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State budgeting $6 million to treat life-threatening hepatitis C after inmates sue, say they were denied care

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The proposed expenditure comes after inmates lodged a class-action federal lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Corrections, arguing that they were being denied treatment. The state struck a settlement over the summer, agreeing to treat all the affected inmates by October 2023.

Revised regulation aims for middle ground between inmates’ money and victims’ restitution

A two inmate cell
January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Department of Corrections plans to limit the amount of money it deducts from inmates’ wages and gifts from loved ones to a maximum of 50 percent, down from 80 percent.

About a quarter of prison employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as virus takes heavy toll behind bars

January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
The rate of cases and deaths among inmates is more than triple that in the general population in Nevada, according to a tracker of prison COVID cases maintained by The Marshall Project.

Gun safety group lawsuit against ATF seeks to revoke license of Henderson gun manufacturer

January 20th, 2021 - 2:38pm
The lawsuit urges the ATF to take accountability and revoke the firearms license it awarded JA Industries, formerly Jimenez Arms, which was sued last year on allegations of breaking federal firearms law and repeated violations of the Gun Control Act.

Chance encounter with law enforcement is nearly life-altering in last Nevada jurisdiction overtly partnering with ICE

A photo of the sign next to the road entering Nye County.
January 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cordón's experience is typical in that local law enforcement agencies "become essentially the suction valve that pull people into the deportation pipeline," said Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic.

Laxalt files new lawsuit challenging Nevada's alleged inability to keep noncitizens off of voter rolls

December 31st, 2020 - 4:59pm
The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Carson City District Court names three conservative-aligned plaintiffs — former Republican Assemblyman Al Kramer, former Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick and prominent Northern Nevada developer Roger Norman — who say their votes were improperly diluted by an alleged failure to keep noncitizens from registering to vote in state elections.

Nevada Supreme Court’s pending case backlog at lowest level in years

Front view of the Nevada State Court building
December 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
But through the 2020 fiscal year, the court has taken significant steps to cut down its substantial and well-documented backlog of pending cases. According to the Nevada Judiciary’s 2020 annual report, the court’s backlog of cases fell to 1,688 at the end of the fiscal year, the lowest level in the last five years and down from the more than 2,000 pending cases reported at the end of the 2019 fiscal year.

Nevada breaks gun sale record in 2020 amid pandemic, social unrest and contentious elections

December 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
Through the first week of November, the state Point of Contact Firearms Program has conducted more than 160,000 background checks for gun purchases, according to records kept by the state Department of Public Safety. In 2019, the background checks program processed fewer than 102,100 checks statewide.

With visits suspended, families release balloons to show support for Nevada prisoners

December 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Outside of Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, volunteers with the nonprofit LEAFE, which supports formerly incarcerated people, unleashed a rainbow of balloons into the overcast sky.

Why Trump’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Nevada’s presidential race sputtered in court

December 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Election law experts interviewed by The Nevada Independent said the failures were unsurprising. Nevada’s legal parameters for challenging election results sets a high bar for acceptable evidence, including clear proof that serious error or malfeasance occurred before a court can step in and take action that could change the outcome of an election.

Prison officials defend response to pandemic as cases near 1,600, death toll hits 7

December 9th, 2020 - 3:56pm
“It's somewhat heartbreaking to hear people think that we don't take this seriously, that we're out there to hurt their loved ones,” Daniels said, adding that his father recently died of COVID-19 and so did his father’s wife. “That's completely untrue.”

State prosecutes man for ‘threatening’ Facebook comments about Sisolak pandemic policies

December 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
But for Steve Feeder, a 60-year-old Clark County resident, his comments on Sisolak’s Facebook page this spring calling the governor a “tyrant” and stating that “like Hong Kong protesters we need to arm ourselves and form a militia and fight back” have resulted in real-world consequences — criminal misdemeanor charges.

NV Supreme Court denies Trump campaign lawsuit seeking overturn of presidential election

December 8th, 2020 - 10:46pm
The three page order states that the Trump campaign failed to identify any direct “unsupported factual findings” in Russell’s order that it wished to challenge under the appeal, and the court itself has “identified none.”

Trump campaign files appeal to state Supreme Court in election lawsuit seeking to block presidential race results; Dems ask for dismissal

The front of the Nevada Supreme Court Building
December 7th, 2020 - 3:32pm
The appeal notice was filed Monday afternoon before the state’s highest court and marks the likely last chance for the president’s campaign to challenge election results in Nevada, as Tuesday marks a federal “safe harbor” election deadline where states must certify election results or resolve litigation before members of the Electoral College meet to cast their votes for president by Dec. 14.

Judge to rule Friday on Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to overturn state’s presidential results

December 3rd, 2020 - 4:48pm
Judge James Russell asked attorneys for the Trump campaign and defendants (the electors appointed by the state Democratic Party to cast the state’s six electoral votes) to prepare a proposed order by 10 a.m. on Friday — saying he wanted more time to review claims made during the Thursday afternoon hearing but with enough time for parties to potentially appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.

Rodimer election lawsuit delayed amid ‘ministerial oversight’ requiring new judge

November 23rd, 2020 - 4:30pm
The motion was referred to Clark County District Court Chief Judge Linda Marie Bell, who issued an order requiring that the case be randomly reassigned because of an administrative oversight. Sturman was one of three judges assigned to a special pool of judges to take on emergency election-related cases, but that order expired earlier this month.

Judge rejects ‘shocking ask’ of new election over voter fraud claims brought by Sharron Angle and affiliated group

November 20th, 2020 - 5:26pm
Judge Gloria Sturman rejected the request by Election Integrity Project and Angle after a lengthy hearing Friday afternoon, saying that the group’s claims of potential voter fraud fell far short of the required level of evidence needed for a judgement in their favor — throwing out a state law allowing mail-in ballots to be sent to all active registered voters, declaring the 2020 election null and ordering a new election to take place.

Judge rejects Marchant request for new election in congressional race over ‘voter fraud’ allegations

Republican congressional candidate Jim Marchant at a rally in support of law enforcement organized by the Nevada Republican Party on Thursday, July 30, 2020 outside the Legislature in Carson City.
November 20th, 2020 - 1:43pm
Though Marchant’s attorney, Craig Mueller, said he would be comfortable pairing the request for a new election with either a later evidentiary hearing or the transferring of computer records related to mail ballots, Sturman said she was not comfortable issuing such an order both because of jurisdictional concerns — Nevada state law has a separate process for the filing of election contest suits — and because of the basic geography of the congressional district, which spans seven counties.

Court finds state gaming regulators don’t have jurisdiction to discipline Steve Wynn

A photo of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas
November 20th, 2020 - 8:40am
In an order issued Thursday, Clark County District Court Judge Adriana Escobar wrote that the state’s Gaming Control Board overstepped its regulatory bounds last year when it filed a formal complaint against Wynn seeking to prohibit the former casino executive from future involvement in the casino industry.

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