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Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Attorneys expect ruling Monday in lawsuit challenging Clark County’s ballot processing, observation systems

October 30th, 2020 - 3:34pm
During a press call Friday arranged by the Trump campaign, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt and attorney Jesse Binnall — who argued the case in Carson City District Court earlier this week — said they received a “very unusual email” from the court clerk on Thursday evening saying that Judge James Wilson had made his decision in the case.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Lawsuit: Pro-Dickman political action committee seeking overturn of state law limiting use of ‘re-elect’ in campaign material

October 29th, 2020 - 10:15am
Make Liberty Win, a federal political action committee with a state offshoot in Nevada, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week challenging Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office over a threatened regulatory action regarding ‘doorhanger’ campaign advertisements encouraging voters to support Republican Assembly candidate Jill Dickman.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | Local Government

Attorneys spar on Trump campaign lawsuit seeking last-minute changes to Clark County’s ballot processing system; judge expected to rule soon

October 28th, 2020 - 7:27pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson said he’ll have a decision ready “as soon as possible” after a nearly nine-hour evidentiary hearing Wednesday in the lawsuit seeking various changes to how the state’s most populous county processes mail votes and allows for volunteers and others to observe the counting of ballots.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Judge denies anti-abortion group’s request for more signature-gathering time for parental notification ballot question

October 27th, 2020 - 11:41am
Federal District Court Judge Miranda Du on Wednesday formally dismissed the lawsuit filed by “Protect Our Girls,” a political action committee formed this year with the backing of the pro-life group, Nevada Right to Life, in order to support the proposed ballot initiative regarding parental notification on abortions for minors.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | Government

Grand Sierra Resort owner Alex Meruelo helps fund challenger to judge involved in contentious case involving casino

October 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Updated October 23rd, 2020 - 8:45am
But the contributions, which are Meruelo’s most extensive in a Nevada race since similar large contributions to gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak and Adam Laxalt, come amid a complex, expensive and longstanding legal fight between the Grand Sierra Resort and a group of condominium owners in the hotel.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Adelsons pour $500K into group backing Republican-aligned state Supreme Court candidate, other judicial candidates

October 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
So far, the PAC has started a TV advertising campaign aimed at boosting the candidacy of state Supreme Court candidate Douglas Herndon, an Eighth Judicial District Court judge running against Democratic Assemblyman and attorney Ozzie Fumo for the open seat on the seven-member court. Herndon’s political affiliation is described as “Republican” by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Criminal Justice | State Government

Nevada officials suspend policy of diverting 80 percent of funds sent to inmates to pay victim restitution

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
Updated October 8th, 2020 - 12:05pm
If Bolaños wanted to get the same amount of money to her husband now, she would need to send $600 to his account each month — something she can’t afford without taking on another part-time job. She’s upset she can’t help supplement what she described as insufficient food in the prison or provide small indulgences, like money to buy an ice cream at the commissary, to show her husband she cares.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | IndyBlog

State Supreme Court blocks Sharron Angle-backed challenge to state’s expanded mail election

October 7th, 2020 - 5:18pm
In a unanimous ruling issued late Wednesday, the seven members of the state’s highest court declined to overturn a lower court’s decision rejecting arguments by Angle and a vote-monitoring nonprofit group called Election Integrity Project of Nevada that the state’s expanded mail voting law approved during the late summer special session would lead to an influx of voter fraud and should be blocked by the court.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Ford threatens prosecution for voter intimidation after Trump’s debate comments; no major changes planned for poll-watching

October 1st, 2020 - 1:59pm
Updated October 1st, 2020 - 3:50pm
Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat, said in an interview on Thursday that he considered the president’s comments to be a “dog whistle” encouraging voter intimidation, citing the president’s past comments suggesting that voters cast both mail and in-person ballots to test the system and his instruction for the right-wing extremist “Proud Boys” group to “stand back and stand by.”

Criminal Justice | October 1 | State Government

Legislative gun law changes inspired by October 1 have seen middling adoption over last nine months; advocates urge patience

October 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
Public records obtained by The Nevada Independent indicate that more than 2,400 background checks on private party transactions have been conducted between the law’s effective date in January and Sept. 1. But the state Department of Public Safety — which manages the state’s background check system — only reported four issuances of “red flag” Extreme Risk Protection Orders over the last nine months.

Criminal Justice | State Government

Rural counties move to sue Legislature over proposed mining tax constitutional changes

September 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Lander County in Carson City District Court in early September, challenges the trio of proposed constitutional amendments raising the state’s 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of mineral taxes set in the state Constitution. Members of the Elko County Commission discussed joining the lawsuit or bringing other legal action on Thursday.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | Legislature

Police union launches campaign attacking Cannizzaro over alleged lack of support for law enforcement

September 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s the latest development in an acrimonious political divorce between state Democrats and the LVPPA, which broke from the ranks of most organized labor organizations to endorse President Donald Trump and a mix of other Republicans on the 2020 ballot, including congressional and state Senate Republican hopefuls.

Criminal Justice | Election 2020

Democrats ask court to block ‘fatally flawed’ Trump lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail voting for 2020 election

September 4th, 2020 - 2:25pm
The motion to dismiss was filed in federal court on Thursday by a trio of Democratic Party organizations — the Nevada Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — in response to the lawsuit filed in early August by the Trump campaign and other Republican organizations challenging Nevada’s planned expansion of mail voting.

Criminal Justice | Gaming

Nevada Supreme Court rules in favor of former hair stylist sued for defamation by Steve Wynn over sexual misconduct allegations

September 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
In a three-justice opinion issued Tuesday, members of the court reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled in favor of Jorgen Nielsen in an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a defamation claim filed by Wynn in April 2018. The lawsuit was filed after the former hair stylist went on the record for a Wall Street Journal investigation into Wynn’s alleged sexual harassment against employees that ultimately contributed to his departure from the publicly traded casino company.

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