Del Papa to decide
NDOW Director, Two Employees
May End Up in Court as Plaintiffs
In Suit Against Elko Grand Jury
Elko Daily Free Press
|Reno attorney Rich Elmore said he plans to ask the Attorney General's Office for funding to sue the Elko County Grand Jury on behalf of three Elko state employees who were named in a grand jury presentment.|
| Elmore, speaking to the Nevada Board
of Wildlife Commissioners at its meeting Friday in Reno,
said since the Nevada Division of Wildlife employees were
doing their jobs as state employees, the state should pay
the cost of a civil suit against the grand jury, Elko
County District Attorney Gary Woodbury and any other
person or entity involved in the presentment.
NDOW Director Willie Molini and NDOW employees Larry Barngrover, Duane Erikson and Ken Gray were named in the presentment along with U.S. Forest Service employees Ben Siminoe and John Inman. All were accused of committing the gross misdemeanor of oppression under color of office in the mule deer habitat mitigation involving the 1994 expansion of Independence Mining Co.
The grand jury said the six men could not be indicted because the two-year statute of limitations had expired.
Elmore, who has not returned telephone calls to his office, received support from the wildlife commission, which passed a motion to recommend the attorney general inquire into whether the
state should represent
the NDOW employees in a suit.
NDOW, and wildlife
commission Chairman Mahlon Brown have
did not rule out the
possibility of the state representing them in a civil
case. Howell said Del Papa has statutory authority
to decide if the state should pursue the suit or if
special counsel should be hired.
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