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Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

ACLU asks governor for sweeping action to release inmates, curb spread of COVID-19

March 27th, 2020 - 12:25pm
The organization and several partner organizations signed on to the missive dated Thursday — the same day that the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19, in a staff member at High Desert State Prison north of Las Vegas. Sisolak has not committed to mass inmate releases but his office said Thursday that “all options that could help prevent the spread and keep people safe are on the table.”

Criminal Justice | Education

Hardesty seeks top higher education role, asks for legal clarity on whether a judge can take position

March 27th, 2020 - 10:24am
Although applicants for the chancellor position are still considered confidential at this point, Hardesty’s application for the position became public in motions filed by his attorney and attorneys for the higher education system last week seeking an expedited ruling on whether or not a constitutional prohibition on sitting justices taking another office during their term.


Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

Fears of coronavirus in prisons grow as Nevada confirms first COVID-19 case behind bars

March 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Those concerns gained new urgency on Thursday, when the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19 — a staff member at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs had tested positive and is now self-quarantined at home. The prison, which is the largest in the state and can hold nearly 4,200 male inmates, said it had responded by isolating inmates in their cells, observing inmates and staff for symptoms and sanitizing surfaces with a 10 percent bleach solution.

Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

Guns and ammunition sellers allowed to operate, exempted in law from ‘nonessential’ business shutdown

March 23rd, 2020 - 11:39am
That’s because under a state law passed in 2007, the state government is explicitly prohibited from confiscating firearms or adopting any policies that impose “additional restrictions as to the lawful possession, transfer, sale, carrying, storage, display or use of” firearms, ammunition or firearm components in a declared state of emergency.

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Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

Clark County District Court suspends jury trials, in-person ‘non-essential’ court proceedings over coronavirus fears

The order, signed by Chief Judge Linda Bell and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering, states that beginning Monday all scheduled “non-essential” court hearings will be conducted by video or telephone, decided on the papers or rescheduled unless otherwise directed by a judge. It is up for review at least every 30 days and will continue until rescinded by a subsequent order.





Criminal Justice

Lawsuit challenges rural judges without law degrees instructed to oversee jury trials

February 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
In rural Humboldt County (population 16,700), county public defender Matt Stermitz has filed a lawsuit in the state’s 6th Judicial District Court seeking an answer, or at least clarification, on a now pressing question caused by that ruling — should rural judges be allowed to oversee jury trials in misdemeanor domestic violence cases, even though such judges aren’t required to be licensed attorneys?


Criminal Justice | IndyBlog | State Government

Police bodycam footage of AG Ford, child to remain confidential, Supreme Court rules

February 20th, 2020 - 11:25am
A three-justice panel of the state’s Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday, affirming a lower court’s decision to keep confidential body camera footage of an event involving Ford in November 2017 and requested by the Republican Attorney Generals Association (RAGA), which opposed the Democrat during the 2018 election.

Criminal Justice | Government | State Government

Redistricting ballot question heads to Supreme court over ‘frivolous’ appeals

February 20th, 2020 - 10:41am
In the motion, attorneys for the group said that the appeal was not only another attempt to delay signature gathering for the petition, but also an “unmistakable misuse” of the legal process given that the opposing side had already prevailed in district court and required backers to use a different, watered-down “description of effect.”


Criminal Justice | Legislature

Legislative lawyers’ role in GOP-backed payroll tax lawsuit questioned ahead of oral arguments

February 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
The dispute came during a Thursday meeting of the Legislative Commission — an interim body that reviews and approves regulations by state agencies — to approve a short resolution that essentially ratifies a decision made by the body in December to appeal a lower court’s decision barring legislative attorneys from participating in the case.


Criminal Justice

Lovelock prison program works to rehabilitate abused dogs, help inmates, veterans and first responders

January 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
What’s known as the “three P” program — Puppies, Prisoners and Patriots — is a collaboration between the LCC and a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas called Those Left Behind. The purpose of the program is to rehabilitate dogs rescued by the organization from high-kill shelters — sometimes when they’re on the brink of being euthanized — and have inmates, or handlers, train them to become emotional support dogs for veterans and first responders.


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