Nevada's highest court overturns murder conviction for bumped democratic juror

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Updated: 12/28/2012 5:22 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & - The state Supreme Court is overturning a murder conviction in part because of what political party someone linked to the case belongs to.  In the decision down from the court - Justice Mark Gibbons says a juror in the case was improperly dismissed because she was a registered Democrat and had Democratic views of law enforcement.  The high court finds that should have never been allowed to happen, but there was a procedural breakdown which must mean suspect Jermaine Brass's murder charges are reversed and returned to a lower court.

Brass was originally sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2009 killing of his Las Vegas brother-in-law.

While Justice Gibbions says political affiliation is not a valid reason to strike a juror, Justice Michael Douglas adds that the district judge should have intervened to hold a special hearing before the juror was let go. That did not happen.

There is no timeline yet for when or even if this case will be retired.
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Kramer - 12/28/2012 5:29 PM
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What is so "breaking" BIG about this story that it can't be written correctly? "In the decision down from the court"-lacks a participle (that is a verb required by proper English)- like "handed"? The last line about the case being "retired"-is this a prank? Where is the editor? What's the "rush"? Is it because all the radio haraungers say "democrat" instead of "democratic" party?-Is this bastardization process getting through to our clueless reporter at NV4? And as usual the headline is hacked-up. What are "democratic" ideas about crime/guns? Would R.J. Daley of Chicago have had the same ideas? At least the high poobahs of NV Supremo had a little leeway...though they clearly went out on a limbaugh, hawhaw.

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