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Sexual Assault Charges Dismissed Against Doctor.

A Las Vegas sexual assault case against an Arizona chiropractor was dismissed in court last week — five years after it was first filed — because the victim is out of the country and unable to testify, court records show. Read More →

The Taryn Christian wrongful conviction case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California. Here is the written closing arguments advocating his release from prison after twenty years.

Rebuttal argument of petitioner in support of petitioner’s motion to reopen habeas corpus proceedings pursuant to federal rule of civil procedure 60(b)

Taryn Christian: Maui: (The first Hawaiian case that has ever made it to the pages of the Charles Smith Blog)

A convicted killer who says he’s innocent is hinging his latest shot at redemption on the assertion that Maui police and prosecutors knowingly withheld or destroyed evidence that would have implicated another man."..."Even before he was convicted in 1997, Christian said police arrested the wrong guy........

Petition for writ of certiorari, mandamus, and/or, in the altarnative, writ of prohibiton

On March 28th, 2016 , Mr. Modafferi filed a Writ with the Nevada Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Nevada's lifetime supervision law. Six separate constitutional grounds were argued as a basis to declare the law unconstitutional. This Writ come after a district court in Las Vegas granted a six month stay in proceedings to file the challenge.


On March 16, 2016 The Nevada Court of Appeals reversed a Las Vegas District Court in a case concerning the required time to terminate a special sentence of lifetime supervision. The Court agreed with Mr. Modafferi's argument that the applicable ten year termination period begins at the time a person is placed on probation and not when the lifetime supervision agreement is executed.


Myself and two other lawyers are seeking federal injunctive relief to declare Nevada's lifetime supervision law unconstitutional. It was just recently filed and it is a suit against the Nevada Attorney General and The Department of Public Safety, as well as , many other local law enforcement agencies.

Reply to State's Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Declare Death Penalty Unconstitutional

The State of Nevada VS Norman Belcher by Honorable Elissa F. Cadish, District Court Judge.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court requested those lawyers representing death penalty defendants reopen the question of whether death is a cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Today, Mr. Modafferi filed a motion asking that the death penalty be declared unconstitutional in Nevada in State v. Norman Belcher. a Hearing on this motion is set for mid-February.

The Mr. Fukusaku's case

The first Japanese national to be extradited to the United States and convicted of murder asked the Hawaii Paroling Authority to be paroled halfway through his original sentence of 40 years behind bars.

TV Asahi's clips on the Mr. Fukusaku's case. Part 1

The case made headlines in Hawaii and Japan because it involved a famous fortune teller whose clients included Japanese prime ministers, business leaders and organized crime figures.

TV Asahi's documentary clips on the Mr. Fukusaku's case - Part 2

TV Asahi's documentary clips on the Mr. Fukusaku's case - Part 3

TV Asahi's documentary clips on the Mr. Fukusaku's case - Part 4

English video clips of Mr. Fukusaku case. - Part 1

We don't know who produced them but the story ends with them claiming they solved the case by scientific analysis.

English video clips of Mr. Fukusaku case - Part 2

English video clips of Mr. Fukusaku case - Part 3

CHRISTIAN v. FRANK by DAVID ALAN EZRA, Senior District Judge

Before the Court is Petitioner's Motion to Reopen Habeas Corpus Proceedings Pursuant to FRCP 60(b)/Independent Action Due to Newly Discovered Evidence of Fraud on the Court.

Another attorney indicted in court forgery case

Another defense lawyer was indicted by a Clark County grand jury Thursday on charges of forging court documents in misdemeanor cases involving prostitutes.

Did Fraud Lead to Maui Murder Conviction?

A federal judge must decide if he and other judges were duped into keeping a convicted killer behind bars.

Ex-judge Jones' "integral" role in investment scheme laid out

Federal prosecutors say former Family Court Judge Steven Jones, who is to be sentenced Wednesday for his role in an investment scheme, betrayed the public's trust.

Sex offenders challenge Nevada supervision law

More than a dozen sex offenders are challenging the Nevada Parole Board's authority to impose conditions on their lifetime supervision.

An Innocent Man? Convicted Killer Says Maui Officials Destroyed or Lost Crucial Evidence

He's spent nearly two decades in prison but Taryn Christian says he can prove that the investigation and prosecution into his 1995 murder case were rife with fraud. He's hoping the evidence ( or lack of it ) will set him free.

The Nevada Court of Appeals issued its first Advance Opinion on March 26, 2015 in Pitmon v. State.

Mr. Modafferi wrote the briefs challenging the constitutionality of how consecutive sentences are imposed in Nevada. This was the first time the Court of Appeals issued an opinion since Question 1 was approved by voters in the November, 2014 election.

Man convicted of murdering famous Japanese psychic, son asks for early release

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first Japanese national to be extradited to the United States and convicted of murder asked the Hawaii Paroling Authority Monday to get out of prison halfway through his original sentence of 40 years behind bars.

Former Las Vegas Prosecutor Lisa Willardson Dead at 45

LAS VEGAS -- A former prosecutor in Las Vegas was pronounced dead hours after a judicial discipline commission ruled her judge boyfriend committed misconduct by presiding over her cases.

Nevada Supreme Court: Trial for Las Vegas man who ran medical marijuana dispensary

The Nevada Supreme Court said Friday that a Las Vegas man must stand trial on charges of illegally operating a medical marijuana dispensary three years ago, though it is now legal.

Charge of illegal Wiretap

Mr. Modafferi recently drafted a Nevada Supreme Court Brief requesting that the dismissal of his client's charge of illegal wiretap surveillance be upheld.

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