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August 17, 2017

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Court reprimands Reno judge

CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court has given a verbal slap on the wrist to District Judge Brent Adams of Reno for his failure to follow two orders issued by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The court said it was "disturbed" that Adams did not comply with orders issued March 2 and June 4 to make a final written decision in the case of Richard Borg, who was sentenced to six years in prison for his guilty plea on two counts of making a bomb threat.

After his conviction, Borg appealed, saying his lawyer was ineffective. Judge Adams rejected three of the four allegations made against the attorney for Borg. But he did not issue a ruling that cited on what grounds the allegations were being dismissed.

The court Friday ordered Judge Adams to file an affidavit within 20 days on the reasons why he didn't comply with the two former orders. And it eliminated the prior order of Adams, denying the post-conviction appeals of Borg.

Borg contends that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he entered his plea. The court said there is documentation Borg "had a long history of alcoholism and depression"

The court said Adams should have considered those factors when considering Borg's post-conviction appeal.