Frierson rejects claim that DA’s office killed criminal justice bills

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Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson at the Legislature in March. (Nevada Current file photo)
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Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson at the Legislature in March. (Nevada Current file photo)

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson is disputing claims the Clark County District Attorney’s office, where he works as a deputy district attorney, pressured him to kill legislation. 

“There were pieces of legislation my day job didn’t care for and still doesn’t care for, but that doesn’t impact how I do my job as an elected official,” Frierson said Tuesday night in an interview after a public forum. “In no terms was I pressured to do anything based on my day job. It’s an interesting query, but it’s not accurate when it comes to me.”

In a recent story, the Current looked at numerous criminal justice bills, such as legislation to abolish the death penalty, that died during the session. Some lawmakers and attorneys argued Frierson along with Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, who works as a prosecutor for the Clark County District Attorney’s office, killed those bills to appease their boss.

Frierson, who didn’t respond to the Current’s request for comment for that story, said Tuesday the policies that survived reflected what constituents wanted. 

“I take my charge of being elected by 66-plus-thousand voters in my district seriously,” he said. “My job is to reflect what’s in their best interest and not somebody outside of the session.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “I take my charge of being elected by 66-plus-thousand voters in my district seriously,” he said. “My job is to reflect what’s in their best interest and not somebody outside of the session.”

    That’s right! The majority-minority voters of District 8 are vociferously in favor of *checks notes* poor, disproportionately non-white people being held in jail for weeks on minor crimes because they can’t afford bail!

  2. Michael, you have to know by now Kelvin was no accident of corruption from the day he walked into the joint. That leak to NVSOS and I hear LVMPD Criminal Intelligence for pocket-stuffing conduct he’d been doing for centuries is your first clue son. That all of Jason’s bills sailed out of the Assembly ages ago, is clue #2. Judiciary Chair Steve Yeager who bed and wed a great judge, has his ass covered too. Only Nicole did not, that was no accident. She chose to be flattered that she was chosen SML instead of asking why someone sent her a cake with a file baked into it at her Flo McClure suite. Nicole should waste both of them for the professional fuq they gave her. Let’s put it this way, when Dina drops dead, Jason thought he’s on deck…nuh uh…its Nicole for his pulling his bullshit on her just as he did to Irene as Speaker of Compton and in the Year of Female Majority too!

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