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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.”

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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.



Criminal Justice | Legislature

State Supreme Court temporarily blocks lower court ruling, will hear appeal on decision over legislative attorneys role in payroll tax lawsuit

January 13th, 2020 - 10:30am
In an order issued Friday, the seven-member court granted a stay blocking implementation of Carson City District Court Judge James Russell’s order preventing the Legislative Counsel Bureau from representing individual lawmakers in a payroll tax lawsuit — filed by Republican state senators challenging a 2019 bill that removed a scheduled decrease in the state’s payroll tax rate without a two-thirds majority usually required for any change in taxes.



Criminal Justice | State Government

New Board on Indigent Defense Services aims to improve the quality of legal defense for people who can’t afford a lawyer

December 30th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Legislature passed a bill earlier this year, AB81, that created the new Board on Indigent Defense Services (BIDS) to uphold statewide standards of public legal defense. BIDS will have oversight of the State Public Defender’s Office, which is located in Carson City, and all other local and county public defenders.

Criminal Justice

Planned veterans unit at Washoe County jail aims to use military experience as springboard for success

December 29th, 2019 - 2:00am
The work that the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is doing to prepare veterans for life after incarceration will be used as a model for other groups of inmates. With the additional resources available in the community that are veteran-specific, the jail can offer services in a concentrated manner to the veteran population and see if that resource-intensive approach works for inmates at large.


Criminal Justice | Local Government

Vote on Las Vegas sidewalk cleaning ordinance targeting homeless encampments delayed until next year

December 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Las Vegas City Council has postponed a vote on a proposed ordinance that would allow city officials to set hours for “sidewalk cleaning” during which it would be a misdemeanor to sit or lie down on public rights-of-way, punishable by a $1,000 fine or arrest. The vote on the ordinance, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed until Jan. 15.

Criminal Justice | State Government

New state department and director aim to reduce wide disparities in sentences for similar crimes

December 13th, 2019 - 7:51am
Sisolak announced Wednesday that he selected former Legislative Counsel Bureau lawyer Victoria Gonzalez for the role. The new department is a product of AB80, a bill passed in 2019 that called for a stand-alone, nonpartisan staff to coordinate and exchange data between criminal justice agencies and advise volunteer members of the state’s Sentencing Commission.

Criminal Justice | State Government

Republican AG group continues legal fight for footage of Ford and son

December 13th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday in an appeal brought by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), stemming from a lawsuit filed by the group in September 2018 to obtain Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department body camera footage involving an incident with Ford in November 2017. A District Court judge denied the group’s request in October 2018, leading to the appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.


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