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I-Team: Calls for Reform of Coroner's Inquest Process Grows(NV Costco Shooting)
8newsnow.com ^ | 15 September, 2010 | Colleen McCarty

Posted on 09/17/2010 6:10:59 AM PDT by marktwain

LAS VEGAS -- A recent 8 News NOW-Las Vegas Review-Journal poll suggests the majority of southern Nevadans don't have much faith in the coroner's inquest process. As a result, local leaders are talking reform again.

This is not the first time public opinion has prompted reform. In 2006, the controversial shooting death of 17-year-old murder suspect Suave Lopez lead to a formal review of the coroner's inquest process.

Recommendations were made, public hearings were held, and changes were implemented. But in the words of one participant, if we're still taking about it the reform fell short.

Las Vegas police officers shot and killed Lopez as he attempted to escape from a squad car in handcuffs. His death, found justified by a coroner's jury, prompted a formal review of the inquest process.

"The controversy, if anything, has increased, not diminished," said Allen Lichtenstein with the Nevada ACLU.

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Four years and 44 police shootings separate Suave Lopez from Erik Scott -- the latest catalyst for change.

Metro officers killed Scott earlier this summer in a Summerlin Costco. While the status quo will govern his inquest, Young and Lichtenstein hope future proceedings may take a different shape.

(Excerpt) Read more at 8newsnow.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: banglist; costco; nv; scott
A truely independent body should review the shooting.
1 posted on 09/17/2010 6:11:04 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

The Coroner’s jury found the shooting justified. You don’t want an “independent body”, you want a libertine Star Chamber.


2 posted on 09/17/2010 6:15:45 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: All

Not to mention, the Costco shooting hasn’t been heard by a Coroner’s jury yet.


3 posted on 09/17/2010 6:20:28 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998; marktwain

If the coroners jury hasn’t released a finding concerning the costco shooting what are you suggesting Marktwain want a “libertine Star Chamber” for?


4 posted on 09/17/2010 7:02:28 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: Durus
I was referring to the Lopez case. (In which the jury DID find the shooting justified.) Marktwain's comment is ambiguous. I am certain that he wants a Star Chamber for the Costco shooting, and he apparently wants one for the Lopez shooting as well.
5 posted on 09/17/2010 7:07:47 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998; marktwain
He added to the title of the article this addition “(NV Costco Shooting)” so I would think it's fairly obvious that his interest in the NV costco shooting. Maybe that's just me.

How are you certain that marktwain want a libertine or any other star chamber type of proceeding for the Costco shooting case?

6 posted on 09/17/2010 7:14:29 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: freedomwarrior998

I am in awe of your powers of clairvoyance...


7 posted on 09/17/2010 7:14:48 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: freedomwarrior998
The Costco shooting stinks to high heaven. That the surveillance tapes are STILL not released speaks volumes.

Did you show up to defend it?

8 posted on 09/17/2010 7:15:51 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Zeppo

lolumad?


9 posted on 09/17/2010 7:15:54 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: marktwain

Have we seen the store video yet? There’s the answer.


10 posted on 09/17/2010 7:16:20 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: MileHi
Surveillance tapes are not usually released until after the Coroner's inquest. Why should this case be any different?
11 posted on 09/17/2010 7:16:51 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

The police have indicated there are “problems” with the tapes. The problem may be they don’t back up the story line.

My guess is you knew that already.


12 posted on 09/17/2010 7:21:43 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

There are always problems with moving footage from a store security system to another medium. Again, the footage is almost NEVER released until after an inquest. So why not wait for the inquest, instead of trying to influence the inquest with unsubstantiated rhetoric?


13 posted on 09/17/2010 7:23:47 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998
Oh, we are waiting. And waiting...

And the longer the wait, the worse the stench becomes.

So you consider opinion based on witness reports at the time “unsubstantiated rhetoric”?

14 posted on 09/17/2010 7:29:29 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

What about the witnesses that corroborated the officers? Oh wait, we don’t get to trust them... right?


15 posted on 09/17/2010 7:37:10 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

Not to mention, eyewitness “testimony” is extraordinarily unreliable.


16 posted on 09/17/2010 7:37:54 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

Could you explain how the coroners inquest is something other then a star chamber for the police?


17 posted on 09/17/2010 7:41:05 AM PDT by Durus (The distance between us has grown, and I struggle to quantify it. Windage adjustments are done.)
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To: Durus

Read Nevada revised Statutes Chapter 259.


18 posted on 09/17/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998
It's really only Nevada revised Statutes Chapter 250.050 through 259.140 that applies. Basically the District Attorney calls upon the justice of the peace to summon 3 jurors to make a finding on the evidence. The jurors are only required to be “qualified by law” to be jurors. There is no voir dire by a third party or oversight by statue of the appointment process. The hearing does not have to be public.

So the local government apparatus appoints whomever they want as jury and holds a privet hearing to determine the final decision.

Now...explain to me how this isn't a star chamber?

19 posted on 09/17/2010 8:10:08 AM PDT by Durus (The distance between us has grown, and I struggle to quantify it. Windage adjustments are done.)
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To: freedomwarrior998
What about the witnesses that corroborated the officers?

There were a few. Most I have read do not, including witnesses that were feet away. Something stinks.

20 posted on 09/17/2010 8:43:39 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Durus

The jurors are independent. The process is overseen by an independent judicial official. That alone doesn’t sound like a star chamber. Are you aware how jurors are selected? Do you have any evidence that the selection process is manipulated in any way?


21 posted on 09/17/2010 8:48:40 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

The jurors are appointed by the justice of the peace. They may be independent they might the the justice of the peace’s golfing buddy. The process is only overseen by the district attorney and the justice of the peace. By statue the justice of the peace appoints the jurors with no mechanism to determine how.

I’m not suggesting that the selection process is manipulated, not am I suggesting that there is any wrong doing has or will take place.

What I am stating, to clear up any possible confusion, is that the hearing is closed to the public with no idependent oversight of the process, including the jurors, thus meeting the definition of the term “star chamber”,


22 posted on 09/17/2010 9:09:38 AM PDT by Durus (The distance between us has grown, and I struggle to quantify it. Windage adjustments are done.)
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