Colleagues, lawyers remember Jeff German, late Las Vegas journalist

Every day, for upwards of eight months, as authorities pieced together the circumstances around the 1998 death of casino executive Ted Binion, then Clark County District Attorney David Roger knew to expect a phone call from a reporter.

Like clockwork, he said.

Jeff German, then with the Las Vegas Sun, was always on the other end of the line.

“There weren’t a lot of things I wanted to talk about,” Roger said. “Every day and every afternoon, Jeff would call me.”

And Roger knew that German was calling others, digging into whether Binion could have been the victim of foul play.

“There is one person who had the inside of the entire case, and that was Jeff,” Roger said. “He just would not give up.”

German’s relentless pursuit of that story exemplified the kind of dogged work he practiced throughout a roughly four-decade journalism career in Las Vegas, and his chronicling of the Binion case led to his book “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Bosses.”

A day after German, an investigative reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead of a stabbing outside his home in the northwest valley, many of his fellow journalists and sources recalled his tenacity as a reporter.

German exposed the corruption and crime of politicians, police, attorneys, judges, casino industry leaders and mob figures.

“Quite truthfully, he was a fearless reporter,” said veteran criminal defense attorney Tom Pitaro, reflecting on his decades-long relationship with Germany. “If a story was there, he didn’t care who it was. Christ, look at the people he went after, that he’s written stories about. Let’s face it, there was no one he would back off. … He was sort of the embodiment of the First Amendment. To have a vigorous First Amendment you

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