First, on May 2, 2015, there was the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ) headline — “2 ethics complaints challenge North Las Vegas Mayor Lee’s leadership” — followed shortly by an even more attention-getting headline just three days later, on May 5 — “Police Chief: North Las Vegas mayor got special treatment in child porn investigation“. Then a day later, there was this story on Salon.com — “North Las Vegas mayor couldn’t figure out why his iPad is full of child porn — so he had police wipe it clean” — with a subhead that reads, “Former North Las Vegas police chief comes clean about corruption, and it doesn’t look good for Mayor John Lee”.
No, it doesn’t.
We just wanted to be sure to remind folks about the kind of man who has been leading the city of North Las Vegas’s attack against Judge Catherine Ramsey, calling her behavior, according to a March 11, 2015 report in the LVJR, “immoral.” Here’s the full context of the “immoral” quote from the LVRJ story, which centers on the recall efforts against Judge Ramsey: ” … city officials’ disdain for the judge is well-known. Mayor John Lee has made comments during City Council meetings calling her behavior immoral and has asked the city attorney if there was anything the council could do about the judge.”
Now, let’s focus for a minute on Mayor Lee, who made national news when the child porn story came out. He’s leading the charge by the city calling a sitting judge “immoral?” Really? Like this guy has a leg to stand on? The two people involved in the ethics complaints challenging Mayor Lee’s leadership are both long-time city employees. One has been there for 13 years, the other 20 years. To quote form the LVRJ story about the complaints (first link above), “The complaints describe the mayor’s tenure in office, which began in July 2013, as a reign of terror where favoritism is rampant and employees are threatened and humiliated until they either fall in line or are fired.”
And the person who brought the child porn story to light? Newly retired police chief Joseph Chronister, who left about a month ago. He gave an exit interview to the LVRJ that was published the day after he retired, and the website Medialite summed things up pretty well, we think:
“Joseph Chronister just retired as Police Chief of North Las Vegas, and now that he’s no longer a city employee, boy does he have some stories to tell.
In a tell-all interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chronister — who left office on Thursday and had the interview published the next day — revealed that he’d been forced out the department by a mayor who once allegedly used the police to delete evidence of child pornography on his iPad.
As Chronister told it, Mayor John Lee simply wanted “bobbleheads” in the police department who would do anything he asked them to do. In one incident, Lee reportedly asked a police officer to help him deal with the child porn that kept popping up on his iPad, and days later, a detective specializing in these cases took Lee’s iPad for investigation.
That investigation lasted one day:”
In the investigation, the detective assigned said he “found no emails having to do with pornography of any kind but did find links to three pornographic websites in the iPad’s browser history.” And what was the result of the investigation? This is from the LVJR story:
“Finding nothing he could prove illegal on the iPad, the detective took it to an Apple Store and had it wiped clean the next day, according to the report. In his report, the detective said an Apple employee told him that a deleted email would no longer be on the device.
Hoyt returned the wiped iPad to Lee’s office and closed the investigation.”
And we haven’t even gotten into the incorrect information Mayor Lee has cited and continues to talk about regarding Judge Ramsey’s absences on the bench. The mayor makes it sound like Ramsey has been a slacker and is just trying to sponge off city money. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we’ll get into all those details in an upcoming post.