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Judicial Ethics Opinion Issued

The Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Practices has issued a new opinion, No. JE08-13.

The issue presented: May a Nevada judge preside in a case involving substantive challenges to the validity of a proposed statute changing or an existing statute prescribing the rate for the tax on gross gaming revenue given the judge is related to persons who are not parties to the litigation but who are involved in certain transactions with or hold certain property interests associated with the operations of a licensed non-restricted gaming licensee?

The short answer: Yes; unless the judge knows that the affected family member has more than de minimis interest that could be substantially affected by the proceeding.

See the opinion for the analysis.

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