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Commission: 8 Violations By Jones

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has found that Clark County Family Court Judge Stephen Jones violated at least 8 of the 12 charges he faced in a case stemming from his alleged relationship with a former prosecutor.

Jones was accused of failing to recuse himself from cases litigated before him by former Deputy District Attorney, Lisa Willardson.

Jones denied the allegations. The relationship allegedly occurred from October to December of 2011. Willardson was later dismissed from the D.A.’s office.

Specifically, Jones was accused of failing to comply with the law by avoiding the appearance of impropriety and conducting himself in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary’s integrity. The Commission ruled that there was insufficent evidence that Jones violated conduct rules in his dealings with two other assistant district attorneys who had exposed the relationship between Jones and Willardson through dissemination of a photo of the two taken from under a table at a party, purportedly showing the two were intimate.

The Commission will hold a January 27th public hearing to determine sanctions against Judge Jones, which could include a suspension or removal from the bench.

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