Nevada High Court Issues Judge Residency Ruling

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court says candidates for state judge do not have to live in the judicial district where they're seeking a position.

The high court's written order, issued Thursday, follows a preliminary ruling made June 13 during a flurry of rulings with implications for upcoming elections.

It means Michael Montero, whose Reno home is in the state's Second Judicial District, can run for judge in the Sixth District, covering rural Pershing, Humboldt and Lander counties.

The court rejected state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's challenge of Montero's candidacy.

The justices say the state Legislature didn't write into the law that judicial candidates are limited to districts where they live.

Instead, the law only requires a candidate to be a Nevada resident for at least two years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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