Justice

House votes to create select committee to probe Jan. 6 insurrection; Amodei votes no

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of the darkest days […]

U.S. House votes to oust statues of Taney, Confederate leaders

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision—as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120, with all […]

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Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take up […]

Traffic ticket decriminalization takes effect July 1, but law’s major provisions don’t

BY: - June 28, 2021

While legislation decriminalizing traffic tickets and preventing driver’s license suspensions for minor traffic offenses technically go into effect July 1, major provisions of the bills won’t be effective until months, if not years, later. Assembly Bill 116 makes minor traffic violations, such as driving with a broken taillight, a civil infraction, while Senate Bill 219 […]

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Company demands return of drug ‘surreptitiously’ obtained for execution

BY: - June 25, 2021

The maker of the drug Ketamine is threatening to sue the state of Nevada if it does not return some 50 vials purchased for use in the scheduled execution next month of Zane Floyd. Floyd went on a shooting rampage in a Las Vegas Albertsons grocery store in 1999, killing four people. His execution is […]

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College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this suit involves admitted […]

COMMENTARY

What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June?

BY: - June 19, 2021

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent abolitionist, was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852, and he asked his White audience a most provocative question: “What, to the […]

ACLU condemns state’s proposed lethal injection plan for Zane Floyd

BY: - June 11, 2021

The Nevada Department of Corrections’ plan to use a never-before-tried combination of drugs to kill Zane Floyd, in what would be the state’s first execution in 15 years, was blasted by the ACLU of Nevada on Friday. In a statement, Jen Shomshor, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU, said the “vagaries about which drugs […]

AG Ford, community organizers highlight criminal justice reform successes, failures

BY: - June 10, 2021

It took a decade of organizing and five legislative sessions for Nevada to embrace a long-sought criminal justice reform to decriminalize minor traffic tickets such as driving with a broken taillight. Assembly Bill 116, which converts most minor traffic offenses to civil infractions to prevent jail time, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Steve […]

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7 notable bills that passed on Memorial Day, briefly explained

BY: - June 1, 2021

During the last day of the 2021 Legislative session, all eyes were fixed on the last minute bill taxing the mining industry. But lawmakers also passed a slew of legislation in the final hours, including long-overdue criminal justice reforms, steps toward creating a public health option, and the end of Nevada’s state-run caucus in favor […]

In the before time

Labeled ‘stop and frisk’ by critics, MGM’s gun bill squeaks past Senate

BY: - May 27, 2021

An MGM-backed bill to strengthen enforcement of gun bans in casinos narrowly passed the Senate on Wednesday and faces an uncertain future in the Assembly. Senate Bill 452, an emergency bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, would make it a misdemeanor to carry or possess a firearm on casino properties that have chosen […]

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Prison system’s approach to inmates’ money bewilders legislators

BY: - May 20, 2021

A fiscal note attached to legislation that caps how much money prison officials can withdraw from an inmate’s accounts confused  lawmakers Wednesday.  State Sen. Melanie Scheible, who presented Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Finance Committee, said the bill would cap the prison system’s share of money sent to inmates by friends and family at […]