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Justices Delay Coroner’s Inquest

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(Las Vegas, NV)  —  The Nevada Supreme Court has delayed the valley’s first coroner’s inquest in nearly two years.  Justices have granted an emergency motion by Highway Patrol troopers to stop today’s scheduled hearing into the death of Edward Lopez-Hernandez, until they can hear the officers’ appeal.  Lopez-Hernandez died after being tasered by troopers in August 2010.  The hearing would have been the first since county commissioners drafted new rules opposed by law enforcement unions.  They include the use of an ombudsman to act as a liaison between authorities and the family of the person who died.

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