Defeated disgraced Clark County, Nevada Public Administrator ROBERT RICHARD TELLES (NEVADA BAR NO. 13597), a Democrat licensed to practice law since 2015, is being held without bond in a county jail in Las Vegas, charged with stabbing to death investigative reporter Jeffrey German.
TELLES was defeated for re-election after reporter Jeffrey German and his newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, uncovered TELLES' alleged misconduct in office, including an intimate personal relationship with a subordinate, including details about their alleged trysts in the back seat of an automobile in a Las Vegas parking garage, videotaped by employees of the Clark County Public Administrator.
German persisted in investigating TELLES, with records requests pending at the time of his murder.
TELLES' Public Administrator's office administers the estates and property of dead people.
TELLES' DNA on the victim and video of his automobile are two of the items of evidence that allegedly inculpated him in the homicide of Jeffrey German.
I am skeptical of the death penalty and its unequal and freakish administration. In 1977, my boss, Senator James R. Sasser (D-Tenn.) eloquently hand wrote an addendum to be added into a draft letter to a constituent, a West Tennessee minister, stating, "As one who was subjected to capital punishment, I wonder how our Saviour would vote on the issue."
But TELLES' alleged crime is particularly heinous, a hate crime directed against First Amendment protected activity in reporting the news about TELLES. For that reason, absent exculpatory evidence, I would be inclined to "pull the switch." Footnote: Former Memphis prosecutor Larry Parrish, interviewed for a judgeship, was asked for his opinion on the death penalty, according to one of my late law professors, later Presiding Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Joseph Boyles Jones, who reported to our Criminal Procedure II class circa 1985 that Mr. Parrish responded, "I would pull the switch.")