Justice

Could courts be forever changed by Covid? 

BY: - January 24, 2022

Clark County Family Judge Stephanie Charter wants to see the people who appear in her court up close and in person. After all, the lives of the children who come before her may depend on it. Charter makes the tough decisions – whether to remove a child from a home, reunite a family with a […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 10, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

Police, Athletic Commission spar over criminal investigation of boxing death

BY: - December 13, 2021

The boxing death of a 20-year old UNLV student prompted the Nevada Athletic Commission, which boasts it’s the gold-standard for regulation of unarmed combat, to adopt rules covering amateur contests and exhibitions, which were exempt from the Commission’s jurisdiction until now.    Commission chairman Stephen Cloobeck asked that the new regulation be named Nathan’s Law after […]

Civil rights group, former lawmaker speak on bringing change to DA’s office

BY: - December 8, 2021

The deaths of Byron Williams, who died in police custody, and Jorge Gomez, who was fatally shot by officers, are still felt by the community and will most likely cast a shadow over the 2022 race for Clark County District Attorney. Both deaths, as well as the role District Attorney Steve Wolfson played in handling […]

After student’s death, UNLV, fraternities silent on responsibility for off-campus events

BY: - December 2, 2021

University of Nevada Las Vegas officials are remaining silent about the school’s role and potential liability in off-campus student activities, such as the fraternity-produced charity boxing match on Nov. 19 at the Sahara Events Center that ended with the collapse and eventual death of a student fighting in the main event. The Nevada Athletic Commission […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

BY: and - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON–The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its law […]

Protesters rally at Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON–Lucia Ruta remembers a time when abortions were illegal. A native of Washington, D.C., she says she received an abortion in a back alley when she was 16, in the 1960s. “The doctor told me that if I made as so much a whimper, he was going to stop and kick me out,” she said. […]

School boxing contests exempted from state regulation

BY: - November 30, 2021

The chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission says the commission has no jurisdiction over the regulation of boxing matches such as the University of Nevada Las Vegas fraternity event that ended in the death of 20-year-old Nathan Valencia.  Valencia, a UNLV student, died days after a Nov. 19 annual event that pitted fraternity members […]

Federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states blocked by judge

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON–Enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp affects the Republican-controlled states involved in the lawsuit: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, […]

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Biden nominates Frierson to be Nevada’s U.S. attorney

BY: - November 12, 2021

Pres. Joe Biden on Friday nominated Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson as Nevada’s next U.S. Attorney. If approved he will replace Nick Trutanich, who left the post earlier this year.  Frierson, a Clark County Assistant Public Defender, previously served as Chief Deputy District Attorney. He has served in the Assembly since 2010 and became Speaker […]

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Vacation rental owner loses defamation claim against neighbor 

BY: - November 5, 2021

A Clark County judge ruled Thursday that statements made by a Las Vegas woman to the Nevada Current about short-term rentals in her neighborhood are “good faith communications in furtherance of the right to free speech in direct connection with an issue of public concern.” Judge Tara Clark Newberry ruled local businessman Gary Wu “does […]