Justice

What’s love got to do with it?

BY: - May 6, 2021

Nevada, a state known for quickie weddings and equally rapid divorces, is consistently among the deadliest in the nation in terms of domestic violence. But it’s one of only 17 that do not allocate state operating funds to prevention and treatment. Almost half of women in Nevada — 44 percent — and a third of […]

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Judge says resignation not because of ‘any wrongdoing’

BY: - April 30, 2021

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson says she’s resigning her position on the bench next week to regain control of her life and “stop being terrorized” by the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission, which says she’s abused her position as a judge.  She has alleged the Commission engages in “public shaming.”  The JDC, which […]

As prisons finally resume visits, families perplexed by NDOC guidelines

BY: - April 28, 2021

After nearly 14 months of prisons not allowing visitors, many people with incarcerated family members have been eager to see loved ones again. The Nevada Department of Corrections is scheduled to resume visitations Saturday. But family members say they still have unanswered questions, have been unable to schedule visitations and are left with concerns about […]

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LV police union opposes use-of-force bill

BY: - April 23, 2021

The president of the union representing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police testified Friday against a measure that would require police to use de-escalation techniques before resorting to a higher level of force.   Steve Grammas told lawmakers he opposes the reform measure, Senate Bill 212.  Grammas says Metro became “the gold standard of police reform” following intervention […]

Sisolak questions prison officials on ‘extremely low’ inmate vaccinations

BY: - April 21, 2021

Less than 10 percent of nearly 11,000 inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections are fully vaccinated, officials told Gov. Steve Sisolak Tuesday at the Board of Prison Commissioners meeting. The low vaccination numbers come despite the department indicating in a March 4 press release, when it began vaccinating eligible inmates, that 46 percent of […]

Drought, demands on groundwater making water law even more contentious

BY: - April 20, 2021

Water law adjudication, already a complicated field, will only become more so because of the climate crisis, extended droughts, and increasing demand for groundwater in Nevada, the Supreme Court was told last week. The court Friday held its first meeting for the newly created commission to study the adjudication of water law cases. Members of […]

Chauvin verdict: Guilty on all charges in George Floyd’s death

BY: - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd.  The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was taken into custody and will be sentenced in […]

Chauvin case: Now it’s up to the jury

BY: - April 19, 2021

Both sides gave their final arguments to the jury Monday in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, with the prosecution imploring jurors to believe what they saw on videos — three police officers holding George Floyd down for nine minutes and 29 seconds, killing him. The defense tried to raise doubts about the cause of […]

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Metro investigator contradicts officer, police report at Gomez fact-finding

BY: - April 16, 2021

The lead investigator into the fatal shooting of a 25-year old Las Vegas man at the hands of Metropolitan Police contradicted the department’s own report as well as his own investigation during a fact-finding hearing Friday.   Jason Leavitt, of Metro’s Force Investigation Team, testified police fired non-lethal rounds at Jorge Gomez after he ran from […]

Legislation targets state’s decades-old laws criminalizing HIV

BY: - April 16, 2021

Even as the science around HIV, as well as the medications to treat and suppress the virus, have advanced in nearly 30 years, the laws in Nevada criminalizing HIV have remained the same.  Nathan Cisneros, the HIV criminalization analyst at UCLA LAW School’s Williams Institute, told lawmakers at the beginning of April that 37 people, […]

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Assembly passes bill to abolish death penalty, sends it to the Senate

BY: - April 13, 2021

In a historic move, the Nevada Assembly voted 26-16 to abolish the death penalty, the farthest efforts to end capital punishment have ever advanced in the state.  Assembly Bill 395, which would also convert current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole, will advance to the Senate.  “Now is the right time to […]

Bail reforms might have a chance this year

BY: - April 12, 2021

While testifying on legislation addressing pretrial detention, Kendra Bertschy with the Washoe County Public Defender’s office described a broken aspect of the bail system she said leaves people behind bars even when they haven’t been convicted of a crime.  One client she referenced was a 19-year-old college student with no prior arrest who was accused […]