|Nevada Second Judicial District Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bob Miller|
|Preceded by:||James J. Guinan|
|Law School:||University of Arizona College of Law, 1974|
Adams is the founding presiding judge of the Washoe County Business Court. He also initiated the Washoe County Drug Court.
Awards and associations
- 1993-2002: Chair, Washoe County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
- Faculty member, National Judicial College
- Member, Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education
- Member, Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline
- Member, Judicial Assessment Commission
- Member, Nevada Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
- Member, Washoe County Law Library Board
- Editor in Chief, Nevada Civil Practice Manual and Forms (second and third editions)
- Member, University of Nevada, Reno, College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council
- Member, Reno Diocese Review Board of the Roman Catholic Church
Judge cuts sex offender's sentence from ten to one year in jail
Judge Adams made national headlines in late March, 2014 after he changed a sex offender's sentence from 10 years to life in prison to one year with five years of probation. The judge cited a clerical error.
Isaac Onsurez, 69, pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, which is currently a Category A felony with a minimum 10-year prison sentence. The abuse occurred, according to authorities, over 100 times from 1997 to 1999. The victim reported the abuse in 2012.
Prior to December 31, 1999, when the crimes occurred, Nevada law provided that probation was an apt punishment for such a crime as long as a psychiatric evaluation deemed the defendant a low risk to re-offend. The minimum sentence was increased in 2000. Thus, Adams' sentence was consistent with the law at the time of the crimes.The victim's mother said, "It was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for...then two days later we get a phone call."
- Second Judicial District Court, "Judge Brent T. Adams biography," accessed March 21, 2014
- USA Today, "Child sex sentence changed from up to life to 1 year," March 20, 2014
- Reno Gazette-Journal, "Sentence drops from life to 1 year in jail in case of Reno man guilty of sex acts with 6-year-old," March 19, 2014