There must be something in the water that makes judges in Nye County act like stupid idiots. The latest stupid judge in Nye County is Judge Robert Lane.
From the PVT: Willing’s defense attorney, Donald Green, filed two motions shortly
after Willing’s conviction. One sought a new trial. Another attempted to
use a misunderstanding on the part of jurors to reduce the three
kidnapping charges to false imprisonment charges, which carry much
Judge Robert Lane denied both motions. It was
clear, however, that the judge was worried the kidnapping charges could
be reversed on appeal. The jury, when convicting Willing, convicted him
on the three kidnapping charges as well as on the false imprisonment
charges, when in fact jurors were supposed to merely choose one over the
other. When argued at trial, the judge let the kidnaping charges stand,
which is why Green asked for a new trial. http://pvtimes.com/news/former-county-worker-gets-75-years-in-2010-home-invasion/
The charges stem from a case in where the defendant hired a bunch of thugs to rob his boss's house in retaliation for a write up at work.
Now, I don't side with the defendant in what he did but you cannot convict a guy of kidnapping and false imprisonment at the same time when they were supposed to convict on only one or find the guy innocent.
This case will be overturned and he will have to go trial again on the kidnapping charges. It doesn't take a 5th grader or a Pahrump Valley Times editor to figure that out.
Once again, Nye County justice shows that they do not have the brightest bunch on the bench.
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