Douglas DA drops charges in Carson case |

Douglas DA drops charges in Carson case

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Tonja Brown and Ty Robben demonstrate in front the Attorney General's office regarding the department withholding evidence, a Brady law violation, in April 2012.

Murder solicitation charges have been dropped against a former state worker. Todd Robben will be released from Carson City Jail, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson announced on Thursday.

Robben has been in jail since last summer after he was arrested for allegedly trying to intimidate Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Jackson dropped that charge in March.

In January, he was charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro.

“Based upon a full and complete review of all the evidence and the existing constitutional, statutory and case law, I filed a notice of dismissal today in the Carson Township Justice Court,” Jackson said. “I met with Judge Tatro and informed him of my review of the case prior to filing the dismissal.”

Robben is battling what he sees as unfair treatment first by the Nevada Department of Taxation, where he once worked, and then by the criminal justice system. He was fired from his position by taxation officials and lost at all levels in his attempt to appeal that termination. He has been convicted of disorderly conduct stemming from his attempt — he says — to serve a subpoena for a friend on then-director of Nevada Department of Transporation, Susan Martinovich.

Jackson was appointed special prosecutor after a ruling that the Carson City prosecutor’s office had a conflict in handling the case. Reno Justice of the Peace Harold Albright was assigned to the case to eliminate the conflict in having the case heard by a Carson justice of the peace.