A Nevada hospital is seeking new medical tests for a college student on life support in a legal battle with her father over whether the 20-year-old woman is legally alive.The dispute over the status of Aden Hailu is back in Washoe County District Court as a result of a Nov. 16 decision by the Nevada Supreme Court, the Associated Press reports. The decision ordered a hearing on whether the Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno complied with a Nevada law when doctors determined that Hailu was dead.Hailu suffered a drop in blood pressure and never awoke from anesthesia during April surgery to remove her appendix and explore the source of abdominal pain. Tests in April showed some brain function, though a doctor said Hailu was rapidly declining, according to prior coverage by the Las Vegas Review Journal.Hospital physicians determined in May that Hailu can’t breathe on her own, and said she was brain dead according to guidelines by the American Association of Neurology. … [Read more...] about Battle over whether patient is alive returns to Nevada district court
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Concerned that their client intended to perjure himself in a Nevada capital murder case, defense lawyers for Siaosi Vanisi sought to withdraw.Then, when the judge refused permission to do so, they put on an abbreviated version of a standard murder defense: They eliminated opening and closing arguments and the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses—and put up no witnesses of their own, says attorney Thomas Qualls.Now representing Vanisi on appeal, Qualls argued before the Nevada Supreme Court this week that his client received ineffective assistance of counsel and should get a new trial in the Washoe District Court case, reports the Associated Press.“The Sixth Amendment affords you more than just having the right to have an attorney sit with you at trial,” contended Qualls, who also argued that his client should have been found incompetent by Judge Connie Steinheimer.In response, prosecutor Terry McCarthy said the evidence against Vanisi—who was found guilty … [Read more...] about Does Mini-Defense in Capital Case After Perjury Threat Merit New Trial?
Supreme Court grants certiorari in reservation diminishment case Over the opposition of the Department of Justice, the Supreme Court has granted the State of Nebraska’s petition for review of the Eighth Circuit’s decision in Smith v. Parker , 774 F.3d 1166 (8th Cir. 2014). The case arose from the Omaha Tribe’s attempt to enforce its liquor licensing and taxation regulations against business owners in and near the Village of Pender. The Village and business owners sued, contending that the Tribe lacked jurisdiction. Applying the test established by the Supreme Court in Solem v. Bartlett , the district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, concluding that Pender and the relevant areas involved were located within the Omaha reservation and that an 1882 act of Congress by which 50,000 acres were sold did not diminish the reservation. According to the court, the act did not clearly evince Congress’ intent to change … [Read more...] about Indian Law Focus: October 2015
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An eighth-grade student has filed a federal lawsuit accusing his northern Nevada school district of violating his First Amendment rights after he says he was told his pro-gun T-shirt violates the district's dress code.The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Reno alleges the Washoe County School District policy prohibiting depictions of "anything that promotes weapons" is unconstitutional.It says the discriminatory nature of the policy is underscored by the fact the school district allowed students to participate in recent protests in support of gun control.The Reno Gazette Journal first reported on its website that the boy who attends Depoali Middle School in Reno has been disciplined twice for wearing pro-gun clothing — once last November and once on March 12.One shirt had a logo for a local gun store, Sparks Black Rifle, with silhouettes of a rifle and a handgun. The other didn't depict any weapons but promoted the Firearms Policy Coalition … [Read more...] about Nevada student sues over dress code banning pro-gun shirts