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LETTERS: NLV police jumped to conclusion

To the editor:

Since I am neither a detective nor an attorney, I can only comment on what I see on TV and read in the paper. However, it appears to me that the North Las Vegas Police Department has a very difficult time admitting that it may have made a mistake in the case of Patrick Harper (“Teen may be wrongly accused in shooting,” Sept. 27 Review-Journal).

Officials are complaining that the case is being tried by the media. What do they expect? They are the ones who continue to label Patrick, a 16-year-old school boy, a suspect in a murder case. Was he not released from custody, thanks to the district attorney’s office? If not for the parents and his attorney hiring a private investigator, the videotape from the convenience store would not have surfaced. It would have been recorded over by the time the North Las Vegas Police Department requested it — if the department actually did so.

It is difficult for me to imagine that a 16-year-old could be at the locations noted during the time in question. Maybe he is a talented, Olympic-class runner. Then there is the question of the victim’s phone records. What really amazes me is that the most credibility seems to be given to the witnesses at the crime scene.

Why is it so difficult for the police to admit that they jumped to the wrong conclusion? The hardship that North Las Vegas police have brought upon this family, thanks to obvious incompetence, is beyond my comprehension.

HELGA LOTT

LAS VEGAS

Ellsworth endorsement

To the editor:

The Review-Journal editorial board’s endorsement of incumbent Judge Carolyn Ellsworth is flat-out the wrong endorsement (“For District Court, Departments 4 and 5,” Sept. 18 Review-Journal). The Review-Journal is either a racist newspaper (which I highly doubt) or is flat-out biased toward Judge Ellsworth because she is not a Democrat.

And quite obviously, the editorial board is prejudiced against William Horne (Judge Ellsworth’s challenger) because he is a Democrat. I used to be a Democrat and actually volunteered with Mr. Horne for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. After the Democrats chose Barack Obama, I left the party, because it was clear to me that they are obviously not the pro-women party they claim to be.

But I digress. Even after leaving that God-forsaken party, I still have the brains to recognize that Mr. Horne is a superior choice. We disagree on certain things politically, but I can declare with authority that he is a far better choice for the bench than Judge Ellsworth. Can you point out a time when Ms. Ellsworth has ever volunteered for anything? Has she ever even defended a human being against prosecution by the state? Has she ever taught college students about the rules of evidence? Does she have any clue about what justice really means? No.

Her idea of justice is locking everyone up and throwing away the key, regardless of the circumstances. In fact, the better an individual you are, the worse you will get it in her courtroom.

If the Review-Journal wants any respect from the legal community, the black community or the community in general, I would urge the newspaper to change its endorsement of Judge Ellsworth. She has no business being in that position, and it is a genuine disgrace that the Review-Journal, which has an impact on the voting public, would endorse her over Mr. Horne. The editorial board could not be any more obvious about its political bias.

CAITLIN M. SALAS

LAS VEGAS

‘Civic pride’ too pricey

To the editor:

Regarding Justin Findlay’s commentary supporting his group’s downtown soccer stadium proposal, I respect his views and dreams (“Soccer stadium would build civic pride,” Sept. 26 Review-Journal). But in the final analysis, he and his group still want taxpayer money to fund his dream to build civic pride in this city.

If he and his partners desire civic pride, by all means, they should pay for it. If it’s such a great deal, gather other private investors and make boundless profit. The city will take great pride in your fearless journey in pursuit of civic pride.

To this taxpayer, civic pride is schools that teach students and produce respectable citizens. Civic pride is not burdening the taxpayer with debt for 20-plus years.

Question: Does Mr. Findlay have a Major League Soccer team committed to the city, or is it a pipe dream that once a stadium is funding is approved, the city might be in the running to get one? And what will we have to commit to a team, in terms of money, tax breaks and updating the stadium?

If Mr. Findlay and his backers have such a passion, I ask them to please do this with their own money. Then they can reap the rewards or suffer the losses, without involving the taxpayer.

THOMAS C. MALICH SR.

LAS VEGAS

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