September 17, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the state's ethics laws and the censure of Sparks councilman for his 2005 vote on a casino project.
Justices in a 5-2 opinion issued Wednesday rejected arguments from Councilman Michael Carrigan that Nevada's conflict of interest laws are overly vague and violate constitutional protections of right of association.
Carrigan was censured by the state Ethics Commission for voting on the Lazy 8 casino project.
His campaign manager was a paid consultant for the project. While Carrigan disclosed his relationship with Carlos Vasquez, the ethics panel determined he should have abstained from voting.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law on the narrow issue of free speech and then sent the case back to the Nevada court to consider other challenges.
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