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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:18 PM
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"Criminal probe starts into Nevada candidate's alleged assault"
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 06:29 PM by ProgressiveEconomist
From http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/o... :

"By RYAN NAKASHIMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS; LAS VEGAS SUN > NEWS > U.S. > NEVADA

October 30, 2006 at 13:50:15 PST

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County's top prosecutor said Monday that an investigation has been opened into allegations that gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jim Gibbons tried to sexually assault a cocktail waitress in a parking garage after a night of drinking. District Attorney David Roger confirmed the new status of the case, which had been closed after Chrissy Mazzeo, 32, dropped charges, saying she has been pressured and offered cash from people linked to the Gibbons campaign. "This is now an ongoing investigation," Roger told The Associated Press. ... Sheriff Bill Young, who supports Gibbons for governor and was the first to contact Gibbons after Mazzeo's allegations were made to police, refused to release the tapes to Gibbons' lawyer but acknowledged police had them, the suit claims. Young could not immediately be reached for comment. ...

"The (police) will not make any statements until a judge has ruled on a legal matter before the court," the police department said in a release. An emergency hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday. ...

Also Monday, Gibbons filed a lawsuit seeking to compel police to release surveillance videos that he says will prove he was never inside a parking garage where Mazzeo said the incident took place. The suit filed in Clark County District Court demands Las Vegas police release the tapes, which may document the inside of a parking garage near a restaurant where Gibbons, Mazzeo and others had drinks on the evening of Oct. 13. Police, who previously said surveillance cameras in the garage weren't working and there were no tapes of the evening, continued to deflect media inquiries about the tapes' existence, even after a property management company for the garage said it turned hours of tapes over to authorities. ... "Failure to produce the videotapes ... violates U.S. Rep. Gibbons' right to seek public office and the public's fundamental right to make an informed vote," the suit says.

Gibbons was leading in the gubernatorial race, according to an Oct. 27 poll with support from 47 percent of respondents, compared with Titus' 41 percent. ... Most of the polling, by Research 2000 of Washington D.C., was conducted after the allegations were first reported but before Mazzeo held a news conference Oct. 25 to recount her version of the events. The poll conducted for the Reno Gazette-Journal and KRNV-TV had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points."
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:24 PM
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1. And this: Gibbons sues to get videotapes in alleged assault case
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Republican congressman and candidate for governor Jim Gibbons filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to compel police to release surveillance videos that he says will prove he was never inside a parking garage with a cocktail waitress who accused him of trying to sexually assault her.

The suit filed in Clark County District Court demands Las Vegas police release the tapes, which may document the inside of a parking garage on the evening of Oct. 13, when Chrissy Mazzeo claims Gibbons grabbed her and propositioned her after a night of drinking at a nearby restaurant.

Police, who previously said surveillance cameras in the garage weren't working and there were no tapes of the evening, have refused to confirm the tapes exist after a property management company for the garage said it turned hours of tapes over to authorities.

"A true record of the tape's recording will demonstrate that I was never in that parking garage on that evening," Gibbons says in the lawsuit.

An emergency hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

more...

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/o...
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:26 PM
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2. Note it takes 9 paragraphs for them to mention he's Republican
If he was Democratic, it'd be in the headline.
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:57 AM
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3. Las Vegas Police to Reopen Gibbons Investigation
This case is not going to go away. Jim Gibbons is going to have to answer to the allegations.

(AP) -- Las Vegas police have reopened an investigation into allegations that Congressman Jim Gibbons assaulted a cocktail waitress after a night of drinking.
The move comes after the alleged victim, Chrissy Mazzeo, met with police today and signed a statement recanting her wish to withdraw her allegations.
Mazzeo's lawyer Richard Wright says he accompanied Mazzeo to police after speaking with district attorney David Roger this morning.
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Also today, Gibbons lawyer filed suit in court demanding that police release security footage from the parking garage where Mazzeo says the incident happened on October 13th.
Gibbons says he hasn't seen the tapes but believes they will exonerate him and confirm his version of events.
He says he caught Mazzeo after she tripped, and then walked away. She says Gibbons grabbed her arms and made sexual advances toward her inside the garage.
A court has set an emergency hearing concerning the tapes for tomorrow at 11 a-m.

Full story at http://www.ktvn.com/dyn_fullnews.asp?area=fullTopStory&...
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:57 AM
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4. So She Got an Incentive to Do the Right Thing
It's a damn shame, but if that's what it takes, so be it.
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1932 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:57 AM
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5. I get the impression that the videos tell a story that the police can't ignore.
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:57 AM
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6. My Take As Well
She originally recanted because she was frightened, now she knows the police have the evidence and she is going to bury him. The chief of police from what I understand was a BIG supporter of the jerktard IMHO she had to wait until enough police saw the tape and they couldn't ignore the evidence. The chief should be charged with obstruction of justice.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:57 AM
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7. Talking Points Memo Reporting
Said the vids show absolutely nothing. Which is absolutely curious because Gibbons' story of innocence claims he was with her in the parking garage. Sounds like they were missing so long because they were out to the video doctor's.
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