April 1, 2015
Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick has testified in his own behalf in a federal court case brought by a former sheriff's detective.
Gammick testified that he wouldn't use Rene Botello as a witness in child-abuse cases because he had made false accusations against
Botello had challenged the testimony of a nurse in the Child Abuse Response and Evaluations program and wanted the unit audited.
Gammick denied the audit request.
Botello says the D-A later prevented him from getting another job.
The civil lawsuit claims Gammick, Assistant District Attorney John Helzer and the county violated Botello's right to free speech.
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