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Constable Fight Goes To Supreme Court

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura has taken the fight to keep his office from being abolished to the Nevada Supreme Court.

In March, Clark County Commissioners voted to abolish the office–known as the Las Vegas Township Constable’s Office–which has been criticized for mismanagement. The office largely serves papers such as eviction notices.

Bonaventura maintains the effort to close the office is personally and politically motivated.

His attorney, Ken Frizzell, tells KXNT that he has filed an appeal notice with the state Supreme Court, saying the statute cited by Commissioners in their vote last month is unconstitutional. Frizzell says the law was passed in the late 1970′s in an effort to abolish the office held by a previous constable and it is unconstitutional to apply a law passed at a specific time for a special purpose in order to close the office now.

Frizzell says there have been three attempts over the years to abolish the office, dating back to the 1920′s and most recently in the mid-1990′s.

Although its unclear when the state’s high court will take up the matter, or rule, Frizzell says it would have to be far in advance of the scheduled 2015 closure of Bonaventura’s office. Bonaventura stands for election in 2014.

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