Group: Clark County Debuts As A `Judicial Hellhole'

Clark County has made its debut on a special-interest group's list of "judicial hellholes."

The county was ranked fifth on the annual list put out by the American Tort Reform Association.

South Florida and Texas' Rio Grande Valley topped the list, which seeks to identify what the group says are locations where the scales of justice are radically out of balance.

Clark County's listing came as a result of judges being criticized for issuing favorable rulings to benefit friends, campaign contributors or themselves.

Clark County District Court Chief Judge Kathy Hardcastle called the listing a "knee-jerk reaction" to media reports such as in the Los Angeles Times, adding it was "ludicrous" and "distasteful."

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