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Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass taking over for Nancy Grace on TV show ‘Swift Justice’

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District Court Judge Jackie Glass speaks during O.J. Simpson’s sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after Glass rejected his apology and said, “It was much more than stupidity.”

Step aside, Nancy Grace. Judge Jackie Glass is ready for her close-up.

Starting in September, Glass, the Eighth Judicial District Court judge of Clark County, will host CBS’s “Swift Justice,” an Emmy-nominated courtroom program. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Grace, the show’s original host, left because the show relocated from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

Previously, Glass presided over specialty courts: drug court, felony DUI court and mental health court.

“I was humbled to be given the opportunity by my colleagues to preside over specialty courts in this jurisdiction,” Glass said in her resignation letter to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The specialty courts “serve important roles in our court system,” she said.

Glass is perhaps best known for having presided over O.J. Simpson’s 2008 trial, where she sentenced him to nine years in prison without parole for armed robbery.

District Court Chief Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti said Glass’s departure “will leave big shoes to fill.”

“Our specialty courts are a well-oiled machine thanks to her leadership. Her tireless advocacy has brought to light how effective and important the specialty courts are to our community,” Togliatti said.

The Commission on Judicial Selection will recommend three candidates to the governor for his selection for appointment to the seat. The process is expected to take several months.

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