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July 22, 2014

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Ethics panel clears Clark County judge candidate Pollock’s campaign sign

Large letters for word ‘Judge’ not found to violate judicial canons

CARSON CITY – A judicial ethics commission says Alternate Municipal Judge Kenneth Pollock is not in violation of the judicial canons in his sign advertisements in his run for district judge in Clark County.

A complaint was filed by Lisa Kent, an opponent of Pollock in their race for judge in Department “J”, the family court.

She complained that the signs of Pollock have larger letters on the word “judge” than the rest of the language on the sign. She said this is an attempt by Pollock to mislead the public into believing that Pollock is a full-time judge.

The signs read “Elect Alternate Municipal Judge Kenneth Pollock Your First Choice for Family Court Judge Department J.

Kent admits the language on the sign is technically in compliance but she says it violates the spirit of the judicial code by the enlarged letters on the word “Judge” before his name.

The Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices, in a decision Oct. 17, said it finds the sign is “technical in compliance” with the canons of judicial ethics and “that the font sizes and positioning of the words within the sign are not such as to constitute a violation.”

The decision was signed by Steven Day, a member of the committee.

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