No deposition required yet from Gibbons in Mazzeo lawsuit

Gov. Jim Gibbons won't yet be compelled to give a deposition in the lawsuit brought by a former Las Vegas cocktail waitress who accuses him of assaulting her in a parking garage.

Federal magistrate Peggy Leen said Tuesday that Gibbons and other co-defendants, including former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, won't have to provide depositions until it's determined that the lawsuit can go to trial.

The lawsuit by Chrissy Mazzeo claims Gibbons and others violated her rights to due process and equal protection after Gibbons allegedly attacked her in a parking garage. The governor was never charged in the incident.

She also accused the former sheriff and others of orchestrating a cover-up.

None of the parties was in federal court Tuesday.

During the hearing, Mazzeo's lawyer, Robert Kossack, alleged that Las Vegas police withheld key evidence from him, including a videotaped interview of Mazzeo walking through the parking garage where she said the governor assaulted her.

He also said authorities haven't turned over surveillance footage from a nearby La Quinta hotel where Mazzeo took shelter after the incident.

An attorney for the Metropolitan Police Department, Walt Cannon, told Leen that police had turned over all material to Kossack.


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