Elko Daily Free Press
|The Elko County Grand Jury and Elko officials suffered a blistering attack from Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners Chairman Mahlon Brown at the board's meeting last month, but Elko County District Attorney Gary Woodbury shrugged off the criticisms and threats.|
|Someday, somewhere, a state official
will understand the intent of the presentment made by the
Elko County Grand Jury, Woodbury said.
But, until that day, the D.A. added, comments like those from Brown will continue to show the unwillingness of officials to even try to understand the dilemma facing rural Nevada.
Brown announced at the March 22 Wildlife Commission meeting in Las Vegas that, "When this first happened I got real mad. I was jumping up and down. This is running amok and I don't see it getting any better.... the wildlife commissioners are victims of silly behavior, I think.
"I don't think people should be going around... improperly and maybe illegally indicting people. It's outlandish behavior. This behavior is done by a very few number of people who don't understand the criminal justice process and the grand jury process and how sacred that is and how responsible you should be with that kind of process.
"To knowingly make an offer or a presentment or return something on a statute that has already had the statute of limitations run out on it, to me, that steps across the line. The line of those things that are legally permissible and it crosses
the line of those
things that are protected by the First Amendment to the
options are available
to the state concerning the presentment: seek a judgment
to effectively throw out the findings of the grand jury;
issue an Attorney General's opinion, which would not
carry the weight of law; or encourage the four employees
to seek civil recourse to clear their names.
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