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Updated: 5/10/2013 7:09 pm

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KSNV MyNews3.com) — Former Nevada Assemblymen Steven Brooks will remain in a California jail and will not be allowed to seek mental health treatment for the time being.

Attorney Paul Henderson, who is representing Brooks in this case, asked Judge Debra Harris to place him in mental health court, which would have enabled him to get out of jail on probation.

Before a psychiatric evaluation happened, it was decided this would not be good case to take to mental health court, especially since Brooks is also facing charges in Las Vegas related to his arrest after a call about a domestic dispute in February.

“The district attorney's office does not think he should be released from probation,” said deputy district attorney Shannon Faherty. “That would be required in order for him to be in mental health court. The case was put back onto a general felony calendar.

"They’re going to refer it for a confidential evaluation with a doctor by the defense. That was their request. They will get that and determine where to go from there.”

The next hearing for Brooks in California will be May 31.

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