LAS VEGAS — A former top Las Vegas drug prosecutor who handled cocaine possession plea deals with celebrities Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars won a delay Friday of an order to begin serving a nine-month jail term for his guilty plea to felony crack possession.
A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices issued a terse four-sentence order postponing David Schubert’s surrender scheduled for Monday until they have a chance to rule on an appeal from Schubert’s defense lawyer to disqualify the sentencing judge.
Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth immediately pulled Schubert’s scheduled surrender from her Monday calendar. An aide said Ellsworth could not comment about the case.
The high court justices gave the Nevada attorney general’s office 20 days to respond to defense attorney William Terry’s effort to remove Ellsworth from the case.
Terry said Friday he was relieved the justices quickly responded to his request for a delay.
Schubert, 48, will be able to continue practicing as a defense attorney pending a resolution of the appeal.
He resigned his job as a prosecutor and as the Clark County district attorney’s office liaison to a federal drug task force after Las Vegas police arrested him in March 2011. Officers found a gun and a $40 rock of crack cocaine in his car.
Schubert pleaded guilty in September as a first offender to unlawful possession of a controlled substance not for sale. Felony conspiracy, weapon and drug use charges were dropped.