(Carson City, NV) – A Senate panel will hear testimony today on a bill that would speed up Nevada’s death penalty cases. It would allow local judges to decide whether to appoint new lawyers to file additional death penalty appeals.
Supporters say it would reduce the number of years an inmate stays on death row. But opponents claim appeals are part of due process and should be left alone.
The state Department of Corrections says housing Nevada’s 82 death row inmates costs the state more than two-million dollars a year.