Suspended Nevada Judge Begins Rehab After Attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) - According to a longtime friend, a suspended Nevada judge was hit on the head with a frying pan after she threatened to kick her unemployed husband out of the house.

Friend Bobbi Tackett says suspended Clark County District Judge
Elizabeth Halverson remains at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center,
where she has begun rehabiliation for severe head injuries.

The judge's husband, Edward Halverson, awaits a Sept. 25 preliminary hearing on charges that he assaulted her during a Sept. 4 argument at home.

Tackett says Elizabeth Halverson asked him to do a chore that night, but he ignored her.

In preparing to kick him out of the house, Tackett says the angry judge called her sister and asked her to phone 911.

Edward Halverson is accused of then hitting her with a frying pan.

He remains in the Clark County Detention Center on $113,000 bail.

Elizabeth Halverson was suspended from the bench in July 2007 after she was accused of mishandling trials, mistreating staff and falling asleep on the bench. She has denied the allegations.

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

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