Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nicholas Jain discusses his candidacy in Dunklin County, MO, but makes no mention of the drunk-driving conviction that lurks in his background

Nicholas Jain (fourth from left) at a gathering of
Republican candidates in Dunklin County, MO.
Nicholas Jain, Missouri's notorious drunk-driving prosecutor, is running for prosecuting  attorney (PA) of Dunklin County. We've reported on Jain's likely plans for several weeks -- even before he left his job as assistant PA in Greene County -- and the Delta Dunklin County Democrat newspaper recently made it official.

The Democrat reports that Jain will run against Republican incumbent Jeff McCormick. From an article titled "Republican candidates speak at Lincoln Day Banquet":

Nicholas Jain, who is also seeking the position of Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney, addressed the group. Jain is a native of Kennett and after law school moved to Springfield where he joined the Green County prosecuting attorney’s office, specializing in domestic violence, driving while intoxicated and white-collar crimes. “I’m running because I want to prosecute tough and smart, support law enforcement, and I want to work tirelessly to fight crime in Dunklin County,” said Jain. “I want to apply all of the things I learned in Springfield to work here in Dunklin County.” He explained how working closely with law enforcement to the point of going through training, DUI testing, and child forensics improves his ability to ask the best questions. He said being accessible to the victims is one of the biggest assets to successful prosecution. “I promise that if I’m elected prosecutor, I will work as hard as I can to do the best job that I can,” he said. “I’m asking you for your vote and I’m asking you for your trust as the next prosecutor for Dunklin County.”

Hmmm . . . Jain mentions that he worked on drunk-driving cases and even went through training for DUI testing. But no mention of his own DUI conviction, which we've reported in considerable detail. Surely, Jain meant to mention that to the law-abiding Republicans in his home county, so it must have just slipped his mind. Perhaps someone needs to notify the press and political figures in Dunklin County about the DUI skeleton in Jain's extra-wide closet.

Here is information about Jain's opponent:

Prosecuting Attorney Jeff McCormick, who is seeking a second term for Dunklin County, spoke to the group. With over 15 years of legal experience, McCormick during his time as Prosecuting Attorney has prosecuted over 5,000 criminal cases and hopes to continue to serve Dunklin County. At 44 years old, McCormick said of the Democrat party, “The party of what I thought I was, left.” Being from Missouri, he said he has always held conservative values, and it was not a giant leap from one to the other. “The values of this party are absolutely the values I have always had and what represents me,” declared McCormick. “This is where I wanted to be…for the first time, no matter what, in the next election cycle, Dunklin County will have the first Republican prosecutor that it has ever had.” McCormick praised [county GOP chair Tammy] Gibson for her work in expanding the party and being the driving force behind it. “It is nice to be a part of this party and to have things that are occurring, to be on the move, and taking a step forward all the time.” He then asked for everyone’s vote and the opportunity to serve again.

Let's note a few curious items in Jain's statement:

(1) He says one of his goals is to "support law enforcement." That's what a prosecuting attorney is supposed to do? I thought the job entailed seeking justice, on behalf of all citizens in the county. What if law enforcement acts corruptly in a particular case, as we've seen they can do in Greene County. Is Jain's job still to "support law enforcement." What if cops in his area are so corrupt that THEY need to be prosecuted? Does Jain apply the law or "support law enforcement"?

(2) Jain says he wants to apply what he learned in Springfield? Does that include bringing cases where probable cause clearly is lacking? He's done that on multiple occasions in Greene County, as we've reported several times. From a recent LS post:

Along with his boss, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, Jain showed quite a knack for bringing criminal charges without probable cause. He did it in the "assault on a law enforcement officer" case involving my wife, Carol, and our unlawful eviction in September 2015. He did it again in a DUI case involving Springfield resident Charles Hollis Roux. In fact, trial judge Margaret Palmietto granted the defense's motion to suppress in the Roux matter, tossing the case for lack of probable cause.

Jain and Patterson appealed, and the Missouri Court of Appeals went against its own precedent to overrule Palmietto and force Roux to trial on April 26. He pleaded guilty to two minor vehicle-related infractions, and Palmietto took the DUI matter under advisement.

All kinds of issues likely will be discussed in the Dunklin County PA race over the next few months. But you can rest assured Nicholas Jain does not want his DUI conviction to be one of them.


Anonymous said...

It takes melon-sized balls to run for public office with a DUI in your background.

Anonymous said...

Nicholas Jain is touting his experience in Springfield as a positive in his run for office. In truth, Greene County is corrupt as hell, as this blog has noted.

Anonymous said...

It takes mango-sized balls to run as a PA who prosecutes drunk-driving cases when you've got a DUI on your own record.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. Jain's time would be more usefully served if he went to a fat camp.

He could be "The Biggest Loser." Oh wait . . .

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. Jain could get that creepy homo-felon Ali Akbar to run his campaign for him. I hear Mr. Akbar has direct ties to Karl Rove -- the "brain" of the Republican Party -- via boinking.

A homo-felon should play well with voters in SE Missouri.

Anonymous said...

Is it too much to ask for a prosecutorial candidate to have a record of following the law, not breaking it?

Anonymous said...

Ali Akbar is a visionary in the use of social media. He was an early adapter of the Grindr, a geosocial networking app for gay men looking for a quickie in the neighborhood.

That's part of the GOP's "family values" platform.

Anonymous said...

Here is more about young Mr. Akbar, including his profile, on Grindr --

Anonymous said...

Who was the righty goof who came up with "Everyone Draw Mohammed Day" a few years back?

I seem to recall that Foster Freiss, who funded Ali Akbar's blogging club, is a noted Islamaphobe.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:49 --

You probably are thinking of Aaron Walker (aka Aaron Worthing), a lawyer in Virginia with a few loose shingles on his roof. Not sure Walker came up with the Mohammed thing, but he tried to promote it. And yes, Foster Friess is a noted Islamophobe:

Here is some info re: Aaron Walker from an LS Post:

Aaron Walker is one of the more interesting members of the National Bloggers Club. A Yale-educated attorney who lives in Virginia, Walker's blog is called Allergic to Bull. He used to blog under the name Aaron Worthing, until his real identity was revealed in the course of the many legal proceedings that have accompanied the right-wing feud with Brett Kimberlin. Walker first came to my attention when he was a leading force behind "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," an effort apparently to fire back at, or provoke, Islamic religious sensibilities.

Walker claims that he and his wife lost their jobs because of his outing during the course of the Kimberlin battle. I certainly can empathize with that kind of thing, although I'm not sure Kimberlin caused the job loss.

Anonymous said...

Off topic...but did you see about the Governor and his issues with, I think, campaign funds? Sure you have, but if not...

legalschnauzer said...

@12:24 --

Yes, I did see that. Think it's about political abuse of charity funds. We wrote a similar story earlier about Jason Kander, another shady Missouri politico. Here is URL to article about latest on Greitens: