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December 19, 2014

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Incumbents refuse debates

District Judge Donald Mosley and Family Division Judge Nicholas Del Vecchio are hoping to stay out of the spotlight until after the primary, if not the general election. Both refused to debate their opponents today on Face to Face.

Del Vecchio, you may remember, faces criminal charges of allegedly molesting a minor whom he later employed. The judge says he might participate in a debate after the primary election, should he advance.

Mosley says he's come to expect his opponents will serve up old charges that the judge used his post for personal advantage. He must think voters have come to expect it, too. Mosley has managed to prevail in previous campaigns, despite the allegations fueled by his former girlfriend. But since his last re-election, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld sanctions imposed against Mosley by the Commission for Judicial Discipline.

"A reasonable, objective observer could conclude that the judge was using his position for personal advantage, thereby diminishing public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary," Chief Justice Miriam Shearing wrote in the 2004 majority opinion.

After a gander at Mosley's contribution and expense report, we thought the tough-on-crime jurist may have been using his campaign war chest to beef up his firearms collection. But a quick check with Mark Fierro, Mosley's campaign man, revealed two revolvers purchased with donor money were campaign-related thank you gifts!

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