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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The trials of Jim Gibbons

REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES)
Cocktail waitress Chrissy Mazzeo (R)
listens as her attorney Richard Wright speaks
to reporters during a news conference in Las
Vegas, Nevada October 25, 2006.

Nev. congressman assault probe reopens

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 56 minutes ago

LAS VEGAS - The district attorney said Monday that authorities have reopened their investigation into a cocktail waitress' claim that a Republican congressman running for governor assaulted her in a parking garage after a night of drinking.

District Attorney David Roger said the case involving Rep. Jim Gibbons — which had been closed after the woman, Chrissy Mazzeo, dropped her complaint — is under investigation again.

Sheriff Bill Young, who supports Gibbons for governor, said last week his office would reopen the investigation if Mazzeo requested it. Young did not immediately return a phone call Monday.

Mazzeo, a Las Vegas Strip casino waitress, accused Gibbons, 61, of pushing her up against a wall Oct. 13 and propositioning her. Mazzeo, 32, said she had been pressured and offered cash from people linked to the Gibbons campaign to drop the complaint.

The five-term congressman, who is in a close race with Democratic state Sen. Dina Titus for Nevada's open governor's seat, has denied wrongdoing and sued Monday to force police to release surveillance videos he said would disprove Mazzeo's claim.

A judge set an emergency hearing for Tuesday.

Mazzeo's lawyer, Richard Wright, said he met with Roger on Monday morning to discuss how to proceed with the case, then went with Mazzeo to a police station, where she retracted her request to drop the allegations.

"I just want them to conduct an investigation just like they would conduct any other investigation when a woman alleges a battery or coercion," Wright said.

Someone got her back, maybe her union, but someone, because she was scared witless.

But then, Gibbons' had a rough couple of weeks, with the illegal alien and all.

posted by Steve @ 1:00:00 AM

1:00:00 AM

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