Justice

Nevada Supreme Court

Report names Nevada among 20 states without a person of color on the Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

Though Nevada’s population is surging with people of color, that is not reflected in the state’s highest court, according to a new analysis.  The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law found the state is one of 20 with zero justices of color on its Supreme Court. The State Supreme […]

Four candidates seek new seat in Justice Court 

BY: - May 13, 2022

Two private attorneys face a prosecutor and a public defender in the primary race for Las Vegas Justice Court 16, a new department added to ease judicial caseloads.  “Justice means balancing three interests: The victim’s rights; the defendant’s rights; community safety,” says prosecutor Agnes Botelho’s campaign website. Botelho’s application for an appointment to a vacant […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas 5 GOP members who declined to testify

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed five Republican House members Thursday who the panel believes have knowledge of the events leading up to the attack, including communication with then-President Donald Trump. The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol […]

Four candidates, including appointed judge, vie for seat on justice court

BY: - May 11, 2022

When former Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson resigned last year from Justice Court, 14 attorneys applied in June 2021 to be appointed to fill the vacancy in Department 10. Now, four of them, including the successful applicant, are once again vying for the seat.  The Clark County Commission appointed Cybill Dotson in October 2021 […]

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The Supreme Court shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy

BY: - May 11, 2022

The firestorm arising out of the recent leak of a draft of the Supreme Court opinion — purporting to eliminate constitutional abortion rights established 49 years ago in Roe v. Wade — has generated fury for different reasons from various quarters. But the consternation ought to serve another useful purpose: Highlighting the secrecy of how that tribunal […]

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McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

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Hey Republicans: If you really love moms and babies like you claim, here’s what you’ll do

BY: - May 9, 2022

Since a Supreme Court draft overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico, I’ve heard Republican politicians claim that they “love women and babies” and will support women who, post-Roe, cannot get abortions. This claim puzzles me. Outlawing abortions seems not supportive at all but in fact the cruelest way to lower abortion numbers in the U.S., not to mention […]

Three-way primary for LV Justice Court pits attorney against prosecutor, public defender 

BY: - May 6, 2022

A prosecutor, public defender and private attorney are vying to become Las Vegas Justice of the Peace in Department 7, a seat opened up by the pending retirement of Justice Karen Bennet Haron. Max Berkley is a native Las Vegan and a graduate of UNLV’s Boyd Law School. He has been a Clark County public […]

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Abortion has been common in the US since the 18th century – and debate started soon after

BY: - May 6, 2022

State-by-state battles are heating up in the wake of news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overrule landmark rulings – Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey – and remove constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion. Now, pro- and anti-abortion advocates are gearing up for a new phase of […]

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The wholly unsurprising fate of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 5, 2022

Being a woman in this country often feels like an exercise in futility. It’s repeatedly baring your soul and sharing your personal and intimate stories in hopes of proving that you deserve basic rights, only to be slapped in the face with decisions that explicitly negate your own experience. It is exhausting. I am rarely rendered speechless, […]

Open seat on LV Justice Court draws four candidates 

BY: - May 4, 2022

A former Family Court judge, two private attorneys and a public defender are vying to become Las Vegas Justice of the Peace in Department 6, a position left open by the resignation of former Justice Rebecca Kern in January.  Former Judge William Gonzalez was appointed by then-Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2009 to Family Court.  He […]

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‘Abortion will remain a right in Nevada’

BY: - May 3, 2022

As the Nevada statute reads, a woman’s right to get an abortion in Nevada “was submitted to and approved by referendum at the 1990 general election and therefore is not subject to legislative amendment or repeal.” So if Nevada had a governor and a majority of state legislators who wanted to repeal that right – […]