Former Top Narcotic Prosecutor Sentenced To Jail On Drug Charge

Former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert has been sentenced to nine months in jail for felony crack possession. We previously discussed the case, but Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth took the notable step of denouncing the plea deal with Schubert as something of a sweetheart deal for the former prosecutor.


Schubert had achieved fame as a prosecutor in high-profile prosecutions in cases involving Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars. He was then arrested however buying a $40 rock of crack and being found with an unregistered handgun. Ellsworth denounced him as “a disgrace to his oath as a prosecutor and a lawyer.” She added that the original deal that would have given Schubert probation and a chance to clear his record “offensive” to the court and “special treatment” for a former prosecutor. That is a stinging condemnation for the prosecutors in the case.

The question is whether it was indeed a sweetheart deal. Hilton, 30, was given probation after being arrested with 0.8 grams of cocaine. The value is more than Schubert’s rock though crack has often received harsher sentencing. Then there is the gun plus the fact that Schubert held a position of authority and respect.

Schubert’s counsel said that he may appeal, though such challenges are often unsuccessful. This is not a particularly heavy sentence and Schubert is unlikely to be viewed with much sympathy.

Schubert is likely to be sent to a jail with added protection in light of his former position. Like former police officers, former prosecutors face dangerous conditions in jail.

Source: ABC

26 thoughts on “Former Top Narcotic Prosecutor Sentenced To Jail On Drug Charge”

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  2. All drugs should be legalized and REGULATED…get the freaks off the worst of them, so they aren’t out killing innocent people.
    For the people that claim drugs destroy lives, I doubt they do much worse than years in prison. And as a taxpayer I don’t have to support them any more in jail. (States are going broke trying to jail them all!!)

    Also once the ‘gangs’ revenue is gone, so are the gang’s resources. Like after Prohibition.

    The real irony here is that at least the last three Presidents have been drug users.

  3. Possess crack, get nine months. Steal $30,000, get six months. Remember the TSA guys? That’s “justice” in America.

  4. Art Allen

    “The irony here is that this prosecutor handled the Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars cases here in Las Vegas and both of them got probation for essentially the same offense. There was some public debate as to whether Hilton had gotten a sweetheart deal and the DA’s office went to great lenghts to point out that everyone gets probation without jail time for simple drug possession. Considering the collateral consequences for this fellow, the punishment seems unusually harsh and unjustified.”

    Paris hilton and bruno mars, while indulging in the same habits mr schubert was, were not actively engaged in imprisoning people for the very indulgences they allowed for themselves. This piece of shit deserves everything he has coming.

  5. This is the opposite of a catch 22.

    “Like former police officers, former prosecutors face dangerous conditions in jail.”

    Where are these normal citizens/criminals that do NOT face dangerous conditions in jail? They do not exist.

    From what I can see it is only former jack boot wearers of any ilk that do not face dangerous conditions in jail. This codling is one reason they fear no repercussions for the criminal activity they conduct.

  6. Rafflaw,
    I think the plea deal was a choice between 2 years “drying out” or the shorter prison sentence. And he said to himself: “Sss—t, I can always get high in the clink, and then I’m out again.

  7. Talkin’Dog,
    Agreed. But the SOP for photographers is to irritate the mugger until
    appropriate criminal facial expression is obtained. Otherwise photoshop from archives. (Who gives an F…. as the manual says, it’s the fingerprints and DNA that counts nowadays. You’ve got an easy job, right!!!)

  8. Shall we agree with my version? “Weed is the first step on the road to prison. And only one of the chemical substances which’ll get you life.”

    Or shall we say drugs are like sex: legal as long as it’s consensual.

    Or to my paraphrase: “Smok’em if you got’em. All others apply to see what the medic has in his emergency kit. NB. Bring your ration card with you.”

    Or demeaningly: “The family that smokes together gropes toghether.”

    Southern version: “Don’t let your cousin do what your daddy did.. That’s against the law.”

  9. Eniobob……you mean they can’t….. Think I read somewhere in ethics about this same thing…brandishing in four….yes a gun….the other thing was in Oklahoma ….

  10. Dons,

    I think that this is not at all unusual…..some of the best criminal enterprises are cops……

  11. If he was a drug user and getting a sweetheart deal then who was he dorkin as part of the sweetheart deal. Bad photo of this guy.

  12. The irony here is that this prosecutor handled the Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars cases here in Las Vegas and both of them got probation for essentially the same offense. There was some public debate as to whether Hilton had gotten a sweetheart deal and the DA’s office went to great lenghts to point out that everyone gets probation without jail time for simple drug possession. Considering the collateral consequences for this fellow, the punishment seems unusually harsh and unjustified.

  13. A common thread:
    “Schubert is likely to be sent to a jail with added protection in light of his former position. Like former police officers, former prosecutors face dangerous conditions in jail.”

    “The judge agreed at the request of Annuzzi’s attorney, John Roberts of Chatham, that the former police officer should be held in protective custody in prison because of his previous job.”

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/piscataway_police_veteran_gets.html

    “The judge noted that he received numerous letters from the community and fellow law enforcement officers who attested to Blood’s character and loyalty, including one that called him “a stand-up guy.”

    http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20120210/NEWS02/120210007/Former-N-J-cop-gets-3-year-prison-term-stealing-drugs-from-evidence-locker

    And on and on.

  14. Is it just me,or are we seeing an incredible number of prosecutors gone bad, judges one bad, lawyers gone bad, and cops gone bad lately?

    More than usual? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the blogs I read ; )

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