Among the many suggestions mentioned in the Reno News & Review of things to do this summer is to read Michael Vernetti’s Lies Within Lies, about infamous Nevada federal judge Harry Claiborne. A part of Nevada history you won’t want to forget!
Michael Vernetti was recently interviewed by the KLAS TV Channel 8 investigative news team regarding his new book, Lies Within Lies, about former Nevada federal judge Harry Claiborne. Vernetti shares his thoughts on the infamous judge, his life both in and out of the courtroom.
LIES WITHIN LIES
About Nevada’s Judge Harry Claiborne
LAS VEGAS – Merv Adelson, who co-founded Lorimar Television and is now an executive advisor to Warner Brothers, has optioned a hard-hitting new book about a controversial Las Vegas federal judge for development as a feature movie.
The book, Lies Within Lies: The Betrayal of Nevada Judge Harry Claiborne, by Michael Vernetti, recounts Claiborne’s run-in with federal prosecutors in the 1980s. Claiborne became the first federal judge in U.S. history to be convicted of a crime allegedly committed while on the bench, served time in a federal penitentiary, impeached by Congress and removed from office.
“Harry Claiborne was the most brilliant lawyer of his generation and his rise began when I was a young real estate developer in Las Vegas,” Adelson said. “I have always thought he was unfairly targeted and prosecuted, and this book exposes all the malice and misjudgment of federal authorities who used every bit of their formidable power to get a judge they didn’t like. The book is extremely cinematic and I am confident it will become a major motion picture that audiences will embrace.”
Adelson’s former company, Lorimar Television, was responsible for mega-hits Dallas, The Waltons, and others. He sold Lorimar to Warner Brothers in 1989 and in his new role with the media conglomerate is responsible for enticing new media entrepreneurs to the company.
Lies Within Lies is Vernetti’s second book, following a biography of the late U.S. Senator from Nevada, Howard Cannon, who was responsible for Claiborne’s appointment to the federal bench in 1978.
Published in February 2011 by Stephens Press. LLC of Las Vegas, Lies Within Lies, is available at local bookstores and on Amazon.com. Details about the Claiborne and the book can be found at www.LiesWithinLies.com. Terms of the deal with Adelson were not revealed.
Author says lies brought down judge
Carri Geer Thevenot
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Former U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne ended his colorful life in 2004 by shooting himself in the head at his Las Vegas home.
Claiborne, 86, survived prison and impeachment in life; but health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, finally defeated him.
Seven years after Claiborne’s death became front-page news in Las Vegas, a California author is seeking to restore the man’s reputation with his new book, “Lies Within Lies: The Betrayal of Nevada Judge Harry Claiborne.” The book, $28.95 in hardcover, is being published by Stephens Press, a Review-Journal sister company.
An extensive investigative report just out shows a pattern of some federal prosecutors withholding evidence and otherwise obstructing a defendant’s right to a fair trial. The questions raised in Lies within Lies are examined in this article. “It can happen to anyone” stated one defendant who served three years before the judge in his case declared him innocent.
Federal prosecutors are supposed to seek justice, not merely score convictions. But a USA TODAY investigation found that prosecutors repeatedly have violated that duty in courtrooms across the nation. The abuses have put innocent people in prison, set guilty people free and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and sanctions.
Judges have warned for decades that misconduct by prosecutors threatens the Constitution’s promise of a fair trial.