Suspended Judge Reports Illness, Hearing Postponed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A disciplinary hearing for a suspended Nevada
state judge has been postponed, after she reported she felt ill.

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline suspended the hearing in its fifth day after Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson's lawyer said the diabetic judge experienced a hypoglycemic, or low blood sugar, episode.

The hearing is due to resume next Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas.

Halverson's lawyer, Michael Schwartz, told the commission Halverson intends to call Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry and Clark County District Judge Michelle Leavitt as witnesses in the case.

The 50-year-old Halverson is accused of mishandling trials, creating a hostile work environment, falling asleep on the bench, improperly communicating with jurors.

Halverson blames vindictive colleagues and disgruntled employees
for the complaints.

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

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