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Former Clark County Family Court official reprimanded for altering judicial order

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline issued public reprimands against two state court officials Tuesday.

Former Clark County Family Court hearing master Sylvia Beller was reprimanded for modifying a judicial order in April 2015 in order to avoid an ethics complaint being filed against her.

According to the commission’s order, Beller refused to issue a bench warrant for an errant parent when a deputy district attorney requested it. She then told the attorney that any appeal of her decision would make the attorney “look like an ‘idiot’ and a ‘baby’ and that such an appeal would be ‘pathetic’, ‘dumb’, ‘silly’, and a waste of court resources.”

Beller told the attorney to go ahead and file an ethics complaint against her. Then she told a story about a person on the reality TV show “Survivor” who went back on a deal they had made and reversed her earlier ruling and issued the bench warrant, the commission said.

On May 8, 2015, Clark County Court Judge David Barker wrote a letter to inform Beller she was fired. A complaint about the incident was filed with the commission that day.

Beller was previously disciplined for a 2004 incident in which the hearing master ordered a juvenile to take off a shirt with a rap group on it. As the boy stood there shirtless, Beller ordered a bailiff to take the boy’s belt because his pants were sagging, and his pants fell down below his knees in the middle of the court, a 2006 commission ruling said.

Beller declined to comment Wednesday.

Ely Municipal Court Judge Michael Kalleres was also reprimanded for calling and visiting the house of a county court judge who was handling a criminal case against Kallares’ son in June 2014.

The allegations against Kallares were outlined in a formal statement of charges filed June 9. The commission ordered Kallares to appear in person to answer questions about the incident and complete a course on lawful and appropriate judicial conduct.

Kallares declined to comment Wednesday.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0391. Find @WesJuhl on Twitter.

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