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Bills address habitual offenders, big retail theft

Efforts to curb massive retail thefts and bar Nevada prosecutors from adding charges post-verdict were launched Monday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, introduced Assembly Bill 102, the organized retail crimes bill, and Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las Vegas, introduced AB97, which prevents prosecutors from adding a habitual offender punishment after a conviction unless an exception applies.

Both bills had multiple supporters and opponents.

"This plugs a hole that's existed for years," defense attorney Scott Coffee said of AB97. "It puts the cards on the table before the trial which drives negotiations."

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