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November 27, 2012
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Man seeks more research time in felony stalking case

A disbarred attorney said Monday that 42 hours a week isn't enough time to prepare for his trial on charges he stalked his ex-girlfriend.

Michael Meisler, 61, told District Judge Michael Gibbons that he needed more time to prepare his defense for a Jan. 15 trial date.

Meisler, who is representing himself, acknowledged that he would never have never spent that much time preparing for a trial when he was practicing law.

"This is my only case and I'm the one in jeopardy," he said, appearing in civilian clothes. Meisler is being held in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Gibbons granted him an extra half-hour of time a day to do his research.

Gibbons also addressed at least nine requests by Meisler, including a change of venue and an attempt to obtain money to pay for expert testimony by two attorneys and the justice of the peace who heard his preliminary hearing.

Meisler has spent nearly a year in custody after being arrested Dec. 15, 2011.

The criminal complaint alleges that between Nov. 15 and Dec. 14, 2011, Meisler sent multiple letters, text messages, newspaper clippings and other writings, and left messages for the woman in her home and taped to the garage.

The victim testified at a preliminary hearing that she was in fear for her life.

On Monday, Meisler said he subpoenaed Starbucks, which is where the victim worked, to obtain her employment records. The company initially sought to quash the subpoenas.

Gibbons told Meisler his chances of calling Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins to testify in a motion to suppress were very slim and nearly impossible.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory told Gibbons he would object to the subpoena as irrelevant.

Under Nevada law, Gibbons told Meisler, his request for a change of venue would have to wait until an attempt had been made to seat a jury.

"I can't consider the motion until the trial starts," he said.

Gibbons set a Dec. 5 hearing to discuss Meisler's motions seeking to suppress evidence that led to his arrest.

If convicted of a felony, Meisler faces up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He also would be eligible for probation, according to court documents.

Meisler was disbarred following felony convictions and prison sentences for stalking in Florida.

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 27, 2012 07:28PM Published Nov 27, 2012 07:26PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.