Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today that the United States Supreme Court has overturned a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have required multi-time felon Calvin Jackson, 54, currently in Lovelock Correctional Center, to be retried or released.
fought for the right to enforce its own laws. In the end, the Supreme
Court, the highest court in the land, agreed with Nevada,” said Masto.
“This decision is a victory for victims of sexual assault and a defeat for
violent criminals. Victims of sexual assault deserve to have their cases
heard with fairness and dignity.”
Jackson was convicted by a Clark County jury of sexual assault and other
violent crimes. Jackson unsuccessfully appealed his conviction for many years
until the Ninth Circuit granted him habeas corpus relief in a 2012 decision
that focused on the trial court’s decision to exclude evidence that the victim
had made prior, uncorroborated reports to police about being assaulted by
In a per curium
decision, the United States Supreme Court held that Jackson’s rights were not
violated by the decision to exclude police officers from testifying about the
victim’s prior reports.
Jackson will remain
in the Nevada Department of Corrections where he continues to serve multiple
Background on the case:
As noted by the
United States Supreme Court, Jackson “had a tumultuous decade-long romantic
relationship” with the victim. After several previous attempts to end the
relationship, the victim “relocated to a new apartment … without telling”
Jackson. On October 21, 1998, Jackson learned the whereabouts of the
victim. The evidence supporting Jackson’s conviction included the
victim’s testimony that Jackson “forced his way into her apartment and
threatened to kill her with a screwdriver if she did not have sex with him.”
The Supreme Court
appeal was prepared by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jamie Resch of the
Special Prosecutions Division.
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copy of the opinion.