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Former judge in Vegas to run for Nevada secretary of state

August 27, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former state court judge who was reprimanded for cursing and throwing a pocket U.S. Constitution against a courtroom wall in an outburst over a juror’s apparent attempt to avoid jury service said he will seek the Republican nomination for Nevada secretary of state.

Richard Scotti told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday he’ll run on his experience as a business lawyer, business owner and judge.

Scotti served one six-year term in Clark County District Court before losing his bid for re-election in 2020 to the nonpartisan seat. He also served two terms as one of 15 governors of the Nevada State Bar.

Scotti, in a statement, cited his “passion to protect election integrity and our constitutional values.”

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As judge, Scotti in 2018 ordered the release of Las Vegas police records from the October 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting to the Review-Journal and other media organizations.

He faced ethics charges for the 2017 outburst, captured on courtroom video, at a potential juror during a child rape trial that resulted in an overturned verdict.

Jim Marchant, a former state assemblyman who lost a bid for Congress in 2020, is also seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2022 election to replace term-limited GOP Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.