(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–Allegations of anti-semitism leveled at a Las Vegas judge has brought former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley to the judge’s defense.

Las Vegas attorney Jacob Hafter leveled the allegations of bias at District Court Judge Valorie Vega after the judge denied a motion to halt a medical malpractice trial for two days so that Hafter, an Orthodox Jew, could observe the Shavuot holiday.

Hafter is a defense attorney in the case. He is also a candidate for District Court judge.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case argued that the trial had been scheduled for months.

Berkley issued a statement in defense of Judge Vega and elaborated in an interview with KXNT. “I have known Judge Vegas for decades. I know she is not an anti-semite.” She says that anti-semitism is a serious problem worldwide, but that making such allegations, when they do not apply, is harmful. “Lord knows there’s enough anti-semitism in the world. We dont have to invent any. And this is an invention”.

Hafter has not responded to a request for a comment from KXNT. He was in Judge Vega’s court  Tuesday arguing the medical malpractice case, which is still in jury selection.

Berkley told KXNT she knows that it is important that those who have been injured by bias or prejudice speak out, “but I also know its important when an accusation is made that is patently false about being anti-semitic, one has to stand up in that instance as well.”




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