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Bare v. Craig

By: - October 5, 2020 5:01 am

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and the City Council appointed Rob Bare to the Las Vegas Municipal Court In 2007. In 2010, he won a seat on District Court.

Bare has a 40 percent error rate on 300 appeals during his ten years on the bench, according to Our Nevada Judges

Bare takes exception with the rating because Our Nevada Judges’ software algorithm doesn’t take into consideration the nuances of cases in which verdicts are partially reversed and partially upheld.

“Any judge who has been around ten years is going to have some cases remanded back,” Bare says.  “The judges who have half civil and half criminal dockets have 15 to 17 percent error rates because they are appealed all the time by criminal defendants and the appeals are thrown out.” 

Alexander Falconi of Our Nevada Judges says it’s true his software is unable to sift through cases for details that would provide greater context, but he says even incomplete data is better than none.  He also suggests judges on criminal cases may have lower error rates because they benefit from frequent appeals via feedback from the higher courts.  As evidence, Falconi points to the higher error rates among Family Court judges, who he says also do not benefit from frequent feedback.

Bare has raised about $360,099 nd had $122,370 remaining as of October 15. 

He’s being challenged by Christy Craig, one of half a dozen female public defenders seeking judicial office.  

Craig says she chose to challenge Bare because “he doesn’t have a lot of trial experience.  It’s very difficult to do trials in front of someone who doesn’t know the language.”  

“i have four to five times more trial experience than her,” says Bare. “She’s done about one trial a year. I was the chief prosecutor for the State Bar.  I prosecuted 870 cases over 17 years.  I’ve done 52 jury trials to verdict as a judge over 10 years. What’s more important experience — doing 52 trials as a judge or 25 as a lawyer?”

Craig moved to Las Vegas from Ohio in 1980.  She attended California Western School of Law in San Diego.  

She joined the public defender in 1998 where she worked homicide cases. 

She has sued the state over the delayed transport of mentally incompetent pretrial detainees.  As part of the Consent Decree in that case, the state opened Stein Hospital in Las Vegas in 2015. 

She also created Competency Court with Assistant D.A. Christopher Lalli and Judge Jackie Glass, which allows all defendants to be assessed by a single court.  

Craig has testified before the Legislature for an Assisted Outpatient Program that allows treatment of what she calls “loopers” — treatment resistant offenders who tend to go off their medications and put others at jeopardy.

“My goal in the next Legislature is to pump up the program a little bit so they can take more people,” she said, noting it costs $180 a day to treat a mentally ill person in jail who could be treated at lesser expense via Southern Nevada Mental Health.

Craig says her experience as a public defender does not mean she’ll side with offenders. 

“I’m the one more likely to hold people accountable,” she says. “As public defenders, we have heard every excuse and every bit of nonsense for why a client has or hasn’t done stuff.”

Craig has raised $14,505 and has $1,525 on hand as of October 15.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

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, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.