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Lombardo denies request for lock interrogation reports involving Stephen Paddock’s room

LAS VEGAS — On Friday the Baltimore Post-Examiner reported in the article Las Vegas mass shooting victims’ attorney seeks lock interrogation reports and morethat the Texas law firm of E. Craig Eiland had sent a Nevada public records request to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on June 29 for the lock interrogation reports for Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay Hotel rooms and also cell phone records and cell phone videos obtained from any person at the Mandalay Bay on October 1 and October 2.

On July 11, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo who runs the LVMPD responded in a letter to that request:

Your public records request dated June 29, 2018, addressed to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Office of Public Information has been forwarded to my office for response.  You are requesting the production or inspection of documents that are mentioned on page 7 of 81 of the LVMPD Force Investigation Team Report under Event No. 171001-3519, footnote 3 of the report.  Below are the specific documents you are requesting:

  • All lock interrogation documents from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino obtained by LVMPD in connection to the 1 October shooting.
  • All cell phone videos obtained from any individual at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the period of 12:00AM on October 1, 2017 to 11:59PM on October 2, 2017.
  • All cell phone records obtained from any individual at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the period of 12:00AM on October 1, 2017 to 11:59PM on October 2, 2017.

Please be advised the records listed above are considered evidence.  Any evidence connected to an investigation is not a public record; therefore, cannot be released without a subpoena or court order.

Attorney Craig Eiland told the Baltimore Post-Examiner on Tuesday evening that they would be seeking a subpoena.


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  1. Weg Oag says:

    “If a government body denies access to a public record that is at least 30 years old, is not about a natural person, or is about a natural person who has died, the record is presumed not to be confidential and should be able to be accessed by district court order.”

  2. Weg Oag says:

    I’m confused. Is he saying the current court order doesn’t require release of this particular evidence?

    • 4ReUnitedStates says:

      Another stall tactic? I will never understand why LVMPD’s Sheriff Lombardo continues to act like they have something to hide, if they don’t! Lombardo & the FBI have to know the constant stall tactics are getting in the way of victims & the victim’s families being able to move forward.

  3. Weg Oag says:

    “When a government body asserts that a public record is confidential, the government body has the burden of proof to demonstrate by a preponderance of evidence that the record is confidential.”

  4. Weg Oag says:

    According to #6 in the court order, government records are presumed to be public records. Orders 1-27 can be found at the following link and start on page 19. https://www.scribd.com/document/377615794/Vegas-Supreme-Court-Appeal-Filed-Appellant-Cross-Respondent-s-Docketing-Statement-18-15838-pdf


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