088
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