Halverson Loses Appeal, Removed From Bench 1-31-2011 - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Halverson Loses Appeal, Removed From Bench 1-31-2011

Elizabeth Halverson will never again be a judge in Nevada.
The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld an order that permanently removed the disgraced District Court judge from the bench, bringing to an end of the most unusual legal sagas in recent memory.
In its decision, the court wrote that there was “sufficient clear and convincing evidence” that Halverson “committed willful misconduct in violation of multiple provisions of the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct.”
The court added that Halverson’s testimony in her appeal lacked credibility and she showed “an apparent unwillingness to admit mistakes.”
Link: Read The Decision
Halverson was elected in 2006 and did finish her first term. She was suspended by the state Judicial Commission in 2007 following numerous accusations that she had abused her position and mistreated staff members.
Among the most egregious claims was that Halverson ordered her bailiff, Johnnie Jordan, to massage her feet. At an ethics hearing that followed her suspension, an emotional Jordan shouted and cried as he recounted the alleged misbehavior, demanding Halverson be removed from the bench.
The judge, who needed the assistance of a motorized scooter and breathing apparatus, was also accused of falling asleep during hearings. She later acknowledged dozing off once, but cited her health as the primary factor.
Halverson claimed she was the target of a conspiracy and was being singled out because of her weight.
Her defense did not sway the Judicial Commission, who removed Halverson from the bench in 2008. That same year, the judge lost her re-election bid and was hospitalized following a fight with her husband, Edward, in which she claimed to have been beaten with a frying pan.
Edward Halverson later entered an Alford plea to a single felony charge of battery domestic violence.


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