United States Attorney Eric Johnson investigated twice in strip club case
Clark County, Nevada
Louis “Eric” Johnson, a long time Deputy U.S. Attorney, was appointed in April 2015 to fill in for former Clark County District Court Judge Jerry Tao in Department 20 of Nevada’s State Court after Tao was promoted to the newly formed Nevada Court of Appeals.
But a review of Johnson’s application for the Department 20 position reveals that he may have never disclosed to the appointing committee that, according to the San Diego Tribune, he was twice investigated by the Justice Department for ethical violations.
A legal requirement of Johnson’s appointment is that Johnson must now run in this election, which he is doing, to retain his seat.
Given that he is now asking the people of Clark County, Nevada to trust him and keep him in his new job, Johnson should now ‘fess up’ about internal investigations to which he was subjected.
This is particularly the case where they were significant enough to make the press. Johnson should provide proof to the people of Nevada the investigative findings and results.
Here’s the background:
According to a 2004 San Diego Union Tribune article, Johnson was working on a public corruption case in which the star government informant accused Johnson of taking favors from a strip club that the informant owned.
The Justice Department in Washington D.C. took Johnson off the case and launched an investigation into the allegations.
According to the article, Johnson retaliated and attacked the informant’s credibility. Johnson told reporters that the informant recanted his story. Not only did the Justice Department’s internal affairs lawyers disagree with that statement, but they then launched a second investigation into Johnson for publicly disparaging a star government witness on whose credibility they were relying to get convictions in the pending public corruption case!
The article below was online for 12 years, we first reported about Judge Johnson on January 25th 2016, after we made a reference to the article we recently found out that he same article was taking down with the following error message: “We are really sorry, but the page you requested cannot be found.’
(See article U.S. attorney investigated in strip club case: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/uniontrib/20040721/news_1n21vegas.html)
We already captured the same article you can view it by clicking onto the link below:
What is Eric Johnson hiding? Why all of a sudden has the article by the San Diego Union Tribune disappeared?
Johnson claims in the article that the Justice Department ultimately sent him a letter concluding that he did nothing wrong. Yet, he refused to share that letter with reporters. So there was no verification or explanation of the findings of the investigation.
A review of Johnson’s application to fill in for Judge Tao shows that he mentioned this public corruption case as one of his top 5 most significant cases.
He describes his role in the case as one in which “he was initially responsible for the investigation and coordinated over 18 months of court authorized electronic surveillance.
Johnson stated “the case was significant to me because in appreciating the insidious nature of public corruption and need for integrity in our public servants.” Yet, he fails to mention that he was the subject of two internal investigations by the Justice Department in connection with that very case! Apparently, he has not in fact appreciated the “insidious nature of public corruption.”
During our investigation we found another article entitled “Las Vegas Prosecutor Challenged by Defense (click onto link below):
Johnson made the following statement:
Johnson, the chief of the organized crime strike force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, was asked by San Diego Assistant U.S. Attorney John Rice whether he had ever been to a Las Vegas strip club. Johnson answered: “Prior to 1990 . . . I believe I was in a strip club in Las Vegas on four occasions.”
Given the vital importance of the character of our judges on whom we rely to safeguard our most basic human rights, and in whom we trust to profoundly impact our families and the lives of our fellow citizens, Johnson should now fess up and fully disclose the written findings and results of those investigations.
Eric Johnson wife Susan Johnson whom is currently on the same Eight Judicial Clark County District Court Bench has submitted an application for an appointment to replace retiring Justice Nancy Saitta to become a Justice to the highest court in our state, the Nevada Supreme Court.
The question we should ask Susan Johnson is “Did she know that her husband failed to disclose that he was twice a subject of an investigation by the US Department of Justice to the Nevada Judicial Selection Committee?”
The Johnson’s are doing whatever necessary to keep control of the bench, we were told by several sources that strong arming of endorsements, campaign donations and support has been a normal occurrence.
Choose your judges carefully. Insist on the facts. Someday, your life may depend on it.