After prosecuting Paris Hilton, Vegas man faces drug charges


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As a Las Vegas prosecutor, David Schubert handled headline-making drug cases against Paris Hilton and singer Bruno Mars. Then Schubert himself was arrested on suspicion of buying crack cocaine.

Every development since has been nothing short of surprising.


In March, police pulled over Schubert after witnessing what they believed to be a drug deal. When they searched Schubert’s BMW, they found 0.01 grams of cocaine, an unlicensed 9-mm semiautomatic handgun and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition, the Associated Press said.

The alleged dealer said Schubert, who’d identified himself as “Joe,” had bought $40 worth of cocaine at least twice a week for several months, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

During that time, Schubert had prosecuted Hilton, who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors after police found 0.8 grams of cocaine in her purse, and Mars, who admitted having 2.6 grams of cocaine at the Hard Rock hotel. Both socialite and singer were sentenced to probation.

After his arrest, Schubert resigned from the district attorney’s office and cut a deal with state prosecutors: He pleaded guilty to one count of cocaine possession, and three other charges were dropped.

During a Thursday hearing, attorneys on both sides expected Judge Doug Herndon to sentence Schubert to probation.

But Herndon refused.

Schubert was “getting a better deal than people you’ve prosecuted, and I don’t think that’s just and proper,” Herndon said, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The judge, who is a former prosecutor, added that he felt prosecutors should be held to a higher standard.

Herndon then recused himself from Schubert’s case, which will be assigned to another judge.


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--Ashley Powers in Las Vegas