Letters to the editor

As Americans, we are grateful and fortunate to have so many senators, congressman and the president sign on to protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights as individual citizens.

NRA and U.S. lawmakers join D.C. v. Heller plaintiffs in filing briefs with U.S. Supreme Court: On Thursday, Feb. 7, NRA and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. This “friend of the court” brief supports a lower federal appeals court decision holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and asserts that the D.C. bans on handguns, on carrying firearms within the home, and on possession of loaded or operable firearms for self-defense violate that fundamental right.

Guinn names Herndon district judge


CARSON CITY — Douglas Herndon, chief deputy district attorney for the special victims unit in Clark County, has been named district judge by Gov. Kenny Guinn.

Guinn made the announcement Tuesday with Herndon, 41, that he will succeed Ron Parraguirre, who was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court.

EDITORIAL: Watkins, Herndon, Johnson, Crockett for District Court

Clark County voters will decide 28 judgeships this fall, 15 in District Court and 13 in Family Court. The roadside campaign signs for these races, which line entire city blocks across the valley, are reminders of the importance of the judiciary, and the importance of electing qualified, experienced candidates to the bench.

Team of homicide judges aims to speed up cases in Las Vegas

In an effort to accelerate the sometimes-slow wheels of justice, a team of four Clark County judges will oversee almost all murder cases starting this week.

With a growing list of more than 300 defendants charged with murder, Clark County District Court has launched a program to funnel the most serious trials into what has been planned as a yearlong effort that could be extended.

Women reign supreme – Historic female majority a milestone on Nevada’s high court

For the first time in Nevada history, more women than men are at the helm of the state’s highest court.

The two newest Nevada Supreme Court justices, both women, were sworn in Monday, giving women a 4-3 majority on the court.

“It’s about time,” Miriam Shearing, the state’s first female Supreme Court justice, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think that Nevada citizens are realizing that women can be just as effective — if not more so — as men in high positions in the legal profession. I’m very gratified to see it.”

EDITORIAL: Judicial survey a valuable tool for local voters

Southern Nevada voters won’t head to the polls for a general election until next November, but it’s wise to stay educated about potential issues and candidates. While information on those seeking national and statewide office is often readily available, voters have far fewer resources when it comes to down-ticket contests, particularly judicial races.

Clark County judge to run for open seat on Nevada Supreme Court

Veteran Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon has announced he will run for the Nevada Supreme Court seat being vacated by Mark Gibbons.

Gibbons, currently the longest serving member of the court, has announced plans to retire when his term expires at the end of 2020.

Herndon has served as a district judge since his appointment by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn in 2005. Before that, he was a prosecutor in the Clark County DA’s office for 14 years, nine of them as chief deputy DA in charge of the special victims unit.

Judge Douglas Herndon to run for Nevada Supreme Court

Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon announced Wednesday that he will run for the Nevada Supreme Court in 2020.

He’ll be vying for the seat left open after Chief Justice Mark Gibbons announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends in January.

Herndon, 55, has served on the District Court since 2005, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn. Before that, he spent 14 years in the district attorney’s office, the last nine as the chief deputy district attorney overseeing the Special Victim’s Unit, his campaign said in a release Wednesday.