Suspended Judge Gets More Prep Time

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission is giving embattled Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Halverson just over 60 days to prepare for an upcoming hearing that could lead to her removal from the bench.

The panel also agreed Thursday to let the three attorneys who've been representing Halverson to withdraw from the case.

Halverson, who said she couldn't pay the legal fees, will represent herself at the hearing originally scheduled for June 9. Since her attorneys have withdrawn, the commission moved the hearing to Aug. 4 to give Halverson time to prepare.

The commission will consider numerous allegations against Halverson at the August hearing, including claims that she slept during trials, mistreated staff members and held illegal communications with jurors.

Halverson, currently suspended with pay, has denied the allegations.

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