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When the Hot Seat Goes Cold: Legal Issues in State v. Nokes
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James Hewitt, author of In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains, which examines the 1973 murders that occurred in McCook, NE, and the accompanying State v. Nokes investigation and trial, will discuss various issues present in State v. Nokes.

3/16/2016
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Hruska Law Firm
635 S 14th St. #200
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States

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*Nebraska MCLE #120935. Iowa MCLE #217812. 1 CLE hour. (Regular/Live credit)
*Nebraska MCLE #120933. Iowa MCLE #217811. 1 CLE hour. (Distance learning credit)
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Live attendees: Bring your own lunch, or we will provide lunch for $10

Registration Fees
$45 - (25% discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
$60 - Regular Registration
$10 - Law Students

Optional Fees
$10 - I am attending the live seminar and would like a lunch provided to me.
$16 (14.95 + sales tax) - I am attending the live seminar and I would like to purchase a copy of In Cold Storage.
$20 - I am attending the seminar via live webcast and would like to purchase a copy of In Cold Storage and
have it shipped to me (14.95 + sales tax + shipping)


James Hewitt, author of In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains, which examines the 1973 murders that occurred in McCook, NE, and the accompanying State v. Nokes investigation and trial, will discuss various issues present in State v. Nokes, such as:

  • The statutory requirements for installing a listening device in a suspect’s home or car and discussion of why the permission should not have been granted in this case.
  • Whether Nokes was tricked into giving an oral confession and if the discovery of drugs in his possession when he was arrested were the fruit of the poisonous tree
  • Under what circumstances court records can be sealed in Nebraska and if the sealing was justified in this case
  • Nebraska law concerning accessories after the fact and whether Ena Nokes met the test and should have been charged
  • The responsibility of a private detective to give Miranda warnings when talking to a suspect
  • The criteria for issuing a search warrant in Nebraska and whether they were met in this case
  • The judges’ opinion that mutilation of bodies after death did not constitute an especially heinous aggravation and how that squares with the Supreme Court decision in the Hunt case
  • Whether being denied sexual intercourse constitutes great mental and emotional disturbance, and
  • Whether a judge who does not believe in the death penalty has a duty to set aside that belief if the facts warrant it.

James Hewitt was admitted to the Nebraska bar in 1956 after graduating from the UNL College of Law. He also received a MA in History in 1994 and a Ph.D. in History in 2003 from UNL. He was President of the Nebraska State Bar Association in 1986 and was a member of the ABA Board of Governors from 1980-83. He received the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Shining Light Award in 2004 for excellence in legal research. He received the George H. Turner Award from
the NSBA in 2006. He is the author of Slipping Backward: A History of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 1938-1995, published in 2007, and In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains, published in 2015.


In Cold Storage will be available for purchase for $16 ($14.95 + sales tax), but purchase is not required. The author will also be on hand to sign copies.

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