Lawsuit threatened over slow response to records requests related to Laxalt and embattled rural sheriff
A former county sheriff is threatening to sue Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office over what he describes as a slow response to a public records request for correspondence between Laxalt and embattled Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro.
In a letter sent to the attorney general’s office on Oct. 4, attorney Gus Flangas demanded that the office more quickly respond to records requests filed by his client, former Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte, related to correspondence between Laxalt’s campaign and office, any messages between Laxalt and Antinoro, and records related to attempts to contact a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the Storey County Sheriff.
Flangas said that the attorney general’s office’s stated response dates of February and March 2019 appeared to be “randomly selected,” and said he would file for a court order seeking the records if they were not turned over by Oct. 12.
Antinoro has been the target of at least 10 complaints of sexual harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination since taking office in 2010, and is currently being sued by a former deputy. He’s also being investigated by California police related to accusations of setting up a gang rape of a woman in Lodi, California.
After requests and public pressure from a pair of Northern Nevada developers, Laxalt’s office investigated the charges against Antinoro and interviewed victims, and released an investigative report in July that found no evidence of criminal offenses that fell within the statute of limitations.
Antinoro had initially endorsed Laxalt’s gubernatorial campaign in late 2017, but the attorney general announced soon after publication of the investigative report that he would not campaign with Antinoro or recognize the endorsement in any way.