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A Judge No Jurist Could Stand

May 31, 2007

May 31. 2007

Judge Elizabeth Halverson

Nevada district judge Elizabeth Halverson is terrorizing her local court system. So much so, it made national news headlines. Queen Elizabeth she is not.

Not only is she abusive to members of the court, she publicly berates her husband in a very degrading manner as well, causing much offense.

From treating the black bailiff assigned to her like a “house boy” (requiring him to give her foot rubs and back massages) to demanding members of staff show up a little after 6AM each morning to greet her when she arrives well after 8AM, this woman is a terror and an absolute nightmare, who needs to be impeached from the bench immediately.

She is more proof why some people just should not be on the bench:

May. 28, 2007 – Judge just doesn’t see failure to treat people with dignity, respect

The District Judge Elizabeth Halverson saga is starting to creep beyond the borders of Nevada and into the California news media, while locally the docudrama is the first thing many of us read each day. When they make a TV special of it, I’d like to suggest a name: Power and Paranoia.

Halverson spent nine years as a fairly lowly law clerk. (I always assumed the 425-pound woman, according to her driver’s license, stayed as long as she could for the county’s health insurance coverage.) After she was fired, she ran for one judgeship, lost, but in 2006 won on her second try.

Before long, stories started coming out of the Regional Justice Center about her contemptuous behavior toward her staff, particularly her bailiff, Johnny Jordan. Halverson, who had never had real power, was relishing it, throwing a pencil on the floor and ordering him to pick it up. Jordan was ordered to give her foot rubs and back massages.

He has since filed a complaint against his former boss alleging discrimination based on sex and race. He is black and says she treated him like a “house boy.”

Her court clerk, Katherine Streuber, said the judge’s behavior was “vile, angry, degrading to anyone within her path.” Streuber also objected to being called “the evil one” and “the anti-Christ” by the judge. (We in the news business hear that every other day, but courthouse employees are unaccustomed.)

Court officials realized they were going to be slapped with multiple lawsuits alleging hostile work environment if no action was taken. Three judges were asked to help Halverson, Family Court Judge Art Ritchie and District Judges Stewart Bell and Sally Loehrer.

A memo details an April 6 meeting between Halverson and the three judges:

She’s told it’s inappropriate to have staff rub her feet or her back. Her answer: She’d told the bailiff to stop that, that he’d become too familiar with her.

She’s told she should not require staff to show up at 6:45 a.m. to wait for her arrival at 8 or 8:30 a.m. Her answer: She’d told the bailiff not to come early, but he wouldn’t listen.

She’s told she should not have staff make her lunch. Answer: The bailiff wants to make her lunch.

She’s told there are 20-25 orders missing. Answer: She’s shocked.

She’s told it’s unethical to make statements showing bias against attorneys, particularly those who didn’t give to her campaign. Answer: Yes, she said it, but since nobody gave her money for her campaign, she’s not discriminating against anyone.

She’s told the demeaning way she talks to her husband, Ed, referring to him as a “b****” (and worse), is offensive to staff. Answer: She doesn’t know why that would upset the staff, but the solution is to have him not come to her chambers.

Told she should treat people with dignity and respect, Halverson said she didn’t know specifically what she was doing wrong.

After she answered every allegation made against her, Judge Bell told her, “If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it. Get some psychological help.”…- Las Vegas Review-Journal

Story found here

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