LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ex-Las Vegas drug prosecutor lost a round in his bid to avoid serving nine months in county jail for felony crack possession.

Chief Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti issued a ruling Friday rejecting a defense lawyer’s effort to disqualify David Schubert’s sentencing judge, Carolyn Ellsworth, from the case.

Schubert is due to surrender April 9 for jail. His lawyer, William Terry, plans to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Schubert used to handle Clark County’s biggest drug prosecutions, like cocaine possession plea deals more than a year ago with Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars.

That ended after Schubert was arrested in March 2011 with a $40 rock of cocaine.

He pleaded guilty in September to felony drug possession, but thought he was going to get probation.

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