Below are photos of a
public protest to reform the Family Court system in Clark County, held all day on Friday,
Oct. 21, 2005. Reported in the newspapers
before the event and
after. I visited at about 10am. This is a big page that
might take a while to load. You can click on most of the photos
for a larger image.
The venue of the protest, at the corner of Pecos and Bonanza in Las Vegas in front of
the Family Court Building, but mostly off the property.
There were about 12 protesters in attendence.
There was no police presence
apart from two bailiffs standing about 100 yards away.
(I suggested to other bailiffs that the scene would be much more interesting,
for the sake of my photos,
if they marched in with batons and teargas to disperse the crowd.)
Here is the ringleader speaking to the press. Her website is
This woman's son was convicted of killing his wife in spite of
DNA evidence suggesting otherwise. (Someone else's DNA was found under the
victim's fingernails. See News article.)
She says that her son was also denied visitation with his
children while he was out on bail prior to his conviction.
The grievance of the man on the left is obvious.
(I didn't inquire into the details.)
The man on the right seemed to have no direct beef with the Family Court,
only the court system in general. He says he has been fighting a court
battle in Arizona for about 12 years, concerning a real estate matter.
His website is Updoc.com.
Note the protest: "Open all closed hearings to the public!"
(Right now in Family Court, it is hard to find any closed hearings left
No one at the protest seemed to know much about the woman in the full burka.
She spoke English with an American accent. When I asked her if I could take her picture, she
held her sign in front of her already shrouded face. I asked her is she was Muslim and she
said, "No." I asked her if her outfit has any religious significance, and she said, "No,"
and walked away. I chose to not intrude further on her privacy.
This woman said that Judge Moss and another judge unfairly awarded custody of her two
children, aged 12 and 16 at the time, to her husband, who then moved to Oregon.
The children are now adults, 19 and 23, living in Oregon.
Moss-bashing was a popular theme for this event.
The woman who carried the sign on the left didn't know much about
Judge Moss herself and had never been involved in a case in Family Court.
However, she was active in many other political causes.
This man has a comprehensive plan for improving both the
courts and the legislature. The term for every judge should
be limited to one year. Judges should not be lawyers, but
should be ordinary citizens who make rulings based on
"common sense." Legislators should also not be lawyers. The
man has no objections to lawyers running for the
legislature, but if they win, they must temporarily give up
their licenses to practice law while they are serving in Carson
City. Otherwise, it is a violation of "separation of
Photographing the news photographers.
The fellow on the left, working for City Life magazine,
didn't want to be photographed, but I did it anyway.
(Note the stylish stubble on the face. I told him he looked,
The photographer on the right, from the Review-Journal,
was more accommodating.
(The court entrance is in the background.) Below: Photographers at work.
In the photo on the right, I believe she is taking the photo that
actually appeared in the R-J.
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