LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – A judge ruled today that a civil case involving a Family Court judge should bedismissed, ruling in favor of the state Judicial Discipline Commission.
Despite numerous delays, a family court judge surrounded by scandal is one step closer to a hearing with the state body that disciplines court officers.
Jone is currently suspended and accused of presiding over cases involving his girlfriend.
Judge Kathleen Delaney heard arguments from lawyers for the Discipline Commission and suspended Clark County District Judge Steven Jones, who is accused of presiding over cases involving his girlfriend.
News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli has more on what happened inside the Regional Justice Center.
Family Court Judge Steven Jones is familiar with the courtroom but this time he wasn't sitting behind the bench. Instead he was with his own attorney James M. Jimmerson.
Just days after the Supreme Court ruled a hearing can go forward against jones. He was back in court He wants the case to stay in the Clark County courts instead of going back to the Nevada commission of judicial discipline.
“You're not hearing a true defense of the actions,” Jimmerson said. “You're just hearing it would look bad if you stepped in. It would be worse if you didn't. It would be worse if you allowed a judge to be railroaded because of the violations of due process of a commission. The public has an interest in making sure the judicial disciplinary proceedings are handled expediently and properly.”
Judge Kathleen Delaney listened but ultimately dismissed the case. The commission's, acting general council and executive director Brian Hutchins says this is good for both the public and judges.
“If the charges are determined to be totally unfounded, then that judge shouldn’t have to continue on with these proceedings and should be let go,” Brian Hutchins of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline. “On the other hand, the public should have a resolution quickly whether or not discipline should be imposed.”
No date has been set yet when the case may go to the commission, but the judge's decision certainly paves the way for to do so.
Jones’ attorneys say they may continue to appeal.