New depositions scheduled this week in Mazzeo lawsuit against Gibbons


New depositions are scheduled this week in Chrissy Mazzeo’s civil rights lawsuit against Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Longtime private detective David Groover, who was hired to help Gibbons respond to Mazzeo’s allegations the governor assaulted her in 2006, is listed in federal court records as among those expected to be questioned under oath. His deposition is set for Friday.

Mazzeo’s attorney, Robert Kossack, also has scheduled depositions with the lead Las Vegas police detectives who conducted the criminal investigation that ultimately cleared Gibbons. The man who oversaw the investigation, Deputy Chief Greg McCurdy, also has been subpoenaed to give testimony.

Mazzeo, a former Las Vegas cocktail waitress, has alleged in her federal suit that Gibbons assaulted her at a parking garage outside McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant the evening of Oct. 13, 2006, and that police and the governor conspired to cover it up.

Lawyers for the police department and former Sheriff Bill Young, who also are defendants in the suit, filed court papers late last week arguing there is no evidence to support Mazzeo’s claim that a parking garage videotape that night was altered.

Neither Gibbons nor Mazzeo appear on the videotape.

Attorneys Walter Cannon and Thomas Dillard Jr. described the allegation as “rank speculation.”