Nevada Supreme Court to rule on personhood amendment case
CARSON CITY, Nevada: The Nevada Supreme Court has agreed to hear and expedite the personhood amendment case. The measure in question calls for recognizing the personhood of the unborn from the earliest stages of life. Personhood Nevada filed an appeal with the state supreme court following a January 8 ruling by Carson City District Court Judge James Russell. Russell ruled against petition circulation citing that the petition was too vague and violated a state law that limits questions to one subject. Should Russell's ruling be overturned, supporters will be required to collect a minimum of 97,002 valid signatures by June 15, 2010 in order to qualify the measure for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot.
Chief Justice Ron Parraguirre said briefs should start to be submitted on March 12 and final briefs should be filed by April 2. No extensions will be granted, said Parraguirre. After written briefs are submitted, the court will decide if oral arguments are required.