Las Vegas Judge Removed from Bench, Barred from Future Judicial Office

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas judge who lost a re-election bid was permanently removed from the bench Monday and told by the state Commission on Judicial Discipline that she can never seek another judicial post in Nevada.

The panel said Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Halverson was barred from future work as a judge because of her "dismal professional history" that could repeat itself if she won another judgeship.

The commission's ruling had been delayed after Halverson was hospitalized with severe head injuries suffered when her husband
allegedly beat her with a frying pan in early September.

Edward Halverson took a plea deal last month and agreed to serve three to 10 years in state prison for the attack on Halverson.

Halverson, first elected a judge in 2006, was suspended in July 2007 after she was accused of mishandling trials, mistreating staff, falling asleep on the bench, and other charges. She blamed vindictive colleagues and disgruntled employees for the complaints.

The judge lost a re-election bid in August, getting just 10 percent of the vote. Her term was to close out at the end of December, but the commission's order speeds that up by several weeks.

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

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