Nevada Supreme Court to hear argument in 3 cases this morning

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Wednesday, April 8th 2009 - Las Vegas

  • 10:00 a.m. VILLALOBOS (GONZALO) VS. STATE
  • 10:30 a.m. LEEDS (ROBERT) VS. STATE
  • 11:30 a.m. SARFATY V. DIST. CT. (CITY OF HENDERSON)

Webcast of the arguments is available here.

VILLALOBOS (GONZALO) VS. STATE, Docket No. 48079
April 8th, 2009
10:00 AM 30 min - Las Vegas Courtroom
Justices Parraguire, Douglas, and Pickering
This is an appeal of Villalobos' conviction in Clark County on one count of second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon, five counts of attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon, and five counts of discharging a firearm out of a motor vehicle. ISSUES: Did the district court err in admitting Villalobos' statement at trial that he had given to police, after allegedly invoking his right to counsel? Did the district court err in admitting evidence of a prior instance of violence involving appellant?

LEEDS (ROBERT) VS. STATE, Docket No. 48503
April 8th, 2009
10:30 AM 30 min - Las Vegas Courtroom
Justices Parraguire, Douglas, and Pickering

Leeds is appealing his conviction in Clark County on charges of murdering his ex-wife's boyfriend and attempting to murder his ex-wife. Charges include one count each of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon, battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, and burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon. ISSUES: Did the district court err by admitting of certain evidence during trial? Did the district court err in its instructions to the jury? Did the State provide sufficient evidence to support the convictions?

SARFATY V. DIST. CT. (CITY OF HENDERSON), Docket No. 51915
April 8th, 2009
11:30 AM 30 min - Las Vegas Courtroom
Justices Parraguire, Douglas, and Pickering

This petition for a writ of mandamus involves Sarfaty's criminal conviction in Henderson Municipal Court for battery constituting domestic violence. The petition challenges a Clark County district court order denying Sarfaty's appeal of his misdemeanor conviction. In the underlying incident, an altercation between Sarfaty and his wife resulted in police being called. An officer took her statement and arrested Sarfaty on a charge of battery constituting domestic violence. At trial, the wife indicated she could not remember the accusations she made on the night of the incident and gave inconsistent testimony. Nevertheless, petitioner was convicted by the municipal court judge based on corroborating evidence. ISSUE: Can a conviction for domestic violence be sustained when the victim recants at trial, absent corroborating evidence?

 

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