Motion to Stay Capital Prosecution Postponed
Las Vegas CBS KXNT – There’s been a delay in the bid to remove capital punishment from the table in a murder case. A district court judge stopped local attorney Anthony Sgro on Thursday from making a novel motion that would stay death penalty charges pending the result of a state-ordered audit.
Sgro would have argued on behalf of defendant David Burn that the death penalty in Nevada could be called into question once the state legislature is apprised of the cost of carrying it out. The results of the audit are due in 2015, a month ahead of the next legislative session.
Judge Jerome Tao was concerned that a planned Powerpoint presentation might raise issues the prosecution was not previously aware of, and asked Sgro to file additional paperwork. The motion was rescheduled for September 12.