November 21, 2014
A district court judge has ordered Las Vegas police to release surveillance tapes from a parking garage where a cocktail waitress claims a Nevada congressman assaulted and propositioned her.
Chrissy Mazzeo says Jim Gibbons pushed her up against a wall on
October 13th after the two had been drinking with friends in a nearby bar.
Police initially were told that surveillance tapes from the garage did not exist. But after the case gained media attention, the garage owner turned the video over to police.
The company that owns the garage has told police and Gibbons
lawyers that the congressman does not appear on the video. Gibbons
claims this exonerates him.
Police refused to release the tapes to Gibbons' lawyers. A Clark County deputy district attorney says police are not obligated to release evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation.
But Judge Douglas Herndon says the evidence is public record and
that releasing the tapes does not compromise the police investigation.
He ordered police to give copies to both Gibbons and Mazzeo's