By DAVID FERRARA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Failed Clark County District Attorney candidate Raymond James “Jim” Duensing was convicted Monday on three felony charges stemming from a roadside confrontation with Las Vegas police.
After a more than weeklong trial, a jury convicted Duensing on charges of resisting a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a traffic stop on Oct. 29, 2009. An officer shot Duensing three times when he tried to run from the northwest valley scene.
The Pahrump attorney ran an unsuccessful bid on the Libertarian ticket this year to become Clark County’s top prosecutor and head the office that pursued the criminal case against him. He was the only opponent to incumbent Steve Wolfson, who was elected with 72 percent of the vote.
At the encounter along Cheyenne Avenue near Jones Boulevard five years ago, Metro motorcycle officer David Gilbert asked Duensing at least three times to turn around before the officer grabbed his stun gun. Duensing had outstanding traffic warrants, and Gilbert wanted to arrest him.
Duensing took the witness stand last week at trial and said the officer never told him why he was being arrested.
“I said ‘You’re not going to Tase me,” Duensing told jurors. “I was trying to process what was going on. I thought he had the wrong person.”
Duensing was hit with probes from the stun gun and started to run because he feared for his life, because he had heart and lung troubles, he told the jury.
Running, he said, “wasn’t really a conscious decision.”
Mr. Duensing has been a long-time Libertarian activist, including being the state Chairman of Nevada for a while. He has also run for office as a Libertarian, and was involved with the now-defunct Boston Tea Party.