Jury selection began Monday in a lawsuit against Clark County being pursued by Don Benton — a former Republican state senator, county official and Trump appointee — and two former county employees.
A jury had not been selected by late Monday afternoon. Clark County Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales and attorneys spent the day questioning potential jurors.
The trial, expected to last up to three weeks, is taking place at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Gonzales sat at a black sheet-draped table in front of a black-draped background at the event center, normally home to livestock expos, gun shows and exhibits at the Clark County Fair.
The judge and attorneys asked prospective jurors about their work and personal commitments over the next few weeks. They also asked the jury pool whether they knew any of the defendants, plaintiffs or witnesses in the case and what facts they might already know.
“I just know those names from Clark County politics,” one potential juror replied.
Benton was the director of the now-defunct county Department of Environmental Services. He filed the lawsuit in December 2016 in Clark County Superior Court, along with former subordinates Susan Rice and Christopher Clifford.