Judge agrees to public reprimand

A district judge has agreed to a public reprimand for putting her personal schedule ahead of a murder trial, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline announced Wednesday.

Judge Valorie Vega faced misconduct charges for mishandling the court schedule in the trial of Victor Fakoya, who was found not guilty by jurors.

The six-page stipulation shows Vega admitted to keeping a jury in deliberations for nearly 18 hours in December 2010 to keep a planned vacation. "Thus, (Vega) was not courteous to the individuals involved at trial," according to the stipulation, which the judge has signed.

Vega also admitted to recessing the trial midday on six occasions so she could attend her daughter's soccer matches.

The Commission on Judicial Discipline must approve the agreement and public reprimand at a hearing Monday.

Vega is the wife of Review-Journal business writer Howard Stutz.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.


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