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Panel says Las Vegas judge committed misconduct

Panel says Las Vegas judge committed misconduct

CREATED Dec 26, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A state panel says a suspended Nevada family court judge who presided over cases handled by his girlfriend violated judicial codes of conduct.

In findings released Thursday, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline set a Jan. 27 hearing to decide punishment for Clark County Family Court Judge Steven Jones. Punishment could involve removal from the bench.

The commission found that a special counsel had presented "clear and convincing" evidence to prove eight of 12 misconduct charges against him.

It's the latest in a serious of legal woes for the veteran judge who was first elected in 1992.

Jones was suspended from the bench last November after being indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud charges but continues to draw his $200,000 annual salary.