Nev. AG declines inquest involvment
November 8, 2007
LAS VEGAS ” Clark County officials, trying to revamp its process for reviewing officer-involved deaths, will have to find an alternative that doesn’t involve Nevada’s attorney general.
County officials had hoped the Nevada attorney general’s office would take over the role of the district attorney’s office in the inquest process.
But Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has declined because of potential conflicts.
For one, an AG spokeswoman says the office, like the district attorney, works closely with law enforcement.
Another concern is an agreement between the two offices, where the attorney general prosecutes any officers who actions are found to be criminal by an inquest.
Clark County commissioners are expected to consider inquest reforms at their Nov. 20 meeting.