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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.


With Nevada prison COVID-19 cases nearly quintupling in two weeks, families call for early releases

Ely State Prison
November 19th, 2020 - 6:16pm
“This isn't about partisan politics. It's about fighting for the survival of people and seeing the humanity in those who are not defined by the worst thing they've ever done,” said Leslie Turner of the Mass Liberation Project, which is affiliated with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. “And we all should believe that COVID-19 shouldn't be a death sentence for anyone, including those who are incarcerated.”


Rodimer files legal challenge seeking new election in congressional race over voter fraud claims

November 19th, 2020 - 3:56pm
The lawsuit largely copies the claims in the previously-filed suits: that various instances of individuals potentially receiving mail ballots addressed to different voters and other supposed irregularities are cause for the court to order a new election and prohibit use of an automated signature verification machine used by Clark County.

Judge tosses separation of powers lawsuit challenging government-employed lawmakers over lack of standing

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
November 18th, 2020 - 5:43pm
“It is an organization, rather than a particularly-aggrieved individual, harmed by any alleged dual employment,” Crockett wrote in a brief order. “It is quite clear that Nevada Policy Research Institute does not allege any particularized harm beyond that of any ordinary taxpayer and that is simply not enough to give standing to Nevada Policy Research Institute to bring this suit.”

Few inmates considered eligible for early ‘compassionate release’ even as COVID-19 flares up in prison

A guard tower at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City
November 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada prison officials say they’ve identified just two people in a population of nearly 14,000 who might be eligible for an early release on the basis of their susceptibility to COVID-19 and other factors, even as more than 80 percent of the inmate population in a Carson City prison has tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump campaign files lawsuit asking judge to overturn or annul Nevada’s presidential election results

November 17th, 2020 - 3:50pm
The lawsuit, which was filed in Carson City District Court Tuesday afternoon, is the latest legal challenge filed by the Trump campaign and Republican groups over Nevada and Clark County’s general election processes and procedures. Final vote tallies released over the weekend and certified by counties on Monday gave former Vice President Joe Biden a 33,596 vote, or 2.39 percentage point, lead over Trump in the state.

Republican congressional, state Senate candidates request new election in lawsuit alleging voter fraud

November 17th, 2020 - 12:18pm
Attorneys representing Jim Marchant, the Republican congressional candidate who lost to incumbent Rep. Steven Horsford in the 2020 election, and April Becker, a Republican state Senate candidate who narrowly lost to state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, filed the lawsuit in Clark County District Court on Monday seeking a court-ordered new election over alleged inadequacies and voter fraud in the 2020 election process.

Sharron Angle-backed group files emergency request for court to block certification of election results over alleged voter fraud

November 16th, 2020 - 6:16pm
Sharron Angle and the group filed a similar lawsuit in September, seeking a stop to Nevada’s planned expansion of mail-in ballots ahead of the 2020 election, but that request was rejected by both a District Court judge and the state Supreme Court, which said the group failed to provide any “concrete evidence” that the expanded mail voting plan would result in voter fraud.

More than 80 percent of inmates at Carson City prison test positive for COVID-19

November 13th, 2020 - 6:31pm
News of the additional cases comes after 93 cases were initially reported among inmates last week, and after advocates had called since March for prison populations to be reduced to lower the risk of spread. Various state boards deliberated on the matter but the state ultimately took no action to release large groups of inmates.

Judge issues major separation of powers ruling in DUI case brought by Clark County prosecutor, state senator

November 10th, 2020 - 2:03pm
In an order published on Monday, Judge Richard Scotti overturned a Henderson woman’s 2018 drunken-driving conviction on the grounds that one of the prosecutors — Melanie Schieble — is an elected state senator and, thus, cannot legally enforce or execute “powers that fall within the executive branch of the government of the State of Nevada.”

State approves nearly $3 million settlement for Cathy Woods, who was exonerated of 1976 murder

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference
November 10th, 2020 - 12:16pm
“This is yet another example of our state doing justice. It doesn’t always manifest itself in a conviction. Sometimes it manifests itself in an exoneration,” said Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford.

Federal judge blocks another attempt to stop use of signature verification machine in Clark County, slow count of mail ballots

November 6th, 2020 - 4:56pm
Judge Andrew Gordon denied the request after a nearly two-hour hearing Friday afternoon, saying the lawsuit filed on behalf of two Republican congressional candidates and a Las Vegas voter who claimed someone else had fraudulently cast her mail ballot failed to produce enough evidence to warrant extraordinary legal intervention in Nevada’s election system.

NV Republicans file last-minute federal suit seeking stop to automated signature verification in Clark County

November 5th, 2020 - 8:22pm
The six-page lawsuit, which was touted in an early-morning press conference by Trump campaign officials, claims without evidence that “irregularities have plagued the election in Clark County,” citing alleged “lax” procedures for authenticating mail ballots and claiming that more than 3,000 ineligible voters have cast a ballot. It names Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria as defendants.

Trump campaign agrees to drop lawsuit challenging mail ballot processing in Clark County in exchange for expanded poll observation

November 5th, 2020 - 2:43pm
In a filing submitted Thursday afternoon, attorneys for the Trump campaign said they had reached a stipulation agreement yesterday evening with Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria to drop the lawsuit in exchange for “additional observation access” to the county’s ballot duplication efforts.

Trump campaign announces lawsuit challenging registration status of voters amid razor-thin election margin

November 5th, 2020 - 8:02am
News of the lawsuit, which was reported by Fox News, comes as former Vice President Joe Biden holds a roughly 8,000-vote lead over Trump in the state, though tens of thousands of outstanding mail ballots are expected to be publicly announced and added to the vote count starting at 9 a.m. today.

Nevada Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign emergency request to limit mail ballot counting in Clark County

The front of the Nevada Supreme Court Building
November 3rd, 2020 - 2:04pm
The appeal, filed Tuesday in the state Supreme Court, is a last-minute request for the state’s highest court to block Clark County’s mail ballot process. Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson on Monday issued an order flatly rejecting all of the requests to modify the county’s mail ballot processing plan as lacking standing to warrant last-minute judicial intervention in the state’s election process.

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