A respected Las Vegas defense attorney has been jailed for four days after failing to show up for court in a probate matter.
District Judge Elissa Cadish ordered a no-bail bench warrant for contempt of court for Stanley Walton, 52, after he failed to appear before the judge earlier this week. Which case prompted the warrant was unclear late Thursday.
Walton was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to jail records. He’s again scheduled to appear in probate court to answer the contempt citation before Judge Wesley Yamashita at 1 p.m. today, according to court records.
Messages left during business hours at Walton’s law office were not returned Thursday. A message left for Cadish late Thursday was not immediately returned.
Several Las Vegas attorneys described Walton as a likable and respected lawyer. They said it was out of character for him to miss court appearances. Many were surprised to learn he had been jailed.
According to the State Bar of Nevada website, Walton has not been the subject of previous disciplinary action.
Walton is a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law in Kansas.