The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party in Clark County District Court, is asking a court to force the county to turn over any communications made by county election officials or county commissioners related to concessions struck between the state’s most populous county and Democratic groups, who filed an election-related lawsuit against the state in April.
Ford, who is the state’s first black man in that elected post, raised three sons and a nephew. He said he’s tired of having seemingly neverending conversations with them about personal safety amid racism.
Their rally was somewhat overshadowed by vandalism that took place Saturday evening. But in interviews with The Nevada Independent, organizers and participants shared their frustration over police brutality and hopes for unity that prompted the demonstration. These are some of their stories.
Gov. Steve Sisolak delivered strong words for would-be agitators on Sunday, telling anyone who intends to cause destruction to stay away from Nevada and its cities. His comments came the day after chaos and destruction erupted in Reno and Las Vegas on Saturday night.
What started out as peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in Reno and Las Vegas took a chaotic turn Saturday night, with demonstrators smashing out the windows of Reno City Hall, facing off with police on the streets of downtown Las Vegas and prompting Gov. Steve Sisolak to deploy the National Guard to protect public property.
The main group started at the Miracle Mile Shops at 2 p.m. and continued walking north on the Strip, but with various smaller groups trailing behind, the protest stretched along the boulevard. Between 30-40 protesters were arrested as of Friday night and two officers were injured but are expected to recover.
In an order released on Friday, federal District Court Judge Miranda Du partially granted the request of Fair Maps Nevada to extend the deadline to collect signatures for the petition, which needs to garner 97,598 signatures by June 24 to make it on to the ballot. Attorneys for the group previously said it had collected around 10,000 signatures before Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered nonessential business shutdowns and other social distancing directives in mid-March.
In an order released Wednesday evening, Judge Miranda Du denied the amended request by Texas-based True the Vote and several Nevada voters to block the state’s election plan over fears of voter fraud, as well as because of an agreement between Democratic groups and Clark County election officials to mail ballots to inactive voters.
The announcement this week comes after an inmate from High Desert State Prison tested positive for coronavirus after getting medical treatment at a community hospital. When others in his intake unit were tested, three more were found to be positive; all had recently arrived from the Clark County Detention Center.
Attorneys for Hardesty filed paperwork with the Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday formally withdrawing a petition for legal clarity as to whether Nevada’s Constitution prohibits sitting Supreme Court justices from being eligible for another office during the term in which they are elected.
The agency said the inmate had arrived at the prison north of Las Vegas from the local jail on April 22 and was in an isolation unit as part of a standard intake quarantine period. He was found to be positive for coronavirus on May 18, after being taken to a hospital for unrelated medical care, and did not have COVID-19 symptoms, officials said.
Metro Police have reported a 12 percent spike in domestic violence calls since the pandemic jolted normal routines and shuttered schools and many businesses. But domestic violence agencies across the state fear that’s just the beginning.
“I see this investment in the RNs at our gatehouses and the entrance of our institutions as really an investment as our only line of defense, as a firewall … against presumably our employees bringing in COVID-19,” he said.
“We cannot say, as a matter of law, that the respondents have violated a clear and unmistakable legal duty to act,” the justices wrote. “Kerkorian has not demonstrated respondents have acted arbitrarily or capriciously, or manifestly abuse their discretion.”
The Nevada Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday after hours of discussion to speed up the use of “geriatric parole.” Because the Sentencing Commission’s authority is limited to an advisory role, the proposal will go to the governor, who has said he’s waiting on the Sentencing Commission’s advice before acting on the calls to consider early releases.
Sisolak’s office hasn’t answered requests this week about whether he plans to convene the Board of Pardons Commissioners — a panel that he chairs and on which he holds the deciding vote on sentence commutations. The Nevada Sentencing Commission narrowly voted April 13 to recommend Sisolak convene the more powerful pardons board to continue discussing the possibility of early releases.
Kelvin Atkinson, a former top Nevada state lawmaker who was convicted last year for campaign finance and wire act violations, was granted an early compassionate release Friday evening by a federal judge because of concerns about his possible susceptibility to COVID-19.