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Documents: Feds declined to prosecute former Sen. Ensign out of deference, fear of high-profile loss

Newly released records suggest federal prosecutors had enough evidence to charge U.S. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada with lobbying or campaign finance violations, but backed off because of fear of losing in court and “undue deference to public officials,” according to a watchdog group that sued for access to the documents.

Conservative Montana lawyer named Nevada solicitor general

Incoming Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt on Wednesday named a solicitor general for his office, choosing a conservative Republican who actively opposed state and federal gun control, abortion and legal same-sex marriage when he held the same job in Montana.

Nevada lawmaker Hansen cleared of illegal trapping charges

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen — who recently gave up his designation as speaker for the 2015 Legislature in an uproar over his comments about women, gays and minorities — has been cleared of charges accusing him of illegal wildlife trapping.

Ex-state lawmaker pleads not guilty to gun charge

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a gun charge dating to allegations that he threatened to harm an Assembly leader days before the 2013 legislative session began.

Juvenile competency statute proposed for Nevada

Nevada currently lacks a statute to address competency issues among juveniles. Officials have used adult criminal procedures as a guide instead, said Susan Roske, an attorney with the Clark County juvenile public defender’s office.

O.J. raised as example of unnecessary Nevada prison costs

O.J. Simpson’s imprisonment in Nevada for convictions stemming from his 2007 robbery of two memorabilia collectors at Palace Station was raised at a legislative hearing Tuesday as an example of questionable policies leading to unnecessary incarceration costs.

California court date reset for ousted Nevada Assemblyman Brooks

Action was postponed in a California court Friday for ousted Assemblyman Steven Brooks who is awaiting trial on felony charges stemming from a freeway chase and scuffle with police.