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Former county prosecutor fails to surrender; arrest warrant issued


Leila Navidi

Former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert appears for sentencing on cocaine possession charges in the courtroom of Judge Douglas Herndon at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Schubert was sentenced Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, to a maximum of 40 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Former Clark County prosecutor David Schubert, who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, failed to show up in court Friday morning to begin his jail sentence, court officials said.

When Schubert failed to appear, Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest, said Mary Ann Price, a District Court spokeswoman.

Schubert’s disappearance comes a day after the Nevada Supreme Court temporarily suspended his license to practice law. The justices unanimously agreed his license should be suspended because of his guilty plea.

The Nevada State Bar would determine the length of his suspension.

Schubert, a drug prosecutor, resigned from the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in March 2011 after he was arrested with a $40 rock of cocaine and an unregistered handgun in his car. He pleaded guilty in September 2011.

Schubert prosecuted several high-profile Las Vegas drug cases, including plea deals with celebrities Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars.

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  1. I wrestle with the concept of holding certain people to a higher standard.Whilst we desire our police,attorneys,educators to be above reproach we also must remember that they are all human none the less. While I have zero sympathy for any crime that a child is involved in,I do find some mercy in my hear t with regards to first time drug offenders. It seems that the sentence that was meted out was more about political posturing than administering true justice. This man was no more a threat to society that I am sitting here on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee.
    Par is Hilton and Bruno Mars were arrested for the same offense, sans the weapon charge, which was dropped, and received no jail time. It seems to me that the consistency is lacking. Judge Carolyn Ellsworth,in my opinion,has used this pitiful man as a means to further her career. That is not justice,but politics. I hope he is found safe, he has two little boys at home who need him.

  2. Why was he even out of custody? The Judge should of had him start his sentence immediately.

  3. anyone else would of not served a day. Here we give this guy a possible death sentence. Who said justice is blind and of equal weight? Not in America anymore. Thomas Jefferson is puking somewhere.

  4. This was purely political. Clearly the mad had a substance abuse problem. What part of SUBSTANCE ABUSE don't these political hacks don't understand?

    Like Juan said, if this was anyone else - he would be in drug treatment NOT going to jail.

    "Oh, but he is a prosecutor - and not just a prosecutor - a drug crimes prosecutor!"

    He is a human being first! All these clowns who cast judgment on this man - can you imagine the skeletons in the closet of all these men and women who pass themselves as above it all?

    Get real.

    This is a slam dunk case of a guy who got himself caught up in drug abuse. Suspending his license? Sure, suspend it pending his rehabilitation - throw the guy in jail?

    Why? What did this man do so different than what others do every day?

    This idea that somehow he is a "prosecutor" is all non sense. Nothing more than gibberish to make YOU feel like these people in power are better than you.

    They aren't. Going to law school, getting a job as a prosecutor, or being elected a judge does NOT make you immune to the temptations in life.

    Only a fool will tell you that and only a fool will believe it.

    No, these people are NOT better than you. They are just like you!

  5. He took on a job upholding laws that he was then found guilty of violating himself. The merit of the laws notwithstanding (drug prohibition is a notorious waste of money), the hypocrisy of holding ordinary citizens to a higher standard than to which he held himself was a solid reason for a greater measure of punishment.

  6. Maybe he forgot.

  7. 40 months for possession without intent to sell for 40 dollars worth of coke? He really got screwed big time. I do not care what position you are in, 40 months for a first time offence such as this is outrageous!!!! That sentence is no way in the norm for a first-time offender. I think cocaine is a horrible and bad drug. However, he should not have recieved that sentence. I don't care what your proffession is, a first time offence is a first time offence.

  8. "I don't care what your proffession is, a first time offence is a first time offence."

    Not when you are in charge of putting others in jail for the same morality crime. Permitted sentence length is specified by statute; that other offenders are offered lesser sentences is at the judge's discretion.

    If you really want to do something about this, fight to end criminalized prohibition altogether. But don't fret over a person who demonstrably holds others to a higher standard than he holds himself.

  9. All drugs should be legal and no one should go to jail for defiling their own bodies.