November 21, 2011

Judge "wishes" reporter wouldn't cover story

Yesterday, Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston wrote how Eighth District Court Judge Allan Earl quashed a subpoena against Ralston's "Face to Face" producer, Dana Gentry, but added a caveat/hope that Gentry not cover the story:

It is my gentle wish that this case be tried in front of a jury and decided and not tried in television programs. Now, you may do what you wish, but that is my wish. We’re going to have to pick a jury out of this community that knows absolutely nothing about this case and to sit for days and days and days and ferret out all the testimony and give each party the benefit of the doubt until they have decided which way to rule. That is more important to me than anything, even your career.
According to Ralston, Earl added more, stating:

You can go out today and report this any way you want; that’s your right under the Constitution, and it’s your right in your profession. But the less you are involved in this, the better it is for this decision.
The subpoena was filed by lawyers representing Jeff Guinn, son of the late governor Kenny Guinn, in a case where Guinn is being sued by financial investors and Guinn is attempting to prove Gentry was "plied with favors" for reporting on the situation.

Ralston calls Earl's words "an unconscionable judicial overreach," and this could be another instance of Nevada judges blurring their ethical lines.