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Zimmerman, Ann E
Las Vegas Justice Court
Dept.: 8

Justice Of The Peace

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  • Elected Justice Of The Peace to Dept. 8 of the Las Vegas Justice Court on Jan 2, 2001.
  • Served to completion on Jan 1, 2007.
  • Elected Justice Of The Peace to Dept. 8 of the Las Vegas Justice Court on Jan 1, 2007.
  • Served to completion on Jan 7, 2013.
  • Elected Justice Of The Peace to Dept. 8 of the Las Vegas Justice Court on Jan 7, 2013.
  • Served to completion on Jan 7, 2019.
  • Elected Justice Of The Peace to Dept. 8 of the Las Vegas Justice Court on Jan 7, 2019.
  • This term ends on Jan 6, 2025.
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Analyzed
Pat: Failed Bail
Hearing
476    6527 views, 329 comments

This is just my insight from being in the trenches for 18 years. I am not accusing any lawyer of doing something wrong, or anything that would amount to malpractice. Lawyers have their own style. Some may decide it isn't a good idea to show your cards too early. Others may need more time to develop the strategy, and aren't forced to make a decision just yet. In this bail hearing, I would have - and again - this is just my approach - "beefed up" the wafer-think bail motion, and included the Constitutional authorities and relevant Nevada case law allowing the judge to even reconsider her ruling, and at the very least, get all of this into the record for Judge Leavitt. In addition, the new lawyer for Chille looks like he is throwing Michael Mee "under the bus." The new lawyer mentioned how the "briefing" on the First Amendment "issues" should have been done. I remember Chille saying that Mee didn't do a good job, but that he liked him as a person. It was along those lines. Making these statements about your lawyer in public will make other lawyers shun working with Chille. Mee is a fine lawyer, and we don't know the arrangements that Chille wanted that blocked Mee from doing his job. However, Mee said the briefing was submitted on March 18, 2024, the day before trial. The DA got it in the morning of the trial. Mee didn't specifically mention any case authority during closing argument. Also, was it Chille's job to do this, since he apparently wanted to first chair the case? We really don't know. Further complicating this is that Mee appeared on the notice of appeal, which would undermine any arguments that he was "ineffective," and make it much harder to raise such an argument. The "goal" here - at least from my perspective - is to transform this "bail" hearing into a new briefing schedule, where the new lawyer includes what Mee had as case law and then adds it to the motion. Then, seek approval to postpone the hearing so that the DA could file a written opposition, and if the authorities are strong, give some credence to the idea that bail is appropriate if the conviction is at risk. In this hearing, the marching orders are simple: the DA must uphold the conviction; the Judge must stay consistent in her reasons for conviction; Chille's lawyer must try to build a stronger record for the appeal. As it stands, the Judge very easily affirmed the record of her decision. The new lawyer for Chille was understandably in a bind - he just got done with a murder case, and had a lot of information to deal with and very little time. Chille is always talking to the public, which makes a lawyer's job maddening. I wouldn't doubt that Chille was trying to run Mee, who I think is a fine lawyer, into a subservient role and not allowing him to really argue and defend the case. The DA was well-prepared, and held the line. The new lawyer go it wrong on thinking the Judge added extra time for Chille's outbursts. In any event, how a lawyer runs a case is their idea. It doesn't make me right and them wrong. They may want to hold back on their arguments at this time, and have a plan in the works that would maximize the chance for reversal. These are the types of battles that are drawn out everyday in the courtroom. I am not a Nevada lawyer and none of this is legal advice. Grab some popcorn. Do not rely on this information, and always hire a locally licensed attorney for any legal questions. No attorney client relationship is implied or expressed, and this information cannot be relied upon.

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Presiding
The State of Nevada vs Jose "Chille" DeCastro
Hearing, Apr 1, 2024
Premiere5376 461   136147 views, 10148 comments

The Honorable Ann Zimmerman, Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 8, presiding over a hearing on bail. Deputy District Attorney Agnes Botelho appeared on behalf of the State. Defense Attorney Christopher Oram appeared on behalf of Mr. DeCastro. Case No. 23-CR-013015. Motion denied. You can join as a member by clicking this link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPb0hCUcufpuk7QhxVxwKA/join For inquiries, feel free to contact us through www.ournevadajudges.com

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Analyzed
Pat: Chille Walked Into A Conviction
Hearing
1134    23902 views, 979 comments

California trial lawyer gives you the key excerpts from the Jose "Chille" DeCastro misdemeanor trial, where he was convicted on both counts, and sentenced to consecutive 90 days sentences. A recurring mystery was the person possibly farting, or was it just the chairs? They were loud, and a B flat pitch-wise. The DA only sought anger management, a $500 fine and a suspended 90 sentence. The judge rejected that, and imposed a much larger sentence. In my prior videos, I predicted that Chille would be convicted. I also warned of the possibility of consecutive sentences and that the bodycam footage could be sufficient to convict him. Once that was authenticated and entered into evidence, the judge used it to convict him. The judge did not exceed her discretion by giving mid-range sentences. Also, many of you have commented to what I thought was a "harsh sentence." Recall that I had not seen the trial and only had the docket to go from. I didn't know of Chille's misconduct and disrespect that was very demoralizing for his lawyer. Chille did not help himself by giving a "thumbs up" to hating cops, and his disrespect to the Court and its staff while she was handing down a sentence. He even called the Marshal a "pig" in front of the judge. Such behavior can easily lead to contempt charges. The judge did not hold him in contempt, and she made it clear that she based her decision on the video only. Never antagonize a judge when she is handing down a sentence as Chille did. My comments are just some observations during the trial. They would not have changed the outcome. It was more to show the rule so evidence. I am not suggesting that any lawyer didn't do a fine job. They did. Even if certain objections are not made, the evidence can come in on other grounds. I think Chillie wanted to run this trial with his lawyer as backup, and the "stand by" thing was to help when Chillie got in over his head. The judge had none of it, and switched his lawyer back in charge the morning of trial. That would startle any lawyer. His lawyer looked very uncomfortable, and probably because he wasn't allowed to be in charge, which will mess with any lawyer. Chille's lawyer is a very accomplished attorney, with some serious wins, but he has Chillie as a client. His lawyer got some huge admissions from the cop to prove the unconstitutionality of the statutes. These are just my observations. I have great respect for Chille's lawyer, so please don't send anything his way. I have stated previously that the generic nature of the charges make them hard to beat, and could easily get innocent persons convicted. Chille narrated his own video with the cop and that to me was sufficient to find him guilty of resisting arrest. The obstruction charge was, as I suggested in my other videos, based on just being non-compliant and difficult. Chille faces a tough battle in the appellate arena - the appellate court will likely affirm his conviction. The Nevada Supreme Court has held the statutes Constitutional. So he must make at least three appeals to get to the Ninth Circuit to hear his case. Also, he would be locked up while the appeal is being handled. None of this is legal advice, no attorney-client relationship is formed, and this information cannot be relied upon. Always check with a locally licensed lawyer in your area to advise you of your rights.

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Presiding
The State of Nevada vs Jose "Chille" DeCastro
Hearing, Mar 19, 2024
11971 1479   429336 views, 23936 comments

The Honorable Ann Zimmerman, Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 8, presiding over a bench trial. Deputy District Attorney Agnes Botelho appeared on behalf of the State. Defense Attorney Michael Mee appeared on behalf of Mr. DeCastro. Case No. 23-CR-013015. The Court convicts Mr. DeCastro on all counts, imposes 180-day jail sentence. You can join as a member by clicking this link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPb0hCUcufpuk7QhxVxwKA/join For inquiries, feel free to contact us through www.ournevadajudges.com

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Analyzed
Patrick: The Continuance
Perspectives
316    4090 views, 159 comments

Well, it what will be the fourth trial continuance, Chille DeCastros criminal trial for two misdemeanors has been continued to March 19, 2024 since the arresting officer could not attend trial today. Chille appeared by Zoom, which was possibly due to the fact that he knew on Friday that the case was not proceeding today. So this continuance was not Chilles fault. Even though he is represented by counsel, I think Chille made a mistake of addressing the judge directly, and in a rude manner. Maybe he didnt know or intend it to come across that way, but thats how it sounded to me, resulting in two benchslaps. Since he is represented by counsel, his lawyer does the talking. I have a poll as to whether you think hell be convicted on one charge, both charges, or acquitted. He is presumed innocent. I think the statutes are unconstitutional, but thats from a California perspective. I think they are too vague and generalized, but the Nevada Supreme Court says otherwise. Obviously, this is not legal advice, no attorney-client relationship was formed (or can be formed), and its simply my opinion from reviewing all the evidence before me from a California perspective. Credit to Our Nevada Judges for the filming of the court hearing, and consider subscribing to their channel. In tribute to Carol Burnett, we continue her soap opera: "As The Stomach Turns."

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Presiding
The State of Nevada vs Jose "Chille" DeCastro
Hearing, Feb 26, 2024
591 26   18393 views, 456 comments

The Honorable Ann Zimmerman, Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 8, presiding over a bench trial. Defense Attorney Michael Mee appeared on behalf of Mr. DeCastro. Case No. 23-CR-013015. The Court continues again. You can join as a member by clicking this link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPb0hCUcufpuk7QhxVxwKA/join For inquiries, feel free to contact us through www.ournevadajudges.com

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The State of Nevada vs Jose "Chille" DeCastro
Hearing, Jan 23, 2024
2814 107   85497 views, 2127 comments

The Honorable Ann Zimmerman, Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 8, presiding over a bench trial. Mr. DeCastro failed to appear. Case No. 23-CR-013015. The Court continues again. The bodycam footage was not redacted by this channel. You can join as a member by clicking this link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPb0hCUcufpuk7QhxVxwKA/join For inquiries, feel free to contact us through www.ournevadajudges.com

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The State of Nevada vs Jose "Chille" DeCastro
Hearing, Dec 6, 2023
5663 184   294583 views, 2478 comments

The Honorable Ann Zimmerman, Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 8, presiding over a bench trial. Appearing for Mr. DeCastro is Defense Attorney Michael Mee. Case No. 23-CR-013015. The Court continues again. You can join as a member by clicking this link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPb0hCUcufpuk7QhxVxwKA/join For inquiries, feel free to contact us through www.ournevadajudges.com

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