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DA Declines to Prosecute Nevada Governor-Elect Gibbons on Assault Charge

Brian Zick

Kathleen Hennessy for AP reports: LAS VEGAS - Nevada Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons will not be prosecuted on allegations that he assaulted a cocktail waitress in a parking garage three weeks before the election, authorities said Wednesday. There was insufficient evidence to prove criminal charges against Gibbons beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney David Roger said. (…) Chrissy Mazzeo, 32, had accused Gibbons of pushing her against a wall and propositioning her near a restaurant where the two had been drinking with friends Oct. 13, less than a month before Gibbons was elected. An apparently distraught and disoriented Mazzeo made three 911 calls that night, saying she had been assaulted by the congressman. Gibbons, 61, has said he merely caught Mazzeo when she tripped in the parking garage. (…) Roger said prosecutors will investigate separate allegations made by Mazzeo and her lawyers that people associated with Gibbons tried to interfere with the investigation by influencing Mazzeo's testimony. (…) Mazzeo told The Associated Press Wednesday she did not believe justice was served. "I actually even said that if he apologized to me, I would drop everything. And he wasn't man enough to actually apologize. But he knows the truth and I know the truth," she said.

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