Tobiasson asks Supreme Court to intervene in discipline case

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It was front page news last month when the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission leveled serious charges against Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson, including meddling in an unsolved murder investigation. But attorneys for Tobiasson say the JDC is in no hurry to make the judge’s side of the story public.  

Tobiasson’s attorneys, Marc Cook and Thomas Sheets, filed the judge’s Response and Motion to Dismiss the allegations Monday, Sept. 21, but as of Friday, the JDC had yet to post the pleading on its website. The JDC has also failed to respond to previous Motions to Dismiss the allegations against Tobiasson.  The Current obtained the motion from Tobiasson’s attorneys. 

“This court’s immediate intervention is necessary,” Tobiasson’s attorney, Marc Cook, wrote in a pleading filed Friday with the Nevada Supreme Court, alleging the JDC has “violated their charter, denied (Tobiasson’s) Due Process and First Amendment rights, all while ignoring their own rules,” the petition says. 

Tobiasson is seeking a writ from the high court to compel the JDC to act in accordance with its rules.  She’s also seeking to put a stop to the disciplinary proceedings against her, arguing the JDC lacks or is exceeding its jurisdiction.  

The JDC has not responded to numerous requests for comment.  An employee told the Current to check back to see “if and when” the motion is posted.

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.