Former District Judge Elizabeth Halverson was removed from the bench and permanently barred from serving as a judge in Nevada, but don’t expect her to go down without a fight.
Halverson will appeal the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission’s decision to the state Supreme Court, her attorney, Michael Schwartz, said Tuesday. He plans to file an appeal within 15 days, as is required by law.
Schwartz said Halverson wasn’t surprised when she learned Monday that the commission decided to remove her from the bench.
"She went into this (the commission hearings) believing that the commission would make findings against her. She was not disappointed," he said.
Schwartz said there are constitutional and statutory grounds to appeal the ruling.
In its decision, the commission found that Halverson, 51, was guilty of falling asleep on the bench, breaching security by hiring her own security guards, swearing around staff, making false statements to the commission and refusing to work with court staff.
The commission delayed issuing the decision because Halverson’s husband attacked her with a frying pan in September. She was hospitalized for two weeks.
Her husband, Edward Halverson, 49, was sentenced to spend three to 10 years in prison in the incident.
"She’s still suffering the effects of that horrendous beating she received from her husband," Schwartz said. "She’s doing the best she can."
Halverson ran for re-election this year but didn’t make it through the primary.