Michael Vernetti is a former reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada and public relations executive. His biography of Cannon was published in 2008 by the University of Nevada Press, while he was working on his investigation of the case against former Nevada U.S. District Court Judge Harry Claiborne. Vernetti had interviewed Claiborne in researching the Cannon biography, and felt the extraordinary aspects of the federal government’s pursuit of Claiborne warranted revisiting.
Vernetti resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.