July 28, 2007
When Judges Feud
The Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the much-reported controversy between Chief Judge Hardcastle and Judge Halverson of the Eighth Judicial District of Clark County. The court interprets the pertinent rules relating to the authority of a chief judge. The court concludes that the chief judge acted within her authority in removing Judge Halverson from hearing criminal cases. However, the chief judge overstepped her authority by banning Judge Halverson from the courthouse.
Here is a link to documents relating to the litigation against the judicial discipline board initiated by Judge Halverson. One of her attorneys is former state bar president and respondent in the leading Supreme Court case concerning public comments by attorneys involved in pending cases, Dominic Gentile. (Mike Frisch)
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