Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Halverson re-election riddle

In Nevada, we're watching the judicial discipline hearing of Judge Elizabeth Halverson, who's been accused of, inter alia, making her bailiff give her foot rubs, falling asleep on the bench, eating with jurors during a criminal trial, and putting her husband under oath to find out if he cleaned the house. See here. My question is: assuming she gets thrown off the bench for her current term, what happens if voters re-elect her for a new term, given the power of incumbent name recognition? (posted by Nancy Rapoport)

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When Ohio Judge Deborah P. O'Neill received a two-year suspension in August 2004,she was completing a term on the Common Pleas Court and running for election to the Court of Appeals. She obviously didn't serve out her term on the Common Pleas bench, but her name did remain on the fall ballot. She received 44% of the vote for the Court of Appeals seat, leaving for another day the question of whether an appointee would serve the first 20 months of the term while she was suspended from her duly elected office, or whether her election would be void because she would not be eligible to assume the office at the beginning of the term.

Posted by: Richard Peck | Aug 6, 2008 3:13:49 PM

If the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline removes Judge Halverson from office she will be ineligible for life to hold the office of judge in the State of Nevada.

Given all of the publicity, and her dwindling but loyal constituency, she should have no problem going back to private practice in Las Vegas.

In addition, Halverson remains eligible to practice law in California under her maiden name Elizabeth LaMacchia—in case she favors relocating to a less high profile perch.

My guess is that she enjoys the limelight and every inch of good and bad publicity that has come with it.

Posted by: Stephen Gianelli | Aug 7, 2008 6:16:54 AM

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