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Disorder in the Court: Nevada Judge Demands Royal Treatment

Nevada judge Elizabeth Halverson seems to think she is the queen of a royal court. The state judge has been suspended from the bench, after courtroom workers complained of being treated like vassals, asking one: "Do you want to worship me from near or afar."

Some of the other complaints? She made the bailiff put on her shoes, massage her back, cover her with a blanket for naps, and make sure her oxygen tank was always full. Judge Halverson is obese and uses a motorized scooter to get around.

Witness also allege she had her husband sworn in once, to testify under oath that he completed household chores. Officially, she is being suspended for misusing her position, tainting juries, and falling asleep on the bench

Judge Halverson's lawyer is calling the suspension discrimination. He said: "It's apparent that some people believe her physical appearance somehow makes her unable to perform her duties as a judge. Last time I checked, being a judge doesn't require a beauty contest." Some legal scholars are also concerned — arguing that a judge should only be removed for corruption or complete incompetence, not personality quirks.

Are you surprised a judge could be such a royal pain? Do you think her actions were enough to take her crown, I mean gavel, away from her? Do you think judicial removal should only be sought in the most extreme circumstances? Halverson is up for reelection in September, so should they just wait to see what the voters think?

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thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
<b>harmonyfrance</b> - Agreed - it bugs me, too, when people claim discrimination for any cause when it's obvious that they weren't just doing their job. I was just focusing on the claim being made here. It's sad that so many people who ARE legitimately discriminated against end up getting scoffed at or called liars because there are so many false discrimination claims filed. Hopefully, someday we'll find a way to filter out the false claims better so those who truly are victims of discrimination can be taken care of. <b>McPro26</b>, you said that<blockquote>What I will say is that some of the complaints that she has had against her might not have happened if she was not so morbidly obese (lets be honest here she is way over just obese) The bailiff would not have had to change her oxygen or put her shoes on for her.</blockquote>Perhaps, but there are a number of disabilities that thin people can have that require oxygen or restrict their ability to move enough that they can't bend far enough to put on their own shoes (even if they don't have a gut to get in the way.) So, even there, her size is really irrelevant, because a thin person could have those exact same needs, and while people my not be as "grossed out" at having to help a thin person with their shoes, etc., it's still be wrong to ask or expect them to unless they're a private assistant or nurse hired specifically to do things like that.<b>nevadamtbear</b> - interesting - thanks for the info on that. It sounds like the "judge" really is quite the mess.<b>CaterpillarGirl</b>, well, I can't ask you to go against your oath :D and I'm not going to change my principals, so we may just have to agree to disagree, eh? :lol:
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
harmonyfrance - Agreed - it bugs me, too, when people claim discrimination for any cause when it's obvious that they weren't just doing their job. I was just focusing on the claim being made here. It's sad that so many people who ARE legitimately discriminated against end up getting scoffed at or called liars because there are so many false discrimination claims filed. Hopefully, someday we'll find a way to filter out the false claims better so those who truly are victims of discrimination can be taken care of. McPro26, you said that
What I will say is that some of the complaints that she has had against her might not have happened if she was not so morbidly obese (lets be honest here she is way over just obese) The bailiff would not have had to change her oxygen or put her shoes on for her.
Perhaps, but there are a number of disabilities that thin people can have that require oxygen or restrict their ability to move enough that they can't bend far enough to put on their own shoes (even if they don't have a gut to get in the way.) So, even there, her size is really irrelevant, because a thin person could have those exact same needs, and while people my not be as "grossed out" at having to help a thin person with their shoes, etc., it's still be wrong to ask or expect them to unless they're a private assistant or nurse hired specifically to do things like that. nevadamtbear - interesting - thanks for the info on that. It sounds like the "judge" really is quite the mess. CaterpillarGirl, well, I can't ask you to go against your oath :D and I'm not going to change my principals, so we may just have to agree to disagree, eh? :lol:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Thor, Everything raciccarone says is called for....he made us swear to that.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Just for the record - Judge Halverson was removed from the bench approximately a year ago. Her cases have been reassigned to other judges in the court as best as I understand, doesn't have any active duties or responsibilities in her court. The Judicial Ethics Commission issued a complaint alleging approximately 14 allegations of misconduct (it might be more, I'm operating completely off of memory) earlier this year. These allegations are quite extensive - more extensive than expressed in this article. This is not a new story, this has been going on for quite some time and the hearing will be next month (assuming memory serves me correct). It is very interesting to follow this story, look into some of the archives of the facts and circumstances - it's certain to be enlightening.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Just for the record - Judge Halverson was removed from the bench approximately a year ago. Her cases have been reassigned to other judges in the court as best as I understand, doesn't have any active duties or responsibilities in her court.The Judicial Ethics Commission issued a complaint alleging approximately 14 allegations of misconduct (it might be more, I'm operating completely off of memory) earlier this year. These allegations are quite extensive - more extensive than expressed in this article.This is not a new story, this has been going on for quite some time and the hearing will be next month (assuming memory serves me correct). It is very interesting to follow this story, look into some of the archives of the facts and circumstances - it's certain to be enlightening.
mcpro26 mcpro26 8 years
This judges actions are way out of line whether she is fat or thin it does not matter. She is still seeking re-election also, now I just think she is stupid. What I will say is that some of the complaints that she has had against her might not have happened if she was not so morbidly obese (lets be honest here she is way over just obese) The bailiff would not have had to change her oxygen or put her shoes on for her. Now swearing in the husband was just stupid and now hiring your own security who does not have to go through the metal detectors is a liibilty for the state and it can also put other people in danger. And I do not think sleeping during the trial is a medical issue! I think that most of these complaints would have been the same if she weighted 100 or 500 pounds.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Thor...it irritates me when ANYBODY tries to claim discrimination when really they are just not doing their job. In any situation. It's really aggravating!
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
<b>Meike</b>, true, narcolepsy is a possibility, but I think if that were the case, I think her lawyer would have mentioned that, rather than trying to claim that this whole thing is happening because people don't find her attractive. Trying to claim that she's being discriminated against because of her size is so ridiculous in this case that either she has absolutely NOTHING else to go on for a defense, or her lawyer's an idiot. Or both!It pisses me off when someone tries to claim they're being discriminated against because they're fat when they'd be facing EXACTLY the same issues if she'd engaged in the same behaviour but had been thin. The are who knows how many legitimate cases of someone being discriminated against because of their size (I've had it happen to me,) when someone like this comes along and tries to claim she's been discriminated against for her size, it just damages the credibility of those of us who actually HAVE been discriminated againts.
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
Meike, true, narcolepsy is a possibility, but I think if that were the case, I think her lawyer would have mentioned that, rather than trying to claim that this whole thing is happening because people don't find her attractive. Trying to claim that she's being discriminated against because of her size is so ridiculous in this case that either she has absolutely NOTHING else to go on for a defense, or her lawyer's an idiot. Or both! It pisses me off when someone tries to claim they're being discriminated against because they're fat when they'd be facing EXACTLY the same issues if she'd engaged in the same behaviour but had been thin. The are who knows how many legitimate cases of someone being discriminated against because of their size (I've had it happen to me,) when someone like this comes along and tries to claim she's been discriminated against for her size, it just damages the credibility of those of us who actually HAVE been discriminated againts.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
wow. i'm surprised they didn't remove her from her position earlier.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I can't believe that the employees put up with the treatment this long and no one said anything until now. I know that some employees due things that they do not want to do b/c they are fearful of losing their jobs. I am sure that some lawyers complained about the falling asleep. She was plain and simple abusing her position and that is the end of it. It has nothing to do with her size or her use of a scooter.
Meike Meike 8 years
The judge's abuse of power is out of line and she should be fired for that regardless. The sleeping in court, on the other hand, could be narcolepsy and that is a disability.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
"These aren't personality quirks - failure to do her job and abusing her position have nothing to do with obesity. I am tired of people excusing absolutely abhorrent actions with ridiculous and unrelated distractions." I COMPLETELY agree Meg.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
These aren't personality quirks - failure to do her job and abusing her position have nothing to do with obesity. I am tired of people excusing absolutely abhorrent actions with ridiculous and unrelated distractions. I think elections for judges are perhaps the most difficult. Judges are not allowed to discuss their positions on subjects they would be ruling on. These are local elections, and it is unlikely anything less media crazy would get out to the general public. I always feel like I'm in a microcosm of people that have worked with the attorneys running for judge and have seen their work ethic. Even clients don't spend this kind of time or can gauge whether their attorney really did anything. I'm there, I know who does what, who makes things personal and would get crazy up on the bench. The nonattorney positions of lower court judges are even more just popularity contests, and it is very difficult to tell how these people will apply the law on the bench. One or two really upset people could dethrone a judge who applies the law fairly (say, in a case gives the sentence the leg called for, not enough for public outcry). The judge cannot respond... There are so many distractions, and very few concrete decisions people can point to (like say city council decisions). I have no answer, this is the system we live in, but imagine how uninformed voters are on most subjects, and then think about whether even informed voters have a real understanding of the judicial choices..... it is a little terrifying.
Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 8 years
Yes because the issue with her sleeping/getting massages/making others put on her shoes/acting inappropriately really is directly related to her size. The allegations are about the abuse of power - not about her size. Really how some people argue certain sides is ridiculous.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 8 years
I want to know which legal scholars would see her behavior as "personality quirks." She's so obviously abusing her position. If nothing else, these "quirks" would lead me to question her sanity and I certainly wouldn't want to think that there are judges out there who behave this way and take their positions so lightly.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Of course :)
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
Thanks pop (is it OK if I call you "pop"? :D) I'll keep her in mind!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I like to use Portia de Rossi as my "hot lesbian celebrity" example. Just in case you need one in the future ;)
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
Yeah, harmonyfranceyou can call me Thor :) And yes, she is an ass, no doubt about it. But the thing is, she'd be an ass no matter what her size is. That's part of the point I'm trying to make. Her size is simply a non-issue here. She's an abusive judge through-and-through. popgoestheworld, you're right, too - if she *did* look like Jessica Alba (or, for UnDave35's benefit, Beyonce, J-Lo, Neil Patrick-Harris, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, a really hot lesbian celebrity (sorry, I can't think of any off the top of my head) or Antonio Bandaras - all provided, of course, that the aide being asked to do the work would find the judge to be attractive...) it's unlikely there would be much complaining. But she'd still be just as wrong to ask for it, much less expect it!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
^^ Oops, unnecessary. Fingers are even slower than brain. :oops:
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I presume she is using her obesity as a "disability" excuse. Hence, needing some to put on her shoes. (Oh, come on, really--I've never been petite, but they do make slip-ons, y'know?!) Also, her actions put the entity she represents at risk of being sued for any number of reasons. Sexual harassment, hostile workplace, who knows what else. Those apply no matter how (un)attractive she is, and whether the judge and the allegedly abused employee are different genders or not. And the fat jokes, people, are unnessary and completely out of line. :irk:
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
"Is it all right to point out how sexist your comment is Pop? If this was a male judge (and hot), do you think women would feel the same way about that?" Sure you can point out whatever you want. But in this case, I don't understand what you are saying. I pulled Jessica Alba's name from Thor's post.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I haven't read anything more on the subject, but I have a feeling if she did look like Jessica Alba, people would be happier to rub her back and put her shoes on, and they wouldn't be complaining about it. Is it all right to point out how sexist your comment is Pop? If this was a male judge (and hot), do you think women would feel the same way about that?
zeze zeze 8 years
I'm new to the legal world and already I have to say, judges for the most part are completely and totally obnoxious, unreasonable, and misuse their power. This woman took it to another level, but most judges don't sit and listen and ask the appropriate questions to get to the truth. They play mind games, twist people's words, LOVE to embarrass attorneys, and don't even pay attention most of the time. It's like they are there to win, beat the attorneys and the witnesses, not to find the truth - way too many egos. Our culture of having everyone rise up for them, making attorneys call them "your honor" and ask their permission to even approach them to hand them a paper, and shut up no matter how important what they are saying is when the judge decides to ask a completely off topic question or even mock/complain for no reason has created this atmosphere of royalty and peasants. We treat them like they are above the law so of course they act this way - I mean we don't do any of these things for other political figures. I know a few good ones, but for the most part, I am shocked and somewhat uncomfortable with the typical "judge" attitude.
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