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Report: #198220

Complaint Review: Family Court Judge Steven Jones, Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Nevada

  • Submitted: Mon, June 26, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, August 10, 2006
  • Reported By: Kingman Arizona
  • Family Court Judge Steven Jones, Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas)
    601 N. Pecos Road
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    U.S.A.

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Jun. 23, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES: Arrest not first at judge's home

Police reports detail three other incidents



By MIKE KALIL
REVIEW-JOURNAL
The arrest this week of a Family Court judge on allegations of battering his girlfriend is the fourth time in four years that police have arrested someone in the judge's home on domestic violence charges.

Three of the four times police were called to intervene in a family fight at the Henderson home of Judge Steven Jones unfolded in the past 14 months, according to police records obtained by the Review-Journal.

The reports show that in each case, police left with a resident of the home in handcuffs facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Jones, who on the bench presides over domestic violence cases, is out of town until next week and unavailable for comment, according to his bailiff.

A veteran advocate for local domestic violence victims was astonished by the frequency of the incidents at the home of a judge elected by voters to protect victims of domestic violence.

"This sends a poor message to our community," said Kathleen Brooks, associate director of SafeNest, which offers shelter and counseling to domestic violence victims.

We would want folks on the bench who are accountable for their own behavior, who don't engage in violent behavior. If you're a public servant, you have a responsibility to behave in a certain way. Otherwise, how do victims feel safe going to Family Court?

In the four cases in Jones' home:

Jones, 48, was arrested Tuesday night on allegations he threw his five-year girlfriend from their bedroom and that she landed on her face. The girlfriend, legal secretary Amy McNair, has obtained a restraining order against the judge.

McNair, 34, was arrested Oct. 23 on allegations of choking Jones' then-17-year-old daughter, Ashley. The girl told police McNair cornered her in a bedroom, scratched her arm and grabbed her by the throat.

The attack occurred after Ashley and her family returned from a day at the races. McNair had not gone with them because she had been kicked out of the event the previous night after getting drunk and causing a disturbance, the report states.

An officer who interviewed McNair about the attack wrote in his arrest report that McNair "told me she had been drinking all day."

Ashley Jones was arrested while still a juvenile on April 10, 2005, for a fight in which she and McNair pummelled one another and police determined the teen to be the primary aggressor. The skirmish began as an argument over Ashley Jones' unexcused school absences.

Ashley slapped McNair's face several times when McNair tried to take a phone from her, a police report states.

McNair was arrested Jan. 1, 2003, on a domestic violence battery count. Additional information about this case could not be obtained Thursday.

Conviction or acquittal information could not be confirmed in each case, but police records indicate each of the suspects was briefly jailed.

By law, anyone arrested for domestic violence must remain in jail for at least 12 hours.

Jones spent about 12 hours in jail before a fellow judge ordered his release on personal recognizance. District Judge Donald Mosley granted the request after Jones' bailiff called him Wednesday morning, court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer said.

Mosley did not know that a request had already been denied by Henderson Municipal Court Judge Ken Proctor, Sommermeyer said.

Court rules allow judges to order such releases "on an emergency basis only" for anything but a violent felony. The judge must consider whether the arrestee will show up for court and not be a threat to the community. For example, someone arrested on a Friday in a remote town could ask a judge for release instead of spending the weekend in jail, Sommermeyer said.

Mosley, through Sommermeyer, said he followed the letter of the law.

Meanwhile, Jones has been removed from hearing any domestic violence cases while his own case is pending, Clark County District Court administrators said.

McNair is attempting through the courts to extend the emergency temporary protective order she got against Jones after his arrest.

Such cases are typically decided in Family Court, but the case was assigned to an appointed senior judge "to avoid the appearance of impropriety and potential conflict," Clark County District Court Executive Officer Charles J. Short said in a statement Thursday.

Senior Judge J. Charles Thompson will consider McNair's request on Monday.

Review-Journal staff writer Brian Haynes contributed to this report.

Alan
Kingman, Arizona
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Jones was indicted and shall face Federal Court Trial in 2014

AUTHOR: Al - ()

Reasearch what is now happeing to Judge Steven Jones on lvrj.com or google him. ON December 26, 2013, Jones was found guilty by the Judicial Commission on 8 out of 12 counts and will stand trial in Federal Court for alleged corruption involving $3 million. Sadly, the day he was found guilty, his girlfriend, Lisa Willardson died and was found by Jones.

It took 17-years to see this man be brought to justice. It was 1998 when I went to the FBI and Judicial Commission. Never give up. Find me on Facebook to get in on the Federal lawsuit coming to Clark County Family Court in 2014. Al DiCicco.

 

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#2 Author of original report

FBI Investigating Judge Jones

AUTHOR: Alan - (U.S.A.)

If you have information on Judge Jones that the FBI might be interested in, contact the Las Vegas FBI at 702-385-1281.
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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Judge Jailbird Jones

AUTHOR: April Christine - (U.S.A.)

Hello Alan,



I have also had problems with this Judge , if you can call him that. What goes , does come around, as we will be seeing.



I just got out of the hospital yesterday, and I am tired, so I will be brief.



My mother is at the North Las Vegas care Center. The case is G24xxx, as I recall. It is not even listed on the computer with the rest of the Family Court Cases.Her name is Janice H. Her identical twin sister just died there last September. My mother was an attorney in Las Vegas and placed a lien against the infamous Horseshoe Club concerning Dob Doc's interest , which in all reality has never been properly probated. The silver in question at the Binion trial was Doby Docs and taken from his property at 67 Reno St. by the Binion Crime family.



Judge Jones will not approve my mother's transfer to Los Angeles even though I displayed that I can make arrangements at the Kennedy Care Center or Burlington Convaslescent Hospital for her care, and showed the court that Angel Flight will fly her there for free. He said I would have to apply for guardianship in Nevada by the Nevada Court and take a psychological and psychiatric test. I asked him "I'd sure like to know how much the Binions are paying you off!.



The I called him a dumbass and walked out. I was NOT held in contempt of court. More later. feel free to contact me about this case anybody. Kathleen B. is at present my mother's legal guardian and her Office has been terrible to me.
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#4 Author of original report

How Jones destroyed my fatherhood

AUTHOR: Alan - (U.S.A.)

In 1995, a Chicago family court judge, allowed my ex-wife to remove our children to Las Vegas Nevada. I also relocated to Nevada and appeared in front of Jones requesting more time with my children. Jones postponed the hearing for 6 months claiming "Illinois still had jurisdiction. All parties were Nevada residents.



In 1996, I again petitioned the court for more time with my children. I was denied and they raised my child support payments. Jones allowed the opposing attorney, Rhonda Mushkin, to make numerous false allegations against me in court and he would not allow me to defend myself.



My ex, who had since remarried, had a household income of more than $130,000. Both her and her spouse, her third husband, both worked for a major airline and had transferred to Las Vegas with secure employment and many years seniority. I was trying to get work in a new town in which I knew no one. I did secure a few jobs, but Mushkin sent derogatory letters to my employers and they did not want me there. One employer said to me I received a letter from your ex-wife's attorney, you have too many problems, and I don't think things are going to work out here for you.



My children, 5, 7, and 9 at the time, were told to call their step-father Daddy and me Al. I could not speak to them on the phone, see them at school plays, could not enroll them in any activities. Yet I resided just 5 minutes away from them.



Jones only permitted me to see my children 5 days per month. He treated my parents, the same way after they also relocated from Chicago to Nevada to be near their only grandchildren.



My ex-wife began taking my children to Child Psychiatrist Corydon G. Clark. He had been formerly disciplined by the California Medical Board for molesting his young boy patients in a hot tub. Clark put all three children on amphetamines against my will. They claimed all 3 children suffered from ADHD. I claimed they were sad and acting out from the loss of their father. I had no rights at all, just occasional visits. Jones and Mushkin stopped all my attempts to be a loving and involved father.



I was unable to take my children to any counseling as Jones denied me my right to joint legal custody.



In 1996, my daughter alleged physical abuse from her mother; visible marks were on her body. A friend that was a former California Child Protection Supervisor witnessed the injuries and received testimony from my daughter. She reported it to Brad Reitz, the Principal at Bartlett Elementary School in Henderson Nevada. Instead of obeying the laws as a mandated reporter, he alerted the perpetrator and my daughter was reprimanded by her mother and step-father for alleging the abuse.



At one hearing Jones ordered me to undergo a Psychological evaluation with a well known court appointed Psychologist. The findings did not report any serious psychological problems, just depression from being denied fatherhood.



Upon my motion to have my ex evaluated, I was denied. I did and still do believe she suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder.



In 1997, I formed the Coalition for Family Court reform. The Nevada Legislature conducted hearings at Subcommittee ACR-32 to determine if Clark County Family Court should be abolished. Most of the complaints from litigants that testified were against Jones.



I made a complaint with the Commission on Judicial Discipline. I received a form letter, as most did, stating that he did not commit any cannon violations. The Commission protects judges, not the litigants.



My children have suffered dearly from the loss their father. Their step-father and mother divorced in 2002.



My children are all grown up now and I missed being a daddy and they missed me.



If you have a complaint against Jones, please post it on this site. This judge must be stopped from abusing everyone he chooses.
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