Judicial Discipline Hearing Opens

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada Judicial Discipline panel opened Monday into conduct of embattled Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Halverson, facing allegations that she fell asleep during trials, mistreated staff members and illegally communicated with jurors.

Halverson, who has been suspended with pay, has denied the allegations.

In advance of Monday's hearing, the disciplinary panel was asked to block Halverson from calling witnesses or introducing evidence during the hearings that could strip her of her elected position.

In documents filed Thursday, special prosecutor Dorothy Nash Holmes said Halverson didn't specify witnesses she intended to call, provide advance materials or submit to a health evaluation by a psychiatrist picked by the commission.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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