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April 1, 2013

Early bids entered in 2014 Clark County prosecutor race

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However, he said some programs have been put in place to give the Office of the Clark County Prosecutor some additional financial padding. He said those programs include pretrial diversion and infraction deferral.

He said a more efficient prosecutor’s office will result from having the training programs in place.

“The law enforcement community and the prosecutor’s office are working hand in hand, and, ultimately, it saves everybody tax payers’ dollars to do that correctly,” Bottorff said.

He said through training, less experienced prosecutors would become more adept at knowing which people should be charged and which cases should be taken to trial.

“You’ve got to know how to train you deputies to do that,” he said. “You have to set policies in the office to make sure that is getting done effectively. That is what I think I can bring to the table, is making sure these policies are in place and setting forth those policies so that the people that really need to get charged, get charged, are and those that don’t, don’t.”

As an attorney with Applegate, Fifer & Pulliam, Bottorff said he also has learned skills not often possessed by those with only criminal litigation experience.

“Having the experience in the civil practice, it has given me a really good understanding of the appeals process that I don’t think you ever really [receive] as a deputy prosecuting attorney, and it does give you an idea of what you do need to be looking at for appeals and making sure your cases are solid and moving forward.”

He said his background of briefing appeals has given him knowledge to help save tax dollars if elected prosecutor.

“I don’t want to waste time and waste money of the public,” Bottorff said. “I want to make sure we are prosecuting individuals that need to be prosecuted and we are not prosecuting people that shouldn’t be because you have to make that decision as a prosecutor.”

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