George W. Bush Appointee Killed in Car Accident

( – US District Judge Larry Hicks was recently involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident. Sadly, he died from his injuries shortly after being transported to a local hospital after he was struck. He was 80 years old. There has been an outpouring of tributes from those who knew him and worked alongside him through his lengthy career.

Hicks’ legal career began in 1968 when he worked as a prosecutor for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in Nevada. He worked his way up the ranks and was appointed a US District Judge in 2001 by then-President George W. Bush. While on the bench, Hicks was involved in a number of cases pertaining to the vast slices of life in The Silver State.

For instance, he ruled in favor of horse activists when he temporarily halted the roundup of wild mustangs. He also went against a mining company that would’ve forced the Biden Administration to renew leases, ruling in favor of environmentalists. In that case, he adopted an appellate court’s interpretation of a 150-year-old law regarding metal mining.

Hicks wasn’t afraid to take on corrupt politicians either. He famously jailed Harvey Whittemore in 2013 after the lobbyist made illegal contributions to a Democratic candidate’s campaign. Then, there was the case of three Clark County commissioners who were accused of accepting bribes from a strip club owner. “Operation G-Sting” resulted in them being sentenced to federal prison in 2006.

Yet above it all, Hicks was a family man first. His son, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks, noted that his father “was a hero in all manners, a loving husband of nearly 59 years, a doting dad, an adoring Papa, and brother.”

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo (R) said the entire state would be in mourning over Hicks’ death. He ordered the flags lowered to half-staff for three days in his honor.

Hicks is survived by his wife, son and two daughters, and his 10 grandchildren.

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