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     Reno attorney Peter Chase Neumann lets Reno and Sparks know whom he supports for Nevada Supreme Court on a recent sunny Saturday in the Truckee Meadows. The above photo was taken from northwest Reno as Neumann flew in a northeasterly direction from Mt. Rose in the southwestern part of the valley.

Above is the layout for the banner towed by the aircraft.


October 29, 2006

Renate Neumann and Peter Chase Neumann are supporting Judge Nancy Saitta for Nevada Supreme Court. We hope you will do the same after reading this.

There are many reasons for our decision to switch our support from the incumbent in that office, Judge Becker, to Judge Nancy Saitta. Both are Clark County judges. Both are women who have become judges. Both have the same first name: Nancy.

Judge Nancy Saitta

There are some differences, though, that are important. Judge Nancy Saitta has been a judge for about 10 years, first as a municipal court Judge, and more recently as a district judge. Judge Saitta was a prosecuting attorney (district attorney), prosecuting criminals before becoming a judge, and received the Outstanding Service Award from the Clark County District Attorney's office. She also served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General and later practiced extensively in the private sector, where she learned how to run a small business, pay salaries to her employees and represent her clients.

Since being a judge for the last decade, Nancy Saitta has been recognized and named as one the "Five Hundred Top Judges in America" (obviously, this includes judges of both genders).

Nancy Saitta has been very active in her community as an advocate and Chairwoman of the Adoption Exchange Advisory Committee. (She is herself an adopted child and has a special interest in children's issues). Nancy Saitta has also served on the Board of Directors of the CASA Foundation "Child Advocates" program and on the Executive Board of the Public Education Foundation.

Judge Saitta has been married to Joe Saitta (pronounced "Say - Tuh") for 19 years. Joe recently retired as the Chief of the United States Secret Service for the District of Nevada. Together, Nancy and Joe Saitta have a blended family of 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Although her opponent is running some pretty "negative" advertisements about Judge Saitta's record as a judge, I can vouch for her very high reputation in the legal community for judicial expertise and competence as a trial judge. A trial lawyer myself for more than 40 years, I have spoken to dozens of lawyers in Clark County about Judge Saitta. Each of them has told me that she is known as one of the best trial judges (district court judges) in Clark County. She has earned the respect of her peers.

I have always felt that a candidate for the Supreme Court should be required to have been a trial court judge before serving as an appellate jurist, because someone with trial court experience will automatically have a much greater appreciation of the critical role that judges play in securing that highly elusive, hard-to-define, concept of "justice."

"Justice" is hard to define, but boy is it important! And when injustice occurs, it is incredibly hurtful.

I believe that it is very important to our legal system of justice to have appellate judges on our Nevada Supreme Court (the only appellate court that exists in Nevada) who have extensive experience as trial court judges before serving on the appellate court.

Renate and I strongly feel that Judge Nancy Saitta, whom we both know on a personal basis, is a person who has very high ideals and strong moral character. She has earned our respect, and we are proud to help her fly her banner over the skies of Nevada.

Please consider voting for Judge Saitta for the important office of Nevada Supreme Court.

Thank you for listening.

Renate and Peter Chase Neumann
Reno, Nevada

ps — Last Friday, Oct. 27, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, largest newspaper in Nevada endorsed Judge Nancy Saitta in its editorial stating that "In the race for Nevada Supreme Court Seat G, District Judge Nancy Saitta promises to be an independent voice in Carson City....To defend the Nevada Constitution and the rule of law, voters have a responsibility to make sure Nancy B
ecker never returns to the Nevada Supreme Court. Fortunately, they have a far better option in Judge Nancy Saitta."

Of course, that is only one opinion, but is based on years of studying the judicial record of Judge Saitta's opponent, as well as that of Judge Saitta.


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Judge Saitta defeats Justice Becker to win a seat on the state's highest court
Becker thus becomes the third incumbent Nevada supreme court justice unseated in the past 100 years
(Patrick McCarran — 1918, Noel Manoukian — 1984)

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About Justice-elect Saitta
(Imported from her campaign website and edited)

Judge Nancy Saitta was a young single mother with two young children and few prospects. She worked her way through college at Wayne State University, often bringing her children with her when a babysitter was unavailable — or unaffordable. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Accepted for studies at the School of Law at Wayne State, she again earned her way through law school with a series of jobs and a position as a teaching assistant, balancing work, school and her responsibilities as a mother.

District Court Judge, Clark County, Nevada. She brought innovative programs to the courts, increasing court efficiency and decreasing case backlog at the same time. She says that she demonstrates compassion for victims, tempering her decisions with a profound respect for state and national Constitutions. As a wife, mother and grandmother, Judge Nancy Saitta is involved with her family and in her community. She has brought parents, business partners and community leaders together to tackle tough problems like child abuse, neglect and adoption for hard-to-place children.

Justice-elect Saitta was sworn in as a City of Las Vegaa municipal judge in 1996. Two years later, she won election to the Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 18. Judge Saitta won reelection in 2002 and has served with distinction since.
Judge Saitta is consistently among the highest ranked judges according to polls done by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which surveys attorneys practicing in court. She has received numerous awards and was recognized by the Nevada Association of Counties for her efforts in streamlining the court system by developing the Complex Litigation Division for the Eighth Judicial District Court. An innovator in court procedure, Judge Saitta has remained careful to keep her judicial rulings in line with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.

Above all, Judge Saitta emphasizes her sworn duty to uphold the law, regardless of her personal views.

On the rights of citizens

     "It is time to shift the emphasis back to citizens' rights on a Nevada Supreme Court which has drifted from that fundamental doctrine."

    "I've been deeply troubled by the drift in court decisions which favor the powerful over the rights of ordinary citizens."

On core American values

     "Our court must return to core American values as reflected in the United States and the Nevada Constitutions rather than judicial activism based on convenience."

On the people's right to amend the constitution

    " You don't honor the spirit of American independence or the letter of the law when you cast aside an amendment to the constitution because it is merely inconvenient. Yet, a recent Supreme Court ruling voiding a voter-imposed amendment which required a two-thirds legislative vote to increase taxes, did just that."

On protecting individual property rights

    "You don't honor the principle of property rights when you allow the taking of an elderly widow's family business in order to give more powerful neighboring businesses a competitive advantage, yet our Supreme Court ruled against the widow."

On judicial process

   "I'm known as a tough, no-nonsense judge in criminal cases, yet I've been consistently rated as firm, but fair.  I created innovative procedures to help the court move more swiftly, and my development of the Complex Litigation Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court is an award-winning breakthrough."


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