District Court Department 22

Johnson v. Nadig

Attorney Ben Nadig says he’s challenging Judge Susan Johnson because “the Trump stuff offended me.”

Nadig is referring to remarks Johnson made from the bench about the ability of offenders to restore their voting rights. 

Johnson says she was merely encouraging the offenders to complete their obligations under probation.  

That way your civil rights would be restored and you would have plenty of time to vote for Mr. Trump on the next election, okay?” she said to a defendant.

Johnson says she was joking.  

“It was me being humorous and encouraging to probationers to think in terms of doing everything they needed to get the drop down from the felony to gross misdemeanor,’ Johnson told the Current. 

“She was advocating,” says Nadig. “She tried to play it off like it was a joke, and deny the whole power dynamic when you wear that robe.”   

Nadig says he “was waiting for someone other than a white male to run against her but she needed an opponent.” 

Johnson has a 31.34 percent error rate out of 556 appeals, according to Our Nevada Judges. She hears civil and construction defect cases, as well as criminal cases on the overflow docket.  

Nadig says he’s done 40 jury trials and 200 bench trials in a variety of areas including construction defect and personal injury.  

As of October 15, Nadig had raised $52,100 and had about $28,450 remaining. Johnson had raised about $168,233 and had $28,363 remaining.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.