- Ethics trial begins for judge accused of hearing cases while romantically involved with prosecutor
Ethics trial begins for judge accused of hearing cases while romantically involved with prosecutor
Posted Dec 2, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A legal ethics trial began Monday in Las Vegas for a suspended Nevada judge accused of continuing to hear family court cases while in a romantic relationship with a prosecutor who was appearing before him.
Judge Steven Jones faces a 12-count complaint by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline. Both he and the then-prosecutor denied wrongdoing, and she has said she did not appear before him in family court while dating him, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Jones was suspended with pay from his $200,000-a-year job last November, when he was indicted by a federal grand jury, along with others, in an unrelated investment-fraud case.
ABAJournal.com: "Outside Judge Sides with Prosecutor, Says Judge Jones Should Step Down From Family Court Case"
ABAJournal.com: "Vegas Judge, 5 Others Federally Indicted re Claimed $3M Fraud Scheme"