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The Face of Corruption Reveals Nevada Veterans In Politics Dissolves Under the Weight of Exposure



The Face of Corruption Reveals:



See Thomas E-Mail of Public Corruption below:


Las Vegas, Nevada


The North Las Vegas Police Officers Association Union’s veterans group, aka, Nevada Veterans In Politics, just dissolved under the weight of exposure!  So much for its stated desire to help veterans.  The company dissolved a mere two months after forming, and only two weeks after its plot to coerce judges and judicial candidates into blackballing the authentic Veterans In Politics was publicly exposed (see link:

David V. Thomas, the political consultant turned marijuana dispensary kingpin, had been advising the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association Union brass on how to get Veterans In Politics “removed from the political process.”  Veterans In Politics has been exposing corruption in North Las Vegas government and police, several of whose top leaders are also David V. Thomas’s clients.  When death threats and bribery didn’t work to deter Veterans In Politics from its investigations into North Las Vegas corruption, the police union decided to form Nevada Veterans In Politics ostensibly to compete with Veterans In Politics International and try to hurt it financially. 

But instead of fairly competing, the group stole the Veterans In Politics name in violation of trademark laws, and concocted a plan, with Thomas’s assistance, to coerce sitting judges and judicial candidates into blackballing Veterans In Politics International.  According to the plan, letters were to be sent to all judges up for re-election warning them that if they participated in any way in Veterans In Politics’ endorsement process, they would automatically not be considered for an endorsement by a host of police unions and likely by the Las Vegas Review Journal.  The plan seemed to fall within the legal definition of criminal coercion under N.R.S. Section 207.190, and involved violations of the legal rights of Veterans In Politics and its President, Steve Sanson. 

Thomas callously detailed the plan in an email he sent to his judicial candidate clients.  This put his clients in the untenable position of having to report Thomas and the plan to the State Bar of Nevada.  You see, Thomas is a member of the State Bar, and even though he is in “inactive” status, he is still bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct that applies to all lawyers.  These rules do not allow lawyers to participate in the type of behavior described in Thomas’ email. 

By the same token, Thomas’ judicial clients are bound by the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct.  Under Rule 1.2 of those statutes, judges and judicial candidates must “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.”  They are obligated to “avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”  They cannot “convey or permit others to convey the impression that any person or organization is in a position to influence the judge.”  (Rule 2.4(c).) 

Moreover, under Rule 2.15, “a judge having knowledge that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question regarding the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects shall inform the appropriate authority.”  Even if that judge simply “receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct” that judge must “take appropriate action.”

As the comments to the Rule indicate “ignoring or denying known misconduct among one’s judicial colleagues or members of the legal profession undermines a judge’s responsibility to participate in efforts to ensure public respect for the justice system.”

The rules are clear that a judge may not engage in any extra-curricular activity that “would appear to a reasonable person to be coercive” (Rule 3.1D) and must, when engaging in campaign activities, “act at all times in a manner consistent with the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.”  (Rule 4.2 A (1).)

So which of Thomas’ judicial clients actually abided by their sworn legal obligations to report Thomas to the State Bar and take action to stop the plan of coercion? 

To our knowledge, NONE.

What a sad state of affairs for Nevada.  If these judges looked the other way for the sake of getting endorsements, imagine what they are capable of doing on the bench when the stakes are higher. 

Shame on Thomas for putting his clients in this position; and shame on his judge clients for knowing better and doing nothing. 

(VIPI) Veterans In Politics International 

Steve Sanson President VIPI


“If you turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to corruption you are just as guilty as the perpetrators committing the injustice”


Karen Steelmon Auxiliary Director VIPI

Vicky Maltman Auxiliary Director VIP Northern Nevada Chapter

Dennis Egge President VIP Hawaii Chapter

Reginald Angus Argue President VIP Canada Chapter

“Positive changes comes from those, who are willing to stand in the middle of a political hurricane; all in an effort to protect other’s basic rights and freedoms.”


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Mission: To educate, organize, and awaken our veterans and their families to select, support and intelligently vote for those candidates whom would help create a better world, to protect ourselves from our own government(s) in a culture of corruption, and to be the political voice for those in other groups who do not have one.

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Comment by Steve Sanson on January 18, 2016 at 12:14am

According to sources, Thomas’ clients include two out of three Appellate Court judges, one District Court judge, four Justice Court judges including its presiding judge in Las Vegas, and four judicial candidate’s one of whom is also the North Las Vegas City Attorney.

Amy Chelini – Justice Court judicial candidate, Las Vegas
Suzan Baucum -- Justice Court Judge, Las Vegas
Joe Bonaventure -- Justice Court Presiding Judge, Las Vegas
Joe Hardy Jr – District Court Judge, Clark County
Karen Bennett-Haron – Justice Court Judge, Las Vegas 
Harmony Letizia -- Justice Court judicial candidate, Las Vegas
 Sandra Morgan – City Attorney, N. Las Vegas; Municipal Court judicial candidate
Abbi Silver -- Appellate Court Judge, Nevada
Jerry Tao -- Appellate Court Judge, Nevada

Comment by Steve Sanson on December 31, 2015 at 5:10pm

A Message from Veterans In Politics President to Elected Officials & Candidates 2016

Mankind goes through a continuous transformation. What might be the norm or accepted one year may not be the next. Sometimes it takes drastic events to look at things differently for changes to occur. Over my life time I have gone through transformation. I have looked at things as black and white, giving no room for compromise or negotiations.

I hung around popular people to make myself known. I have kept up with the Jones and the Smiths in an effort to make people know that I am financially well off, this was my past.

What I deem important to me now is Family, Human Rights, Loyalty and Friendship. Connecting with others and making changes that benefit others always equates to inner growth. The material things do not matter to me anymore, as this is a false impression of once self-worth.

Standing up for people that cannot stand up for themselves is a way of showing self-sacrifice. I would jump in front of gunfire for people I love and I will stand up and fight for a stranger if I believe in my heart that it is the right thing to do.

All people should be allowed to live their lives without fear or judgment. I will not be afraid to voice my opinion in defense of others.

People have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to corruption, maybe for several reasons which may include: 1. They have gotten used to this as norm, 2. They do not want to be judged themselves nor do they have the energy to make changes, 3. They are fearful themselves of being a target or having a loss of their own positions of power.

This is not me and I will fight for others rights even if it costs me everything. I am going to be true to myself, because if I am not, who can I be true to? If more of us began to re-evaluate our own intentions or our own permissiveness of wrong doings and started to stand up, in even small ways things will begin to change.

There are two types of people in this world; one that runs towards the fire and the other who runs away. The one that runs towards the fire is willing to give to the greater good and cares more about others than themselves, the one that runs away only cares about themselves and has chosen to do nothing.

Change starts with one person.
Steve Sanson President Veterans In Politics International


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