Nevada considers banning ‘gay panic’ defense

BY: - March 20, 2019

Lawmakers in the state Senate have proposed a bill to ban the so called “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense. If passed, a defendant accused of committing a violent crime would no longer be able to introduce a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense. The bill would prohibit the use of the […]


Old pot conviction messing with your life? There’s a bill for that.

BY: - March 20, 2019

Legal recreational marijuana in Nevada has created a new class of people with marijuana convictions who have difficulties finding work because of criminal records.  Right now, they can attend workshops put on by legal aid groups hoping to receive free assistance with sealing their records, but the process is lengthy, costly and difficult, according to Bailey […]

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Groups rally to overhaul cash bail system as lawmakers unveil reforms

BY: - March 19, 2019

Rev. Raymond Giddens, the senior pastor of Unity Baptist Church, has had congregants who have been arrested and couldn’t afford to make bail. Just recently, an 80-year-old member had trouble securing the $3,000 bond that came with his charge. “The church had to come to his rescue to bail him out,” Giddens said. Activists estimate […]

Time to stop jailing people for traffic tickets, lawmakers say

BY: - March 18, 2019

In Nevada, people can still go to jail for speeding tickets, running a red light, driving with a broken tail light or even parking tickets. Lawmakers are working on a two-track process to redress the grievance. One track would put an end to it outright. But warning that idea may not fly in Carson City, […]


Progressive group grades senators on judges, gives Cortez Masto a B

BY: - March 15, 2019

According to Demand Justice, a progressive advocacy group that focuses on the federal judiciary, a majority of Senate Democrats have voted for at least 60 percent of Trump judicial appointments in 2017 and 2018. The report card graded Democrats using several metrics, including votes to confirm Trump’s nominees and votes to advance judges by ending […]


Legislation treats child sex trafficking survivors as victims, not criminals

BY: - March 13, 2019

Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that takes the first step toward treating survivors of child sex exploitation as victims, not criminals.   “The thought of children being sold for sex on a nightly basis is deeply disturbing but all too real,” former Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta told members of the Assembly Committee […]

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Onerous fees, “antiquated” data system gum up juvenile justice, child welfare

BY: - March 12, 2019

Nevada could do more when it comes to child welfare and juvenile justice, whether providing resources that stop youth from entering the system altogether, or halting the school-to-prison pipeline. For a start, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance is pushing for a bill that would eliminate fees paid by youths and their families who get caught up […]


Marsy’s Law founder to seek dismissal of drug trafficking charges

BY: - March 11, 2019

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 to determine whether billionaire Henry Nicholas and his companion, Ashley Fargo, who was previously married to a descendant of the founders of Wells Fargo, should face trial on drug trafficking charges. But attorney David Chesnoff says he’ll be asking Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron […]

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Nevada judge’s ruling targets online news sites

BY: - March 6, 2019

A Nevada judge says online new sites not recognized by the Nevada Press Association can’t rely on state shield laws, which protect journalists from revealing their sources. Sam Toll, the editor of the online news site the Storey Teller, was sued for defamation in 2017 by brothel owner Lance Gilman for a series of articles […]

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Titus adding committee staff to investigate Trump’s hotel

BY: - March 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dina Titus is ramping up efforts to investigate a controversial government decision that allows President Donald Trump to continue to operate — and profit from — a hotel on federal property in Washington, D.C. Titus, chairwoman of a subcommittee that oversees the agency that made the decision, is beefing up staff and reviewing […]

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Democrats condemn slapdash process used to confirm 9th Circuit judge

BY: - February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — A new judge has been confirmed to sit on the powerful federal appeals court that oversees Nevada, and Democrats are furious about it. The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Tuesday to confirm Eric Miller, a Seattle attorney and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to serve on the U.S. Court […]


Judge refuses to dismiss suit against opiate makers, distributors

BY: - February 27, 2019

Clark County Judge Timothy Williams denied a motion Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed by Clark County against opioid manufacturers and distributors.  The county is trying to hold the parties responsible for the crisis that’s resulted in an estimated 115 deaths a day in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]