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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