Laura Lomeli

Document Type

Case Summary

Publication Date


Case Synopsis

The Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order dismissing Floyd’s complaint which challenged the Legislature's delegation of authority to the Director of the Nevada Department of Corrections in NRS 176.355. The Court held that the Legislature’s delegation of authority to the Director was not unconstitutional because NRS 176.355 provides suitable standards to determine the process by which to administer a lethal injection. The Court also reasoned that NRS 176.355 must be read in context with NRS 200.030, because it authorizes the death penalty and outlines the specific crimes which the imposition of execution is the appropriate punishment. The Court further noted that, the Eighth Amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, in conjunction with NRS 176.355 and NRS 200.030 provide sufficient standards to guide the Director in exercising the authority delegated to him in NRS 176.355.