Counsel Named to Investigate Nevada Assemblyman

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas attorney has been appointed independent counsel to investigate whether embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks is fit to serve in the Nevada Legislature.

Mark Ferrario was picked by the Assembly Select Committee, a seven-member panel that will hear evidence about Brooks' behavior and recommend to the full Assembly whether he should be expelled from the Legislature.

Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, who is leading the committee, says Ferrario will hire an investigator with an FBI background to assist in the probe.

Brooks is on paid leave and has been banned from the Legislature Building following two arrests and a hospitalization for a psychiatric evaluation. His first arrest Jan. 19 came after allegedly made threats against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a fellow North Las Vegas Democrat.