September 3, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A West Wendover justice of the peace
has agreed to public admonishment for violating judicial conduct rules and faces a public hearing before a Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline panel.
Judge Reese Melville agreed to the discipline in a stipulation filed by the commission Friday.
The document says Melville made inappropriate remarks in the presence of witnesses about his former bailiff, Joel Torres, who was named in a criminal complaint alleging domestic violence.
The commission also says Melville had improper contact with Torres' attorney, and two years later failed to disqualify himself in another legal matter involving Torres.
The discipline hearing is March 30 in Las Vegas.
Melville was elected in 2006 and faces two challengers in his re-election bid this year.
He also serves as West Wendover municipal judge.
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