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Brent Adams
Court Information:
Nevada Second Judicial District Court
Title:   Former judge
Position:   Dept. 6
Appointed by:   Gov. Bob Miller
Active:   1989-2014
Preceded by:   James J. Guinan
Personal History
Religion:   Catholic
Law School:   University of Arizona College of Law, 1974

Brent Adams was a judge on the Nevada Second Judicial District Court. He was appointed to this position on July 4, 1989, by Governor Bob Miller. He retired at the end of his term in 2014.[1][2]

Adams is the founding presiding judge of the Washoe County Business Court. He also initiated the Washoe County Drug Court.[1]


Adams received his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1974.[1]

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[1]

Notable cases

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."[2][3]

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