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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Professor Sara Gordon Talks Floyd Mayweather in Deadspin and The Washington Post

Sara Gordon is an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Gordon was recently quoted in two publications for stories about Floyd Mayweather and the destruction or unavailability of photographic evidence concerning the boxer’s domestic violence convictions.

In an April 30 article for Deadspin titled “This Is How Las Vegas Protects Floyd Mayweather,” she spoke about the legality of destroying evidence.

The article read: “Is that legal? In Nevada, absolutely. UNLV associate law professor Sara Gordon said that in Nevada criminal cases, anyone involved in a criminal case can apply for an order asking that exhibits be released or destroyed. If they are acquitted (and Floyd was) they can apply immediately afterward. ‘In considering the application,’ Gordon said, ‘the court considers whether the loss of the evidence would prejudice any parties in ongoing cases or in the event of a retrial, and whether there are any appeals pending in the case.’”

On May 1, The Washington Post published an article titled “Las Vegas officials don’t want you to think about Floyd Mayweather’s domestic violence conviction, report says,” in which they referenced parts of Deadspin’s investigative report, including Professor Gordon’s comments.

Professor Gordon's research focuses on law and psychology and the impact of cognitive and social psychology on jurors and other legal decision-makers.