Justice

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 […]

Nevada police, DAs say deadly force measure endangers officers and public 

BY: - April 9, 2021

With the nation transfixed on the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, law enforcement in Nevada is opposing a measure that redefines when it’s justifiable to use deadly force against a fleeing suspect.  Killing a suspect who is attempting to escape is justifiable under Nevada law in a number of circumstances, including […]

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Haaland launches unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans

BY: - April 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of […]

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Formerly incarcerated people denied housing seek legislative fix

BY: - April 2, 2021

Last year, state Sen. Dina Neal heard from a group of formerly incarcerated women who struggled to find housing long after their release.  One woman in particular, Neal said, had never had an apartment in her name in the seven years she has been released from prison.  “When she was released, she got an apartment […]

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Legislature hears first bill to abolish the death penalty

BY: - April 1, 2021

For the first time since 2017, Nevada lawmakers began wrestling with the question on whether Nevada should get rid of capital punishment. In Wednesday’s hearing for Assembly Bill 395, which would abolish the death penalty in Nevada and convert current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole, Las Vegas Democratic Assembly Judiciary Chair […]

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While describing abuse at prisons, trans inmates urge lawmakers to pass protections

BY: - March 31, 2021

In a letter read to lawmakers Monday, Daisy Meadows, a transgender inmate at the Nevada Department of Corrections, described being raped by a male inmate. Being housed in a male facility, she is forced to live in an environment she said is hostile to transgender people.  “I’m not in any way innocent and take responsibility […]

Proposal regulates, mandates data collection on solitary confinement

BY: - March 29, 2021

“An empty cell is definitely a place you learn to live without love,” said Frank DePalma, who spent 22 years and 36 days in solitary confinement with the Nevada Department of Corrections.  Without human interactions or access to television, books or any form of entertainment, DePalma told lawmakers Friday, living in a dark, empty cell […]