Charges dropped in fatal August crash

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Updated: 1/10 4:50 pm
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- All charges have been dropped against Douglas County District Judge Michael Gibbons following a fatal crash in which he struck a bicyclist.

District Attorney Mark Jackson says a little-known law allows criminal charges to be dropped, if there is a civil compromise in a vehicular manslaughter cases. The family of victim Joseph Longo petitioned the court and said they did not want to seek criminal prosecution.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on August 20, 2013.
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Nevadadad - 1/10/2014 5:14 PM
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It's not really politics, it's money. If the family of the victim agrees to a monetary settlement in lieu of criminal charges and the offender has the money, who's actually the bad guy, the driver, or the family of the dead victim, who sold themselves out for that money? After they squander it, they'll probably regret their decision. Even if the guy wasn't a judge, he'd get off the same way if he was loaded. That's the way it works.

Justdoit - 1/10/2014 4:11 PM
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Nothing better than good old Nevada politics. Yes we are the Mississippi of the west. No wonder there is very little respect for the law!

retired51 - 1/10/2014 4:09 PM
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So basically he is going to pay the family money and get off!!!! Disgusting!!!
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