Attorney General Masto Announces United States Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Decision Releasing Nevada Prisoner

June 3, 2013

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.

    “Nevada 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.”  

      In 1999, 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 Jackson.

        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 life sentences.

            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.

                  Click here to read a copy of the opinion.

                     CALVIN JACKSON
                    2013-06-03 Calvin Jackson


                      (Photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Corrections)