Fernley Judge makes deal, Avoids charges

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Updated: 2/11/2012 1:36 pm
FERNLEY, NV (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - The family of the teenage girl who was pulled over and told she was under arrest by a Fernley Judge is speaking out tonight after news four learned the Judge will no longer face charges because he struck a deal. "I'm very upset. It just doesn't seem right to me," says Kate Riede. Her daughter claims Municipal Court Judge Daniel Bauer pulled her over and told her she was under arrest.

Charges were filed in Lyon County District Court two weeks ago. Bauer was charged with wrongful exercise of official power for using his old Nevada Highway Patrol badge to allegedly pull the teen over, and oppression under color of office for allegedly telling the teen she was under arrest.

This week Bauer put in his resignation. According to Lyon County District Attorney Robert Auer, it was part of a deal. "Judge Bauer’s Attorney Scott Freeman and I talked about the case," said Auer. "Because it involves an abuse of power my thought on resolution was to have the Judge lose his power."

So bottom line, because Bauer resigned, he will no longer face two misdemeanor charges.

When asked if losing his job was enough of a consequence for his actions, Auer said, "This person's reputation has been damaged, they are no longer able to go to work. They are no longer able to be a Judge. How much more retribution do you need in this case? How much does the Riede family need?" 

According to Kate Riede, "That's tough because it is a big blow to him but on other side to my daughter it seems like they let him off."

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straitshooter - 2/13/2012 8:32 AM
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Lyon County District Attorney Robert Auer is one of those "you scratch my back, I scratch yours" kind of men OBVIOUSLY. Cutting deals and ignoring justice is a blatant crime and it doesn't matter what Mr. Auer thinks. The LAW is clear in these manners and MR. Auer just like his friends and conspirators think, "I'm above the law". Once again we have people who don't read law books running the show and Mr. Auer's excuses are disgusting to a law abiding public. It casts a negative light on Mr. Auer and the Lyon County District Attorney's Office. It says one thing. "We cut deals and ignore justice." What a total load. I would attorney up and file suit for $90,000 in civil court for illegal detainment and I would file a complaint to the highest court of the land. These back door deals spit in the face of justice and I would a investigation into Bauer's previous cases split them wide open. I hope criminals do walk. I hope it costs us millions of dollars. For these two clowns to say "it's not a big deal" is not legal and it's not right. These men should be ashamed for what they have done no excuse is good enough for the people of Nevada. We demand more. We want more and if Mr. Auer doesn't understand such a simple base concept, then he should be replaced immediately! Deny justice for one, you deny justice for all.

nubgnngs42 - 2/11/2012 1:56 PM
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What people don't know is that by resigning, he keeps his STATE retirement, all the perks and benefits that goes with that. Where's the justice here? And the Lyon county DA stays on the "good old boy" list so he can be a judge someday. Isn't the Loyn county DA an elected official? Maybe not next time. The legal system, aka judges, lawyers etc has become very corrupt and incestuous within themselves, policing themselves and cover for each other.

vietnamvet25 - 2/11/2012 10:20 AM
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I think tht th victm nd the family would be bete servedin civil process by him making a plea deal the chances of winning a civil judgement is much higher. I als think since this "retired cop" likes to use the color of his authority without any PC or authiority that the state should releive him of his badge and cridentials so this wont happen again

Fernley741 - 2/11/2012 8:17 AM
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Bravo to Auer for filing charges.

marymary - 2/11/2012 1:05 AM
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To Fernley741: "Bauer and Auer. Two peas in a pod?" What precisely does that mean? 1. I don't think a Judge's resignation means the Judge walked away scott free; 2. Lyon County DA Robert Auer FILED CHARGES; 3. If REAL criminals can make plea bargains, why can't the Judge? For instance, someone gets a traffic ticket for $300.00 and goes to court. The court tells you that they will reduce your fine by 50% if you go to traffic school in the next month OR, you can fight the ticket at trial, in 6 months to one year. Which option do you choose? Additionally, the Judge, rather than engage a lengthy trial, stood up and resigned. THE JUDGE RESIGNED of his own accord. Really? Auer's comment that "how much retribution" does that girl's family want? Bottomline is this: she was driving recklessly and the Judge called her to the mat on it. The JUDGE has relinquished his CAREER people rather than drag it out and as far as DA Robert Auer goes... AUER FILED charges - what do you not get?

Fernley741 - 2/10/2012 7:20 PM
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Bauer and Auer. Two peas in a pod. We slobs get nailed for spitting on the sidewalk and the good old boys walk away scott free. Send contributions to the family so they can file a civil lawsuit.

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