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Democratic Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo to run for Nevada Supreme Court

Democratic Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo, left, in the Legislature on Feb. 6, 2017. Photo by David Calvert.

Democratic Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo will be seeking a seat on the Nevada Supreme Court instead of another two-year term as a state lawmaker.

Fumo confirmed his plans in a text message to The Nevada Independent on Thursday. The seats of Justices Kris Pickering and Mark Gibbons will be up in the 2020 election, although Fumo didn’t say which seat he is seeking.

Fumo, a criminal defense attorney whose experience includes work as one of O.J. Simpson’s defense attorneys when the former football player appealed his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction, was first elected to the swingy Assembly District 21 in Las Vegas in 2016. 

He championed progressive bills in 2019 to end the death penalty, end cash bail and codify automatic teacher raises into law, but those measures were unsuccessful as Democratic Assembly leaders took a more moderate course.

Fumo is a partner at the firm Pitaro & Fumo and was named among the American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2015.

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