Nevada Judicial Panel Files Complaint Against Judge

A 14-count complaint against suspended Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Halverson, accusing her of improper conduct, sexual harassment and sleeping on the bench, was filed Monday by the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission.

The complaint states that Halverson fell asleep during three trials early last year, improperly talked with jurors, sexually arassed a bailiff and harassed other employees, and improperly hired her own security guards.

Halverson continues to draw her $130,000 yearly salary.

Her lawyers have maintained that the discipline commission lacks the
legal authority to suspend her before holding a formal proceeding on specific charges.

They also say concerns about Halverson's behavior ended after she changed her initial staff, and also said she slept on the bench only once and that was because she was taking a drug to treat a medical problem.