Moral Low Ground


Paris Hilton, Bruno Mars Cocaine Prosecutor David Schubert Sentenced to 9 Months Jail for Felony Crack Possession

A former top Las Vegas drug prosecutor who was in charge of a pair of high-profile celebrity cocaine cases has been sentenced to nine months in a county jail after being caught with crack cocaine and an unregistered handgun.

The Associated Press reports that former Clark County, Nevada Deputy District Attorney David Schubert stood silently in court as a judge slammed him as “a disgrace to his oath as a prosecutor and a lawyer.”

“I’m not going to give you special treatment,” Clark County District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth said, calling a plea deal that would have gotten Schubert off with just probation and a clear record “offensive.”

Schubert, age 48, was arrested last March after police witnessed another man get out of his car, enter an apartment building and return. A search turned up $40 worth of crack cocaine and an unregistered 9mm pistol.

This case is extraordinary because Schubert, who was in charge of Las Vegas’ highest-profile drug prosecutions (he was also the DA’s office liaison to a federal drug task force), handled the Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars cocaine possession cases.

Hilton, the Hollywood hotel heiress and socialite, was arrested in August 2010 after a tiny amount of cocaine fell out of her purse during a traffic stop on the Las Vegas strip. She was sentenced to a year of probation.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was cleared of cocaine possession charges after reaching a plea deal in connection with an arrest for 2.6 grams of the drug after a September 2010 performance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Schubert, who resigned his prosecutor’s post and completed two months of substance abuse counseling, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance not for sale. William Terry, his lawyer, says he may appeal the sentence or take the audacious step of asking the judge to set it aside.

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One Comment

  1. mark e d'JayMarch 13, 2012 at 2:42 amReply

    Addiction is a disease, not moral issue. Just because he prosecuted drug cases doesn’t make him immune.

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