Tom O’Connell

Thomas M. O’Connell is the former Senior Litigation Counsel and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to his 13 years in the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys Office, he served for 8 years in the Northern District of California. Tom retired in 2013 and relocated back to Las Vegas. Since then, he has helped trained Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police, and U.S. Probation. He’s addressed inmates at High Desert State Prison and guest lectured at both UNLV and Boyd School of Law.

Not So Happy Holiday In NYC Copland – Part II of II

Tragedy Given New Life By Hollywood Fast forward 20 years to September 22, 1997. Ray’s son, Glenn who has never gotten over his father’s murder on the eve of Christmas, or celebrated the holiday since, is now living in Orlando, Florida.  I’m a now federal prosecutor in Las Vegas, which is three hours behind Florida …

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Violent Crime in America – Is There A Solution?

Problem Identified – Solution Sought – Situation Not Hopeless! Way back when – in late 1997 – Las Vegas Metro officers approached me about violent criminals, and particularly gun crime. They were entirely dissatisfied with the handling of these cases by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. When I’d arrived in Vegas in 1990 there …

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The Hypocrisy of Facebook

The Hypocrisy of Facebook

It’s been quite a while since I posted. Frankly, I didn’t get the feedback or support I’d hoped for. Moreover, the national stories were becoming redundant: the open southern border, the surge in violence, our sudden shortage of petroleum products (gasoline). So redundant, and so maddeningly obvious in their solutions, that I felt I was …

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The Nevada Athletic Commission Strikes Again

The Nevada Athletic Commission Strikes Again

Yes, it’s back to boxing, and the Nevada Athletic Commission – they strike yet again! Former Las Vegas FBI agent and NAC Commissioner Bobby Bennett really screwed the pooch on this one, and on national TV. THE FIGHT Last Saturday former champ Andrew Maloney “lost” his rematch with current WBA super flyweight champ Joshua Franco at the MGM …

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