Jim Duensing, Libertarian Activist Shot by Police in Nevada, Sentenced to Probation

Posted to Review Journal
January 15, 2015

A former attorney who ran an unsuccessful bid for Clark County District Attorney was sentenced Thursday to five years probation on three felony charges stemming from a roadside confrontation with Las Vegas police.

Raymond James “Jim” Duensing, 38, was convicted in November on charges of resisting a police officer , carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with an Oct. 2009 traffic stop in the northwest valley. An officer shot Duensing three times when he tried to run.

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 sentencing Thursday, Duensing called himself a “pillar of the community,” who has long been a civic activist. He was returning home to Las Vegas from a political rally in northern Nevada the afternoon he was stopped by Metro motorcycle officer David Gilbert on a traffic violation.

“I’ve maintained my innocence from day one,” Duensing said of the encounter, though he admitted to running from the officer after being hit with the Taser stun gun.

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IPR has covered this story, including a request for letters to the judge regarding sentencing, in a few articles:

Instructions on Writing Letters to the Judge

Libertarian Attorney Jim Duensing Found Guilty

Jim Duensing’s Trial Starts

16 thoughts on “Jim Duensing, Libertarian Activist Shot by Police in Nevada, Sentenced to Probation

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    The family had asked for Jim’s supporters to attend the sentencing as a show of support for him, and there are a couple reports on Facebook that the room was full. Good to hear!

  2. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    I’d read comments in the past that Duensing might seek the LP’s presidential nomination in 2016. Any truth to that?

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    I’m glad he wasn’t sent to prison.

    I hope he exercises great care in the near future. It’s not beyond the system to be “lenient” in this way and hope to catch the victim in a “probation violation” so they can stick him in a cell and pretend it’s his doing and not theirs.

  4. LibertarianGirl

    well he damn sure dont look beat, that look in his eye sounds a renewed and stronger hatred for tyranny, while Ill never condone what hes been thru , the experience, without a doubt , has solidified hisvigilance against the system…

  5. Martin Passoli

    Has he been released from custody? If not, when does that happen? I haven’t seen anything beyond this story.

  6. paulie

    Awesome! I hope he’ll be able to speak on here or other online outlets. It’s not a condition of probation that he can’t, is it?

  7. Andy

    “Waldo Terra Firma” is likely a paid government troll. I would not be surprised if it is the same person who has played the role of “Vernon,” as well as some of the other bogus characters who have trolled here over the years.

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