Las Vegas, NV – Duane ‘Keefe D’ Davis, the man accused in the murder of rap legend Tupac Shakur, made a request in Clark County District Court on Wednesday. He asked Judge Tierra Jones to postpone his arraignment to allow his California attorney, Edi Faal, to represent him.
For Faal to appear in Nevada court on Davis’ behalf, he must petition the Nevada Supreme Court for the right to do so.
This scenario of an out-of-state attorney representing a defendant is not uncommon, exemplified by the 2008 O.J. Simpson case in Las Vegas. Simpson had a lawyer in Florida, Yale Galanter, who had successfully defended him in Florida charges, and he desired Galanter to be his attorney in the Las Vegas case.
Out-of-state attorneys seeking to represent clients in Nevada courts must file an 11-page application with the State Bar of Nevada. Alongside the application, they must provide a copy of their current certificate of good standing from every state in which they are admitted to practice. Additionally, a non-refundable payment of $550 is mandatory.
The application is then subjected to review, and the approval process generally takes approximately seven days.
In most cases, out-of-state attorneys must work in collaboration with a licensed Nevada lawyer who actively participates in the specific case.
Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger pointed out that while choosing an out-of-state attorney is an option, it can be risky. These lawyers may excel in their home states but may not be familiar with local customs and rules.
Davis’ attorney, Edi Faal, confirmed that he has been Davis’ personal attorney for over two decades and is assisting him in securing representation for this murder case.
Davis is scheduled to return to court on October 19, when further developments in his legal representation may be revealed.
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